In our smart everything world, we continue demanding greater capabilities from silicon chips for the increasingly smarter applications we rely on daily. Yet, a significant semiconductor engineering talent gap looms across the globe, threatening to stall the pace of innovation. Synopsys is committed to fostering a globally diverse supply of semiconductor industry talent and resources. To this end, our latest collaboration is with Vietnam, a nation that we have long believed holds great promise as an important part of the global semiconductor supply chain.
Today, we signed two memorandums of understanding (MoUs):
- Our MoU with the Vietnam National Innovation Center (NIC), which operates under the country’s Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), is aimed at advancing the IC design workforce there. With Synopsys’ support, NIC plans to build up the infrastructure for a new semiconductor design incubation center at Hoa Lac High-Tech Park in Hanoi.
- A second MoU with the Authority of Information and Communication Technologies Industry (AICTI) of Vietnam, under the country’s Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC), is targeted toward advancing semiconductor development in the country. As part of this effort, Synopsys is supporting the AICTI’s establishment of a Vietnam semiconductor research institute. We plan to consult and provide insights as the AICTI drafts its strategic plan to set up an initial R&D fab and a high-end emulation center to cultivate advanced IC design start-ups and facilitate R&D fab production capability in Vietnam.
To commemorate the signing of these two MoUs, we had the honor today of hosting a delegation from Vietnam including His Excellency, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at our headquarters in Sunnyvale, California. Prime Minister Pham met earlier this month with President Biden, who visited Hanoi and participated in the Vietnam-U.S. Innovation & Investment Summit. During the visit, the White House highlighted Synopsys’ investment in the Hanoi IC design incubation center, part of a series of commitments from President Biden and Vietnam General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong via a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between the two countries.
“This is a time of unprecedented opportunity for Synopsys as semiconductor R&D continues unabated to harness AI and to capture the many opportunities in a world of 'Smart Everything',” said Joachim Kunkel, GM of the Solutions Group at Synopsys, who participated in the Vietnam delegation visit. “Not only is Synopsys a catalyst for chip innovation, we are also committed to ensuring a strong, global semiconductor ecosystem. This includes our commitment to the growth and development of our critical industry in Vietnam.”