China's first IC Innovation Forum was held in Dongguan's Songshan Lake Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone from 6th to 8th of July, 2011.
Songshan Lake (hereafter referred to as SSL) hosted a heated discussion concerning the best path for innovation of China's integrated circuitry (hereafter referred to as IC) industry. Famous IC design companies such as Spreadtrum, National Chip and Fudan Microelectronics appeared at SSL for the first time. Well-known industry leaders including Huawei, ZTE, Coolpad and BBK were also present.
China's first IC Innovation Forum was held in Dongguan's SSL Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone from 6th to 8th of July. Under the guidance of Guangdong's Provincial Economic & Information Technology Commission, the Forum was hosted by Dongguan's Municipal Government and the IC Design Branch of the China Semiconductor Industry Association. The Administration Committee of SSL's Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone and VeriSilicon Microelectronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd co-hosted the Forum.
Organized by Dongguan Songshan Lake IC Design Service Centre, Mr. Wu Daowen (Vice-Mayor of Dongguan's Municipal Government), Mr. Liu Ning (Deputy Director of the Administration Committee of SSL Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone), Mr. Song Tao (Appointed Adviser to Dongguan's Municipal Government and Chairman of Songshan Lake IC Design Service Centre) and other distinguished guests attended the Forum.
Over the past decade, China's IC industry has developed rapidly. Dongguan and the Pearl River Delta in general are focal areas for the electronics information industry, and also a region high in demand for computer chips. In recent years, Dongguan has been shifting and upgrading its infrastructure to address a deficiency in the high-end core technology industries, with initial steps concentrating on computer chips. The first China SSL IC Innovation Forum created a platform for IC design companies to listen closely to voices from industrial end users. After six brief press conferences for various product launches, representatives began a heated open discussion.
At the Forum, Song Tao vigorously promoted SSL to the guests and highlighted it's preferential policies supporting the development of the IC industry. "In recent years, SSL has made great efforts to develop its IC design industry via actively cooperating with world leading IC design companies and establishing a semiconductor talents pool. Professional industrial disciplines and microelectronics research centres have been established at local universities such as Dongguan's University of Technology and various other research institutions. Priority has been given to the introduction and training of IC design talents and determined efforts made to explore a service platform for IC design with other internationally renowned universities and research institutions. These efforts strive to shorten the disparity between Dongguan, indeed the Pearl River Delta in general, and leading domestic IC design industry regions." Song Tao invited enterprises to explore SSL and IC talents with a view towards starting businesses in SSL, and the mutually beneficial promotion and development of China's IC industry.