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Working with Industry

Working with Industry

There is a significant opportunity for eFutures to continue to act as a conduit between industry and academia to help build links and understand common research portfolios. The ESCO report noted that although there is significant industry-university collaboration taking place in electronic systems, there is a strong need for better strategic alignment between academia and industry. eFutures will strive to act as the lynch pin in this and work closely with Innovate UK and NMI. This greater connectivity will result in better knowledge transfer which will benefit the UK electronics commercial sector.  It means that they can see experts in fields of direct relevance to their business.  These academic experts can help to resolve problems in manufacturing, improve process yield, offer support in terms of failure analysis and characterisation.  The academic experts will be able to offer new design strategies such as the use of GALS interconnect in complex SoCs, the integration of bio-sensors in medical electronics, advanced tools for high-level synthesis and reconfigurable computing, etc.  It will give smaller companies in particular a better sight of the rapidly changing landscape which they must operate in and adapt to if they are to prosper in the 21st century.  The better connectivity will also serve to facilitate the transition of young engineers trained in cutting edge technology and design, into industry.