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Taiwan, India a good fit to lead in SOCs, says report

Posted: 14 Mar 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:soc? embedded software? digital ic?

India's software and chip design expertise and Taiwan's manufacturing prowess are a natural fit that should allow the combination to lead the world in digital ICs for consumer electronics according to a NetIndia123 report, quoting executives speaking in Bangalore, India.

A Taiwan-based consortium which includes three leading silicon foundries and a number of academic research departments wants to form links with Indian embedded software and chip design firms to develop system chips (SoC) for next-generation digital products, the report said.

Formed in January 2000 the Taiwan SoC consortium, originally known as the Silicon IP Consortium, was formed by the Industrial Technology and Researcj Institute and now includes TSMC, UMC and Chartered Semiconductor among its members along with MediaTek Inc. and Macronix International Co. Ltd.

On a visit to Bangalore the consortium's president, Steve Lin, said Taiwan and Indian firms could collaborate on reusable protocol stacks for wireless and broadband communication, multimedia and embedded software for digital consumer SoC and reusable silicon IPs, the report said.

"India is strong in embedded software development, protocol stacks and chip designing, while Taiwan is known for semiconductor manufacturing. There are opportunities for cooperation in this segment, which is poised to become a multibillion dollar market in the coming years," the report quoted Lin as saying.

"A combination of Indian and Taiwan firms will be a best blend for providing low-cost, high quality and large volumes that can match the best in the world," the report quoted S. Janakiraman, the president for R&D services at MindTree Consulting saying.

The Taiwan SoC consortium is now set to sign an agreement with the Bangalore-based Indian Semiconductor Association (ISA) on collaboration during its next visit to India, the report said.

- Peter Clarke

Silicon Strategies

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