Inauguration of TÜTEL Project Being Held

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Inauguration of the TÜTEL (Integrated Circuit Design and Training Laboratory) Project, which was initiated by TÜBİTAK Informatics and Information Security Research Center (BİLGEM) was held on 5 November of 2015 at TÜBİTAK TÜSSİDE. Financially supported by the East Marmara Development Agency (MARKA), the project inauguration brought many names together. Among these were Gebze District Governor Mehmet Arslan, Gebze Technical University Rector Prof. Dr. Haluk Görgün, TÜBİTAK President Prof. Dr. A. Arif Ergin, TÜBİTAK Vice President Orkun Hasekioğlu (PhD), TÜBİTAK BİLGEM President Prof. Dr. Hacı Ali Mantar and other high-level officials from the related institutions. 

The program commenced with the inauguration speech of Prof. Dr. A. Arif Ergin, followed by those of Orkun Hasekioğlu (PhD), Prof. Dr. Hacı Ali Mantar and the project manager Salih Ergün (PhD). 
With the project initiated by TÜBİTAK İLGEM and funded by MARKA, it is aimed to lay the foundation of collaboration both at home and abroad, and to conduct training, design, development, test, production and awareness-raising activities. Additionally, the project intends to form a central organization for universities and firms in the region to meet their needs for integrated circuit design. The project activities also include the following: organization of programs for integrated circuit design training, maintenance of software and licensing necessary for CAD tools that are used in integrated circuit designs and establishment of national and international collaborations for integrated circuit design. 

Besides, VLSI Design and Education Center (VDEC) within the University of Tokyo is expected to support the project both economically and technically during the processes of integrated circuit design and production.  

With the project, it is planned to establish an ecosystem from where all stakeholders (researchers, firms, universities, citizens) could benefit, and to increase know-how in this scope. It is also planned that Semiconductor Technologies Research Laboratory (YİTAL) within BİLGEM will provide services for the industry as well. Additionally, it is aimed that Turkey will acquire its technological independence in microelectronics thanks to the project.