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03/27/07 - Decicon Sponsors Microelectronics Research at Yeditepe University

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Decicon, a Silicon Valley integrated circuit development firm and Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey, agreed to collaborate on research projects in analog circuit design. Decicon will propose and sponsor projects in return for access to qualified researchers at Yeditepe University's Electrical and Electronics Engineering department.

Yeditepe's Professor Dr. Ugur Cilingiroglu of the Electrical and Electronics Engineering department has agreed to commit his Masters and Ph.D students to conduct the research in return for a cash grant from Decicon. Cilingiroglu joined Yeditepe in 2005 after a distinguished career at Texas A&M University and Istanbul Technical University. He served 12 years at Texas A&M where his last five years were spent as a full professor teaching various electronics courses, including analog and digital integrated circuit design. He holds 10 patents, has published 45 papers, and a book titled "Systematic Analysis of Bipolar and MOS Transistors".

Cilingiroglu said, "We are very proud of being selected by Decicon as a partner for intellectual property creation. Their reputation as a provider of innovative IC solutions will make our task far more challenging than usual, but we have the enthusiastic support of Yeditepe administration and a wealth of analog/mixed-signal IC design experience to meet the challenge. This partnership will enable us at Yeditepe to maintain cutting edge R&D in areas relevant to IC design business worldwide. I hope it proves to be equally beneficial for Decicon."

Decicon's CEO Ismail Okter is also eager and believes that this is just the beginning of a journey. "We believe Turkey has great potential to provide engineering resources to the world. Dr. Cilingiroglu's work at Yeditepe University and the quality of his research students attest to this," said Okter. He knows Cilingiroglu's capabilities first hand, since together they established Turkey's very first microelectronics laboratory in Istanbul Technical University. Cilingiroglu chose to stay on the academic track while Okter decided to venture into the commercial world by starting Decicon in Silicon Valley. Now their paths cross once more as they launch potentially another first in Turkish microelectronics industry; circuit design outsourcing.

This sort of collaboration with the industry shows Yeditepe University's commitment to industry oriented research. Yeditepe's President of the Board of Trustees, Bedrettin Dalan's recent announcement of the imminent start of Yeditepe's technopark construction further demonstrates this commitment. He said, "We are determined to make a mark in Turkey's technology road map through our commitment to industry oriented research, collaboration with progressive firms and top quality education."

ABOUT YEDITEPE UNIVERSITY - Founded in 1996 by Bedrettin Dalan, Yeditepe University is a private university with an all-English curriculum, modern educational facilities including three hospitals and a clinic, on 125,000 square meters in Istanbul. It is run according to the rules and regulations stated in the framework of Turkey's Higher Education Council.

ABOUT DECICON - Founded in 1996 by analog and mixed-signal design experts Ismail Okter and Ates Gurcan, Decicon is a privately held Silicon Valley firm with over a hundred million integrated circuits shipped carrying its intellectual property. Decicon is focused on developing portable power management and low power serial interface technologies.


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