MMU launches hi-tech platforms

Electronic and electrical engineering students of Multimedia University (MMU) in Cyberjaya can now use 60 high technology development platforms featuring 25 state-of-the-art workstations and software amounting to more than RM1.5 million. 

As part of an Internet exchange architecture university programme, Intel Malaysia sponsored the development platforms featuring the Intel Internet Exchange Architecture (IXA) network processors for the university recently.  

The effort was aimed at providing information technology and electrical and electronics engineering students the opportunity to interact and learn more about Intel’s communications and computing technologies and help accelerate the introduction of new technologies in universities.  

“The programme provides students with valuable hands-on learning and access to the latest curriculum development,” said Intel Corporation (Asia and Europe Operations) general manager Cheok Lay Leng. 

Speaking at the launch of the IXA lab, Intel Malaysia managing director Gulsher Grewal said the lab would provide an important learning and research environment for students to develop new innovations in networking technology 

He added that it was important for students to have access to the best education and tools possible to enable Malaysia’s next generation to continue in the spirit of innovation and scientific discovery. 

Proposing a need to have an institution of higher education in Malaysia rated among the top 25 in the world in science, technology or engineering fields, Grewal said the university should find ways to attract the world’s best brains and best talents to Malaysia – to study, work and live here, and contribute towards making hi-tech centres in the country of world class standard. 

“We are excited to see that the ICT future that this nation is driving has led to MSC being laid out as a major hi-tech centre for the nation. We want this centre to flourish and grow as the nation grows into an ICT savvy nation,” he added. 

“With the setting up of this new Intel lab, MMU will be able to enhance the training provided to its students. This is especially more evident in the areas of advanced data communication and computer networking,” said MMU Chancellor Datuk Seri Dr Siti Hasmah Hj Mohd Ali in her speech at the launch. 

She added that this would further enhance the quality and industrial-relevance of the graduates that the university produces. 

“Intel’s IXA solution allows faster deployment speed for networks and telecom systems, lower deployment cost and upgrading possibility in the future,” said Grewal.  

“Just looking at Asia, the forecast is for about 400 million PCs to be in use by 2005/2006 and the world is expected to have one billion PCs in use in the same timeframe connected to each other via the Internet,” he added. 

To date, the Intel IXA university programme has benefited over 30 universities worldwide. Participating universities were selected among top engineering universities from around the world. 

Universities under the programme include Princeton University in USA and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.

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