SEMI China Delegation Attends SEMI Europe Member Day in Tel Aviv to Encourage Industry Cooperation
By SEMI China
SEMI China sent a delegation to attend the SEMI Europe Member Day held in Tel Aviv on June 26. The theme was “across the global market - Israeli high-tech ecosystem” and the goal was to explore Israeli scientific and technological innovation and its role in the global market.
SEMI Europe president Laith Altimime expressed in his opening speech that the conference included representatives from Israel's high-tech ecosystem and from the industry, government, and academia. The goal was to explore and create new European and global business, trade and market opportunities by strengthening industrial contacts among Israel, Europe, China and Taiwan.
In SEMI China’s presentation by Lung Chu, he addressed challenges and opportunities encountered by the rise of China's IC industry. He emphasized the development opportunities for European enterprises to be partners in the Chinese market. With China's advocacy of "one belt one road" economic development strategy, players in the industry can explore international cooperation and share the enormous business opportunities of the Chinese market. Mr. Lung Chu pointed out that China is already a partner in the world's semiconductor ecosystem, and is very open the market fields of semiconductor design, manufacturing, application and more.
All the speakers regarded China as a positive factor in the development of the international semiconductor industry:
- Director of Israel Innovation Administration Dr. Aviv Zeevi Balasiano expressed that innovation is the driving force for economic growth of Israel, and Israel encourages companies to cooperate with all markets, including China, and find development opportunities.
- Dr. Ami Appelbaum, president of KLA Tencor Israel, introduced the company's local growth driving force also related to China, since many of the company's machines, designed and assembled in Israel, are delivered in China.
- CTO of Applied Materials Yoram Uziel used the image of Tang Monk and his apprentices in Journey to the West in the opening remarks of his PPT.
- VP of strategic partnerships of Nova Measuring Instrument Co. Avron Ger introduced the company’s over 20 years of experience in measuring technology innovation
- PLSense chairman Isaac Shenberg talked about how IoT processor to reduce or eliminate the battery problems in IoT equipment
- Optimal + CEO and founder Danny Glotter presented on changing the electronic and semiconductor industry by cross-industry data transmission, all of the above mentioned positive effects brought by the cooperation with related companies in China.
- Asher Levy, CEO of Orbotech, also shared the experience on how to build a new continuum between advanced encapsulation and PCB, using Video and PPT with Chinese subtitles.
- Before the conference, SEMI Europe also arranged a half-day visit for all participants to visit Orbotech Israel factory. Orbotech is the world's leading supplier of innovation, solutions and equipment of micro-manufacturing processes for electronic products.
In the reception held the evening before the member day, ASG CEO Shlomo Gradman described Israel's high-tech industry with the concept “ancient origin, modern innovation," he pointed out that Israel could cooperate with international big companies by its technology capital, or become a part of top multinational group, setting an example for other technology innovative companies. Roland Berger’s Dr. Wolfgang Bernhart, global president, Auto Power Center Partner, presented on Israel's car and intelligent mobile industry. He said out that car systems could be customized for users seeking low cost and yet be flexible, showcasing personalization in upgradability.
High-Tech Innovation Exploration Journey
Israel's incubation fascination for high-tech innovation is attracting global attention. After attending the SEMI Europe Member Day, the delegation visited a number of start-ups with technical innovation features. SEMI Europe’s selection criteria of innovation center for start-ups: leading technology or business model, attraction to the Chinese market and potential to become a global company, key areas including biological pharmaceutical, medical equipment, intelligent hardware, artificial intelligence, robot, clean energy, etc.
TechCode, which positioned itself as the global start-up accelerator, takes full advantage of its global resource layout and serves local high-tech start-ups. TechCode Israel project manager Aviram Sela introduced that the company not only provides office space, also offers services including business coaching, financial support, even brand promotion, and even helps the joint start-ups to grow into global market leader.
Veriest, established in 2007, is a design company offering state-of-the-art ASIC and FPGA design and verification services as well as cutting-edge EDA validation tools and platform services. CEO Moshe Zalcberg thinks that the field requires competence in methodology, expertise, flexibility and cost efficiency. Veriest's target market is: video processing, car, network, consumption and wireless communication, etc. Currently its customers are mainly from Europe and the United States, Cisco, Sandisk, Marvell, etc., with no access in Asia. Flexibility is the biggest feature of Veriest's turn-key service.
