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2019

05/20

Overview of IC Industry and Current Situation of Talents in China

The World Semiconductor Conference, held in Nanjing from May 17 to 19, 2019, invites experts and representatives from the semiconductor industry, academia, scientific research, investment, services and the press at home and abroad to exchange actively and effectively on hot and difficult issues in the industry, and jointly discuss the frontier trends and development of the global semiconductor industry. Potential.


On May 18, Semiconductor Talents Forum and the Third Summit of Integrated Circuit Talents Development Forum were held smoothly during the conference.


At the meeting, the awarding ceremony of talent port in Jiangbei New Area and the launching ceremony of the Summer School of Integrated Circuit EDA Design and Elite Challenge Competition were held.

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At the forum, Royal College of Engineering, IEEE Fellow, BCS Fellow and Imperial College of Technology Professor Lu Yongqing shared themes around "Some Thoughts on Semiconductor Talents Development". Lu Yongqing believed that the ability of machine learning computing platforms such as financial computing, design optimization and machine vision determines the application efficiency of AI in various fields.


In the traditional calculation of program matching processor and the customized calculation of processor matching program, fixed value calculation has gradually become the core calculation method. Lu Yongqing said that the Imperial Institute of Technology's Custom Computing Research Group is composed of members from more than eight countries, aiming at improving design quality and productivity, promoting independent innovation, and supporting sharing and accumulation.


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Royal Academician of Engineering, IEEE Fellow, BCS Fellow, Professor Lu Yongqing of Imperial College of Technology


"The transformation process from research to practice is mainly divided into three directions: one is from AI functional requirements to customizable hardware and software computing architecture; the second is from computing architecture to customizable research platform: hardware and software automation design and optimization tools; and the third is from research platform to ecosystem: speeding up AI application development and reducing costs." Lu Yongqing said.


In 2018, the global integrated circuit industry market reached 468.8 billion US dollars, an increase of 13.7% over the previous year. In 2018, the annual sales of integrated circuit industry in China reached 653.2 billion yuan. The sales of design, manufacturing and sealing industries were 251.93 billion yuan, 181.82 billion yuan and 219.39 billion yuan, respectively. Among them, the growth rate of design and manufacturing industries was significantly faster than that of sealing and testing industries, and the proportion was further increased, and the industrial structure was more balanced.

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Xu Wei, Secretary-General of Shanghai Integrated Circuit Industry Association and Executive Vice President of Shanghai Huahong Hongli Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.


Xu Wei, Secretary-General of Shanghai Integrated Circuit Industry Association and Executive Vice President of Shanghai Huahong Hongli Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd., gave a keynote speech on "Encouraging Intelligence and Cultivating Talents, Encouraging Creation of"Core"Prosperous Industry" to share with you.


At the same time, Xu Wei said that the technology of integrated circuit industry in China has been greatly improved. The mainstream technologies, such as advanced technology and characteristic technology, design technology and sealing technology, have been developed and upgraded.


Integrated circuit is a talent-intensive industry, which requires high quality and quantity of talents. Data show that the proportion of technicians in IC manufacturing enterprises (including manufacturing and packaging) is more than 50%, while the proportion of technicians in chip design enterprises is more than 80%.


Xu Wei emphasized that in terms of talent supply, China currently mainly relies on the training of relevant talents in Colleges and universities combined with the introduction of high-end talents and the training of local talents. Although there are multiple ways of talent supply, the biggest challenges for the development of semiconductor industry in China are the large talent gap, intense talent seizure and malicious competition.



For the core challenges of talent shortage and suggestions for the development of integrated circuit industry talents, Xu Wei said that through the combination of University training, social training and enterprise self-cultivation and other personnel training mechanisms.

Ji Minghua, Senior Vice President and former Senior Vice President of SMIC Manufacturing Co., Ltd., said in his next speech, "Training High-tech Talents in the AI-IoT Era", that the successful development of high-tech industry is mainly related to talents. In the era of AI/Internet of Things, advanced platforms of big data, in-depth analysis and cloud computing can realize distance learning, job training, real-time diagnosis, resource sharing and so on, so that high-tech talents can rapidly grow in knowledge/experience.


However, with the improvement of efficiency and ability of engineers and management teams, and with the help of intelligent robots, the demand for talents can be greatly reduced. Therefore, talents will be transferred to more high-tech fields, and the high-tech fields will also develop rapidly.

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Ji Minghua, Senior Vice President and Former Senior Vice President of SMIC Manufacturing Co., Ltd.


Ji Minghua stressed that with the transfer of talents to high-tech fields and the rapid development of high-tech fields, the regional competitiveness gap will accelerate to expand. Rapid development of IC industry requires AI/IoT technology and new high-end talents, actively cultivate positive leaders, and manage people by system, so as to form a cycle to promote accelerated development.


For the development of China's semiconductor industry in 2019-2025, Ji Minghua also pointed out that, in view of the emergence of trade tensions, the best situation for China's semiconductor industry is industrial upgrading, and its driving force lies in breakthroughs in chip design and manufacturing technology; the worst situation is cheap substitution, that is, Chinese enterprises can not innovate, and local supply chains are used to produce low-value semiconductors. Body.

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Lian Yong, academician of Singapore Academy of Engineering, professor of IEEE Fellow and lecturer at Shanghai Jiaotong University, shared the topic of "Challenges of Intelligent Networking Age and IC Design Talents Training".


Lian Yong believes that smart chip design needs cross-border talents. There will be fewer and fewer general chips in the future. More chips need to be proficient in circuit design, ASIC design, familiar with algorithms and computer architecture, master the development of new devices, and understand the application of AI in various fields.

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Academician of Singapore Academy of Engineering, IEEE Fellow, Professor Lian Yong of Shanghai Jiaotong University


Professor Lian Yong has put forward some suggestions for the cultivation of intelligent chip design talents. He believes that the most important thing is to popularize chip design education, and at the same time, the government should strengthen the cultivation.

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Xie Zhifeng, General Manager of Science and Technology and Founder of Aixin Education


Xie Zhifeng, General Manager of Science and Technology of Core Alliance and founder of Aixin Education, is also very touched by the shortage of talents in the semiconductor industry. The demand for AI chips and talents in China has reached a very urgent and urgent stage. Xie Zhifeng, from his own experience and choice as a starting point, gives a thorough and concise account of the development of the semiconductor industry and the shortage of talents in China, and appeals for patience. Heart, willing to study, lay a good foundation for the development of China's semiconductor industry to contribute a force.