Government MIB initiative on target

Government MIB initiative on target
Richard Wilson The government’s five year microelectronics awareness initiative has almost achieved its target of 375 completed design projects two years ahead of plan. The DTI which runs the Microelectronics in Business (MIB) initiative will wind down funding for the programme from next month. The programme to promote the use of microelectronics designs such as Asics, FPGAs and microcontrollers in UK industrial firms had a five year target of 375 completed designs by the year 2000. At Nepcon last week, programme director Tim Reynoldson said the programme is running ahead of schedule with as many as 345 design projects already completed. The programme’s eight university-based support centres, which have previously received varying degrees of funding from DTI grants, all intend to be self-financing and have submitted business plans to the DTI which will see them charging for consultancy, training and design services on a commercial basis. Reynoldson said there will continue to be limited grant support for new design projects from funding programmes such as FUSE in the UK and the Europractice scheme. But he could not guarantee that the eight days of free design consultancy, previously available at the support centres under the scheme, will continue to be available.


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