Purdue University Partners with a Leading Global Chipmaker in the Midwest’s First Semiconductor Design Center


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University’s College of Engineering is partnering with MediaTek Inc., one of the world’s leading fabless chipmakers, to open the Midwest’s first semiconductor chip design center, to be housed on the Purdue campuses.

Mung Chiang, Dean John A. Edwardson of Purdue’s College of Engineering and Executive Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, joined Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb; Bradley B. Chambers and Don Graves, Indiana Commerce Secretary and Undersecretary of Commerce; and MediaTek executives to welcome the announcement. Chiang is the president-elect of Purdue.

The center marks another element of Purdue’s commitment to meeting the company’s growing semiconductor demands and necessary talent pool. In May, the university announced the launch of its Semiconductor Degree Program, a comprehensive set of innovative interdisciplinary degrees and degrees in semiconductors and microelectronics. The university also announced in May a partnership with Ivy Tech Community College to provide a variety of collaborative educational opportunities for faculty and students in microelectronics and to explore ways to attract more talent to this field.

MediaTek and Purdue will also partner on new engineering degree programs in chip design, artificial intelligence research, and communications chip design. This collaboration is still under construction.

“Attracting a world-class chip design company to Indiana has been a long-standing goal for our team,” Purdue Chairman Mitch Daniels said. “I commend Secretary Chambers, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, and of course the entire Purdue team for doing the hard work necessary to bring a global company to take a look at Indiana and all that what we have to offer. MediaTek’s investment confirms Indiana’s emergence as a center of semiconductor technology and Purdue’s Discovery Park District as the state’s first new economic engine.

The idea for a new design center for MediaTek originated in 2021, when Governor Holcomb traveled to Silicon Valley to brief chip CEOs on Indiana’s commitment to the semiconductor industry. . Combined with a follow-up invitation to visit Purdue from Daniels, Purdue College of Engineering made the case for a one-of-a-kind collaboration that included a new design center on campus.

“This means Purdue students will have the opportunity to interact with world-class chip design talent just across the street,” Chiang said.

Chiang’s team worked with IEDC to take full advantage of Purdue’s role as one of the top engineering schools to attract this new semiconductor investment.

The Purdue partnership represents a new US growth model for MediaTek USA – outside of traditional chip design centers of gravity.

“We strongly believe that being in Indiana means we will have access to some of the best engineering talent in the world,” said Kou-Hung Lawrence Loh, senior vice president of MediaTek Inc. and president of MediaTek USA Inc. “Not just Purdue, but West Lafayette is only a four-hour drive from nearly a dozen of the nation’s top engineering schools. In the post-pandemic world, top candidates tell us they want to be closer to home, closer to family, and that they want to have a real home and good public schools.Indiana offers all of that and more.

Chambers said, “The current investment in MediaTek’s fabless design center is a testament to Indiana’s advanced manufacturing expertise, our world-class academic talent combined with our state’s best business-friendly climate and focus on higher wage industries of the future. Our team expects MediaTek’s announcement to be just the beginning of semiconductor investing in Indiana, and in the years to come, the AMPD (Accelerate the production and development of microelectronics) youask force will help facilitate the continued investment momentum of this critically important industry to the state.

MediaTek has partnered with American universities on advanced research for more than a decade, but this latest project is unique in that a new center will be located directly on campus and is an opportunity for students to both complete their engineering background and contribute directly to product design and solutions for a global team. The collaboration will also help bring more advanced semiconductor design talent to Indiana.

“As a global company, MediaTek literally has a world of options at their fingertips, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that they have chosen Indiana to grow and build the foundation and future of. semiconductor industry alongside the world’s brightest minds,” Holcomb said. “MediaTek has chosen a thriving, top-notch university with innovation expertise and a strong talent pipeline that will fuel these quality careers for decades to come.”

MediaTek officials shared the news with senior executives, other international investors and policy makers at the 2022 SelectUSA Investment Summit in National Harbor, Maryland. The conference, now in its ninth year, is the largest annual forum for foreign direct investment in the United States. It brings together business leaders from international markets and economic development representatives from every US state and territory. MediaTek is a member of a large delegation from Taiwan attending this year’s conference.

About Purdue University

Purdue University is a leading public research institution that develops practical solutions to today’s toughest challenges. Ranked in each of the past four years as one of the 10 most innovative universities in the United States by US News & World Report, Purdue delivers groundbreaking research and groundbreaking discoveries. Committed to hands-on, online, real-world learning, Purdue provides transformative education for all. Committed to affordability and accessibility, Purdue has frozen tuition and most fees at 2012-13 levels, allowing more students than ever to graduate debt-free. See how Purdue never stops in the persistent pursuit of the next giant leap to https://stories.purdue.edu.

About MediaTek Inc.

MediaTek Incorporated (TWSE: 2454) is a global fabless semiconductor company that activates nearly 2 billion connected devices per year. We are a market leader in the development of innovative SoCs for mobile devices, home entertainment, connectivity and IoT products. Our dedication to innovation has positioned us as a market driving force in several key technology areas, including energy-efficient mobile technologies, automotive solutions and a wide range of advanced multimedia products such as smartphones, tablets, digital televisions, 5G, voice assistants. and portable. MediaTek empowers and inspires people to expand their horizons and achieve their goals through smart technology, easier and more efficiently than ever. We work with the brands you love to make cutting-edge technology accessible to everyone, and that guides everything we do. Visit www.mediatek.com for more information.

About the Indiana Economic Development Corporation

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) is responsible for growing the state’s economy, driving economic development, helping businesses start, grow, and establish a foothold in the state. Led by Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers, @SecChambersIN, and governed by a 15-member board chaired by Governor Eric J. Holcomb, @GovHolcomb, IEDC runs many initiatives, including performance-based tax credits , subsidies for workforce training, innovation and entrepreneurship. resources, support for public infrastructure and efforts to attract and retain talent. For more information on the IEDC, visit iedc.in.gov.

Purdue Media Contact: Brian Huchel, [email protected]

MediaTek media contact: Jacquie Kane, 978-764-7840, [email protected]

IEDC media contact: Erin Sweitzer, 317-296-2556, [email protected]


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