The MCCI Mission is to increase export revenue and employment of microelectronics companies located in Ireland.
MCCI will enable this mission by carrying out world-class industry-relevant circuit research developing a pool of IP and Skills relevant to these companies, thus giving them a competitive advantage.
Microelectronics Competence Centre Ireland (MCCI) is hosted by the Tyndall National Institute in collaboration with the University of Limerick with core funding of €1M per annum from the Irish government.
MCCI is led by an industry steering board and the research program is driven by its industry members. Companies can use MCCI to create projects and execute world-beating industry-relevant research in line with their business needs.
The focus of MCCI is on advanced Analogue, RF and Mixed-Signal circuit design with a central research theme of Digitally Assisted Analogue.
Currently there are 3 main application areas in MCCI each with a strong Digitally-Assisted-Analogue emphasis. These three areas are Power Management, High Speed Transceivers and Data-converters.
Companies may engage with MCCI through a number of models.
These include companies participating in MCCI core-funded collaborative projects, contract research or publically-funded bi-lateral projects in confidence with a research provider. In all cases the projects may benefit from access to MCCI skills, CAD tools and IP as well as MCCI expertise in teaming companies with the right research partner in Ireland.
For core-funded collaborative projects MCCI operates an industry-designed IP framework which protects members background IP, rewards project sponsors for their contributions to projects and gives early visibility and first options to MCCI members on any IP generated.
In addition MCCI members may design their own IP framework in partnership with collaborating research providers for non-core funded projects and may leverage existing off-the-shelf MCCI IP models to accelerate this.
MCCI is focused on delivering benefits to both industrial and academic research partners. Some of the benefits for industrial partners include:
- Full direction of a multi-million euro microelectronics research spend
- Creation of a skills pool in Ireland directly relevant to members
- Access to IP at competitive rates discounting for contributions
- First sight and first options on IP from MCCI projects
- MCCI facilitation of supplemental public funding applications
- Project access to MCCI CAD tools, IP and ASIC manufacturing