Malaysia announces Southeast Asia’s largest integrated circuit design park, attracts SoftBank’s ARM and Faison

KUALA LUMPUR (April 22): The Selangor state government, through its digital economy arm Selangor Information Technology and Digital Economy Corporation (Sidec), has announced the establishment of what is billed as the largest integrated circuit (IC) design hub in Puchong. I plan to lead. In Southeast Asia.

The project, in collaboration with the federal government, international semiconductor companies and venture capitalists, is a strategic move to position Malaysia as a potential powerhouse in the global IC design industry.

Sidec CEO Yong Kai Ping said Malaysia urgently needs to seize opportunities in chip design to move up the semiconductor value chain amid increasing competition.

“The IC Design Park will bring Malaysia closer to the front-end IC design segment from back-end processes such as packaging and testing,” he said in a statement on Monday.

The proposed IC design park is expected to be operational by July 2024 and has already secured the involvement of four partner companies including ARM Ltd, Phison Malaysia, SkyeChip Sdn Bhd and Shenzhen Semiconductor Industry Association. There is.

ARM, a subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, specializes in providing intellectual property (IP) cores and related technologies for processors and is a prominent company in the global semiconductor industry. We license our designs to over 1,000 global partners including Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung.

Founded in 2000 by Datuk Pua Khein-Seng, famous for inventing the world’s first single-chip USB flash drive or pen drive, Phison Malaysia is the world’s largest independent provider of NAND flash controllers and comprehensive storage solutions. is. Sidec says the company plays a key role in providing essential technology for data storage across both consumer- and enterprise-level products.

Founded in 2019, SkyeChip specializes in developing proprietary silicon IP and has already made a name for itself in artificial intelligence and high-performance computing IC solutions.

Meanwhile, the Shenzhen Semiconductor Industry Association has 587 member semiconductor companies operating in China. We provide comprehensive support services for the semiconductor industry ecosystem, including research institutes and universities, extensive supply chain management, financial services, and intellectual property management.

Phison to invest RM100 million to establish startup in Malaysia

Separately, Mr Pua said that Taiwan-based NAND storage solutions provider Faison Electronics has invested RM100 million to set up a startup called MaiStorage in Selangor, with a total investment worth RM1 billion. They announced plans to bring mature technology back to their homeland.

Two of Phison’s five co-founders, including Pua, are from Malaysia.

Phua said Fison hopes to work with Mimos to grow Malaysia’s technology industry, developing 300 to 500 NAND storage talent within 18 months and creating high-paying jobs in the country. .

“We are ready to offer undervalued talent higher salaries than the industry, such as more than RM6,000 per month. The starting salary for new graduates will be RM8,000 with additional bonuses,” he said at KL20. He is reported to have said. 2024 Summit on Monday.

Prior to this, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, in his keynote speech at the 2024 KL20 Summit, announced that Saidok would build the largest IC design park in Southeast Asia and that ARM would license its technology to the IC design park. revealed.

Mr Anwar said the proposed IC design park is part of Malaysia’s efforts to move beyond back-end chip assembly and testing to high-value front-end design work.

At the summit, Prime Minister Anwar, along with Minister of Economy Rafizi Ramli, Minister of Digital Govind Singh, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Chan Lee Kang, Minister of Federal Territories Dr. Zaliha Mustafa, along with Dr. Zaliha Mustafa, Minister of Federal Territories, IC The design park will include Mr. Yong of Sidec, Mr. CK Tseng, president of Asean, ARM, Mr. Pua, founder and CEO of Phison, Mr. SK Fong, CEO of SkyeChip, and Zhou, chairman of the Shenzhen Semiconductor Industry Association. Signed by Mr. Shengming.

IC Design Park will be equipped with common public service tools and facilities, including affordable electronic design automation (EDA) tools, servers, intellectual property (IP), multi-project wafer (MPW) services, and training programs .

The park’s main goal is to promote original design manufacturing (ODM), encourage local involvement in product design, prototyping and production, and move from ‘Made in Malaysia’ to ‘Made by Malaysia’ .

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