The Georgia Institute of Technology announced on Tuesday, Feb. 5, that it has received a software donation valued at $90 million from Agilent Technologies Inc., a Santa Clara, Calif.-based company with which the university has had a longstanding relationship.
The in-kind donation to the university’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering over a three-year period includes Agilent electronic design automation (EDA) software, support and training, and comes on the heels of a similar $40 million gift the company made in 2010 that represented a two year commitment ending in 2012 and a donation in 2007 valued at $13 million.
The Georgia Electronic Design Center at the electrical and computer engineering school specifically benefited from the gifts over the years as it pursues the advancement of electronics and photonics for high frequency broadband, mixed signal devices and circuits and systems.
EDA is a category of software tools for designing electronic systems such as printed circuit boards and integrated circuits.
The donation is given as part of the company’s university alliance program, which over the years has included hundreds of universities in the Americas, Asia and Europe.
In addition to providing training for Georgia Tech students the software is to be available to companies that support the electrical and computer engineering school.
“We realize that universities and start-up incubator programs play a crucial role in pushing the limits of EDA tools; feedback from our partnership with Georgia Tech helps us target our development investments to make sure our products support leading-edge technology development,” Todd Cutler, general manager of Agilent EEsof EDA, said in a news release.
Agilent has 20,500 employees who serve customers in more than 100 countries, according to the release that states its annual revenues at $6.9 billion in fiscal 2012.
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