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MASSACHUSETTS MICROELECTRONICS CENTER CONFERS FOUR AWARDS FOR VLSI DESIGNS IN STATE-WIDE CONTEST

 MASSACHUSETTS MICROELECTRONICS CENTER CONFERS FOUR AWARDS FOR
 VLSI DESIGNS IN STATE-WIDE CONTEST
 WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Massachusetts Microelectronics Center (MMC) today conferred awards to four teams of Massachusetts university students for fabricating devices based on very large scale integrated circuit (VLSI) designs.
 The contest was established to encourage university students to put their education into practice by designing VLSI devices that meet actual industry design requirements. Entrants were required to test the chips they fabricate, and submit test conclusions along with a written report to the awards committee. Students created designs on computer workstations using software supported by MMC. Each VLSI device was fabricated at MMC's $30 million Integrated Circuit Fabrication Facility. Typically, 50 designs are processed at one time for undergraduates, graduate students and industry application under MMC's multi-project wafer program.
 Three students from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst won first prize of $1,000 for their Novel Programmable Rank Order Filter -- a programmable VLSI chip offering the potential for dramatic advancements in real-time speech and image processing applications. Recipients J. David Narkiewicz, Glen Caglarcan and Michael Hazen, are students of Professor Wayne Burleson in the school's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.
 "We were particularly impressed with this team's approach to the design trade-offs and the incorporation of a comprehensive test plan at an early stage of the design cycle," said Graham Davies of the Awards Committee.
 Receiving the $500 second prize for their Robot Path Planner Using an Analog Resistive Network -- to find an optimal two-dimensional path from source to goal -- were Barber Waters, Chester Ruszczyk and Sashi Obilisetty, also students of Professor Burleson's at Mass/Amherst.
 "The ECE Department is proud of MMC's recognition of our students," said Professor Burleson. "They have worked with dedication and commitment to sound engineering design and test principles with a goal of developing the highest quality product."
 Honorable mention awards of $250 each were granted to a pair of Northeastern University students, Navid Atoofi and Peter Monteagudo, for their project -- PARWAN: Fabrication of a Reduced Processor for the Education of VLSI Hardware Modeling -- and to Jeff Gilbert, of Harvard University, for his project: A 16 x 16 Bit High Speed Parallel Multiplier.
 "These awards acknowledge a productive array of demonstrated engineering skills attained by these students," said Paul Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Microelectronics Center. "In the years ahead, the design talents of these and other engineering students will be instrumental in creating and developing new products which stimulate economic growth.
 "In addition, we greatly appreciate the generosity of those Massachusetts companies who donated the time of their staff in evaluating the competing VLSI designs. Their participation on the awards committee recognizes the value of engineering education and the potential such education brings to our state and country."
 The Awards Committee consisted of Graham Davies, VIEWlogic Systems, Inc., Marlboro, Mass., Jim Leahy and Dave Coff, both from Digital Equipment Corporation, Boxboro, Mass., and Lina Sung and John Sutter of MMC. MMC's Bonnie MacDonald managed the award process.
 The Massachusetts Microelectronics Center is a 10 year old partnership of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 11 Massachusetts universities and 60 companies supporting technology education and economic development. Founded in 1982, MMC currently provides resources benefiting over 2000 university students per year. New activities are focused on job creation through innovative economic development programs.
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 /CONTACT: Paul L. Rosenbaum, Massachusetts Microelectronics Center, 508-870-0312, or Jack Jackson of Miller Communications, 617-536-0470, for Massachusetts Microelectronics Center/ CO: Massachusetts Microelectronics Center ST: Massachusetts IN: CPR SU:


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