China to More Closely Integrate with Global IC Industry Ecosystem
Zhijun Wang, deputy minister for China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), recently stated that the country’s IC industry has grown at an average annual rate of more than 20 percent since 2012. In 2018, sales amounted to 653.2 billion yuan, and the technology quality continues to improve.
The chip design level has improved by more than three generations, and the Kirin 980 mobile phone chip from Hisilicon has adopted the world’s most advanced 7nm process. The manufacturing process has been improved by 1.5 generations, the 32/28nm process has ramped into production, and the 16/14nm process has entered the customer introduction phase. For memory chips, a 64-layer 3D NAND Flash chip is expected to ramp into production in the second half this year.
Even so, Wang noted that, compared with the rest of the world, China still exhibits a gap in overall design, manufacturing, testing and related equipment and raw material production of ICs. He noted the next step is to integrate with the global IC industry ecosystem more widely and deeply, insist on open innovation and collaborative development, and drive open innovation development at each point in the industry chain.
ZTE to Build First 5G Smart Warehouse in Northeast China
ZTE has signed a strategic collaboration agreement with State Grid Material Company (Liaoning) on application innovation for the 5G industry. They will jointly establish the first 5G smart warehouse in Northeast China.
According to the ZTE website, this collaboration between ZTE and State Grid Material Company (Liaoning) will take advantage of both companies’ talented people and technology, jointly create the first 5G smart warehouse in the Northeast, and help lead the new era of 5G+ ubiquitous Internet of Things (IoT). ZTE Chairman Li Zixue stated that ZTE’s 5G end-to-end serialized products have achieved industry leadership and are ready for commercial use.
HUST Guizhou IC Joint Research Center Unveiled
Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) has unveiled its Guizhou Integrated Circuit Joint Research Center in Guiyang. In January, Nanming District signed a collaboration agreement with HUST Wuhan Microelectronics Institute to jointly build the research center and IC industry service platform. The investment in this platform is about 150 million yuan. It will focus on building up a research institute integrated with technology development and achievement transformation, cultivating talents and attracting related companies for Guizhou, providing basic technology support and a one-stop service for IC companies, solving the practical difficulties IC companies meet in the process of manufacturing and operation, and building up the whole IC industry chain. Currently, the project has attracted 12 key companies.