Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hyderabad turns global hub for VLSI and embedded systems design and development

HYDERABAD, INDIA: The International VLSI and Embedded Systems community converged together for the Silver Jubilee Conference in HICC, Hyderabad to reveal the latest trends and market figures, share best practices and address industry challenges. The city is known globally for developing world's first Fusion chip for netbook and tablets, audio platform for Apple, including single chip developed for multimedia mobile phones like LG by a team of design specialists from Indian design teams.

For the last 24 years, the annual International VLSI and Embedded Systems has been World's leading conference for VLSI & Embedded Systems. With over 450 conference delegates, 50 leading speakers and a wealth of collaborative and networking opportunities, it has been the must attend conference for all VLSI and Embedded Systems professionals.

The Silver Jubilee conference with the theme 'Embedded Solutions for Emerging Markets - Consumer, Energy, Automotive' was formally inaugurated by Ponnala Lakshmaiah Hon'ble Minister for Information Technology, Government of Andhra Pradesh at HICC, Novotel Hyderabad in the presence of Steering Committee Chair, Dr. Vishwani Agrawal Auburn University, USA, Conference Special Chair JA Chowdary, Dasaradha R. Gude, Conference Convener and many top-notch technologists, professionals, academicians and students.

Gude, said: "To be globally competitive it is crucial to develop, comprehend and tap this technology. The International VLSI and Embedded Systems Conference initiated 25 years ago to give a thrust to build a strong R&D base, trained manpower and encouraging entrepreneurship has provided momentum to this sector. Today, cities like Hyderabad have emerged as a leading global destination for VLSI Design with world's first Fusion chip and audio technology for Apple developed from Hyderabad."

VLSI design is growing at an exponential rate as there are over 130 chip design firms present in India with many of the global majors and other VLSI, embedded systems, hardware or board design and small start-ups concentrating on circuit design and CAD simulation located in Hyderabad helped the city to emerge as an important center for chip design.

Hyderabad also boasts hugely talented skilled professionals for embedded systems and very large-scale integration (VLSI) design meeting the need of the industry with institution like JNTUH, IIIT-H, VEDA IIT, BITS-H and many other specialised skill training and development academic institutes supporting the growth of this sector.

"At the 2012 conference, we have our best conference programme and line-up of speakers yet! With keynote addresses, case studies, technical sessions, theory presentations and practical debate this is a great opportunity to listen to - and interact with - some of the leading thinkers, visionaries and practitioners in the VLSI learning today," added Gude.

Embedded systems market, which is one of the key drivers of Indian R&D off shoring and is currently pegged at around $25 billion globally, growing at a 16 percent CAGR, and this is one the important reason for the growth of size of the Indian embedded systems market.

The state of Andhra Pradesh exported IT products worth Rs 35,022 crore in 2010-11, contributing 14 per cent to national IT exports and 38.22 per cent to overall exports from the state. According to reports of Knight Frank and New York Times State capital Hyderabad, continues to be a hot favourite for global investors and ranks well in global list of most liveable cities.

The five-day event includes two days of Tutorials and three days of conference starting from January 7, 2012. The conference also features Students Conference at International Standards with focus ondesign a tablet PC from specifications to Silicon and from Silicon to product. It has also a feature Student Project Contest to give an opportunity to the students to demonstrate their projects.

The inaugural key note was from Jaswinder Ahuja, Cadence who delivered a presentation on 'Indian Golden Age of Electronics: The best is yet to come'. This will be followed by a key note 'Emerging Trends in Process Technologies' by Jean Boufarhat, AMD. Other keynotes include 'Challenges in Automotive Cyber Physical Systems Design' by Samarjit Chakraborty, TU Munich, Germany, Parmeswaran, University of New South Wales, 'A History of VLSI Design Conference' by Vishwani Agarwal, Auburn University, USA, and '15 Billion by 2015 - Transformation of Embedded Systems to Intelligent Systems' by Ravi Kuppuswamy, Intel.

Other keynotes feature Suresh Menon of Xilinx who will deliver key note on 'Roadmap: Technology Challenges & Transitioning to Stack Silicon Interconnect', Birt Gyselinckx, IMEC Belgium, who will deliver a key note on 'A wireless sensor a day keep doctor away'. Rajesh Gupta will be delivering a keynote on 'The Variability Expeditions: Exploring the software stack for Undersigned Computing Machines'. There will also be a fellowship award function and a guest lecture by J. Satyanarayana, Chief Commissioner of Land Administration, AP.

The conference is supported by VLSI Society of India, IEEE, IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, Conference Publishing Services, VEDA IIT and sponsored by AMD, Qualcomm, Xilinx, Mentor Graphics, Intel, Magma, Infotech, Smartplay, Cypress, ARM, Soctronics, Whizchip, Agilent Technologies, Cadence, Synopsys and Microsemi.

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