The integrated circuit industry needs innovation driven. Chip design, as an important part of it, has a great dependence on EDA tools, which also means that EDA is the source of technological innovation and the root technology of the integrated circuit industry. The innovation of EDA technology itself is particularly important, but the current situation of EDA talent market is not optimistic. Therefore, how to cultivate EDA talents and ensure industrial innovation with talents has become one of the focuses of the industry.

Talent training is the responsibility of industry leaders

According to Mr. chenzhichang, deputy general manager of Xinsi technology in China, according to the statistics of the white paper on talents in China’s integrated circuit industry (2019-2020 Edition), at present, China has a shortage of integrated circuit talents and EDA talents. However, it is not easy to cultivate an EDA talent. It often takes ten years from university research to practice.

Compared with other industries, EDA talent training cycle is very long. The reason behind this is that the complexity and development difficulty of EDA tools lead to its high requirements for talent quality. “What the EDA market needs is comprehensive talents, who need to master the cross cutting knowledge of mathematics, physics, computer, chip design and other industries, and such comprehensive talents are not very many,” Mr. chenzhichang said. “In addition, the development of EDA tools also needs to be promoted in coordination with the wafer factory, fabless and other industrial chains. The high industry barriers also make it difficult for relevant talents to obtain practical experience that matches the needs of the industry.”

Therefore, it is very important for the development of EDA industry for industry leading enterprises to join the EDA talent training. As the global leader in EDA field, Xinsi technology has always regarded training EDA talents as its own responsibility. Mr. chenzhichang said: “although the market value of EDA and IP industry is only US $11billion at present, it supports the global semiconductor market of more than US $400billion and is the core and source of the whole industry chain. Therefore, EDA enterprises have the responsibility to participate in the construction of integrated circuit talents.”

Mr. chenzhichang also stressed that EDA talent training is very complex. It depends not only on enterprises, but also on cooperation with universities and governments. Only through the effective integration of government, industry, learning and research can more students be attracted to pay attention to this field, so as to cultivate more comprehensive talents. This is also the talent training strategy that Xinsi technology has been adhering to.

Help professional competitions and implement talent training

In line with EDA’s talent training strategy, Xinsi technology has formulated a detailed talent training plan, including the establishment of joint laboratories, training centers and Xinsi think tanks, the holding of international conferences and overseas training, and the cooperation with colleges and universities for curriculum adaptation. Mr. chenzhichang pointed out that competition is an important form of the integration of government, industry, University and research. Therefore, supporting competition activities is also regarded by Xinsi technology as an effective way to tap and cultivate EDA talents. Since its entry into China in 1995, Xinsi technology has actively participated in the preparation of various relevant competitions, and has supported the research electronics competition for 24 consecutive years, the innovation core competition for 3 consecutive years, and the EDA design elite challenge for 2 consecutive years.

“Integrated circuit EDA design elite challenge is a rare EDA professional competition in China. Xinsi technology hopes to use this competition to assist more young developers, expose these new forces to industry-leading technologies, and encourage them to consider incorporating EDA into their future career plans, which will bring new vitality to the entire EDA industry, expand the talent base of China’s integrated circuit industry, improve the technical level of talents, and cultivate To produce more cutting-edge talents and provide greater innovation for the development of the industry “, Mr. chenzhichang said:” for China, it is very important to cultivate relevant talents for EDA, a field of strategic significance. However, this is a long way and requires long-term efforts. The EDA competition provides an opportunity for cultivating EDA talents, which is a good start. “

The integrated circuit EDA design elite challenge has been held since 2019. As the sponsor of the competition, Xinsi technology has participated in the support competition for two consecutive years. For this competition, Xinsi technology not only provided important tool support, but also deeply participated in the proposition of the competition topic. It also provided full process expert guidance and technical support for the participants, so that the participants could better understand the underlying development logic and chip development methodology of the most advanced EDA tools and improve their professional skills.

In addition, Xinsi technology has also set up a special enterprise award to encourage outstanding participants. According to the official news of EDA competition, four teams from Guangdong University of technology, South China University of technology and Southeast University won the special enterprise award issued by Xinsi technology.

In this regard, Mr. chenzhichang said that the enterprise special award issued by Xinsi technology is not only a recognition of the participants’ performance in this competition, but also hopes to sow the seeds of hope in their hearts and encourage them to go further on the path of EDA innovation.

