SAN JOSE, Calif. Fabless IC design house SiNova Semiconductor Inc. on Monday (Dec. 27) announced plans to establish a microelectronics design center in the Emirate of Dubai.
SiNova, headquartered in Dubai, will set up shop at the Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) technology park. SiNova is an integrated circuit developer of solutions for broadband applications.
The DSO is a technology park aimed at the microelectronics industry. It will include a microelectronics innovation center (MIC), fabrication plants, research and development centers, academic institutions, and residential areas.
The MIC, the first phase of the DSO development, will focus on providing next-generation ICs in such areas as wireless communications, network security, and multimedia. The DSO will offer "inexpensive regional engineering talent, cost-effective design tools, and high-end turnkey design infrastructure."
In October, Synopsys opened a dedicated facility for electronic design at the DSO. The agreement covers the volume purchase of EDA tools and intellectual property (IP) libraries (see Oct. 8 story).
The Emirate of Dubai has been attempting to move into electronics and information technology for some time. It was a backer, together with the Brandenburg region of Germany, of plans to build a silicon germanium wafer fab in in Frankfurt-an-der-Oder.
The $1.5 billion plan collapsed late in 2003 when Dubai insisted on the project being covered by public loan guarantees totaling $508 million but the state government declined to supply the guarantees (see Nov. 28, 2003 story).