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VLSI design conference to focus on nano-electronics

Posted: 16 Nov 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:VLSI design  international conference  NIMHANS Convention Centre  Bangalore 

The 20th international conference on VLSI design and the 6th international conference on embedded systems, a global industry conference representing all aspects of the semiconductor design ecosystem has called for registrations from interested participants, with special offers for registrations before November 26, 2006.

The 20th international conference on VLSI design, to be held from January 6-10, 2007 at the NIMHANS Convention Centre, Bangalore and will focus on the role of nano-electronics and the challenges ahead for the semicon industry, especially in CMOS technology in the nanometre dimension.

About 1,200 professionals in the VLSI design and embedded systems space will converge in India's silicon hub to explore opportunities in nano-electronics for expanding the product portfolio.

"Advances being made in chip designing and embedded systems have opened up a host of opportunities to enhance the performance of components. With the size of chips shrinking and the number of transistors increasing, nano-electronics will determine the future of products in terms of features and applications," Texas Instruments managing director Biswadip Mitra told EE Times India here.

There is an extensive five-day program, which will consist of regular paper sessions - with over 150 papers on cutting edge work, special sessions, embedded tutorials, panel discussions, design contest, industrial exhibits. To be attended by leading industrialists, academics and top design engineers, the five-day conference, including plenary sessions and tutorials on the semicon design ecosystem will also deliberate on topics ranging from low-power design to System-on-Chip (SoC) designs and radio frequency.

"Though the Indian software and services sector has established in the global market, the hardware sector consisting of semiconductor (chips), VLSI design and electronics manufacturing is fast catching up, thanks to the sound ecosystem built over the last two decades. With the domestic market witnessing a growing demand for electronic products and high-tech gadgets in diverse verticals such as mobiles, consumer durables, home appliances, security systems and automobiles, the industry is at an inflection point," Mitra said.

Unlike its software services, the Indian semicon industry is still young, with just 180 firms, majority of them multinationals, operating in VLSI design, embedded systems and manufacturing.

Since size does matter, the conference will for the first time focus on scaling in terms of human resources, investments and capacity. A recent study by the Indian Semiconductor Association (ISA) and Frost & Sullivan has revealed the industry has 60,000 engineers in embedded systems, 11,000 in VLSI design and 5,000 in hardware segment.

Estimates for the next decade indicate manpower in the industry will grow ten-fold to 7.5 lakhs, consisting of about 6.8 lakhs in embedded systems, 75,000 in VLSI design and 10,000 in manufacturing.

"The semicon industry revenue is set to increase by four fold by 2010 from Rs.4,621 crore ($1 billion) currently. By 2015, the ISA study projects the industry will account for around 12 per cent of the national GDP," A. Anandkumar, Magma Design Automation India managing director said.

Besides products and applications, innovation, intellectual property issues and venture capital funding will dominate the proceedings. Till date, the organisers have received 432 technical papers to be presented at the tutorials and special/regular sessions.

To ensure greater participation by the student community, the organisers are granting about 250 fellowships to attend the tutorials. A large number of faculty members from leading engineering colleges and technical institutes have been invited for first-hand exposure and training sessions.

About 50 leading firms will display their products and technologies during the conference. Among the topics listed for discussions are devices, circuits and applications and SoC communication under organic electronics.

In the architecture space, sessions will be held on research and trends, RF analysis and simulation on RF and SiP methodology, automated application engine, synthesis from C algorithms, performance debugging of complex embedded systems and microprocessors.

Keynote speakers include Xilinx Corporation CEO Wim Roelandts, NXP Semiconductors vice-president J Augusto De Oliveira, Stanford University's computer system lab director Mark Horowitz, Cornell University's nano facility professor Sandip Tiwari, National Semiconductors chief technologist Ahmed Bahai, and Texas Instruments CTO Ajith Amerasekera.

- Gulab Chand
  EE Times India

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