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Semi industry calls for R&D, India focus

Posted: 13 Jan 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:VLSI 2009  EDA software contest  R&D  Made for India 

Leading industry executives have called on the Indian semiconductor industry to look beyond its services success and play an expanded role in R&D. At the 22nd international conference on VLSI design and 8th international conference on embedded systems, which had successfully concluded, India-specific innovation was another key message, with India being a growing consumer market that offers immense opportunities in sectors like telecom, healthcare and energy. Early efforts at such innovation were showcased at the "Made for India" forum, which was a key highlight of the conference that witnessed over 800 local and foreign delegates.

The winners of the first-ever EDA software contest were also announced and presented with awards. Anupam Bakshi of Agnisys won the second prize and the first prize was jointly awarded to C. Karfa, D. Sakar and C. Mandal of IIT Kharagpur.

According to Dr. Ajoy K. Bose, chairman, president and CEO of Atrenta, "It has been proven time and again that moving design abstraction to the next level is required if technology is to advance. In today's environment, this concept needs to be applied creatively to the current challenges being faced by the industry, which go beyond technical and complexity issues to significant economic and business factors."

In his remarks, organising chair and Mentor Graphics' director of engineering Rajiv Sehgal said, "VLSI has always been a platform of choice for the industry in this region and with the debut of 'Made for India' platform this year, we have taken a step towards catalyzing India-specific innovation. It is a sign of the conference's value and role that despite the tough economic climate and 26/11 [Mumbai attacks], VLSI 2009 was received and attended well."

According to Atul Jain, tutorial chair and Texas Instruments director for Wireless India Design, "An important aspect of VLSI conference is the increased collaboration it fosters between industry and academia through its various events and participation of faculty and students. This year we focused on VLSI design along with embedded software and received a large number of proposals, which were then reviewed by over seventy experts from the industry and academia across the world."

Highlights of the conference include interactive panel discussions on diverse topics. A discussion titled "Why is design automation and reuse of analogue designs increasingly trailing the world?" brought out a comparative analysis of analogue and digital IP development. Another, titled "EDA Made-in-India, Fact or Fiction?" witnessed a heated debate on India's true role in R&D for EDA. There was also a discussion on "solutions for small cars," which was part of the "Made for India" forum, and a panel discussion on industry-academia collaboration.

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