Bram Nauta, a scientist from Twente, receives prestigious award for his work in Chiptech

It is raining awards for Bram Nauta, a researcher at the University of Twente. Last night, his work in chip technology earned him the Spinoza Prize and Stevin Prize, which were awarded to him by demissionary Minister Robbert Dijkgraaf of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. These prizes are the highest awards in Dutch research, awarded to Dutch researchers whose work and knowledge is aimed to benefit society.

As a professor of integrated design at the University of Twente, Bram Nauta designed the Nauta circuit. This integrated circuit laid the foundation for energy-efficient Bluetooth and WiFi chips. His invention has become the standard in the chiptech sector. Everyone now uses these inventions on a daily basis, e.g. when using smartphones that are more compact than before, because of the circuit he designed, or the micro-electronic devices that have become more energy efficient. His work has also been important for the development of wireless communication technologies, such as 5G, WiFi, and Bluetooth.

The Stevin Prize primarily honours the social impact of research. The achievement of winning this award earns the UT scientist 1.5 million euros to spend on scientific research and activities to gain knowledge that will further benefit society. The NWO awards the Stevin Prize for at most twice a year.

Want to learn more about the ChipTech developments in Twente? In the ChipTech cluster of Twente, great strides are being made, and the collaborating partners are preparing a national strategy for Semicon, Fotonica, and Quantum. You can read more about this on the ChipTech Twente website.

Date: 5 October 2023 |

Author: Wendy Kloezeman

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