Chengdu seals claim as major electronics hub
Nestled in the middle of Sichuan Province, Chengdu sits on the fertile plains of Tianfuzhi guo, known in ancient times as "the Land of Abundance." Home to some 10.5 million, it is one of China's most-liveable cities.
Not surprisingly, this city has been an established base for the country's electronic and IT industry, with a number of electronic R&D centers located here. Chengdu's Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone houses at least 30 Fortune 500 companies and 12,000 domestic companies, including China's own Lenovo. Chip giant Intel has also chosen to locate one of its IC assembly plants in Chengdu. Intel's rival AMD is likewise set to open an R&D center in this city. Other multinational tech companies with presence here include Nokia, Motorola, Microsoft, Alcatel and IBM.
These companies are expected to gather at Chengdu New International Exhibition and Convention Center Feb. 28-29, as the city of Chengdu hosts the first leg of the 13th International IC-China Conference & Exhibition, the largest semiconductor event in China. This is the first time the show comes to Chengdu, sealing the city's claim as a major electronics hub in West China.
A highlight of the Chengdu leg is the keynote on Digital Home by Edwin K. W. Kwong, senior VP of sales and marketing, Fujitsu Microelectronics Pacific Asia. Kwong is the founder of Fujitsu Microelectronics APAC. A 20-year veteran, he heads the company's engineering department in Asia Pacific.
The Chengdu leg of IIC-China is also featuring a special Components Pavilion, which will showcase the latest active and passive components, electromechanical parts, electronic production supplies, interconnects and subassemblies.
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