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Toshiba provides impetus to Brazil IC industry

Posted: 03 May 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Brazil IC industry  Toshiba engineer  semiconductor 

Under the auspices of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, Toshiba has sent it's engineers to support education of semiconductor engineers under the Brazilian government's "IC Brazil" project. The engineers will help boost the country's semiconductor industry, under the framework for reinforcing cooperation in economic and industrial development between Brazil and Japan.

The engineers arrived in Campinas, São Paulo in the middle of March, where they will provide training programme for a year.

Parallel training is also being carried out in Japan, where twenty Brazilian engineers in their 20s and 30s from the Werner von Braun Centre for Advanced Research, one of Brazil's leading electronic engineering research institutes, are in the middle of a five-month intensive programme in semiconductor design engineering at Toshiba's Microelectronics Centre in Kawasaki starting from January this year.

In April 2006, Japanese and Brazilian governments signed a memorandum of understanding on the introduction of an ISDB-T-based DTV system in Brazil and the enhancement of a Brazil electric and electronics industry in relation to the TV system. In line with this, Japan is cooperating with Brazil in executing a roadmap shared between Japan and Brazil governments towards cultivating a semiconductor industry.

Toshiba, seeking to support the development roadmap, undertook a comprehensive study of growing a domestic semiconductor industry in Brazil, including the feasibility of construction of semiconductor fabrication plants. The study found that steady and sustained growth of the Brazilian semiconductor industry would require, ahead of all else, training people who could build and drive forward the industry. The Toshiba engineers are in Brazil to support this process. Other key issues identified by the study included the need to reinforce infrastructure, including power supply, and to nurture the semiconductor market.

While there are various business models being employed in the worldwide semiconductor industry, Toshiba recognised that a knowledge-intensive fabless model that will allow Brazil to optimise use of its talented human resources will become the primary model to follow. The company will continue to share these findings and accompanying recommendations to concerned parties in both the Japanese and Brazilian governments.

"Brazil is a twenty-first century superpower, and we are very attracted to working with the country and its people. In the context of the ongoing dialogue between Japan and Brazil, Toshiba, as a private company, hopes to contribute positively to realisation of the Brazilian government's vision of long-term, steady development of a semiconductor industry," commented Shozo Saito, corporate senior VP and president and CEO of Toshiba. "In studying how we could best contribute, we saw that sustained progress will rest on securing excellent people who can take leadership. We want to develop people capable of doing that, and recognise that it is especially important to enhance skills in the essential field of semiconductor design. We are delighted to support this process."





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