The Institute for Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) has set up a new high-tech research centre in Belfast.
ECIT was formed in 2003 to commercialise expertise in a variety of digital communications technologies at the schools of electrical and electronic engineering and computer science at Queen’s University Belfast.
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The institute aims to provide a focus for extending the global links the university has already established with major partners and research centres.
The 40,000 square foot facility is located at the Northern Ireland Science Park on Belfast’s waterfront.
ECIT received funding to build the facility from the European Union, Invest Northern Ireland and the Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland.
The institute plans to focus initially on broadband wireless communications, data security and telecoms software, among others.
The facility is staffed by 120 academics, researchers and administrators and has financial backing from companies including BT and Infineon.