The Texas Instruments Rice Connection DSP And Beyond

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT:Rice University Michael Cinelli (713) 831-4794Texas Instruments Gail Chandler (214) 995-2984 or Donna Coletti(713) 274-3361 THE TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, RICE CONNECTION: DSP AND BEYONDThe $7 million cash donation from Texas Instruments to Rice University is the latest and most visible evidence of the long, well -established relationship between the two organizations. About 140TI employees hold degrees from Rice. But the TI-Rice connection is stronger than that alumni base. During the past decade, research teams from both organizations have collaborated on projects which resulted in improved technologies andapplications in the telecommunications field. For instance: * In Digital Signal Processing (DSP), the relationship between TI and Rice began in 1982. John Hayn of Texas Instruments had discussions with Rice faculty members Sidney Burrus and Thomas Parks, which led to the agreement in 1983 for the two professors to write books on DSP chips. These books have been instrumental in training students in universities around the world about digital signal processing. During a five-year period, three books were written, and Burrus and Parks also consulted on FFT algorithms anddigital filter design with members of TI’s DSP department. Currently, Burrus and the DSP group at TI are working with applications of wavelet technology in signal and image compressionand denoising. * Rice professors Joseph Cavallaro, Behnaam Aazhang and Ian Walker of the university’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are involved in projects to improve real-time performance of parallel algorithms for wireless communication systems and robot control systems. The Rice group has interacted with Texas Instruments engineers- the results include development ofthe next generation of cellular mobile phones and autonomous robots. * During the past 15 years, the university’s compiler group, which has included faculty members Ken Kennedy, Keith Cooper, John Mellor-Crummey and Linda Torczon, as well as Randy Allen, Preston Briggs and David Callahan, pioneered the analyses and transformations required for automatic vectorization and parallelization. The results of their research are used in many commercial compiler systems. This group has developed a working relationship with members of TI’s DSP compiler group in Stafford, Texas. The current generation of DSP compilers that TI sells usesmany algorithms developed at Rice. * Rice has a history of collaborating with TI in semiconductor research. Professor Emeritus Franz Brotzen of Rice’s Department of Materials Science has worked with members of TI’s Semiconductor group for more than 10 years, investigating a variety of issues associated with metallic interconnects. Also, William Wilson, Jr., a professor in electrical and computer engineering, has interacted with TI on several issues, including the study of the fundamental characteristics of Fowler-Norheim tunneling currents as they pertain to the lifetime and reliability of electrically erasableprogrammable read-only memories (EEPROMS). * In other semiconductor-related research, professors Joseph Cavallaro, Frank Tittel and Wilson-all of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering-are working on an interdisciplinary project to improve the manufacturing yield and efficiency of integrated circuits. The group, working with TI representatives, has made advances in both experimental laser microlithography and computer-aided design (CAD). An innovative, integrated CAD framework has been developed at Rice that identifies, simulates and analyzes the potential quality of the design mask pattern. By using this interactive computer simulation environment, design and manufacturing engineers can study a new manufacturing process and optimize the design to introduce new products quicklyand cost-effectively. ###last_img read more