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Toshiba helps boost Brazil IC industry

Posted: 26 Apr 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Brazil IC industry? Toshiba engineer? semiconductor?

Two Toshiba Corp. semiconductor design engineers are in Brazil to help boost the country's semiconductor industry, under the framework for reinforcing cooperation in economic and industrial development between Brazil and Japan.

The Toshiba semiconductor design engineers are in Brazil under the auspices of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, to support education of semiconductor engineers under the Brazilian government's "IC Brazil" project, which seeks to nurture semiconductor industry as a growth industry. The engineers arrived in Campinas, S?o Paulo in the middle of March, where they will provide training program for a year.

Parallel training is also being carried out in Japan, where twenty Brazilian engineers in their 20s and 30s from the Werner von Braun Center for Advanced Research, one of Brazil's leading electronic engineering research institutes, are in the middle of a five-month intensive program in semiconductor design engineering at Toshiba's Microelectronics Center in Kawasaki starting from January this year.

In April 2006, Japanese and Brazilian governments signed a memorandum of understanding on the introduction of an ISDB-T-based DTV system in Brazil and the enhancement of a Brazil electric and electronics industry in relation to the TV system. In line with this, Japan is cooperating with Brazil in executing a roadmap shared between Japan and Brazil governments towards cultivating a semiconductor industry.

Toshiba, seeking to support the development roadmap, undertook a comprehensive study of growing a domestic semiconductor industry in Brazil, including the feasibility of construction of semiconductor fabrication plants. The study found that steady and sustained growth of the Brazilian semiconductor industry would require, ahead of all else, training people who could build and drive forward the industry. The Toshiba engineers are in Brazil to support this process. Other key issues identified by the study included the need to reinforce infrastructure, including power supply, and to nurture the semiconductor market.

While there are various business models being employed in the worldwide semiconductor industry, Toshiba recognized that a knowledge-intensive fabless model that will allow Brazil to optimize use of its talented human resources will become the primary model to follow. The company will continue to share these findings and accompanying recommendations to concerned parties in both the Japanese and Brazilian governments.

"Brazil is a twenty-first century superpower, and we are very attracted to working with the country and its people. In the context of the ongoing dialogue between Japan and Brazil, Toshiba, as a private company, hopes to contribute positively to realization of the Brazilian government's vision of long-term, steady development of a semiconductor industry," commented Shozo Saito, corporate senior VP and president and CEO of Toshiba. "In studying how we could best contribute, we saw that sustained progress will rest on securing excellent people who can take leadership. We want to develop people capable of doing that, and recognize that it is especially important to enhance skills in the essential field of semiconductor design. We are delighted to support this process."

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