Recently, the "Tenth China IC Design Company Survey" published results in Shenzhen. According to the survey, China's top IC design companies have adopted 28-nanometer cutting-edge technology to develop chips, and 9.2% of local fabless semiconductor companies have also adopted advanced 45-nanometer or lower technology for design and large-scale mass production.

In the same period, the "2011 IC Design Industry CEO Forum and China IC Design Company Achievement Awards Ceremony" also attracted more than 150 senior executives from China's IC design industry. The site revealed the "Top 10 IC Design Company Brands" and " Ten Top Development Potential Chinese IC Design Companies and Top Ten Distinguished Technical Support IC Design Companies and five categories of 25 popular IC products.

Among them, Shenzhen Hass Semiconductor Co., Ltd. was awarded the "Top Ten IC Design Company Brand" and Shenzhen Core Technology Co., Ltd. was awarded "Top Ten Outstanding Technical Support IC Design Company".

The survey results also show that more and more local IC design companies use Taiwan's foundries to support high-voltage, high-reliability, and highly-integrated product designs. Of the companies using foundry services, 63% will select Taiwan's foundries, compared to 57% in 2010. And 33.1% of the respondents believe that TSMC is the most suitable semiconductor foundry partner (30% in 2010). In addition, 18.9% and 15% of the surveyed companies indicated that SMIC and China Resources Shanghua in Mainland China are the most suitable foundry partners.

The Chinese IC design industry is experiencing rapid growth. According to a recent survey released by IHS iSuppli, the revenue of fabless semiconductor companies in China is expected to reach 10.7 billion U.S. dollars in 2015, more than double the 5.2 billion U.S. dollars in 2010. According to Shi Bolian, publisher of EE Times, “In the past ten years, we have witnessed the rapid rise and rapid development of the Chinese IC design industry. When we first conducted the 'China IC Design Company Survey' in 2002, only 20% Chinese IC design companies use 0.25-micron or lower process technology, whereas more than 72% of US peers have adopted 0.18-micron or lower process technology. Even five years ago, China’s development in process technology was still at least two times behind that in the United States. The results of this year's survey show that China's leading IC design companies are investing in 28-nanometer design and other technologies to shorten the time-to-market of products and enhance their competitiveness in the global market."