Survey reveals mainland China's major chip design companies invest in world-leading 28nm technology
EE Times-China announces results of its 10th yearly survey on China's fabless semiconductor industry; it also awards the mainland's top IC design houses at annual industry event
SHENZHEN, Sept. 6, 2011 – Mainland China's leading IC design businesses have adopted cutting-edge 28nm technology to develop chips, while 9.2 percent of local fabless companies are mass producing digital ICs using advanced 45nm or below process technologies, according to the 10th annual IC Design House Survey conducted by EE Times-China, a design engineering title of Global Sources' (NASDAQ: GSOL) joint venture subsidiary, eMedia Asia Limited.
Results of the Survey were announced today at the "2011 IC Design Industry CEO Forum & China IC Design House Awards", with over 150 senior executives from mainland China's IC design industry attending the event. Awards were presented to the Top 10 China Brands, Top 10 Most Promising IC Design Houses, Top 10 Outstanding Technical Support, as well as 25 Hot Products in five categories.
"In the past decade, we have witnessed the emergence and rapid growth of mainland China's IC design industry. When we first started our Survey in 2002, only 20 percent of local IC design firms used 0.25µm or below process technologies, while over 72 percent of their counterparts in the U.S. used 0.18µm or below technologies. Even five years ago, the industry was at least two generations behind the U.S. in terms of process technology," said Brandon Smith, publisher of EE Times-China.
"But this year's Survey indicates that mainland China's leading chip design companies are investing in advanced technologies such as the 28nm designs in order to reduce time-to-market and compete in the global market," Smith added.
Rising use of Taiwan foundries
Mainland China's IC design industry is on a high-growth path. In a recent IHS iSuppli research, operations by fabless semiconductor companies in mainland China are forecasted to generate
Dr. Wayne Dai, Chairman & CEO of Shanghai-based IC design firm VeriSilicon, said, "The current global environment is very conducive to the rapid development of mainland China's semiconductor companies. The focus of the world's semiconductor industry is increasingly shifting towards mainland China, which accounts for one-third of the global market. Mainland China's share of the world market is expected to continue to increase, and the government's support should help to further promote the industry's development."
Consumer electronics drives industry development
Currently, 9.2 percent of respondent companies are mass producing digital ICs using 45nm or below process technologies. In the next few years, more major chip design companies in mainland China are expected to successfully develop ICs using advanced 40nm and 28nm process, although 65nm products are expected to be the mainstream in the digital IC segment, according to EE Times-China analysts.
While 23.2 percent and 27.5 percent of respondent companies are using 0.13µm process technologies to make analog and mixed signal ICs, respectively, these two sectors continue to be dominated by 0.18µm and 0.35µm processes.
Other key findings of the Survey:
Mainland China's top chip design companies and products recognized
Analogix Semiconductor, Fuzhou Rockchip Electronics, Hangzhou Silan Microelectronics, HiSilicon Technologies, Ingenic Semiconductor, RDA Microelectronics, SG Micro, Shanghai AWINIC Technology, Shanghai Fudan Microelectronics and Spreadtrum Communications.
ChipLink Semiconductor, Dioo Microcircuits, Eshine-ic, KT Micro, Leadcore Technology, Panovasic Technology, SENODIA Technologies, Shanghai InfoTM Microelectronics, Shenzhen Chipsea Technologies and Shenzhen Ruichips Semiconductor.
BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing, China Resources Powtech (Shanghai), Hangzhou infix-IP Microelectronics, KrossPower, Shanghai Huahong Integrated Circuit, SINOWEALTH Electronic, SuperPix Micro Technology, VeriSilicon Holdings, Wuxi Si-power Micro-Electronics and Xian Semipower Electronic Technology
EE Times-China analysts have also selected this year's hottest local IC products in five categories:
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