PULLMAN, Wash. — Two corporations — American Microsystems, Inc. (AMI) of Pocatello, Idaho, and IBM’s Microelectronics Division of Essex Junction, Vermont, and two government laboratories — the Air Force Research Laboratory of Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and Sandia National Laboratories of Albuquerque, New Mexico — have joined the northwest-based Center for Design of Analog-Digital Integrated Circuits.
CDADIC, administered by Washington State University in Pullman, researches improved design methods for circuits in modern electronic products. At its semi-annual research review meeting in Portland, Ore., Feb. 9-10, the industrial advisory board reviewed projects for low-voltage (one volt or lower) and wireless applications, among others. Steve Lewis, design engineer at Analog Devices, Cambridge, Mass., was selected to succeed Robert Dennison, Boeing, as board chair.
The center’s growth over eight years now includes 22 high-tech industries or labs, four universities (Washington State University, University of Washington, Oregon State University and SUNY Stony Brook), and the National Science Foundation. They work together, along with university graduate students, to improve design, simulation and testing of analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits. The research is industry inspired and directed, and provides opportune connections between high-tech industries and potential university hires. CDADIC is one of about 50 NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers throughout the nation.
Other CDADIC companies are Analogy of Beaverton, Ore.; the Boeing Company of Kent; CRANE/ELDEC of Lynnwood; and Fluke Corp. of Everett. In addition, membership paid by the Washington Technology Center, created by the Washington Legislature to stimulate local economic development, makes possible the participation of Cascade Design Automation of Bellevue, and Silicon Design of Issaquah. Annual membership costs $35,000. Boeing has three memberships.
Other members are Analog Devices, Wilmington, Mass.; Burr-Brown, Tucson, Ariz.; Crystal Semiconductor Corp., Austin, Texas; Hewlett Packard, Palo Alto, Calif.; Honeywell Technology Center, Minneapolis, Minn.; Motorola, Schaumburg, Ill.; National Semiconductor, Santa Clara, Calif. (two memberships); Rockwell International, Newport Beach, Calif.; Texas Instruments, Dallas, Texas; Symbol Technologies, Bohemia, NY; and Xerox Corporation, El Segundo, Calif.
CDADIC’S annual research budget is approximately $800,000. Director is John A. Ringo, associate dean of WSU’s College of Engineering and Architecture. Co-directors are John Stonick, OSU; Carl Sechen, UW; and Bradley Carlson, SUNY Stony Brook.
See CDADIC’s World Wide Web homepage for links to member companies: http://www.eecs.wsu.edu/~cdadic.

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