HCM CITY — Agreements to set up integrated circuit design centres in the south and train engineers were signed between the IC Design Research and Education Centre and nine universities and other institutions (ICDREC) last Friday.
ICDREC belongs to the Viet Nam National University - HCM City (NUH).
ICDREC will co-ordinate with the Sai Gon Industry Corp to provide funding and training in IC design to these universities.
The universities include the University of Technologies, the University of Natural Sciences, the International University and the University of Information Technology under the NUH and the Institute of Postal and Telecommunication Technology in HCM City.
The agreements are part of a project titled "œDesign and Create Chips, Cards, RFID (Readers and Build Application System) and Build Application Systems" valued at VND145.8 billion (US$7 million) by ICDREC and the Sai Gon Industry Corp.
The project, funded by the Government, was unveiled by the NUH in November 2011 after getting approval from the Ministry of Science and Technology.
It will seek to design and experimentally produce 32-bit microprocessor chips with low capacity and high competitiveness besides related IP cores to later produce RFID HF and UH chips, RFID readers, and some other systems requiring RFID cards.
Once completed, the experimental products will be sold by ICDREC and the Sai Gon Industry Corp who have pumped $1 million into the project.
The four-year project is in line with HCM City's policies to boost the chip industry in the city, ICDREC director Ngo Duc Hoang told the signing ceremony. — VNS