Center for Nanoelectronics and Devices (CND)

In 2011, the consumer electronics industry generated revenues in excess of $1 trillion. Despite market fluctuations, these revenues have been growing steadily over the past four decades. Local and regional shares in this industry have, thus far, been very limited. However, with correct planning and vision, this industry can become significantly developed, which will serve to increase national income and create local and regional high-tech jobs. This development will help elevate the region’s advancement and aid in its transition to a knowledge-based economy.

The CND aims to create an environment in which the electronics industry can thrive in the region.

It also aims to prepare a highly trained cadre of professionals. In doing so, the center hopes to develop strong ties with international and local industry in this field.

In view of the above, the CND is working on two main goals. The first goal is to serve the industry by reducing certain obstacles that would allow for the increased creation and continued functioning of start-ups. This can be achieved by providing training that will generate more qualified engineering graduates in the field of very-large-scale integration (VLSI). The center is also working in collaboration with the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) with the aim of providing multiple services to academia and industry. These services include a computer automated design (CAD) cloud, prototyping support and well-equipped testing laboratories.

The second goal is to provide an atmosphere that will allow senior designers and researchers to conduct world-class industry-related research. This research will generate valuable intellectual properties (IPs) and will eventually benefit local industry.

The CND includes more than ten distinguished senior researchers and 25 junior researchers working on many exciting projects. These projects are being conducted in collaboration with top international research groups across the globe, in addition to top multinational companies including Intel and Mentor Graphics.