The Centro Nacional de Tecnologia Eletrônica Avançada S.A (CEITEC - National Center for Advanced Electronic Technology) is a Brazilian technology
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 center specialized in project
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 development and fabrication in microelectronics
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, i.e. integrated circuit
Integrated circuit
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s, or "chips". This center is one of the agents for the Brazilian Microelectronics Program (PNM - Programa Nacional de Microeletrônica).

The main objective of CEITEC is to provide an incentive to the production of semiconductor
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 components and microeletronics education
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. This project is part of the technology and industrial development policy of the federal Brazilian government. The initiative is a result of a partnership between governmental entities, universities
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, research
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 centers and companies and will be operating in Porto Alegre
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, state of Rio Grande do Sul
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 in a 13,650 m² facility divided into:


CEITEC played an important role until 2008 preparing workers for the Brazilian semiconductor industry.


  • To offer infrastructure
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    in form of labs, equipments and human resources to companies, research and development (R&D) centers and universities in order to promote the microelectronic technology in Brazil.
  • Stimulate the local development in microelectronic projects and education, which implies new qualified jobs and income distribution.


  • Support human resources qualification in integrated circuit production processes;
  • Provide integrated circuit production services to industries and for scientific and technological research purposes;
  • Stimulate the construction of a national network of technological services, enabling the qualification of electronics products and processes;
  • Transfer technology on microelectronics to companies in the electronics sector for the competitive qualification of products, processes, and services.
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