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​MediaTek makes a gift to NTU to start professorship in integrated circuit design

Published on: 01-Jul-2014

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(Left) MediaTek Chairman and CEO, Mr Ming-Kai Tsai receives a memento from NTU Provost, Professor Freddy Boey.

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will start a new MediaTek Endowed Professorship in Integrated Circuit (IC) Design with a gift from MediaTek Inc, and matching grant from the government. MediaTek Inc. is one of the world’s largest chip-design companies.
The professorship will provide for a leading international expert who will spearhead research and development in strategic IC design technologies such as new ultra-low power circuits. Ultra-low power circuits can potentially reduce the power consumption of computing or medical devices by two or three times so that consumers only need to charge their electronic devices once every few months.

With advances in IC design, devices may even become self-powered in the near future. In medical health monitoring for example, a self-powered device can energise itself using ambient energy, giving rise to a fully battery-free design.

A research team at NTU is currently developing a battery-less camera pill that can automatically take hundreds of thousands of pictures inside a human digestive tract, including the small intestine that cannot be reached with conventional endoscopy. The pictures can then be transmitted wirelessly to a computer so doctors can detect and treat gastrointestinal diseases more effectively.

NTU Provost, Professor Freddy Boey said, “MediaTek’s generous contribution will boost NTU’s efforts in investing in promising, potentially industry-changing research. The new MediaTek Endowed Professorship will leverage NTU’s existing expertise and drive research in pioneering areas that cut across various disciplines such as clean energy and health care. Such exposure to new research areas will prepare our graduates to be at the frontier of their field as well as add to Singapore’s economic growth.”

Chairman and CEO of MediaTek Mr Ming-Kai Tsai said, “As a global IC design leader, MediaTek’s partnership with NTU is testament of our company’s deep belief in technology education and the improvement of human lives by continuous technology innovation. We hope the Fund will help stimulate innovative research and groom the next generation of engineer-leaders, especially in IC Design, who will bring MediaTek’s philosophy of constant innovation and quality product creation to the next level.”

Professor Howard Luong, an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow and accomplished researcher in IC design from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has been appointed the first MediaTek Endowed Visiting Professor.

Prof Luong has been working with NTU researchers and MediaTek design teams to identify research projects for emerging applications in communications, biomedical, and green electronics such as the battery-less camera pills.

Professor Luong said, “I am grateful and honoured to receive this first MediaTek Endowed Professorship. As the IC industry continues to develop rapidly, I sincerely hope not only to motivate more students to participate in IC design but also to foster strong collaboration and multi-disciplinary mega-scale projects among IC designers from academy and industry in Singapore to produce important, life-changing breakthroughs.”

Prof Luong is also involved in grooming the best and brightest NTU engineering students in IC design and these students will form a talent pool for companies in the industry.

To mark the launch of the MediaTek Endowed Professorship, Prof Luong will deliver a public lecture today at the Genexis Theatre at Fusionopolis entitled Wireless Devices - Recent Development and Future Trends.

The lecture will discuss among others emerging applications for wireless devices in mobile communications, Internet-of-Things (IoT) and bio-medical electronics. The focus will be on the recent development and the future trends together with the roles and the contribution of MediaTek, Singapore, and NTU.

MediaTek’s partnership with NTU goes back to 2005 and they have been providing more than 25 scholarships to NTU students from Bachelor’s degree to PhD research in areas related to IC design. MediaTek has also collaborated with NTU faculty, researchers and students in the fabrication of innovative chip designs. To date, more than 14 faculty members and more than 30 students have worked with MediaTek, resulting in a number of important research publications.


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About Nanyang Technological University
A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It has a new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).

A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.

Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north, and a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

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About Professor Howard Luong
Howard Luong received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) from University of California at Berkeley in 1988, 1990, and 1994, respectively. Since September 1994, he has joined the EEE faculty at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where he has been a professor.  In 2001, he took a one-year sabbatical leave to work at Maxim Integrated Products, California, USA, developing a new wireless product.  Currently, he is a MediaTek Endowed Visiting Professor at NTU, Singapore.

Professor Luong’s research interests are in analog, RF, and mm-Wave integrated circuits and systems for wireless and portable applications.  He was a co-author of the two books entitled "Low-Voltage RF CMOS Frequency Synthesizers" published by Cambridge University Press and "Design of Low-Voltage CMOS Switched-Opamp Switched-Capacitor Systems" published by Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Professor Luong is an IEEE Fellow.  He is currently serving as an IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Distinguished Lecturer, an Associate Editor for IEEE Virtual Journal on RFIC, a Guest Editor for Journal of Emerging Technologies on Circuits and Systems (JETCAS), and a technical program committee member of several international conferences, including IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC) and IEEE Symposium on Radio-Frequency Integration Technologies (RFIT).

About MediaTek Inc.
MediaTek is a pioneering fabless semiconductor company, and a market leader in cutting-edge system on a chip for wireless communications and connectivity, HDTV, DVD and Blu-ray. MediaTek created the world's first octa-core smartphone platform with LTE and our CorePilot™ technology releasing the full power of multi-core mobile processors. Through MediaTek Labs™, the company is creating a worldwide ecosystem in support of device creation, application development and services based around MediaTek offerings. With an emphasis on enabling technology for the masses and not the chosen, everyone can be an Everyday Genius. MediaTek [TSE:2454] is headquartered in Taiwan and has offices worldwide. Please visit for more information.

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