Vietnam launches fabless chip company

Vietnam launches fabless chip company

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By Peter Clarke

Leading Vietnamese IT company, FPT Software (Hanoi, Vietnam), has launched a fabless semiconductor susbsidiary, FPT Semiconductor.

FPT Semi released its first chips – designed in Vietnam and manufactured in South Korea – in August 2022 but details of the chip types were not released.

FPT Semi said the chips will be used in IoT and medical devices and that it plans to supply 25 million chips in 2023 in seven types in almost all application sectors: telecommunications, IoT, automotive technology, energy, electronics, and others.

FPT Software has been providing IC design services across analog, mixed-signal and power management ICs, digital and FPGA design (see but is now migrating to become a chip vendor with its own badge.

FPT Semi now has between 50 and 200 employees according to its linkedin entry and has a number of design engineering jobs open. The company is seeking engineers with more than four years experience in: RTL design, FPGA design, IC place and route, static timing analysis, design verification and firmware engineering.

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“We look forward to contributing to the development of the fast-growing semiconductor industry in Vietnam and Asia on a broader scale,” said FPT Semiconductor’s founder and CEO Nguyen Vinh Quang, in a statement. “FPT Semiconductor looks to become the chip supplier of choice for businesses in Vietnam and further in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, the United States, and Europe,” he said.

Tran Dang Hoa, COO of FPT Software has take the role of chairman of FPT Semi.

FPT Software is itself part of FPT Corp. an IT services provider headquartered in Vietnam, with nearly US$1.6 billion in annual revenue and 54,000 employees in 28 countries.

FPT Corp. was founded by the Vietnamese government in 1988 as The Food Processing Technology Company before being renamed as The Corporation for Financing and Promoting Technology and focusing on information technology in 1990. The company is now publicly owned and traded on the Ho Chi Minh stock exchange.

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