CI Brasil Program

As a result of many actions among the Federal Government, companies and academic groups, Programa CI Brasil (IC Brazil Program) was created, where its main goal was to develop an ecosystem in microelectronics able to introduce Brazil in the international semiconductors scenario.

This Program was approved on June 15, 2005 by the Information Technology Area Committee (CATI), from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), and it is part of the Microelectronics National Program (PNM Design), which is considered priority in the data processing and national automation areas.

Its importance stands up by a significant increase in the use of semiconductors in many sectors of world economy, making the demand for Integrated Circuits (ICs) a strategic issue for the balance of trade and technological independence of the country.

In order to achieve its goals, CI Brasil established three main actions which are respectively, three strategies. Although they have developed in parallel, these actions work in an integrated way. This way, the designers graduated by the Training Centers (CTs) start working at Design Houses which become able to grant the market demand, supplying the semiconductors ecosystem in Brazil.

National Program of Integrated Circuits Designers Training

It was developed, through the CI Brasil Program, the action called National Program of Integrated Circuits Designers Training, in partnership with the American company Cadence Design Systems.

This program is aimed at expanding the training for ICs designers in an international level in the country through a professional training.

The program is taught in two CTs located in the states of Rio Grande do Sul (in Porto Alegre) and São Paulo (in Campinas). During the training (11 to 12 months), the students receive a support scholarship from CNPq.

The students are divided into three knowledge areas within the program, where the designers will get the following profiles:

  • Digital Systems Design - Focus on the design of digital systems for medium and large companies. Emphasizing the steps involved in the digital design flow for modern fabrication technologies;

  • Mixed-Signals Systems Design (AMS) - Focus on the design of basic analog electronic systems and interface, such as: operational amplifiers and comparators, AD and DA Converters, PLLs and VCOs;

  • Radio Frequency Systems Design (RF) -  Focus on blocks design used in integrated Radio Frequency communication systems, such as: low noise amplifiers (LNA), Mixers, VCO, Frequency Synthesizers, Filters.



1st Edition of National Program of Integrated Circuits Designers Training (2008/2009)