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IIC-Taiwan: New take on IC design

Posted: 18 Aug 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IIC-Taiwan 2008? semiconductor? nanoelectronics? photovolataics?

If you think Taiwan is missing in semiconductor action, think again.

For years, Taiwan has made a name for itself in the computing arena, manufacturing computers for big brand names like Sony, NEC and Toshiba.

It may not be generating as much buzz as mainland China, India or Vietnam, but there is no denying that Taiwan is still a prime destination for key industry players.

For years, Taiwan has made a name for itself in the computing arena, manufacturing computers for big brand names like Sony, NEC and Toshiba. Now, Taiwan is making strides in other fields, particularly in automotive and wireless. Moreover, local companies such as Acer, Asus, Via, MediaTek, ProMOS and HTC are taking the global arena by storm, introducing products that compete side-by-side with established brands.

Taiwan aims to become more than just a production siteas conveyed in the "Challenge 2008 National Development Plan" formulated six years ago. The goal is to develop the R&D community, foster innovative high-tech industries, and entice local and multinational companies to set up regional R&D headquarters in Taiwan.

The IIC-Taiwan is envisioned to inspire innovation from design to manufacturing.

Taiwan is on track to meet these goals, no question about that. The Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA) expects Taiwan's semiconductor market to cross the NT$2 trillion mark (about $66.6 billion) by 2010. The TSIA also notes that Taiwan's chipmakers are aggressively pushing ahead with their 300mm wafer fab plans.

Market research firm IDC meanwhile, in its 2007 report mentioned that Taiwan's semiconductor market would experience moderate growth rate through 2012. Last year, the semiconductor market grew 2 percent. CAGR through 2012 is pegged at 1.2 percent. Nevertheless, even with these somewhat subdued figures, IDC sees great things in the automotive front. While computing will remain the largest semiconductor segment in Taiwan, accounting for 55 percent of the demand by 2012, automotive will be the fastest growing segment, forecasts IDC.

Moreover, the Ministry of Economic Affairs is expected to draw up a plan that will further boost the success of its semiconductor market.

Complete cycle
To showcase how far Taiwan has grown in its IC design and manufacturing skill sets, eMedia Asia Ltd, the joint venture between Global Sources and TechInsightsand the publisher of EE Times Asiawill hold the International IC-Taiwan Conference & Exhibition (IIC-Taiwan) from Sept. 9-11 at Taipei World Trade Center. Part of the highly successful IIC series in China, IIC-Taiwan aims to inspire design innovation at chip, board and system level by bringing together industry visionaries from international and regional technology vendors such as Atmel, Renesas and Wind River under one roof. Moreover, IIC-Taiwan, in its debut, will leverage on the past success of EDA & Test-Taiwan Conference & Exhibition (EDA&T-Taiwan) and Embedded Systems Conference-Taiwan (ESC-Taiwan) events. IIC-Taiwan offers the complete technology innovation cycle, providing participants with the most comprehensive platform for developing chip, board and system design.

"Systems design can no longer be isolated from procurement and manufacturing. Engineers need to focus on all elements that go into their designs," noted Mark Saunderson, president of Global Sources' Electronic Business Unit.

Joining forces
The IIC-Taiwan vision to inspire innovation from design to manufacturing is echoed further as it is held concurrently with Semicon Taiwan and HDMI Developers Conference. By co-locating with Semicon, IIC-Taiwan further solidifies its new specialized platform, covering the entire electronics spectrum. Semicon Taiwan highlights technologies used in the design and manufacturing of semiconductors, photovoltaics, nanoelectronics and related technologies.

Meanwhile, the tie-up with the HDMI Developers Conference will offer more opportunities to Taiwan design engineers to evaluate the latest specialized technologies and solutions. The HDMI Developers Conference is an event for consumer electronics and PC design engineers and product planners scouting for in-depth technical know-how and best practices in implementing HDMI in their upcoming products.

"IIC-Taiwan is the ideal channel to enter the Taiwan market and meet key decision-makers within Taiwan's electronics industry," stresses Saunderson.

- EE Times-Asia

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