Last week, TI announced the opening of TI Silicon Valley Labs, a new analog and mixed signal research center that Gregg Lowe, senior vice president of TI’s analog business, says that, “at its core, is a new center for innovation.” Researchers and professors from Silicon Valley met last week at TI to discuss the need for working together to innovate and the kinds of things it can enable and produce.
Ahmad Bahai, director of TI Silicon Valley Labs, spoke about the needs for innovation focusing around devices like data converters to help efficiently and sufficiently satisfy consumers’ ever-growing need for more data. Data converters are a major product focus area for TI, and a location like Silicon Valley Labs will only help to further drive innovation in this area.
Several brilliant minds were on hand to discuss the possibilities and capabilities of the labs, including Mark Horowitz, chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department at Stanford University, who said, “If we can get the people with applications [knowledge] together with the people who know chips, we’ll have plenty of things to keep us busy for a long time in the future.”
Jan Rabaey, EECS at UC Berkley, said, “The message to the industry is to make sure we are doing thigns that far enough out, to rethink the way things can be done, how our information technology platform can operate. These are the types of things we should be doing.”
You can see highlights of the lab opening in the video below. Gregg Lowe, senior vice president of TI's analog business, also wrote about the opening on his Analog: the real world blog.
What kinds of things would you like to see come out of the new labs?
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