Student Contests

台積電前瞻佈局大賽

初賽:2019/12/16 OIP虛擬設計環境(VDE),雲端平台

決賽:2020/1/15 台積電研發中心,新竹

台積電首度舉辦全國性「前瞻佈局」大賽,除了希望學界重視及培育這項能力,也鼓勵在台灣的年輕學子進入先進製程佈局領域。晶片佈局不只是連結客戶的設計創新與台積製程技術的重要橋梁,更是先進製程的決勝關鍵。經由Design & Technology Co-Optimization (DTCO),前瞻佈局工程師與製程團隊共同定義每一個先進製程世代的架構和設計規則,並且讓先進製程所帶來的PPA好處得以實現。競賽開跑之初,主辦團隊即走遍全台14所大專院校,透過與超過2000名教授及同學面對面的15場專題演講,顛覆學界對於晶片佈局僅是按圖施工的舊有思維,進而吸引全台35所大學、150位指導教授,共1000名學生報名參賽。為將台積公司獨具之最先進的半導體製程技術與學界接軌,台積電偕同OIP雲端聯盟合作夥伴Cadence以及微軟Azure(Microsoft Azure),建構專屬參賽者的「虛擬設計環境」(Virtual Design Environment, VDE)。藉由具備開創性的雲端競賽與學習平台,突破場地限制,更確保台積製程相關資訊得以獲得安全的保障。除了提供線上教學課程和雲端實作練習環境,「前瞻佈局」大賽更在新竹、台北與台南舉辦三場實體研習營,由來自台積電、Cadence與微軟的講師帶領同學熟悉前瞻佈局技術相關的設計規則、EDA工具及雲端環境等。各場次研習營皆吸引超過百名參賽學生於週末假日到場參加,同學們更把握難得的機會與業界講師們面對面互動。講師們除了解答參賽者們提出的前瞻佈局技術問題,也和同學分享半導體產業工作的心得與甘苦,讓同學們感受到不一樣的IC設計在台積。總計500位參賽者組成250組隊伍在通過第一階段的雲端初賽之後,從中遴選出17組隊伍晉級決賽。晉級決賽的同學們親自走進台積電前瞻佈局工程師們的工作環境,參加於台積電研發中心舉行的集訓營及決賽。在長達10小時的決賽過程中,負責本次大賽主辦的設計暨技術平台資深處長魯立忠亦悄悄到場,感受到同學們所投注的專注與熱情。主管意外現身也激勵了現場的決賽同學們和所有工作團隊同仁。首屆台積電「前瞻佈局」大賽頒獎典禮於台積總部張忠謀講堂舉行,由台積電技術發展資深副總經理侯永清及設計暨技術平台資深處長魯立忠親自頒獎。雲端聯盟合作夥伴Cadence全球Field Operations業務總監John Ennis和台灣微軟總經理孫基康,以及擔任本次大賽顧問和評審的交通大學電子所教授周世傑皆到場參加頒獎典禮,與眾多媒體一同見證屬於同學們的榮耀時刻。時值半導體產業發展60年之際,首屆台積電「前瞻佈局」大賽透過與雲端聯盟夥伴Cadence及微軟Azure(Microsoft Azure)攜手合作,成功翻轉學界對於晶片佈局的既定印象,並且啟發學子對半導體最新技術的興趣與視野。更推動學界知識與產業需求進一步接軌,一同為半導體下一個60年的創新培育頂尖人才。

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TSMC Leads the Industry by Hosting the First "TSMC IC Layout Contest" in the Cloud
https://www.tsmc.com/csr/en/update/innovationAndService/caseStudy/22/index.html

發掘充滿無限可能的未來IC產業人才!
https://www.eettaiwan.com/20191122NT11-The-First-TSMC-IC-Layout-Contest/

只要有心,人人都可以是IC Layout高手!
https://www.eettaiwan.com/20200122NT11-TSMC-Announces-Winners-of-First-IC-Layout-Contest/

2019/9

  • TSMC IC Layout Contest rollout
  • 15 technical lectures nationwide
  • Online layout skill and EDA software training courses officially launched

2019/10

  • VDE cloud-based IC design environment goes online

2019/11

  • Three workshops for contestants in Hsinchu, Taipei and Tainan

2019/12

  • Preliminary contest
  • Advanced training workshop for final teams

2020/1

  • Final contest and Award Ceremony

Executive Committee:

  • Dr. Cliff Hou, Senior Vice President of Technology Development, TSMC
  • Dr. L.C. Lu, TSMC Fellow/Senior Director of Design and Technology Platform, TSMC

Host: Design and Technology Platform (DTP), TSMC

  • Layout Design Engineering Team:
    L.J. Tyan
    Benson Chiang
    Don C.L. Chen
    Hui-Zhong Zhuang
    Philip Wang
    Pin-Dai Sue
    Mao-Wei Chiu
    Evan Liu
    Hao-Jie Zhan
  • OIP and Layout Contest Marketing Team:
    Willy Chen
    Vivian Jiang
    Shu-Yi Ying
    Yi-Wen Chang

Judges

  • L.J. Tyan, Deputy Director of Layout Design Engineering Division, TSMC
  • Willy Chen, Deputy Director of Design Infrastructure Management Division, TSMC
  • Benson Chiang, Manager of Layout Design Engineering Division, TSMC ◆ Mike Fang, Director of R&D, Cadence
  • Shyh-Jye Jerry Jou, Professor of Electronics Engineering Department of National Chiao Tung University

Sponsors:

  • Cadence
  • Microsoft Azure

Pre-contest University Roadshow:

  • 2019/9/17 National Chiao Tung University
  • 2019/9/18 Yuan Ze University
  • 2019/9/18 National Central University
  • 2019/9/19 National Cheng Kung University
  • 2019/9/24 National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology
  • 2019/9/25 National Tsing Hua University
  • 2019/9/27 National Kaohsiung Normal University
  • 2019/9/27 National Sun Yat-sen University
  • 2019/9/27 National Yunlin University of Science and Technology
  • 2019/10/2 National University of Kaohsiung
  • 2019/10/2 National Taipei University of Technology
  • 2019/10/4 National Chung Hsing University
  • 2019/10/9 National Taiwan University
  • 2019/10/14 National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

First Place: NT$200,000 cash prize and trophy

Second Place: NT$100,000 cash prize and trophy

Third Place: NT$80,000 cash prize and trophy

Honorable mention: NT$20,000 cash prize and trophy

Outstanding Digital Layout: NT$10,000 cash prize and trophy

Outstanding Analog Layout: NT$10,000 cash prize and trophy

Completion Award: NT$10,000 cash prize and trophy


The first place, the second place and the third place teams are awarded with priority status for selection to TSMC summer internship opportunities.

2019/11, Three workshops for contestants in Hsinchu, Taipei and Tainan

Despite the sunny weather during weekend holidays that were suitable for outdoor activities, contestants eagerly participated the workshops to gain first-hand knowledge on IC layout skills from industry experts.

2019/12, Advanced training workshop for final teams

2020/1, Award Ceremony

Participated students agreesively took notes on the learning from the industry experts that they do not learn from schools, and proactively solicited advices from the instructors during the intermissions.