LONDON Chengdu ICC (CDICC), a government-funded organization that promotes integrated circuit (IC) design in Chengdu, China, has opened an IC design center in cooperation with EDA software vendor Magma Design Automation Inc. (San Jose, Calif.).
The National Integrated Circuit Design Industrialization Camp-Chengdu was established in July of 2001 with the official sanction of China's Science and Technology Ministry. The camp is one of seven IC design industrialization bases in China and is the only center located in inner China.
Magma did not say how much the donations of software and services would cost the company or how many engineers it expects to train over what period of time.
Magma will provide analog and digital IC design software and training in how to use its Talus and FineSim software to IC design companies in the National IC Design Chengdu Industrial Base. Talus, an integrated IC implementation platform, is used to develop chips in 45/40-nm process technology. FineSim supports multi-CPU simulation, providing three to four times faster simulation than traditional simulators while maintaining accuracy, Magma claimed.
"Chengdu Hi-tech is focused on building the semiconductor industry in western China," said Duan Zhigang, vice director of Chengdu Hi-tech Zone Innovation Service Center. "We work with leading IC design companies, wafer fabs, test and assembly providers, and other associated enterprises, including Fujitsu, Conexant, Freescale, Intel, SMIC, Panovasic, CSMSC, GoldTel and IPGoal, to create a complete industrial supply chain. With closer cooperation with Magma and the establishment of the Chengdu ICC-Magma IC design lab we further enhance the advantages of doing semiconductor business in western China."
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