More than 175 companies and representatives of 30 countries converged on the city of Austin, Texas in the United States for the Design Automation Conference (DAC) last month. The conference is one of the world largest conferences in the field of electronic design held every year in the United States.
In 2013, apart from annual activities including technology exhibitions, technical workshops and academic seminars, to commemorate the conference’s 50th anniversary, DAC organised a special event called DAC Global Forum (http://www.dac.com/global+forum.aspx) including display of electronic design and manufacturing activities in different countries around the world.
Vietnam was represented by Dr. Dang Trong Trinh from the Master of Engineer (Electronic and Computer Engineering) program at RMIT Vietnam.
In his presentation, Dr. Trinh spoke of Vietnam as an ideal destination for international investors in the field of electronic design thanks to favourable elements including a huge consumer market for semiconductors, a high number of fresh and talented graduates from universities as well as strong support from the government.
“Many visitors came to me for more information about Vietnam,” Dr. Trinh said. “They were really surprised at the presence of Vietnam in the DAC-Global Forum and many said they had never heard of Vietnam when it came to semiconductor and electronic design.”
A number of Vietnamese expatriates expressed their delight at seeing a representative from Vietnam on such an international stage.
“India is the destination for software outsourcing, China is the destination for manufacturing offshore and Vietnam should be a destination for hardware design outsourcing,” an overseas Vietnamese told Dr. Trinh.
The plan for Ho Chi Minh City to construct the first chip foundry in 2014 indicates a bright future for the development of the chip design and manufacturing industry in Vietnam. Dr. Trinh said he believes in the near future there will be a specific chip that is not only designed in Vietnam but also fabricated here.
Vietnam enjoys having several reputable universities providing education in semiconductor integrated circuit design and fabrication including RMIT Vietnam, Hanoi University of Technology, HCM University of Technology and HCM University of Science. RMIT Vietnam is distinguished by providing comprehensive training not only in the digital design domain, but also in the analog and high speed design areas. RMIT also offers a unique test technology program addressing the needs of the fast growing semiconductor sector of economy and developed with support from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Instrumentation and Measurement Society Course development Award.