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Advancing toward the Era of IoT and AI; NARLabs and National Taiwan University Establish Semiconductor Chip Design Laboratory

The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) has long been committed to the research and development of key technologies in the semiconductor industry. To keep up with the development of next-generation semiconductors and maintain Taiwan's competitiveness in chip design, MOST has been actively planning out R&D for frontier technologies and fostering high-tech manpower in the industry. In addition, MOST has supported NARLabs' Taiwan Semiconductor Research Institute (TSRI) in setting up a chip design laboratory, which will serve as an open R&D environment for local academic and research teams and help to train experts in chip design, from design to manufacturing, through hands-on experience.

TSRI has set up several new laboratories at its headquarters in Hsinchu and at National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, and on April 25, opened the NARLabs-TSRI Chip Design Laboratory in cooperation with National Taiwan University (NTU). These laboratories will facilitate research on chip design conducted by students from higher education institutions in different regions, enhance their chip design capabilities through hands-on experience, and promote new industrial technology applications.

The NARLabs-TSRI Chip Design Laboratory is located at NTU's MK Innovation Hall. TSRI and the National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC) of NARLabs, in cooperation with NTU's College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Graduate Institute of Electronics Engineering, have jointly invested resources to build this highly efficient, secure, and forward-looking chip design environment with more than 40 pings and 20 seats. The new laboratory will not only save time for NTU faculty and students and research teams from northern Taiwan who used to commute to the TSRI headquarters in Hsinchu, but overall computing speed in the lab has also been increased by more than 30%. Faster computing speed will accelerate the chip design process for research teams and allow master's and doctoral students to test out their creative ideas as they conduct dissertation research, thus strengthening Taiwan's talent pool in chip design. Dr. Bou-Wen Lin, Acting President of NARLabs, stated that TSRI has provided Taiwan's academic and research communities with a chip design environment and tape-out resources that follow international trends and will effectively support basic scientific research, cultivate high-tech manpower, and help to maintain Taiwan's competitiveness in semiconductor technology and industry.