By Cherry Sun
Aiming to forge stronger ties between the two technology heavyweights as partners in semiconductor industry innovation, SEMI and CASPA (Chinese American Semiconductor Professional Association) in mid July signed a strategic cooperation agreement to promote industry innovation between Silicon Valley and China. Under the agreement, SEMI and CASPA will work to connect Silicon Valley and China industry resources and encourage greater collaboration.
The agreement, signed at the “SIIP China Innovation and Investment Forum: Innovation at Scale: from IoT, Cloud to AI & ADAS” in Silicon Valley, supports key SEMI principles including free trade, open markets, intellectual property protection, global cooperation and innovation, said SEMI China president Lung Chu.
Speaking at the event attended by more 200 industry executives and visionaries, Chu noted that with 2019 expected to be another record year for fab and equipment investment and the semiconductor on track to reach $500 billion by next year, the time is ripe for greater cooperation between Silicon Valley and China. China and South Korea (Samsung) are driving sharp growth in global semiconductor equipment sales.
The global artificial intelligence (AI) industry is taking shape with companies ranging from startups and multinationals to semiconductor and Internet providers investing in AI research and development as China and the United States make the heaviest AI investments of all regions. A plethora of AI applications enabled by 5G will spur even greater IC demand.
Opening the event, SEMI president and CEO Ajit Manocha noted that technologies such as AI, Internet of Things (IoT) will transform our lives and that semiconductor industry leaders must cultivate a new generation of innovators to ensure continued industry growth.
Mark Ding, CEO of Shanghai Industrial Technology Research Institute (SITRI), said China is well-positioned to help goose semiconductor industry growth with its ample capital, lower capital expenditures and strong local market. He also noted that three keys to innovation are platforms, talent and capital.
Dr. Naveed Shervani, CEO of SiFive, the first fabless semiconductor company to build customized silicon based on the free and open RISC-V instruction set architecture, proposed goals for future semiconductor industry growth including reducing IC and IP costs and cutting design time.
Stuart Ching, VP of KULR Technology, a provider of thermal management technologies, pointed to the importance of lithium batteries. Those with higher energy density and lower cost would promote a range of power applications for mobile electronic equipment and lead to the mass production of solid-state batteries between 2023 and 2025.
Originally published on the SEMI blog.