Journal class

Semiconductor chip design center planned for West Lafayette – Indianapolis Business Journal

A Taiwan-based semiconductor company is partnering with Purdue University to establish a new chip design center on the West Lafayette campus.

MediaTek USA announced on Tuesday that the center, which is expected to create up to 30 jobs, represents its first partnership with an American university, as well as a new growth model for the company.

The partners did not immediately disclose the financial investment in the center, which will be located at the Convergence Center for Innovation and Collaboration in Purdue’s Discovery Park district.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. said the partnership will focus on chip design in engineering education, as well as joint research on next-generation chip design.

IEDC has offered MediaTek USA up to $1.4 million in conditional tax credits, which the company can claim once Hoosier workers are hired for the new jobs. The Purdue Research Foundation offered additional incentives.

“We strongly believe that being in Indiana means we will have access to some of the best engineering talent in the world,” Kou-Hung Lawrence Loh, MediaTek senior vice president and president of MediaTek USA, said in remarks. written. “Not just at Purdue, but West Lafayette is only a four-hour drive from nearly a dozen of the nation’s top engineering schools. In the post-pandemic world, top candidates tell us they want to be closer to home, closer to family, and that they want to have a real home and good schools.Indiana offers all of this and more.

The partnership was announced at the SelectUSA Investment Summit by Governor Eric Holcomb, Indiana Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers and Mung Chiang, dean of Purdue College of Engineering and president-elect of the university.

MediaTek is billed as the fourth largest global semiconductor company in the world. The company provides chips for wireless communications, high-definition televisions and mobile devices, among other products.

MediaTek employs more than 19,000 people worldwide and plans to start hiring soon for electrical engineering and chip design positions in West Lafayette, he said.

IEDC said the partnership establishes a new microelectronics ecosystem in West Lafayette. The announcement comes less than a month after the state launched the Task Force on Accelerating Microelectronics Production and Development with the goal of becoming a leader in the semiconductor industry.

“Today’s investment in MediaTek’s Chip Design Center is a testament to Indiana’s advanced manufacturing expertise, our world-class academic talent combined with our state’s best business-friendly climate and focus on the higher-wage industries of the future,” Chambers said. “Our team expects MediaTek’s announcement to be just the beginning of semiconductor investing in Indiana, and in the years to come, the AMPD Task Force will be instrumental in facilitate the continued investment momentum of this critically important industry towards the state.”

Late last month, Purdue detailed its plans to launch a semiconductor degree program. The university says it will work with MediaTek to create new programs leading to a degree in chip design engineering, as well as research into artificial intelligence and communications chip design.