Nordic Semiconductor has joined Nokia and MediaTek to help establish a new professorship in System-on-Chip (SoC) technologies for wireless systems at the University of Oulu, Finland. In sponsoring this professorship, Nordic further demonstrates its support for academia, education, and research across the fields of ICT and engineering, particularly in relation to the advantages of low power wireless connectivity.
According to Svein-Egil Nielsen, CTO of Nordic Semiconductor, this type of cooperation with a research institution such as the University of Oulu represents a wonderful opportunity to contribute towards research and innovation for future wireless technology.
“At Nordic Semiconductor we make the world’s best chips and development solutions for low power wireless IoT connectivity. We do this across a variety of protocols from proprietary to Bluetooth to Wi-Fi and all the way to LTE,” says Nielsen.
“Oulu is a hotbed for wireless technology with a long history of wireless innovation. We expect the professorship to provide new and exciting industry-leading research and enable new building blocks for future IoT radios, including domains from system design and algorithms up to embedded software and SoC reference implementations. We also believe the professorship will further enhance the interest in wireless education at the Oulu University.”
The five-year position is directed to investigate and develop the design of SoC technologies with an emphasis on wireless applications of SoCs to enable data rates toward 1 Tbps for 6G, a cellular technology widely predicted to be at the forefront of future wireless innovation.
“The ICT ecosystem in Oulu has been among the world leaders in the creation of wireless technology for 3G, 4G, and 5G,” says Professor Markku Juntti from Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu.
“Now we are pioneering 6G, which will change the world again probably even more than the previous cellular generations have done. The System-on-Chip technology is the workhorse putting 5G to wide use now and it will be doing the same for 6G in the 2030s.”