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VLSI design conference pushes affordable tech

Posted: 08 Jan 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:VLSI  India design conference  embedded system 

The 23rd International Conference on VLSI Design and the 9th International Conference on Embedded Systems was inaugurated at the NIMHANS convention centre in Bangalore by wirelessly lighting the traditional lamp.

Organised by the VLSI Society of India (VSI), the event focuses on chip design, EDA and embedded systems. The theme chosen for this year's conference was Affordable Technology for Emerging Markets.

The event was marked by the presence of both professional and academic attendees and eminent personalities from across the industry. For the first time this year the entire conference was webcasted live, with over 700 delegates from India and abroad participated.

"An important if not the guiding factor in the coming decade is not only making the products right but doing the right product, which means, developing system engineering skills amongst the chip design community," said Biswadip Mitra, president and managing director, Texas Instruments India and the president of VSI, who inaugurated the event.

"India is acknowledged for its world class chip designing capabilities. In addition, we will see India becoming an important market for semiconductor products. This is a huge opportunity as the market is growing significantly in various vertical segments," Mitra added.

Dimitri Antoniadis

Inauguration: Dimitri Antoniadis (right), MIT, uses a wireless device to light the ceremonial lamp.

"Emerging markets are the future and India can lead the way", said Mahesh Mehendale, general co-chair and TI fellow and director, Centre of Excellence for Digital Video. "With emerging requirements, the focus will increasingly rest on more embedded semiconductor solutions. And slowly, but surely, the market shall see products and solutions that are made in India, for India. This makes the 23rd VLSI conference relevant and valuable. Bangalore, with its unique place in the semiconductor and embedded systems ecosystem, is well placed to help accelerate the growth vector for this industry."

Key notes
Dimitri Antoniadis, director, Focus Research Centre for materials structures and devices, MIT, delivered the inaugural keynote address on Nanoelectronics Challenges for the 21st century. Here he discussed the possible scenario for the introduction of novel nano-electronic devices.

Hermann Eul, member of management board and EVP, Infineon talked about Deep Sub-micron CMOS Technology—Challenges for Semiconductor IDM. He focussed on how the mobile internet trend pressurises cost and ongoing feature integration calling for deep sub-micron CMOS technology. He emphasised that it is necessary for the IDM to re-think the value proposition on manufacturing, the entire R&D value chain and the application support.

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