Short Sharing about Training and Opportunities for Students Majoring in Chip (IC Design) in Vietnam

Overview of Training & Career for IC Design Students in Vietnam

IC Design: A Brief Overview of Training and Opportunities for Vietnamese Students

Mr. David Thanh, CTO at Hyphen Deux, shared insights on the semiconductor industry, emphasizing training and job opportunities for Vietnamese students in IC design.

Since the early 1990s, India has implemented a national strategy to cultivate a thriving semiconductor industry. This effort has resulted in a significant pool of highly qualified professionals, with over 50,000 individuals in the field as of 2024, many occupying key leadership positions in top global corporations. India boasts numerous prestigious universities offering robust semiconductor training programs. Highlighting India’s achievements in human resource development is relevant because it mirrors Vietnam’s current situation, lacking foundries but having potential in R&D startups and design companies.

1. Job opportunities in the Chip industry at businesses?

Below is a list of job positions within the chip manufacturing process. This list, while not exhaustive, provides valuable insights for further research on developing training curricula, instructor plans, and strategic development of relevant majors.

  • Positions related to Chip foundry/factory (Foundry): Device Design Engineer, Test, and Characterization Engineer, Process Engineer, TCAD Engineer, Tapeout engineer, Foundry process design Engineer, Integration Engineer, Yield analysis engineer, ESD design technical manager , EBO engineer, Etch process manager, Wet clean process manager, Litho/EUV module engineer, EUV mask materials scientist, Layout design and validation Engineer, CMP engineer, Epitaxy process manager, EUV tool manager, Litho/Patterning process manager, Electrochemical plating module engineering manager, Advanced packaging material development manager,…

Short Sharing about Training and Opportunities for Students Majoring in Chip (IC Design) in Vietnam

  • Positions related to sequential design (Analog Design): Memory circuit design engineer, Digital/Mixed-Signal IC design engineer, RF Analog Engineer/RFIC Circuit design engineer, Automated test and characterization engineer, PVD module manager, I/O design engineer, Analog/Power delivery engineer, CAD Physical verification engineer, Patent technical manager, CSV engineer (Virtual Fab).
  • Positions related to digital design (Digital Design – IP, ASIC, MCU, SoC,…): Architecture Designer, RTL Designer, Top Integration Engineer, Synthesis Engineer, Formal Verification Engineer, Design Verification Engineer, Package Designer, Physical Design (Back-End) Engineers, Static Timing Analysis Engineers, Design For Test Engineer, Power Integrity Engineer, Thermal Validation, EMIR Engineer, Physical Verification Engineer, Library characterization Engineer, Emulation engineer,…
  • Horizontal complementary positions in the ecosystem: EDA R&D researcher, EDA coding engineer, EDA Field Application Engineer (AE), CAD engineer, IP Application Engineer, Solution Service Engineer, Technology R&D engineer, methodology R&D engineer, middle-ware software engineer, system level designer, PCB designer, Die/Package testing engineer, FPGA, Probe card Tester,…

Note: Many of the positions listed will require support specialists or middle managers (often doubling the number of roles). Additionally, additional personnel may be necessary to support each software and method (potentially tripling or quadrupling the positions).

For a comprehensive understanding of the semiconductor ecosystem, refer to companies based or branched in the US.

U.S. Semiconductor Ecosystem Map

U.S. Semiconductor Ecosystem Map

It’s important to note that professionals with over ten years of expertise often become specialized, making it challenging to shift to a new specialty. A position change between FrontEnd DV and Backend PD engineers typically only occurs at the senior engineer level and below. (See more)

2. What do domestic and foreign employers need from candidates?

In traditional industries, the process typically involves setting up workshops or factories, producing goods, and then bringing them to market. However, the semiconductor industry has two distinct characteristics:

  • Building chip factories is highly capital-intensive and not always feasible, even with substantial funding from national budgets. Only a few companies like TSMC, Samsung, Intel, SMIC, UMC, and Global Foundry can manage such undertakings.
  • Semiconductor chip design necessitates a global ecosystem. Relying on a single country or continent is insufficient. The industry comprises various segments: Chip Intellectual Property (IP, Cores), Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Tools, Specialized Materials, Wafer Fab Equipment (WFE), Fabless Chip Companies, and Chip Foundries. Each segment includes numerous companies, and selecting partners involves careful consideration of their capabilities, costs, commercial policies, and legal conditions.

