Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Imec and Ingdan bring design services to Chinese IoT companies

Steve Rogerson
September 5, 2019
 
Chinese IoT companies can access the Belgian Imec R&D innovation hub’s ASIC design and manufacturing services through a deal with local AI and IoT business service platform provider Ingdan, part of the Cogobuy group.
 
Imec specialises in R&D and innovation in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. Under the agreement, Ingdan will act as a non-exclusive distributor in China for Imec's innovation services division.
 
The division helps innovators, entrepreneurs and universities realise their ideas in silicon by providing low-cost prototyping and volume production. It offers tailored support across the entire IC value chain providing access to companies in the semiconductor ecosystem.
 
The services provided include technical advice, ASIC design, access to IP, access to IC manufacturing in flexible volumes at affordable cost, assembly, test and certification services. AI hardware and IoT companies in China will now be able to access Imec services through Ingdan.com.
 
"We are excited about the cooperation between Ingdan.com and Imec,” said Jeffrey Kang, CEO of Cogobuy Group. “Through our Ingdan.com, chip companies will now be able to access IP, a well-established chip design and manufacturing supply chain, and customised chips for diverse markets. We are confident that introducing Imec's offerings will further strengthen Ingdan.com's position as a leading AIoT business service platform, expand Ingdan.com's international resources, and drive profitable growth for the company."
 
Cogobuy Group is headquartered in Shenzhen, with offices and branches across major cities in China, including Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Wuhan, Chengdu, Nanjing, Hangzhou and Xi'an, as well as overseas branches in Singapore, Israel and Japan. The group is comprised of Cogobuy.com, an IC components direct sales platform, and Ingdan.com.
 
Cogobuy's AIoT ecosystem connects cloud computing and AI core technologies with the group's expertise in edge computing, machine learning and deep customisation. With the ecosystem, the group aims to provide AIoT to vertical industries such as smart cars, smart homes, robotics and customised AIoT chips.
 
As a partner for companies, start-ups and universities, Imec brings together more than 4000 people from over 97 nationalities. It is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, and has distributed R&D groups at a number of Flemish universities, in the Netherlands, Taiwan and the USA, and offices in China, India and Japan.