In its ongoing effort to support higher education and research training, Intel has donated microprocessor development kits valued at $193,638 to support the Jacobs School of Engineering's Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department and the UCSD division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2).
The kits will equip research and training labs, initially for a senior-level project course on wireless multimedia embedded systems.
The donation through the Intel Foundation includes 40 Intel® PXA27x Processor Developer's Kits (based on its latest XScale® family of power-saving semiconductors for wireless and mobile devices), as well as related computer equipment and support. The kits are full, high-end embedded systems platforms, and can be used for any embedded processing applications. The Intel gift contributes to the $1 billion fundraising goal of The Campaign for UCSD: Imagine What's Next.
Intel's equipment will initially be used in a twice-yearly embedded systems course to be taught by computer science professor Tajana Simunic Rosing, who co-authored the grant proposal with Gupta.
"In each class there are usually 40 students," noted Simunic Rosing. "So with Intel's donation we have a one-to-one ratio of students to developer platforms, which they will use as they work on their individual projects."
Their projects are expected to involve hands-on experience in areas of application and systems programming (operating systems and middleware) for delivering content such as multimedia in embedded systems on wireless networks - while taking into account the power constraints of mobile devices that usually rely on batteries.
"Our company has an intense interest in the whole wireless arena," explained Intel's Kissinger. "Professors Simunic Rosing and Gupta are creating a laboratory and collaboration which will offer students a specialization where they can affect the future of wireless computing."
The Intel hardware will be deployed in UCSD's two newest buildings, opening in the fall. Thirty kits will be installed in the new CSE building's Embedded Systems lab, while ten kits go to the Systems on Chip Laboratory in the 215,000-square-foot Calit2 building.
"Our students and faculty have benefited in many ways from the close relationship we are forming between the school and Intel," said Jacobs School Dean Frieder Seible. "Just this summer Intel supported top high-school students spending a month at UCSD to work on team research projects - and I have no doubt that some of those students will now make UCSD their top choice for college, in part thanks to Intel."
"Intel is pleased to be a continuing partner in the advancement and support of higher education," added Kissinger. "We look forward to the contribution this equipment will make to the education of UCSD students and to the university's curriculum and research."
Since its founding nearly 50 years ago, UCSD has rapidly achieved the status as one of the top institutions in the nation for higher education and research. In order to keep UCSD at the forefront of academic and research excellence, the university launched The Campaign for UCSD: Imagine What's Next in July 2000. Donations to the comprehensive $1 billion fundraising campaign will help support students and faculty, expand academic programs, fund research endeavors and strengthen innovation funds to meet the highest priority needs. The Campaign for UCSD has generated over $742 million to date, but there is still more than $258 million to raise before the campaign concludes in June 2007.
Prof. Rajesh Gupta on how the Intel equipment will benefit UCSD computer engineering programs. Length: 2:29 Prof. Tajana Simunic Rosing describes how graduate and undergraduate students will use the kits. Length: 3:44
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