We all know that although the chip is small, its importance is very high. The development of all walks of life in modern technology is inseparable from the chip. It is like the atomic parts of the world, which belong to the foundations of the foundations.
According to experts, the birth of a chip requires about 6,000 processes from sand to chip, which are mainly divided into three major links. That is, the chip design in the early stage, the chip manufacturing in the middle stage, and the packaging test in the later stage.
HiSilicon, a subsidiary of Huawei, is a major chip design company. The Kirin mobile phone chips it designs are comparable to the old American giant Qualcomm, and Huawei’s Kirin chips are also the only high-end mobile phone chips that can be obtained in China.
Recently, Huawei Kirin has attracted widespread attention when it is stuck in the chip manufacturing process, but as everyone knows, there is still a crisis of being stuck in the chip design process. Such as EDA software.
Stuck EDA software
What is EDA software? Simply put, it is a modern software tool that is needed to design a chip. After all, it is too difficult to rely on manpower alone to wire and arrange tens of billions of transistors in an orderly manner on a chip less than the size of a fingernail.
As the birthplace of semiconductors, the United States has accumulated more than 100 years of semiconductor underlying technology, and EDA software is the most important part of it.
It is reported that the high-end software of IC design has almost been monopolized by three American companies, Cadence, Synopsys and Mentor. More importantly, these three EDA software companies have an astonishing 95% share of China's EDA software market. As far as Huawei is concerned, the software of these three companies was used when designing chips.
However, since the ban on May 15 this year, the US Department of Commerce began to restrict the export of software and equipment containing US technology, and these three companies have also terminated their cooperation with Huawei. Of course, just like the ARM architecture, Huawei can still use the old version of EDA for IC design, because Huawei has already purchased and authorized it in advance.
BGI officially announced
As mentioned earlier, more than 95% of the domestic EDA software market is occupied by three American companies, so who is the other 5% of the market? Most of them are taken over by the leading domestic EDA company, Huada Jiutian.
As a leading domestic EAD enterprise, although Huada Jiutian is not well-known in front of the public, it is well-known in the industry. In the recent 23rd China IC Manufacturing Annual Conference in 2020, Huawei Dajiutian also made its debut, and its chairman also officially announced a good news.
According to Liu Weiping, chairman of BGI Jiutian, at the China IC Manufacturing Annual Conference, relying on its own EDA software platform and EDA development resources, BGI Jiutian officially announced the launch of one-stop wafer manufacturing engineering services to break foreign technology monopoly and provide domestic More IC design companies escort!
He also said that the Foundry-specific EDA tools launched by BGI are leading in the world, among which the layout and mask data processing software performance ranks first in the world, and it has become the EDA software provider for many leading wafer manufacturing companies in China.
Force the development of China's semiconductor industry
Not long after the chip ban was introduced, some analysts said that the move may force the development of China's semiconductor industry. Some time ago, Microsoft founder Bill Gates also publicly stated in an interview that the chip ban is not good, but will prompt Chinese companies to embark on a self-sufficient development path.
Today's breakthroughs in EDA software are a case in point.
In fact, the EDA software market is not large. According to 2018 data, compared with the $500 billion market of the entire chip industry, the global EDA market is less than $10 billion, only $9.715 billion.
What's more, more than 95% of China's EDA software market has been monopolized by three American companies. Due to the limited market and insufficient potential, China's EDA software market has not developed much before.
But it is different now. These three American EDA companies have withdrawn from China one after another, which is equivalent to changing the huge market back. Let me ask, under the stimulation of such a supply and demand environment, can domestic EDA manufacturers still not develop?
write at the end
Although China's semiconductor industry is seriously stuck in some areas, in fact, some stuck necks are not really stuck, but the demand is too small, and there is no need for us to do it ourselves.
This is like the ballpoint refill incident that was so loud before. They all said how high-end the technology used in ballpoint refills and how difficult the manufacturing technology is. There are only Japan and Sweden in the world, and it even attracted the attention of the leaders.
The final result? Taiyuan Iron and Steel Group reluctantly burned a furnace, not much, only 60 tons, equivalent to the world's consumption for several years. For this reason, many Swiss companies that made ballpoint pen refills closed down, and finally went to the United Nations to sue us, saying that we monopolized the market.
Wang Chuanfu, founder of BYD, said: "Chips are man-made, not made by God." This sentence is actually quite reasonable!