[LINK] Silicon development in .au
Peter L. Higgs
Fri, 18 Oct 2002 08:57:27 +1000
The obvious one is Radiata .
It was doing System on a CHip work involving Neil Weste et al.
Also North Ryde. . Do we have a cluster effect here?. Macquarie
Uni/CSIRO being the seed corn.
At 7:49 +1000 18/10/02, Chirgwin, Richard wrote:
>An interesting interview yesterday, which yielded some nuggets that will
>probably not make it into CommsWorld, but are worth observing.
>The background is that Bell Labs are trumpeting some silicon development
>they've done for a mobile technology called Blast ... if you're interested,
>it's using multipath transmission to expand 3G data rates, and I'll leave it
>at that because my physics is out-of-date... and I don't mind the
>trumpeting, because it's the sort of interview I enjoy (it's nice to get at
>the really, really smart people occasionally, instead of trying to wring
>something interesting out of a marketing droid).
>What I wanted to mention on-Link is that the silicon development happened in
>North Ryde, with a team of Australian researchers (I interviewed just two of
>them, Dr Chris Nicol and Dr Linda Davis). In fact, this is >the< location
>for Bell Labs low-level silicon design work. I remarked that most people
>don't think this sort of work happens in Australia, and was quickly
>...Nicol particularly emphaised that it's a mistake to equate the presence
>of big silicon fab plants with research. Just not that way, he said: the
>Lucent/Bell Labs Blast chips were designed in North Ryde, they'll go to fab
>in Asia somewhere; and it's the same throughout the industry.
>Another point is that if the media equates big silicon plants with research,
>they give the impression that silicon research doesn't happen here. This
>ain't true, Nicol said - and I guess I'm just going to have to go looking
>for the silicon research that's out there, because there's more than people
>think. And it's high quality; good enough to get a paper accepted for the
>ISSCC (international solid state circuits conference), boring title but
>So I'll finish with a question. Some of the silicon research here is fairly
>visible - CSIRO, DSTO and a few universities who bother telling people - but
>where's the stuff that people like me are ignoring?
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