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The journey of IC design in Macau began at the University of Macau in the mid-90s when EE master's and Ph.D. programs and regulations for research investment were laid out. By 2003, Macau had placed its first paper at ISSCC and the UM Analog and Mixed Signal VLSI Lab had been established , as well as the start-up Chipidea Microelectronics.
Thanks to booms in gaming and tourism that drove a 14% GDP growth between 2002-2012, which included governmental investment in science, the Macau circuit  designer community rapidly expanded and placed first-time papers in esteemed scientifc publications and conferences --  JSSC (2004), CICC (200 5), and VLSI(2006).
Thanks to booms in gaming and tourism that drove a 14% GDP growth between 2002-2012, which included governmental investment in science, the Macau circuit designer community rapidly expanded and placed first-time papers in esteemed scientifc publications and conferences -- JSSC (2004), CICC (200 5), and VLSI(2006).
history
The establishment by the government of the Macau Science and Technology Deveopment Fund (FDCT) in 2005 accelerated local R&D. Macau's two key players in solid-state circuit design today are Synopsis Macau Ltd. and the State-Key Laboratory of Analog and Mixed-Signal VLSI Design.
ISSCC papers
Macau appeared on the ISSCC plenary awards stage in three consecutive years (2011, 12, and 13) for papers on analog, ADC, and RF, and in 2012 placed ten SSC papers in distinguished publications and conferences including ASSCC, ESSCIRC and the JSSC. Macau is today one of the most active world players in high-efficiency ADCs.
um development
The government of Macau has invested nearly $2 billion USD for a 77,000 square-mile expansion of UM for world-class teaching and research facilities, including more than 80 ultra-modern new buildings on 1 square km of Hengqin Island in mainland China -- initiatves expected to create a new era for solid-state circuit design in Macau.
local award
SSC-Macau was founded in 2009 to support burgeoning local advancements in sold-state circuit design and to serve as a platform for local IEEE members to get connected with the worldwide SSCS community.
workshop
Nine of the 20 speakers who accepted chapter invitations in 2012 joined forces for a workshop in March: Francesco Maloberti, Hoi-Jun Yoo, Bram Nauta, Jacob Baker, Akira Matsuzawa, Zhihua Wang, Zhiliang Hong, Chris Mangelsdorf, and Ming-Dou Ker.
roundtable
Another geographically diverse group of five formed a roundtable panel in June: Jeremy Wang, Jason Cong, Tim Cheng, Xiaolang Yan, and Xu Cheng. SSCS-Macau works closely with UM, SKL, and local industry to organize and support multiple events every year.
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SSCS-Macau Wins 2012 Best Chapter Award

Under the leadership of Chair Seng-Pan (Ben) U, the three-year-old group sponsored a robust and regular schedule of technical lectures in 2012 that brought world renowned speakers to the Macau engineering community.

View the side show at left for a condensed history of the 20-year explosion of IC design in Macau.

Find the full story in the Solid-State Circuits Magazine, spring 2013, p. 99ff.

SSCS-Taipei Wins Best Chapter Project Award 

SSCS  Membership Chair Tzi-Dar Chiueh accepted the first SSCS Best Chapter Project Award on behalf of SSCS-Taipei at the Society's chapter chair luncheon for the group's  extraordinary 2010-2011 high school textbook project.  The  600-page tome was written entirely by high schoolers within the space of one year and distributed throughout the country.  Read all about it.
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SSCS-Taipei was presented with the Society’s first Best Chapter Project Award to recognize and celebrate its astonishing high school textbook project—coordinated  in 2010-2011 by faculty at what school s in cooperation with local high school science departments,  and entirely written in Chinese by high schoolers  -- that resulted in the country-wide distribution of the first such text for students at that level.