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The IC/System design environment service of CIC scale up Taiwan’s research capacity

With the vision of “Global excellence, local impact,” NARL actively assists Taiwan's academic communities to boost their global research and development competitiveness of IC design in an international setting. It successfully helps the academic communities bring down their cost by sharing resources. Scholars and students could make good use of various free chip software and systematic design software, more than ten chip processes technologies and the implementation services provided by NARL-CIC to turn their ideas into actual chips.

Statistics show that the annual production value of IC design industry in Taiwan has almost tripled from NTD 150 billion ten years ago to NTD 410 billion in 2012. For the success of strengthening Taiwan's competition in semiconductor industry, NARL obviously plays the role as a key promoter behind the scenes.

The International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) is the world's most prestigious forum for the presentation of top research papers in integrated circuit design (IC design). Also widely known as the “Olympics” of IC design, ISSCC is the foremost global forum for the presentation of latest technological advancements in solid-state circuits and systems-on-chip.

Every year, due to the presentation of the most cutting edge technologies of semiconductors, scholars and leading industry players all view the flagship conference ISSCC as an indicator that tells the future development trend of semiconductors. Generally, papers accepted by ISSCC would be required of creativity as well as the proof of actual implementations. Therefore, global industry leaders, as well as the internationally renowned universities, all prefer ISSCC as the foremost occasion to announce their latest technology advances and research findings.

The 2013 ISSCC is the 60th annual meeting with 209 papers to be published. Nineteen research papers from Taiwan's business and academic sectors have been selected for presentation, and 13 of the 19 papers are academic researches. Such progress had greatly encouraged the academic communities in Taiwan. Among the accepted papers, 13 of them were developed with assistance of the software provided by NARL-CIC, and 5 of them, with different subjects and respectively from National Chiao Tung University, National Cheng Kung University, National Chung Chen University and National Tsing Hwa University, all made use of the IC/System fabrication environment service offered by NARL-CIC...full story



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