These characteristics underscore the importance of a strategic approach to human resource training in Vietnam. Whether targeting domestic FDI companies or international opportunities, Vietnamese engineers must focus on several key issues:

Obtaining work permits abroad (work passes):

  • Degrees and methods of authentication and confirmation.
  • Minimum income required on contracts.
  • Necessary procedural documents.
  • Policies and responsibilities concerning income, taxes, and money transfers.

Conditions for foreign companies recruiting Vietnamese workers:

  • Ensuring they are unaffected by local unemployment rates.
  • Providing social security, health, and education policies for workers and their families.
  • Ensuring confidentiality and national security for special projects.
  • Complying with international regulations like embargoes and technology transfers

Specific working conditions at a company:

  • Working in a multicultural environment or in a local culture with communication, meetings, procedures, documents, and training in the local language.
  • If the local language is required for communication within the company or project, engineers need to be proficient in that language or have an effective support strategy.
  • Initial support programs for stable and long-term housing (buying a house, car, employment support for dependents, school guarantees for children, language learning support, etc.).

Candidate experience:

  • Degrees, certificates, and skills required.
  • In addition to fluent English, local language requirements (e.g., Korean, Japanese, Chinese, German, Swedish) for obtaining a visa.
  • Countries and companies that recruit candidates without experience.
Mr. David Thanh – Hyphen Deux CTO

Mr. David Thanh – Hyphen Deux CTO

3. Conclusion

To export human resources to foreign countries, it’s crucial to thoroughly understand the conditions and requirements of the target country and company. Even minor requirements, like language proficiency or background verification, can take months to prepare for. Typically, companies prefer engineers with at least 2-3 years of experience, as seen in the author’s observations, where inexperienced candidates face challenges with work permits, visas, and adapting to new environments.

For domestic human resources, attracting major technology corporations can ensure a stable labor demand. These companies usually provide comprehensive training programs, encompassing hard skills, soft skills, professional work styles, and the latest technology. This comprehensive training is essential for the success of the training process and job security in the semiconductor industry.

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Microprocessors vs. Microcontrollers: A Cake Analogy

Microcontrollers vs. Microprocessors : A Cake Analogy

Just like baking a cake requires both an oven and ingredients, a computer needs both a microprocessor and microcontrollers to function properly. The microprocessor handles overall control, while the microcontrollers manage individual components.

Introduction

Imagine you’re baking a cake. You need different tools to mix the ingredients and control the oven’s temperature. In electronics, a microprocessor and a microcontroller are like these tools, each serving a specific purpose.

Let’s Bake a Cake

Picture yourself in a kitchen, baking a cake. The kitchen appliances represent electronic components in a computing system.

Microprocessor: The Head Chef

Think of a microprocessor as the head chef in a bakery. The head chef’s main job is to develop recipes, decide on ingredients, and plan the baking process. Once the plan is ready, the chef assigns tasks to various kitchen appliances like mixers, ovens, and timers, which then follow the chef’s instructions to bake the cakes. In this analogy, the microprocessor is like the head chef, executing instructions and performing calculations, but it needs external components (like memory and input/output devices) to function effectively.

Microcontroller: The Automated Cake Maker

Now, consider a microcontroller as an automated cake-making machine. Imagine a compact machine programmed to mix ingredients, set the temperature, control the baking time, and even decorate the cake. You input the instructions into the machine’s control panel, and it handles the entire process without external help. In this analogy, the microcontroller is like the automated cake maker, integrating the core processing unit, memory, input/output peripherals, and other components all in one package. It’s designed to execute specific tasks autonomously, like controlling a microwave oven, washing machine, or simple robot.

Microprocessor: The Brain

A microprocessor is like the brain of a computer or device, processing information and performing calculations, much like your brain helps you think and make decisions. Whether solving a math problem on your computer or playing a video game on your console, the microprocessor ensures everything runs smoothly with its powerful processing capabilities.