Inuitive, Israeli 3D computer vision and image processor supplier, developed 3D depth camera module as a reference design for a variety of use cases: mainly for VR (virtual) HMD, augmented reality (AR) and smartphones (Tango, etc.). It also supports robots, drones, self-driving cars, 3D scans and many other applications. CEO Shlomo Gadot of Inuitive, which currently has 80 employees, said that the company's core technology is its depth map algorithm in depth of field processing, and that current revenue mainly comes from AR/VR, robot, drone and other application market, with projects at Sony and Google.
“Your innovation is our ASIC design,” is the slogan of one-stop ASIC, FPGA and system design solutions provider Inomize, established in 2007. It is a member of the TSMC DCA (Design Center Alliance), which includes Synopsys, Candence, Tensilica, CEVA, ARM, Xilinx, etc. CEO Udi Shaked believes that technology consulting, turn-key design and development, and value engineering are the core competencies. According to David Wolf, VP of business development, the company’s featured projects include:
- Nano Retina, help blind patients to recover vision (chips implanted in eyeball), the 2015 chip Tape Out is currently under FDA testing;
- Ntrig, multi-point fingerprinting touch;
- Novocure, VocalZoom (acoustics field).
Intel, CEVA, and Satify
Israeli extraordinary technological innovation is not all created by micro-small start-up companies, the most advanced technology used by the world's largest semiconductor company is Intel's Fab 28 in Israel; while CEVA, the world's largest provider of DSP IP, also has a stronghold in Tel Aviv; Satixfy is one of the companies engaging in Israel's best technical innovation field, particularly satellite communication technology.
Intel Fab 28
Intel has invested $6 billion to upgrade its Fab 28 Plant in Kiryat Gat in southern Israel, importing 10nm processes for new generation CPU production. David Nessiam, project manager at Intel Israel, said that Intel is Israel's "smart chip." Fab28 is not far from official mass production. From five employees in Israel in 1974, to 10,200 in 2016, Intel has become the largest enterprise employer; the 10mm Fab28 has 3,300 employees, and human resources in business development, technology innovation reached 6,900. In recognition of the $1.5 billion investment to upgrade Fab 28 into the 10nm process node in 2016, it is reported that, in the next five years, Intel will receive an Israeli government subsidy of $600 million. Of course, we believe that Intel will also hire more local staff for this to achieve win-win together with Israeli government.
Satixfy, established in 2012, focuses on research and development of cutting-edge satellite communications technologies. According to the company’s VP SoC Yariv Anafi, the company's core technologies include radio frequency and antenna design, and multiple systems to share a set of antennas. Eight months ago, Catalyst of China Everbright Limited led the round to invest $25 million for financing of SatixFy, Yariv said. Satellite communications technology is one of Israel's best areas, and SatixFy provides standard or customized products to the most cutting-edge Internet of Things (IoT) market and machine market (M2M) of communications satellite industry.
CEVA is an authorized manufacturer of DSP provided for mobile communications, multimedia and wireless connectivity technologies of mobile communications, consumer electronics, automotive and semiconductor companies of IoT and OEM manufacturers. VP of CEVA Israeli market and enterprise development Ran Soffer expressed that CEVA is doing continuous research and development in function expansion, performance improvement, power consumption reduction and cost saving and more on the DSP platform, to attract more users to use its various solutions.
Encountering more star enterprises
The SEMI China delegation also encountered the representatives of Verisense, which we visited, merged with Inomize, and even more coincidental, its CEO is a former colleague of our delegation head Lung Chu. Verisense's design and service capabilities in ASIC and FPGA aided Inomize to become a global ASIC leader. After the merger, the company kept the name Inomize, with Verisense as an independent business unit continuing to be one of Inomize’s two design centers in Jerusalem, fully applying ASIC solution’s profound professional knowledge in all aspects.
Walking out of Verisense, we inadvertently found Mobileye nearby. Mobileye, which was acquired by Intel by more than $15 billion, is the largest merger case in the history of Israel's high-tech industry, and also the pride of Israeli high-tech industry. Based on visual security technology to enable safer roads and reduce traffic congestion, Mobileye developed a series of software products embedded in EyeQ ASIC chip in 1999, and is cooperating with BMW and Intel to develop mass production self-driving vehicles.
Jerusalem on Thursday Evening
In Israel, the work week begins on Sunday and ends on Thursday, and most companies do not work on Friday The delegation from SEMI China to Israel arrived on Sunday, and went back home on Friday with valuable memories.
Window on China
July 20, 2017