Phenikaa to train 8,000 semiconductor chip design engineers

April 25, 2024 | 16:08
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Phenikaa Group sets the goal of training more than 8,000 semiconductor chip design engineers with international certificates by 2030.

Vietnam has great potential to become a new semiconductor centre of the world. To develop the semiconductor industry's workforce to achieve the goal of having 50,000 semiconductor engineers by 2030, close coordination is required between relevant parties such as the government, state agencies, large private enterprises, research institutes and universities to develop and implement this project.

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As one of the leading technological-industrial groups in Vietnam, Phenikaa Group officially participates in the semiconductor industry in Vietnam with strategic investments, including establishing Phenikaa Semiconductor Training Centre with the aim of training high-quality human resources; launching a spin-off company in IC design and manufacturing; and introducing the IC design major into its formal training programme at Phenikaa University during 2024-2025.

With the most modern equipment, Phenikaa Semiconductor Training Centre will conduct research and training activities in IC design, semiconductors, technology transfer, international cooperation, resource mobilisation, and collaboration and cooperation with domestic and foreign partners to promote research and training activities on chip design.

With a team of instructors as leading experts and engineers in Vietnam and the world, a close network of connections with extensive domestic and foreign partners/companies, and a state-of-the-art equipment system, this centre sets a goal of training more than 8,000 IC design engineers with international certificates and training at least 12,000 engineers and high-level workers with international certification to work in ATP factories by 2030 in digital and analogue chip design, chip manufacturing, packaging, and testing.

Students will have the opportunity to practice in the world's advanced virtualisation systems that only large chip companies in the world are willing to invest in. These are technologies that make a difference in the chip design process, helping to speed up the design and verification of highly complex chip lines.

With diverse courses of the duration from 3-12 months and the training curriculum certified by advanced chip technology corporations in the world such as Synopsys, graduates will have the opportunity to work immediately if meeting the centre’s quality assessment standards.

Robert Li, Synopsys’ vice president for sales in Taiwan and Southeast Asia said, "The Phenikaa Semiconductor Training Centre is currently the centre with the largest and most modern facilities in Southeast Asia, with chip virtualisation systems ZeBu 4, ZeBu 5, HAPS, servers and the most advanced chip design software.”

According to Le Anh Son, Phenikaa’s deputy general director, the additional IC design part helps enhance the Phenikaa ecosystem. In addition to related design process such as simulation and emulation, Phenikaa also cooperates with the world's leading chip companies to perform tape-out process.

The training programme will be supported by the world's leading IC companies and IC training institutions so that graduates will be qualified and can find jobs during or after their training course.

Furthermore, Phenikaa will also launch a spin-off company focusing on designing and manufacturing smart, advanced, and highly efficient chips, thereby affirming the Group's outstanding capacity in R&D and applying science and technology to create products that can be applied to life, Son added.

On May 4, at Phenikaa University in Yen Nghia, Ha Dong, Hanoi, prestigious international organisations will organise a conference with the topic "International conference on Vietnamese semiconductor human resources in the global supply chain."

The event is expected to have the participation of leaders from the central and provincial governmental agencies, research institutes and universities along with relevant Vietnamese and international organisations and experts in semiconductors.

Phenikaa to train 8,000 semiconductor chip design engineers
The conference is held by Phenikaa Group at Phenikaa University in cooperation with reputable international organisations

At the conference, the participants and experts will share information and discuss the status of semiconductor human resources in the world, the global need for semiconductor human resources, as well as the human resources needed to contribute to attracting investment and promoting the semiconductor industry in Vietnam.

At the event, the Phenikaa’s Semiconductor Training Centre will sign a cooperation agreement with leading semiconductor enterprises to promote its potential and strengths, aiming to develop high-quality human resources for Vietnam and the world.

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By Thanh Van

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