Key Attributes of Microprocessors:

  1. Processing Power: Built for raw processing power, suitable for tasks requiring intensive computation.
  2. Versatility: Capable of running a wide range of applications, from operating systems to complex software programs.
  3. Arithmetic and Logic Operations: Performs arithmetic and logical operations, enabling various calculations and decision-making processes.
  4. External Components: Often requires external components for input/output operations and communication.

Microcontrollers vs. Microprocessors : A Cake AnalogyMicrocontroller: The Body

Now, think of a microcontroller as the “controller” of a device. It’s like the mini-computer inside gadgets and machines, helping them perform specific tasks. Imagine a remote-controlled car; the microcontroller inside it makes the car move forward, backward, or turn according to signals from the remote. It’s like the car’s brain, following instructions to perform actions. Microcontrollers are not as powerful as microprocessors but excel at managing one task very well.

Key Attributes of Microcontrollers:

  1. Specific Functions: Tailored for specific tasks within devices, focusing on control and response to inputs.
  2. Built-in I/O Ports: Equipped with input/output (I/O) ports, allowing direct interfacing with sensors, switches, and external devices.
  3. Low-Power Consumption: Optimized for low-power consumption, making them suitable for devices needing to operate for extended periods.
  4. Task-Oriented: Executes pre-programmed instructions to perform tasks like reading sensor data, making decisions, and controlling outputs.

Comparison

To sum it up:

  • Microprocessor: Like a super-smart person who can do many different things quickly. It’s great for running big programs and handling complex tasks, like your computer’s brain.
  • Microcontroller: Imagine a dedicated worker excelling at one specific job. It’s not as powerful as the smart person, but it’s excellent at controlling devices and making them work smoothly.

In short, a microprocessor is like a general-purpose brain handling various tasks, while a microcontroller is a specialized brain managing specific actions in devices. Both are essential in electronics, making our gadgets and machines function as they do.

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Conclusion: Embracing the Roles of Microprocessors and Microcontrollers

Microprocessors and microcontrollers are the unsung heroes driving technological advancements. Microprocessors serve as the computational powerhouses behind our computing devices, while microcontrollers empower devices to be smart, responsive, and efficient. Recognizing the distinctions between these components allows us to appreciate their contributions to our daily lives, from the devices we use to the convenience they bring. As technology evolves, the significance of microprocessors and microcontrollers remains steadfast, guiding us towards a future enriched with automation, connectivity, and efficiency.

(Source: techovedas)

Hyphen Deux Welcomes Representatives from The Eastern International University (EIU) to Our Office

Eastern International University visits Hyphen Deux Office

We were honored to welcome representatives from The Eastern International University (EIU) to Hyphen Deux. The EIU team included Mr. Alexius Oh, Deputy Director of the EIU Office of Industry Engagement, his staff, and Dr. Hung Nguyen, Vice Dean of the EIU School of Engineering.

The Eastern International University (EIU), invested in and developed by the Binh Duong province-headquartered Becamex IDC Corporation, and Hyphen Deux engaged in meaningful discussions about potential partnerships. Together, we explored opportunities for internships, job prospects, and consulting on academic programs for EIU’s engineering courses.

With their upcoming programs in the semiconductor industry, including Integrated Circuit Design (IC Design) and Packaging & Manufacturing, Hyphen Deux is delighted to provide our insights and inputs to enhance these programs.

We are excited about the possibilities this collaboration holds and look forward to contributing to the future success of EIU’s students and programs. Together, we aim to bridge the gap between academia and industry, creating a pipeline of skilled professionals ready to tackle the challenges of the semiconductor segment.

2025 Semiconductor Supply Chain

[Webinar] 2025 Semiconductor Supply Chain Outlook

Attend 2025 Semiconductor Supply Chain Outlook Webinar for The latest outlook for key segments on fabless, foundry, and OSAT.

The semiconductor market is recovering after a long market correction. IDC expects the worldwide semiconductor market to show 20% YoY growth for 2024, and the Asia fabless market 2024 YoY will be 15%.

The market will progressively show stable and steady increase in 2024 as fabless gradually shifts products to applications including AI, high-performance computing, servers, data centers, automotive electronics, and industrial electronics to diversify operational risks.

