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Vietnam wins top IC contest prize

Vietnamese engineers won first prize at an international contest on integrated circuit (IC) design in Japan last Friday, local newswire Dan Tri reported Wednesday.

Tran Thi Hong and Luyen Duc Hanh from the IC design center at Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City were the first Vietnamese to join the LSI (Large Scale Integrated) Design Contest.

Second and third prizes came to engineers of the host country. The prizes included scholarship for master's degree programs in Japan.

The 13th version of the contest hosted 103 competitors from 27 countries.

LSI contest is open every year for master's degree students in the Asia-Pacific. It was started in 1997 by Kyushu Semiconductor Innovation and has continued with support from known IC corporations such as Synopsys, Xilinx, Tokyo Electron Device and Renesas.