Cadence to Create China's First National IC Design Training Program

12/1/2003 - Cadence Design Systems, Inc. signed a landmark memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Education (MOE) to develop China's first national IC design training program. The historic MOU sets the framework for the China National IC Design Talent Incubation Project. The program will initially focus on nine of China's top universities. Cadence® will provide wide-ranging support for the initiative, from IC design and EDA courses to jointly developed 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. "We are also particularly honored that the government has chosen Cadence as its sole partner to provide EDA technology and training. At Cadence, we share the same vision as the Ministry of Education—to nurture IC design talent in China— which will ultimately help grow our presence and leadership position in China."

The following universities have been selected by the MOE 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. Cadence will work directly with each university to determine the details of the program. The government's target is to train 300 students per year, per university at the master's and doctorate levels.

"In terms of scale and complexity, this is the first IC design program of its kind in China," said Lei Chaozi, vice general director of the Science and Technology department at the Ministry of Education. "It will bring both academic and practical training to approximately 3,000 students every year—and this is just the beginning.

We have a long-term commitment to support and train China's IC design talent, which means that we intend to both intensify our endeavors and extend the program to other universities in the future. This is a winning combination—for the students and professors, for Cadence and, above all, for China's electronics industry, which will benefit from a constant stream of engineering talent."

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 complete IC design cycle, from the initial concept to the realization of complete, automated electronic design solutions.

Specific courses will be offered in functional verification, digital IC design, customer IC design, design for manufacturing and silicon-package-board co-design. Teaching tools and aids, including course books, laboratory reference materials and related statistics, will be included.

Cadence will also provide Train the Trainer sessions, both in China and overseas, to enable university professors to develop and teach advanced curricula and to take up overseas internship opportunities.

The MOU represents the latest investment Cadence is making into educational programs in China. In October, Cadence and Beijing Zhongguancun Software Education Investment Co Ltd, a consortium of Beijing-based investment companies and the Beijing government, formally opened the pioneering US$30 million Zhongguancun Cadence Institute of Software Technology (ZCIST). In 2002, Cadence opened its High Speed Technology Center in Shanghai.

In March 2003, representatives from China's Ministry of Education and fourteen Chinese software engineering universities visited Cadence headquarters in San Jose, Calif., to gain a better understanding of current and future skill-sets needed by the semiconductor industry.

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