On March 22, The Integrated Circuits Design Research & Education Center (ICDREC) signed a cooperation agreement with Dien Quang Lamp Joint Stock Company (Dien Quang) to develop and produce microchips for Dien Quang’s lighting products.
Dien Quang will use ICDREC chips for its smart lighting control systems including those for street and traffic light control, and industrial lighting. These chips will be developed based on the SG8V1 chip of ICDREC, a unit of the Vietnam National University HCMC.
ICDREC will also develop LED driver chips for Dien Quang’s LED lights.
Ngo Duc Hoang, director of ICDREC, said smart chips are crucial to lighting products and that smart lighting control systems and energy-saving LED lights are favored by consumers at home and abroad.
According to Ho Quynh Hung, chairman of Dien Quang, most microchips used for Dien Quang’s products are imported from the U.S., Japan and Taiwan. Dien Quang has to import millions of chips a year for its products.
According to Ngo Duc Hoang, if cooperation between ICDREC and Dien Quang is successful, it will help not only develop the HCMC microchip industry in the lighting device sector but also reduce spending on chip imports and prices of lighting products.
ICDREC is the first unit in Vietnam to research and commercialize SG8V1 chip, which has been used for many products like monitoring devices for cars and motorbikes and data collection devices.
Experts said Vietnam is considered a potential market for semiconductor production suppliers and producers as it needs around 20 billion chips a year with most of them imported.
- ICDREC, Dien Quang clinch deal (The Saigon Times, 2016-03-23)