Vietnam is gearing up to position itself at the forefront of the semiconductor and AI industries. Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung, on December 11, extended an invitation to Nvidia, a leading US chip giant, to invest in the country’s semiconductor and AI projects. With an emphasis on collaboration and development, this move could mark a significant turning point for Vietnam’s technological landscape.
Vietnam’s pledge to NVIDIA’s investment
Minister Dung, recognizing Vietnam’s immense potential in the semiconductor and AI sectors, urged Nvidia to boost research and development (R&D) activities in the country. He proposed the establishment of semiconductor and AI projects, R&D centers, and labs at the National Innovation Centre (NIC) and high-tech parks. Dung also emphasized the importance of creating favorable conditions for Vietnamese engineers, promoting internships at Nvidia, and establishing incubators for local semiconductor firms.
Also, he encouraged Nvidia to expand cooperative and investment projects, fostering a supportive ecosystem for Vietnam’s burgeoning semiconductor and AI industries. The Minister highlighted the vital role of a conducive environment and close coordination between government agencies and businesses in propelling the spearhead industries forward. This collaborative approach, he believes, will not only improve Vietnam’s competitive edge but also position it as a leading innovation center in the region.
NVIDIA’s commitment to Vietnam
Jensen Huang, President and CEO of Nvidia, reciprocated the enthusiasm, praising Vietnam’s potential and opportunities in semiconductor and AI industries. He expressed the readiness of Nvidia to deepen its partnership with Vietnam, considering the country its second homeland. Huang underscored the need for Vietnam to embrace the AI development wave, advocating for the development of 1 million AI experts and collaboration to enhance human resources capacity and AI infrastructure.
In a meeting with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, Jensen Huang disclosed Nvidia’s desire to set up a base in Vietnam, further cementing the company’s commitment to contributing to the country’s technological advancement. Nvidia, renowned for its expertise in graphics processing units (GPUs) and application programming interfaces (APIs) for data science and high-performance computing, envisions a strategic collaboration that spans beyond business, aiming to build a lasting partnership with Vietnam. The commitment to improving human resources capacity and AI infrastructure aligns with the broader vision of nurturing talent and fostering innovation in Vietnam.
Tripling AI chip production
Amidst the global AI fever, Nvidia has ambitious plans to triple its AI production by 2024. This commitment aligns with the company’s vision to play a pivotal role in the evolving AI landscape. The significant increase in AI chip production is poised to contribute to the ongoing technological revolution, further solidifying Nvidia’s position as a key player in the semiconductor industry.
As Vietnam eagerly welcomes Nvidia’s investment in AI chips, the stage is set for a transformative journey in the semiconductor and AI sectors. The collaborative efforts between Vietnam and Nvidia have the potential to not only elevate the country’s technological prowess but also contribute significantly to the global AI landscape. Will this partnership pave the way for Vietnam to emerge as a hub for semiconductor innovation, marking a new era in the country’s technological narrative? Only time will tell as both nations embark on this promising venture.