AMD to lead R&D projects with universities

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

US chip manufacturer AMD has chosen Brazil for a group of select countries where the company is investing in partnerships with universities and other institutions of higher learning to jointly develop R&D projects, news source IP News reported.

São Paulo state's Unicamp (Universidade Estadual de Campinas) was the first university selected in Brazil. It will host an R&D project led by teachers from the IT department, with a focus on developing new technologies. AMD will guide the institution's researchers and share results from its own studies related to the area of the Unicamp project.

Brazil is the first Latin American country picked for this project, AMD said. Throughout the world, AMD has selected top universities from Germany, the UK and India.

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According to AMD Brasil head Ronaldo Miranda, the country was selected due to its great potential in the IT field. "We intend to establish long-term partnerships and relationships that bring together the company's goals and the country's industrial policies in science and technology," he was quoted as saying.

The Unicamp-AMD project is said to be based on developing applications that use open source tools, such as computing language OpenCL, an architecture programming framework that streamlines graphics and data processing.