According to Mr. chenzhichang’s observation, compared with the previous competition, this competition has not only increased the number of participating enterprises and teams, but also improved the level of participants. In the face of more difficult competition problems than last year, many participants have successfully challenged the competition problems. It is worth noting that more teachers and students from electronic engineering major participated in the competition this year, which also means that the competition has been recognized by professional teachers and students.

In Mr. chenzhichang’s opinion, in terms of the setting and influence of competition questions, the integrated circuit EDA design elite challenge has been able to benchmark international competitions. He said: “EDA competition is guided by industry and carries out long-term propositions around the technical pain points and difficulties existing in domestic industry. This high level of improvement can help participants realize the real needs of the industry, promote the integration of industry and education, and cultivate talents through practice. This is also the purpose of many international competitions.”

With this fertile talent training environment, Xinsi technology also has high expectations for these students. “Through the EDA competition, Xinsi technology hopes that the participants can recognize the changes in the industry, jump out of the scope of the proposition and accept higher-level challenges,” Mr. chenzhichang said: “Xinsi technology expects EDA talents not only to use EDA tools, but also to have the opportunity to see these students use their academic expertise to develop tools that meet the long-term needs of the market.”

From a larger point of view, Xinsi technology expects that through this competition, more excellent students will be exposed to the leading EDA technology, and their training will expand the talents of China’s integrated circuit industry, so as to contribute to the construction of a real digital society in the future.

Effect of EDA talent training of Xinsi Technology

Participating in and supporting professional competitions is a part of the EDA talent training strategy of Xinsi technology.

According to Mr. chenzhichang, the talent training strategy of Xinsi also includes the curriculum system of Xinsi University of science and technology, the plan of Xinsi University of science and technology and actively participating in the national talent strategy.

Specifically, in terms of the curriculum system of Xinsi University of science and technology, Xinsi technology has led the world’s top experts and professors to develop a complete set of integrated circuit design courses for decades, including 131 undergraduate and graduate courses, 24 training courses, 37 lectures and experiments. It is suitable for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in integrated circuits. It has been available in English and some Chinese versions.

On the other hand, since 1996, Xinsi technology has formulated the Xinsi University of technology plan to motivate and cultivate the next generation of technical experts and innovators. There are 79 colleges and universities in China that have joined the new University of science and technology program. New science and technology has provided relevant support to some of them for more than 20 years.

From the perspective of EDA talent training results, in the year 2019-2020 alone, 30000 people have participated in the talent project of Xinsi technology, and 20 domestic universities have established cooperation with Xinsi technology in talent training.

Among them, there are many universities in Nanjing where the EDA competition is located. Xinsi technology established a branch in Nanjing Jiangbei new area in 2017, which also provided great help for the cultivation of EDA talents and even integrated circuit talents in Nanjing. Mr. chenzhichang said: “after settling down in Nanjing, Xinsi technology has not only promoted the development of local businesses including R & D, technical support and sales, but also established close cooperation with upstream and downstream enterprises of the industry, which provides a solid foundation for building an industrial ecosystem and cultivating relevant talents in the EDA field.”

In addition, Xinsi technology has set up its Nanjing Branch as a RMB settlement center, which also means that Xinsi technology pays more attention to the development of the Chinese market and focuses more on supporting Chinese customers. Mr. chenzhichang said that in the future, the further development of Xinsi technology in China can not be separated from the training of high-quality talents, and talent training can not be separated from the close cooperation between industry, University and Research Institute. Xinsi technology hopes to work with its Chinese partners to create a good EDA ecological environment and enhance the innovation power of the integrated circuit industry.

Integrated circuit EDA design elite challenge

The integrated circuit EDA design elite challenge is one of the few professional integrated circuit competitions in China. It is hosted by the China Institute of electronics, organized by the integrated circuit design automation industry education integration alliance and the Management Committee of Nanjing Jiangbei new area, and co organized by Nanjing Jiangbei new area research and Innovation Park and Nanjing integrated circuit industry service center. The purpose is to strengthen college students’ innovative design and engineering practice ability in the field of integrated circuit EDA, build an EDA exchange and learning platform, enable students to use the latest EDA tools to develop IC core IP, optimize and enhance EDA tools to solve the latest IC design problems, enrich and activate the academic atmosphere of innovation and entrepreneurship on campus, and promote the integration of production and education between colleges and universities and IC related enterprises, Cultivate outstanding talents with innovative thinking, teamwork spirit and ability to solve complex engineering problems for the society. Since its inception, the competition has attracted great attention from academic circles and universities. It has been favored by research institutions, attracted students from well-known universities at home and abroad, and received strong support from top enterprises in the EDA field.
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