HCMC promotes growth of chip industry

14:50 | 03/07/2017 Science - Technology

(VEN) - The Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Science and Technology and the Integrated Circuit Design Research and Education Center (ICDREC) recently announced the evaluation of 21 chip products. These products were developed based on capital sources from the Ministry of Science and Technology and the chip industry development program in Ho Chi Minh City.

Promoting commercialization

Tran Vinh Tuyen, deputy chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, said chip products must be commercialized to survive. Therefore, ICDREC and relevant units should endeavor to promote the commercialization of these products, contributing to strengthening development of the chip industry in Ho Chi Minh City.

The evaluated products include 8-bit and 32-bit microprocessors; 8-bit and 32-bit microprocessor IP cores; digital signal processing IP cores; and analog and mixed-signal IP cores. In addition, applied products consist of an electronic galvanometer, a cruise control system, RFID products, lighting systems, motorcycle black boxes and equipment to supervise and locate radioactive sources.

The evaluation of chip products will help gain market value, attract investors, promote technology transfer and accelerate the development of the chip industry in Ho Chi Minh City.

Ngo Duc Hoang, director of ICDREC, said the evaluation was independently implemented by the Vietnam Center for Science and Technology Evaluation under the Ministry of Science and Technology. Thanks to capital sources from the Ministry of Science and Technology and the chip industry development program in Ho Chi Minh City during the 2013-2020 period, ICDREC has produced high-value chip products, helping Vietnam to become one of the world’s chip designers.

Forming startup ecosystem

ICDREC has trained 500 professionals in the chip field and it aims to become a science and technology institute following the advanced model proposed by the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Science and Technology. Among its stated aims is establishing a chip design center.

Experts say that to help the chip industry develop, the state should provide financial support for chip products and for products with higher value, especially in transport and health.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Science and Technology and the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Information and Communications will coordinate to redesign the chip industry development program in order to suit actual conditions.

Universities, research institutes, businesses and investors are being urged to join the program in order to form an ecosystem for the chip industry.

Thao Ngoc