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Cloud Provides Chip Design Education to Developing Countries

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Semiconductor Research Corp. and Silicon Cloud International (SCI) are deploying electronic design automation hardware and software in a private cloud accessible to researchers and doctoral candidates at universities around the world with the goal of educating and training new complex system-on-chip design engineers in developing countries.

"There are several countries in the world — Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brazil, Pakistan, Slovakia, Algeria, and many more — that have identified chip design as part of their national agenda, as a vehicle to move the country's economy from manufacturing and assembly to a more knowledge-based economy that increases their per capita income and makes them a bigger player in the higher-paying portion of the semiconductor supply chain," says SCI CEO Mojy Chian. The development of the Internet of Things (IoT) has intensified the interest in chip design because IoT devices have many local applications that create opportunities for developing countries to become more involved in the design aspect of the semiconductor supply chain.

Chian says the new cloud services are unique in that they provide instructional materials in addition to enabling users to open up adjacent windows and perform the computer-aided design functions.

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