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‘Pune can become chip design capital’: CM

Posted: 08 Jan 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Pune  VLSI Design  chip design  EDA 

Pune, a city which has witnessed huge growth in its VLSI and embedded community over the past few years, hosted its very first VLSI Design conference. The 26th International Conference on VLSI Design & 12th on Embedded Systems was inaugurated by Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan at the Hyatt, in Pune.

�The chip design industry started in Bangalore, and the next destination was Delhi & NCR. Pune started late. But, we have the potential to take away the title from Bangalore and become chip design capital of India,� said Chavan�an engineering graduate from BITS Pilani, who also did his masters from the University of California, Berkeley.


Maharashtra CM inaugurates VLSI Design 2013

Chavan said that the focus should be on setting up joint facilities and invest in expensive EDA tools. �We should create facilities in Pune where EDA tools are setup, and companies can sign up for use of those tools.�

Secondly, we still need to improve the quality of manpower in and around Pune, felt Chavan. �Educational institutes and universities should work on bringing high-quality, low-cost and industry-ready manpower.�

Besides this, Chavan added that there should be a joint effort towards setting up of chip design training and incubation centres in the region. In order to promote manufacturing in the region, he said that the semiconductor companies interested in investing in Maharashtra in the form of fabs and manufacturing units would get a rebate on VAT.

�We are fully committed to work with the industry to put Pune on the global semiconductor map,� he signed off.


VLSI Exhibition

VLSI Design 2013, themed �Green Technology - A New Era for Electronics�, witnessed over 800 visitors, including 400 students and over 30 exhibitor�s booths. Industry presentation sessions, panel discussions, a Design Contest, and an Education Forum are also part of this conference.

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