Two years after starting its Vietnam operations in Ho Chi Minh City, Silicon Valley-based Synapse Design has inaugurated its second engineering design centre in the city of Da Nang.

Synapse said its Ho Chi Minh team has been working on diverse and complex chips—from camera processor chips and 8 cores GHz CPU processors to application processor for automotive, finger recognition chip, wireless charger chip, networking chip, printer chip, 4G LTE RF and baseband chipset, DDR4 PHY and PCIe hardening—for tier-one customers which go in very high volume production.

20170711_EETA_SynapseDesign_HCMC-design-team (cr) Figure 1: Synapse's design centre in Ho Chi Minh City. (Source: Synapse Design)  

When researching a site for its second Vietnam design centre, Synapse said Da Nang surpassed Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City as the most business friendly environment in Vietnam. Centrally located and in same time zone and a short flight from any major Asian city, the company said its engineers can quickly be on site to support tier-one customers, many of whom are located in Japan, China, India, Taiwan and Singapore. And compared to other large cities in Asia, Da Nang has a very low employee attrition rate, allowing Synapse to provide strong, customer-focused design teams, according to the company.

"As we began researching the best areas for our company and our customers, we found that Da Nang is the third largest economic centre in Vietnam with the highest growth in the country,” said Satish Bagalkotkar, Synapse CEO and president. “Da Nang provides a large, well-educated engineering workforce—many of whom have worked with our tier 1 customers."

20170711_EETA_SynapseDesign_DaNang-design-team (cr) Figure 2: Synapse's Da Nang design team. (Source: Synapse Design)  

Synapse COO and MD Devesh Gautam said they are quickly filling engineering positions for the Da Nang office. The company plans to hire more than 100 design engineers between the Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City offices.

“This new design centre in Da Nang and the centre we opened in Ranchi, India, allow us to guarantee that our customers receive highest quality engineering services at the lowest labour costs," Gautam said.

201707_EETA_SynapseDesign_DeveshGautam_SatishBagalkotkar_cr Figure 3: Synapse COO and MD Devesh Gautam (left) with Synapse CEO and President Satish Bagalkotkar (right). (Source: Synapse Design)  

Outside of Vietnam, Synapse has open vacancies for over 200 engineering positions in Ranchi, Jharkhand, India. The design services company, which has engineering centres in seven countries, acquired Ranchi-based engineering services company Asilicon in April.

Synapse supports design and development of products for IDM, ODM and fabless semiconductor companies targeting automotive, 5G, IoT, storage data, gaming, camera, mobile and networking markets, and delivers embedded software services for storage and LTE products. The company claimed to have taped out 35 complex SoCs last year at process nodes ranging from 28nm down to 7nm.