Cadence Design Systems has set up an academic network in Europe to promote education in leading-edge technologies at top engineering universities there. The initiative will establish a knowledge network of European universities, research institutes, industry advisors, and Cadence to share expertise in verification, design, and implementation of microelectronic circuits. The institutions were picked for strength in areas like analog mixed-signal, Radio Frequency (RF), and low power design. These categories have been identified as key challenges in the electronics industry in the coming years. Three universities have signed onto the network. The University of Heidelberg will lead high-level verification methodology, the Technical University of Ilmenau will focus on RF design methodology, and the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg will be the lead university for analog mixed-signal methodology. The Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania, the University of Bristol, UK, and the University of Pavia in Italy are also planning to join, according to Cadence. Cadence will provide software, training and design methodology instruction to each of the institutions. Once trained in the latest techniques with leading-edge software, the universities will share their knowledge with other academic and research institutions. "This network provides an exchange platform for the industry, academia and Cadence to stimulate the use of leading-edge technology at these universities," Sean Redmond, vice president of EMEA for Cadence, said in a statement. "We are enthusiastic about this initiative and believe that the broad portfolio of Cadence solutions provides a perfect instrument to transfer up-to-date design methodology."