Curious about what’s in store for 2025?  Join with Hyphen Deux as IDC’s Helen Chiang, Asia/Pacific Semiconductor Research Lead, updates us on the 2025 outlook for the Semiconductor Supply Chain Market.

Key Discussion Topics:

  • How will leading-edge node/chip-building AI drive the global foundry market?
  • How do key foundry players TSMC, Samsung, UMC, GF, SMIC, and HuaHung among others, implement different strategies to respond to the market dynamic and opportunities?
  • How is China involved in the mature node and semiconductor market and what will their future look like?
  • What is the forecast for advanced packaging in the global OSAT market? What is the demand for CoWoS?
  • How do the current geopolitical dynamics impact the supply chain and the flow of investments toward semiconductors?
  • What are the key challenges and opportunities of semiconductor supply chain in 2025?

Attend the Online Webinar here.

Hyphen Deux Celebrates 2 Years of Innovation

Hyphen Deux Celebrates 2 Years of Innovation

Hyphen Deux is thrilled to mark our second anniversary of joining the semiconductor race. Hyphen Deux has emerged as a pioneering fabless ASIC & AI design company in ASEAN, based in Vietnam. Our journey began in 2022, and since then, we have established ourselves as the first and only Vietnamese fabless design house with a highly experienced international team, delivering cutting-edge silicon solutions to our customers.

Our Mission and Expertise

At Hyphen Deux, we are dedicated to supporting the development process from concept to ASIC (Application-specific integrated circuit) at any stage. Our expertise spans every inch of specification capture, design, layout, verification, integration, manufacturing, and logistics. We are adept at developing MCU (Microcontroller), AI processors, and Healthcare Software, positioning ourselves as game-changers in the ASEAN semiconductor market.

We specialize in customizing chips to meet our customers’ unique requirements. Through strategic partnerships with leading foundries, EDA providers, and world-class IP vendors, we deliver optimized IoT and AI chips that exceed expectations. Our company structure includes a General Director & Founder, a Technical Team, and Administrative Staff, all committed to driving innovation and excellence.

Hyphen Deux Celebrates 2 Years of Innovation

Hyphen Deux’ Partners

Asterix: Our Flagship Project

Our first major project, Asterix, is a microcontroller designed for IoT devices, industrial applications, and automotive uses. Combining high performance with ultra-low power consumption, Asterix is set to transform the IoT processor landscape. We are eager to engage in deep discussions with your team about how Asterix can meet your specific needs and drive your projects forward.

Commitment to Excellence

Hyphen Deux Celebrates 2 Years of Innovation

Hyphen Deux welcomes representatives of CoAsia and ARM to office.

Hyphen Deux is committed to being your trusted partner on the journey from concept to completion. We ensure that together, we precisely map technical requirements to business objectives, delivering semiconductors that meet and exceed expectations. Our headquarters are located at Sacom – Chip Sang Building, Saigon Hi-Tech Park, where we continue to innovate and expand our horizons.

Visit us to learn more about our services and how we can collaborate to bring your semiconductor projects to life. For more information, please visit our website at Hyphen Deux.

Join us as we celebrate two years of innovation and look forward to many more years of pioneering advancements in the semiconductor industry.

DX Summit 2024 - Hyphen Deux

DX Summit 2024: Hyphen Deux Visited the Vietnam-ASIA Digital Transformation Event

Hyphen Deux participated in the Vietnam-ASIA Digital Transformation (DX) Summit 2024, which took place from May 28 to May 29 at the Hanoi International Convention Center. The event, particularly the Plenary Session on Digital and Green Transformation held on May 28, was a significant platform for discussing the development of the digital economy. Esteemed speakers such as H.E. Mr. Tran Luu Quang, a Member of the Party Central Committee and Deputy Prime Minister, and Mr. Nguyen Manh Hung, the Minister of Information and Communications, among others, shared valuable insights that underscored the Vietnamese Government’s dedication to the National Digital Transformation Program. This program aims to drive economic development through comprehensive digital transformation across all sectors, industries, and levels of governance.

