Chip giant Synopsys to help Vietnam develop semiconductor industry

By Hoang Ky   September 20, 2023 | 01:01 am PT
Chip giant Synopsys to help Vietnam develop semiconductor industry
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (F) visits the headquarters of Synopsys in California, Sept. 18, 2023. Photo by Nhat Bac
U.S. chip giant Synopsys has signed a memorandum with a unit of the Ministry of Information and Communications to support the development of the semiconductor industry in Vietnam.

The signing took place on Sept. 18 (U.S. time) at the headquarters of Synopsys in San Francisco, California, under the witness of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh during his working trip.

The memorandum states that Synopsys will support the Department of Information Technology and Communications Industry in creating a plan to establish a semiconductor research center.

Synopsys’ technology is set to be used as samples and prototypes for semiconductor production.

Nguyen Thien Nghia, deputy head of the department, said that the partnership with Synopsys allows Vietnamese engineers to be trained by one of the best chip designers in the world.

Robert Li, head of sales and customer success group serving Taiwan, Southeast Asia, and India, said that his company is committed to helping Vietnam expand human resources in designing and manufacturing semiconductors.

The company also signed a memorandum with the National Innovation Center under the Ministry of Planning and Investment to develop human resources in chip designing.

Synopsis will help establish a center to train designers in Hanoi’s Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park, including providing training materials.

"Vietnam has adequate capacity, a stable political system, and a favorable geographical location to develop the semiconductor industry," said investment minister Nguyen Chi Dung.

PM Chinh said that his visit to the company was to realize the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between the U.S. and Vietnam.

"We hope that the company will expand its manufacturing and supply chain in Vietnam," he said.

Synopsys, established in 1986, is known for its technology in automation, semiconductors, and security.

Chinh is on a six-day trip to the U.S. After San Francisco, he will leave for Washington and New York.

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