USAINS Infotech Sdn Bhd – Center of Excellence for Electrical and Electronics honoured 50 of its graduates today, in the fields of Northern Corridor Analogue and Digital Design (NCADD) and Masters in Electronic Systems Design Engineering (MSc ESDE) programs.

The Northern Corridor Analogue and Digital Design (NCADD) is an 18-month collaborative initiative involving Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA), USAINS Infotech Sdn Bhd (UISB) and Intel Penang. The main objective of this collaboration is to train new engineers to be highly competent Integrated Circuit (IC) Design engineers for the semiconductor industry.

Initiated in 2010, there was a need and demand then for post-graduate engineers. These 50 trainees subsequently registered as candidates for MSc – E&E Engineering via research, while undergoing the training.

Today, this triple helix collaboration bears fruit with NCIA operating as the funding agency whilst Intel Penang, Agilent, Alterra and Motorola as industry partners and USM, as the post-graduate awarding body.

The Centre of Excellence for Electrical & Electronics (CoE-E&E) has one mission which is to accelerate Malaysia’s Electrical & Electronics (E&E) industries in moving up the value chain by focusing on the development of high-end production among small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs), multi-national companies (MNCs) and start-up companies.

As a government supported initiative set up by NCIA, the CoE E&E supports SMEs/SMIs and start-up companies through technical talent development, research collaboration and access to vast resources, sophisticated equipment and a pool of experts.

Mr. Kalai Selvan, UISB General Manager said:“We need to increase the critical mass of skilled R&D Electronics engineers especially in the area of IC Design by up skilling and increasing the number of post graduate engineers for the E&E industry to move up in the value chain.”

“Moving up the value chain is important especially for the E&E sector, an important contributor to local economy and in line with the country’s direction to be a high income nation by 2020.”

Mr. Kalai added that ETP target is for the E&E industry to achieve RM90 billion in (GNI) by 2020 and o provide an additional 157,000 jobs. “I am happy we at UISB with the support from NCIA, USM and big players from the industry are able to contribute towards this purpose.”

At the same event, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was inked between Usains and MIMOS Berhad. MIMOS will be the key partner to provide advanced Semiconductor Failure Analysis (FA) and Test Development services to UISB in their efforts to commercialize Integrated Circuits (IC) / System on Chip (SoC) products to the market place (e.g. in LED Driver IC product for Solid State Lighting market). The collaboration initiatives include being an important provider of Semiconductor Wafer Fab and FA training courses working with UISB’s training & development team and academia like USM to meet local industries (MNCs & SMEs) requirements.

Another Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was inked between Usains and Symmid Corporation Sdn Bhd to collaborate further in its IC design and SoC. This collaboration ventures into development of leading IC and SoC products and design projects in Digital & Analog domain in embedded system market segments.  The MOU inked today will further strengthen, promote, develop research and manpower co-operation in offering competitive and leading edge Turnkey IC/SoC Design Services to key multinational companies.

During the event, Datuk Redza Rafiq, together with USM Vice Chancellor, Prof. Datuk Omar Osman, witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between USAINS and MIMOS Berhad, as well as the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between USAINS and Symmid Corporation Sdn Bhd.

Dato’ Redza Rafiq, Chief Executive of NCIA said: “2013 marks the first year for Koridor Utara’s Phase 2; and to take things to the next level, we have put in place key industry enablers, such as the Center of Excellence for Electrical and Electronics. This initiative not only helps address the human capital needs of the industry, but also serves to augment the attractiveness of Koridor Utara as a preferred investment destination.”

In June this year, Usains is expected to launch its Universal Intelligent Energy Management Service (UiEMS), an efficient energy management through automated energy data acquisition, analysis and diagnostic system. UiEMS aids in reducing energy costs by providing data collection across networks, the Internet or wireless lets you analyse your energy landscape and allow you to fine-tune your operations to efficient energy consumption that accommodates changing needs.