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Taiwan seeks chip partners in India

Posted: 16 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association? IC design? embedded design? Powerchip? Synopsys?

A 19-member team from the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA) recently visited India's silicon hub in Bangalore to explore partnerships in chip design and embedded software with its counterparts in the sub-continent.

Recognizing India's core strengths in two areas of the IC triple-playdesign capabilities and software development, including EDA toolsmajor Taiwan chip and electronic hardware manufacturers have expressed interest in engaging Indian firms to meet their requirements on a long-term basis.

During a panel discussion between TSIA and the India Semiconductor Association (ISA), TSIA president T.Y. Wu said that in the absence of an ecosystem and industry infrastructure for setting up manufacturing units, including fabs, in India, Taiwan firms would be ready to tap the IC design and embedded software development skills of Indian engineers.

"Since Taiwan is an established manufacturing hub in the semiconductor industry, we see a great potential to outsource a host of requirements ranging from chip design, testing, packaging and embedded software to developing IPs from our Indian counterparts," Wu said. Choon-Leong Lou, president and CEO of Star-Quest Technologies Inc., a Taiwan semiconductor firm with presence in China, Japan, Korea and Singapore, said his company would be willing to invest in India or collaborate with Indian firms to build a supply chain management (SCM) system covering areas from testing and packaging to IP creation and design services.

"As part of our de-risking strategy and geographic expansion of the market, collaborations or joint ventures with Indian firms will be a win-win situation for competing globally and capturing the world market," Choon pointed out.

Scale up resources
To build a sound ecosystem and a strong SCM base, Choon said Indian firms would have to build domain know-how in the IC sector and scale up their resourceshuman and capitalto meet the requirements of the Taiwan IC industry.

Lauding TSIA initiatives to foster partnerships with Indian firms, ISA chairman Rajendra Khare said the association would come out with a strategic blueprint in the next six to eight months to facilitate collaborations between Indian and Taiwan industries so as to leverage and complement their respective strengths.

"We are looking forward to the government's IC policy, which is expected to be announced soon. Besides proactive measures and enabling infrastructure, a single-window clearance facility will help the nascent IC industry to replicate the success of the Indian software sector in the next ten years," Khare said.

Stressing the need to move up the value chain, especially in the area of IP creation, Khare said that with a paradigm shift in the global IC industry, stakeholders in the areas of design, embedded software and manufacturing have become interdependent.

The TSIA delegation included Powerchip Semiconductor VP Eric Tang, Nanya Technology VP Paul Chiang, Etron Technology VP Yung-Ching Hsieh and Synopsys Taiwan strategic sales manager Robert Li.

As one of the major IC producers in the world, the Taiwan IC industry's revenue is expected to reach about $60 billion by 2010, compared to about $20 billion in 2005.

- Gulab Chand
EE Times-India

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