When I was preparing for my visit to Zhuhai for ICCAD 2018 I was speaking with a friend of mine who had just attended a conference in Shanghai run by one of the “big four” accounting firms. She told me her key takeaway from the event was a statement from the keynote – “China is not an emerging market, China is THE market”.
I was keen to know if this statement held true for the semiconductor industry as well.
"ICCAD was certainly a large and busy show. One of the most prominent themes was AI and Machine Learning, with talks by Cadence, VeriSilicon, Synopsys, Mentor and others all addressing this space. The second major theme was RISC-V and the emerging ecosystem which featured both in presentations and, perhaps more importantly, on the expo floor – showing that real commercial RISC-V products are now available and that the ecosystem is moving from theory into practice."
In his presentation, Naveed Sherwani of SiFive reinforced my friend’s takeaway message, predicting that China will become the centre of the SoC universe, and noting the significant number of enquiries they have had from China since launching their RISC-V design platform recently.
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