Qualcomm Incorporated today announced its plans to establish an Integrated Circuit (IC) Design and Engineering R&D center in Singapore. The company is also working with Nan Chiau Primary School and Microsoft on the WE Learn mobile education project as part of its Wireless Reach initiative. The project will bring 3G smartphones the students and teachers of Nan Chiau Primary to create a 21st century classroom experience for Singapore students.
The new IC Design and Engineering R&D operations will focus on processor design and development, which include analog and power design; mixed signal design; digital design; mask layout design; and pre and post silicon verification.
"We are delighted to expand our Singapore operations by establishing a world-class IC Design and Engineering R&D facility. This facility will deliver power and innovative chipset designs that will continue to improve the mobile experience for consumers," said Jim Lederer, executive vice president and general manager for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies.
Besides being one of the most vibrant and highest growth areas for wireless and semiconductor industries in the world, Singapore was also chosen because of strong intellectual property rights and more than ten years of successful operations here.
"Electronics is one of the largest industries in Singapore. We are excited that Qualcomm, the world's largest fabless semiconductor company, is setting up an IC Design & Engineering R&D Centre in Singapore, further establishing Singapore as an international hub for its chipset business. This is a significant addition to our electronics semiconductor ecosystem. It affirms Singapore as the choice location in Asia for companies to drive global operational efficiency and conduct R&D," said Mr. Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State for Trade and Industry.
With a grant from Qualcomm's Wireless Reach Initiative, the WE Learn project is providing 3G-enabled Nokia Lumia 710 smartphones powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon processors to 350 third-grade students and their teachers at Nan Chiau Primary School.
The Nokia Lumia 710 phones are equipped with MyDesk, a next-generation mobile learning platform tailored to leverage the capabilities of Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system. Students can access their assignments, podcasts on relevant websites, textual material, video clips and educational apps such as concept mapping via MyDesk.
Files created by students on their phones are backed-up and synchronized to a cloud-based Teaching Management System. This provides each student an electronic portfolio that parents and teachers can access for grading and feedback purposes. MyDesk, the Teaching Management System, many of its related apps and an always-visible, Digital Class Message Board are currently being built by undergraduates at the University of Michigan.
Mr. Tan, Principal of Nan Chiau Primary School commented that these tools will give the students the means to take responsibility for their own learning and enable teachers to provide individualized mentoring.
The National Institute of Education of Singapore is also assisting teachers with the development of customized curriculum in English, Science and Chinese that leverages the benefits of mobile, Internet-connected, learning devices and provides students with new learning opportunities that are not possible with paper and pencil.