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Georgia Tech To Expand EDA Simulations with $13 Mil. Gift

The Georgia Institute of Technology is establishing a new electronic design automation simulation center with the help of Agilent. The global tech firm made one of its largest investments to a higher education institution when it donated $13 million in EDA software, support, and training to Georgia Tech's Georgia Electronic Design Center in Atlanta.

The new center, called the Agilent EDA Simulation Center, will offer instruction in system and circuit design in the areas of RF and microwave and also provide students with additional software design capabilities, along with free or discounted licenses for startups in wireless communications design, according to the university.

"[Agilent's] EDA tools help us continue to advance the technology and support our students, as well as to encourage and support commercial innovation,” said Joy Laskar, director of the GEDC and Schlumberger Chair in Microelectronics in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, in a statement released by the university. “We also want to contribute to the success of other academic and non-profit institutions through sharing our experience in this partnership with Agilent, and we are making plans to release large portions of work using the Agilent EEsof EDA platforms for academic use.”

The new venture is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year. The ribbon-curtting ceremony for the center will be held Oct. 30.

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