DTI puts ?3.5m in system design

DTI puts ?3.5m in system design
Mick Elliott A ?3.5m scheme to stimulate electronics design in the UK was officially unveiled last week at the Electronic Design Solutions exhibition in Birmingham. Called Electronics Design, the Department of Trade & Industry-backed initiative is aimed at small to medium size electronics companies and first time industrial users of electronics. Dr Tim Reynoldson, programme manager of Electronics Design commented: “The aim is to encourage world class system design technology in UK electronics.” It follows on from the government’s successful Microelectronics in Business programme. The DTI believes there are some 4,000 firms that could benefit from the initiative. A network of eight Electronics Design support centres have been established across the country and companies will be able to secure up to eight days of free practical hands-on help on design issues at the centres. Virtually all the centres are based in universities. Ten national management seminars will be staged between May and November to ram home the message of business benefits. “Companies which have benefited from previous DTI schemes will also be present to talk about their experiences,” said Reynoldson. Potential costs savings, supplier presentations and a technology briefing will also form parts of the day. Other topics covered by the programme include IP reuse, quality assurance and design for manufacture and test and the role of R&D.


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