Renesas Design Viet Nam Targets Gate and Headcount Growth
Tsuneo Sato, president and CEO at Renesas Design Viet Nam Co., Ltd., anticipates a significant rise in SoC design complexity, but shrinking project schedules, over the next few years. Managing these opposing business and technology drivers, while growing the design center headcount by as much as 5x, requires both careful planning and working with partners who are committed to helping RVC achieve their goals.
As a design subsidiary of a leading semiconductor company Renesas Technology Corp., Renesas Design Viet Nam Co., Ltd (RVC) was established in Viet Nam in October 2004. It operates as one of the company’s global design centers, designing core system LSI products. With a focus on strengthening system solutions, it has high growth ambitions with plans to secure more than 500 technical employees in the center by 2008. This expansion will be supported by the burgeoning demand for consumer electronics products in the region.
The Renesas RVC Team
RVC is the first company to specialize in semiconductor design in Viet Nam. Tsuneo Sato, president and CEO at RVC, describes the company’s market focus. “We are primarily focused on the design of SoC products for three main markets: digital consumer goods, mobile telephones and vehicles. However, we are also considering partially including the design and development of product lines such as microcomputers and various IPs (Intellectual Properties).”
SoCs for Renesas' SH-Mobile application processors are used in mobile phones and also for high-volume consumer electronics products, such as a digital TV, DVD and automobile information systems, including GPS navigation.
“With the growing complexity of designs, it has become much more difficult to integrate the various IP functions on a chip,” explains Tsuneo Sato. “We expect this trend to continue for a while. For our designs, the number of integrated gates is 10M at the moment, but with the move to 65nm fine wafer processes we expect to be integrating more than 30M gates on a single SoC chip by 2008. Furthermore, we expect to have to reduce our development cycle by about half over the same period, to meet our customers’ market demands.”
RVC also sees specific design and verification challenges ahead. Tsuneo Sato sees the solution to these challenges coming from setting specific quality goals. “As for our goal, RVC is aiming for zero-defect design. Based on a three-year plan formulated to achieve this goal, we want to build a comprehensive structure for system LSI design from a global perspective. One of the key requirements is to identify and reject defects in the earliest stages of design and at the earliest feasible time. Of course, the time for any redesign must also be compressed as much as possible.”
Design Flow Choice
RVC adopted Synopsys' solutions to address their extreme and growing design challenges because they require the highest-quality tools and IP for their SoCs. Furthermore, Synopsys has demonstrated commitment to supporting the growth of SoC design expertise within the region.
Synopsys has a close working relationship with Renesas Technology Corp. at many of its worldwide facilities. "We have used Synopsys solutions worldwide with great success for our design activities to develop and implement SoCs for our focused applications," explained Tsuneo Sato.
RVC is making extensive use of Synopsys' Galaxy™ Design and Discovery™ Verification Platforms, as well as Synopsys' DesignWare® Library intellectual property (IP). Tsuneo Sato cites other reasons for working with Synopsys, apart from helping to speed the development of their complex SoCs. “Many of our customers are using Synopsys for their own product design. Maintaining compatibility with them on the use of EDA tools can help us to be more productive and better predict project schedules and design performance. With Synopsys working on innovative design methodologies in close partnership with the semiconductor industry, we know that Synopsys’ solutions will continue to meet our growing design and verification complexity challenges.”
About Renesas Design Viet Nam Co., Ltd (RVC)
RVC was established in 2004 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Renesas Technology Corp.
The company’s business operations include general SoC design, encompassing hardware design, software design, logic verification and evaluation. The company employs around 100 people, as of June 2006.
Renesas Technology Corp. is one of the world’s leading semiconductor system solutions providers for mobile, automotive and PC/AV (Audio Visual) markets and is the world’s No.1 supplier of microcontrollers. It is also a leading provider of LCD driver ICs, smart card microcontrollers, RF-ICs, high power amplifiers, mixed signal ICs, system-on-chip (SoC), system-in-package (SiP) and more. Established in 2003 as a joint venture between Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501, NYSE:HIT) and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TSE:6503), Renesas Technology achieved consolidated revenue of 906 billion JPY in FY2005 (end of March 2006). Renesas Technology is based in Tokyo, Japan and has a global network of manufacturing, design and sales operations in around 20 countries with about 26,200 employees worldwide.
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