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2012 Corporate Citizenship Report

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Worldwide University Program | Global design contests | Southwest Academy of Nanoelectronics | Texas Analog Center of Excellence

We promote and enable innovation by collaborating with universities, associations and leading high-tech companies that are often our own customers.

Our technologists participate in industry forums, standards committees, educational committees, technical conferences and university research roadmap development reviews, among other activities. Together, we evaluate product performance and capacity to meet product requirements, regulations and technological shifts, as well as other challenges and opportunities.

Worldwide University Program

For more than 30 years, we have forged relationships with universities that span the globe through our Worldwide University Program, which is designed to:
  • Provide university educators, researchers, and undergraduate and graduate students with the latest analog and embedded processing hardware and software to inspire innovation and help them effectively demonstrate the potential of their ideas.
  • Partner with educators to integrate our technology into course curricula for hands-on learning, and to equip students with technology to complete design and research projects that will hone their skills and abilities.
  • Increase the knowledge base of future engineers so they understand and utilize our technology within their engineering education and develop the skills needed to tackle tomorrow's most challenging problems. In time, we benefit in multiple ways - either when these students graduate and start their careers at TI or when they become future customers.
IIn more than 4,000 labs in hundreds of universities worldwide, we are reaching more than 250,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Our product contributions facilitate the development of innovative breakthrough products – from new gaming systems to biomedical electronics, mechanical/mechatronics, imaging and video applications, and products that help reduce society's environmental footprint.

They also enable the next generation of engineering students to graduate with even more industry-relevant skills by working on the same development platforms used by our customers today.

Global design contests

Since the 1990s, we have sponsored global design contests for undergraduate engineering students, particularly those in their senior year. This gives us the opportunity to directly engage with young and creative engineers and identify future talent. Students gain experience working with our products to develop creative solutions, while complementing their coursework to build the skills they need.

While competitions are administered differently in various regions, they have common goals. In China, for example, we encourage innovation around particular embedded processing platforms, and sponsor sections of a national design competition in which thousands of students use many of our analog and microcontroller chips.

In the U.S., we launched our TI Analog Design Contest in 2008 to encourage students to reach a higher level of engineering analysis, originality, quality and creativity in designs that feature our analog integrated circuits. We have since expanded the contest to students in the U.S., Canada, Europe and India. Regional contests also are held in China and other parts of Asia. Over the past five years, more than 100,000 students worldwide have participated.

We award cash prizes annually to local contest winners. Finalists then go on to compete at the national or international level. In North America, finalists attend the Engibous Summit in Dallas, home of our headquarters. That winner takes home the $10,000 Engibous Prize. Similar prizes are awarded in other regions.

Southwest Academy of Nanoelectronics

TI committed $5 million in 2007 to help endow faculty positions at the University of Texas (UT) at Dallas, UT Austin and UT Arlington to help launch the Southwest Academy of Nanoelectronics (SWAN). SWAN is a collaboration that includes the UT system, the state of Texas, the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and industry partners

SWAN's goal is to advance nanoelectronics education, research and commercialization. Over a five-year commitment period, our $5 million donation was matched by $25 million from the other participants. TI and SRC have extended their commitments through 2015.

Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE)

Texas Governor Rick Perry created the Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE) in 2008 in response to the rapidly growing analog integrated circuit market. TI, the Semiconductor Research Corporation's Global Research Collaboration, the University of Texas (UT) System and the State of Texas Emerging Technology Fund funded the creation of TxACE, a $32 million analog design research center at UT Dallas.