The Middle Kingdom Aims for Chip Design Dominance

November 27, 2020

No big deal. Just one more example of technological diffusion. Well, that’s a positive way to explain what’s going on. “China Aims to Shake US Grip on Chip Design Tools” reports:

Shanghai Hejian Industrial Software, founded in May, hired a high-ranking, China-based R&D executive from Synopsys in late October, according to two sources familiar with the matter. The executive worked for the U.S. company for nearly two decades, they said. Shanghai Hejian Industrial Software is backed by the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission Of Shanghai Municipal Government and renowned Chinese venture capital firm Summitview Capital, according to online disclosures by the company. The third startup, Amedac, was founded in September 2019 by Chieh Ni, a former vice president of Synopsys China who worked with the U.S. company for 10 years. Synopsys, moreover, holds a more than 20% stake in the startup and Ge Qun, global senior vice president at Synopsys and chairman of its China operations, serves as one of the board directors at Amedac. Other key investors of Amedac include Summitview Capital, and the state-owned Institute of Microelectronics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

What’s up? The Middle Kingdom crowd wants to become the chow chow of chip design. Not familiar with these fun beasts? Why not get acquainted?

The former employees of US chip design companies are likely to rely on these fine animals to protect their labs, meeting rooms, and manufacturing facilities? One never knows when the Chihuahuas from the US Department of Commerce will want to romp.

Stephen E Arnold, November 26, 2020

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