Digital Transformation (DX) Summit 2024 Hyphen Deux

H.E. Mr. Tran Luu Quang, a Member of the Party Central Committee and Deputy Prime Minister delivered a speech at the Summit.

The global trends of AI, green, and digital transformation are crucial for sustainable development, and Hyphen Deux is excited to be part of this transformative journey. The DX Summit 2024 served as a premier event for aligning with the government’s efforts to implement the National Digital Transformation Program swiftly and effectively. The summit emphasized the importance of these transformations in achieving Vietnam’s goal, becoming a high-income, strong, and prosperous country by 2045.

Key themes of the DX Summit 2024 included:

  • Digital and Green Transformation, promoting ESG policies
  • Data collection and management
  • Digital trust
  • Development and application of new technologies: 5G, AI, IoT
  • Semiconductor chips – trends, opportunities, and potential

The Vietnam Software & IT Services Association (VINASA) hosted a seminar on semiconductor industry development on May 29, as part of the summit. Nguyen Thi Le Quyen, Deputy Director of the National Innovation Centre under the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), highlighted the semiconductor industry’s remarkable compound annual growth rate of 14% over the past two decades. She projected that the industry is on track to become a trillion-dollar sector by 2030.

Quyen emphasized the anticipated surge in workforce demand, noting that by 2030, China is expected to require 400,000 semiconductor professionals, the United States 67,000, with intense competition for talent in South Korea, Japan, and India. This underscores the critical need for Vietnam to prioritize workforce training and development to stay competitive in the semiconductor field.

Nguyễn Thiện Nghĩa, Deputy Director of the Department of Information Technology Industry under the Ministry of Information and Communications, proposed several solutions to bolster Vietnam’s semiconductor human resources. He stressed that beyond training, Vietnam must attract businesses to invest locally to stimulate the domestic semiconductor market. “Despite Vietnam’s many advantages, its contribution to the global semiconductor industry remains minimal,” Nghĩa remarked.

Nghĩa further advocated for promoting the formation of a support ecosystem for chip manufacturing businesses. Such an ecosystem would enhance Vietnam’s appeal to major manufacturing corporations, potentially transforming the country into a hub for semiconductor chip production. “To achieve this, Vietnam needs to address policy shortcomings, prioritize the semiconductor industry, accelerate human resource training, and expand cooperation and investment opportunities in the sector,” he added.

Digital Transformation (DX) Summit 2024 Hyphen Deux

Panel discussion: Developing Vietnam’s Semiconductor Industry – Challenges and Opportunities for Cooperation.

Hyphen Deux, a pioneering Fabless Design Company from Vietnam, was proud to participate in this vibrant industry event. The company showcased its first innovative chip designed for IoT devices, marking a significant milestone for the domestic semiconductor industry. Hyphen Deux’s involvement exemplifies the potential for local companies to make significant contributions to the global semiconductor market.

The seminar underscored the critical importance of a well-trained workforce to meet the growing demands of the semiconductor industry. It also highlighted the need for strategic investments and policy reforms to foster a conducive environment for semiconductor development in Vietnam. The collaborative efforts of government agencies, industry leaders, and educational institutions were seen as pivotal in driving the country’s semiconductor industry forward.

Digital Transformation (DX) Summit 2024 Hyphen Deux

Hyphen Deux Joins Vietnam Semiconductor Map.

As the global semiconductor industry continues its rapid expansion, Vietnam’s proactive approach to developing its semiconductor sector could position it as a key player in the international market. The seminar served as a call to action for all stakeholders to invest in training, infrastructure, and innovation to ensure Vietnam can meet the future demands of this dynamic industry.

In conclusion, the Vietnam-ASIA DX Summit 2024 highlighted the immense growth potential of the semiconductor sector and the critical need for workforce development and strategic investments. The insights shared by industry experts and leaders emphasized the importance of creating a supportive ecosystem for semiconductor businesses and the urgency of addressing policy shortcomings to enhance Vietnam’s competitiveness in the global market. Hyphen Deux’s showcase of its innovative IoT chip design further demonstrated the potential of Vietnamese companies to make significant strides in the semiconductor industry. The event underscored a collaborative effort towards a future where Vietnam plays a significant role in the trillion-dollar semiconductor market projected for 2030.