BEIJING Cadence Design Systems Inc. has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese Ministry of Education to develop a national IC design training program, the company said Wednesday (Nov. 26).
The program will initially focus on nine of China's top universities, for which Cadence (San Jose, Calif.) has agreed to provide IC design and EDA courses and help with design projects. "We are extremely proud that the Chinese government has chosen Cadence to help China build a strong foundation as it becomes a global leader in IC design," said Ray Bingham, president and chief executive officer of Cadence.
The following universities have been selected by the ministry to participate in the program: Peking University and Tsinghua University, Beijing; Fudan University, Jiaotong University and Southeast University, Jiangsu; Zhejiang University and Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Hubei; Xidian University, Shanxi; and Chengdu Electronic Science & Technology University, Sichuan.
The government's target is to train 300 students per year, per university at the master's and doctoral levels.
"It will bring both academic and practical training to approximately 3,000 students every year and this is just the beginning," said Lei Chaozi, vice general director of the science and technology department at the Ministry of Education.
In addition to providing input to the development of the universities' curricula, Cadence will provide advanced IC design and EDA courses plus practical laboratory sessions to cover the IC design cycle, from initial concept to the realization of complete, automated electronic designs.
Specific courses will be offered in functional verification, digital IC design, customer IC design, design for manufacturing and silicon-package-board codesign.
In March, representatives from the education ministry and 14 Chinese engineering universities visited Cadence's headquarters to study current and future skill sets needed by the semiconductor industry.