China's Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macau Join Hands to Make Chips

China's Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macau Join Hands to Make Chips

Feng Yuqing

Date: Fri, 10/12/2018 - 20:41 / source:Yicai
China's Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macau Join Hands to Make Chips
China's Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macau Join Hands to Make Chips

(Yicai Global) Oct. 12 -- China's Greater Bay Area that includes regions of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau has set up a semiconductor alliance to promote the development of the country's chip industry. 

The Semiconductor Industrial Alliance was kicked off in the southern city of Guangzhou yesterday. Parties from these regions will jointly build service platforms including chip testing, electronic design automation, intellectual property, talent training and incubation to improve their competitiveness in the sector.

Guangdong has always made up one-third of the country's electronics industry, said Zou Sheng, former deputy secretary of the party committee at the Economic & Trade Commission of Guangdong. Yet, the southern province imported USD80 billion worth of chips last year, he said, adding that building the whole industrial ecosystem around semiconductors requires more work. 

The biggest challenge is talent and investment, said Yu Chengbin, the founding chairman of the Macau Association of Microelectronics. Shortages in professionals in the field will trigger a heated competition in hiring and keeping the best talent. The development of the chip industry requires commitment, as well as long-term investment, he added.

The alliance's participants have different strengths, such as Guangzhou in application and manufacturing, Shenzhen and Zhuhai in product design, and Macao in research. Hong Kong is competitive in the field of securing intellectual property rights. 

Guangzhou's South China University of Technology has expertise in digital circuit design while Macao leads in analog chips, so collaboration combines different strengths and demands, Yu said.

Editor: Emmi Laine 

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Keywords: Industry Alliance, semiconductor, Industry Ecosystem, Guangdong-Hong Kong-Marco, Greater Bay Area