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History of participation in European projects

        "EUROCHIP" was created originally as service organization on preparation of engineers in institutes and universities in the field of designing very-large-scale integration circuits (VLSI), as part of ESPRIT program of the EU countries on solution of the European parliament. In solution on creation it was marked, that though in Europe and there is a big number of engineers on designing VLSI, but their level and number does not correspond to needs. In 1988 the consortium from five (originally) organizations has headed this operation on the program as support of institutes by number of tools. This tools included:

  • Support by the methodology and rules of designing of VLSI;
  • Support by additional workstations;
  • Support by resources of a EDA for designing;
  • Support of manufacture and testing of chips and prototypes.

        The first group included 52 institutes from the countries of EU and was provided free-of-charge with all tools, the second - 60 institutes from not EU of the countries of Europe was provided for a reduced price with tools, and free of charge manufacture of chips. But in 1993 when already began 270 participants, all institutes were joined in one common group. The manual on the program was carried out by a consortium from 6 organizations: CMP - France, Grenoble; DTH - Denmark, technical university ; GMD - Germany, research and development centre for computing sciences; IMEC - Belgium, centre of microelectronics; RAL - the Great Britain, electrotechnical laboratory; CNM - Spain. Barcelona university. Secretary EUROCHIP was in GMD.

        The first stage of operation of the project (1990/91) purpose put selection of universities, the beginning of preparation of students and experts in the field of designing VLSIC, obtaining of the first results. At this stage universities received a EDA free-of-charge, the first chips were made also free-of-charge. In total from resources of EU it was assignment and acquired for high schools about 4500 licenses for a EDA, 50 workstations, 40 testers. It is in addition sold for reduced prices 700 workstations and thousands EDA.

Involvement in project EUROCHIP

        Since October, 1993 Radio engineering faculty VSTU on behalf of dean L.T. Sushkova and prof. V.N. Lantsov of the beginnings to undertake active attempts on inclusion of university in EUROCHIP program. But only in June, 1994 after signing by the President of the Russian Federation of the agreement on cooperation with the countries and parliament of EU, leadership EUROCHIP solution on tolerance of the limited (3 - 5) numbers of the Russian universities to the program was accepted. On base of good contacts with Mr. Augustin Kejsser(GMD), Dr. Bernard Kurtua (CMP), and especially Dr.s John Maklian (RAL), by one of the first Russian universities was accepted in the program, member number - 4024. In November 1994 the contract between VSTU and EUROCHIP was made. The service centre for VSTU was RAL. Except for VSTU two university from Russia were included in the project: MIET and MIEM. At university the order of the rector creates workgroup, the head - professor V.N. Lantsov.


        In 1996 the project EUROCHIP was transformed into the project EUROPRACTICE. In the project EUROPRACTICE some coordinators were replaced, all questions concerning with CAD tools purchasing, their using and maintenance are supported by RAL; the processes of chip manufacturing are supported by IMEC (Belgium); questions of teaching and training courses preparation & organisation are supported by technical university in Denmark. The common management was performed at first by Smith corporation (England), and then by RAL. The functions of the project have slightly changed, besides Institutions now both small and medium enterprises can become the project participants; now the project has become to support designing and manufacturing not only ICs, but also MCM and MEMS. All participants of EUROCHIP have been included to the new project EUROPRACTICE.

Participation in the project CP960170 - SYTIC

         In 1996 the participants of the project EUROPRACTICE from Central and the East Europe have prepared the proposal for the new project, which has been maintained by the EC and funded since 1997 within the framework of the COPERNICUS program. This project (CP960170-SYTIC) was oriented to organisation and maintenance of Centers of electronic designing and teaching on the base of leading Institutions of the countries of Central and East Europe. Within the framework of the given project in Russia such Centers were created in the VSTU (Vladimir) for central regions of Russia, and also in the MIET (Zelenograd) and in Institute of Information Systems of RAS (Novosibirsk).
         The basic function of the TCC in this project was dealt with training of specialists from Institutions and SMEs, which are placed in Central Region of Russia, to the up-to-date technologies and trends in electronics. Tasks, which were placed before the TCC, and results of their decisions:

  1. Development of new educational courses on the base of new technologies. The following new courses for computer science department students have been developed:
    • "Integrated CAD tools", where new CAD tools and design methodologies for custom IC with using in particular Viewlogic are described.
    • "Description languages of electronic devices", where new CAD tools such as Xilinx and Altera, which support the VHDL language, are used.
    • "Automation of functional and schematic designing", where new information on FPGA and using Xilinx CAD tool are used, etc.
  2. Development, organisation and realisation of training courses for employers of Institutions and SMEs. In March of 1999 training courses on digital devices design using Xilinx FPGA were organised. Twenty participants have took part in this events. Among them: 5 were from VSTU (representatives of the fourth departments), 5 were from industrial enterprises, others 10 were from the Institutions of such towns as Kovrov, Nizhnij Novgorod, Cheljabinsk, Novosibirsk, Rjazan, Moscow.
  3. Participation of VSTU lecturers in European training courses, conferences and meetings on the project. At 1998/1999 2 men have participated in the project meeting and the MIXDES'98 Conference (Poland, Lodz, June of 1998); 1 man has taken part in training courses on microwave monolithic circuits design (Poland, Warsaw, June of 1998); 1 man has represented VSTU on reporting meeting on the project (Slovakia, Bratislava, November of 1998); 5 men have participated in training courses on FPGA design (Russia, Vladimir, March of 1999), 2 men have participated in training courses on design analog CMOS circuits (Poland, Warsaw, March of 1999); 2 men have taken part in training courses on design for testability (Estonia, Tallinn, March of 1999).
  4. Preparation, training of the specialists of best qualification in the field of the state-of-the-art technologies in electronics. Several post-graduate students for studying and carrying out research works in the area of the state-of-the-art design technologies and methodologies was accepted.
  5. Development of students' projects in cooperation with Industrial enterprises on the base of IC and technologies supported by EUROPRACTICE.
  6. Additional works. The TCC has rendered assistance to some Russian Institutes in including to the EUROPRACTICE project.


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