How To Successfully Deploy GenAI On Edge Devices


Generative AI (GenAI) burst onto the scene and into the public’s imagination with the launch of ChatGPT in late 2022. Users were amazed at the natural language processing chatbot’s ability to turn a short text prompt into coherent humanlike text including essays, language translations, and code examples. Technology companies – impressed with ChatGPT’s abilities – have started looking ... » read more

Will Domain-Specific ICs Become Ubiquitous?


Questions are surfacing for all types of design, ranging from small microcontrollers to leading-edge chips, over whether domain-specific design will become ubiquitous, or whether it will fall into the historic pattern of customization first, followed by lower-cost, general-purpose components. Custom hardware always has been a double-edged sword. It can provide a competitive edge for chipmake... » read more

Security For AI And AI For Security


The aspect for AI was drastically changed after the introduction of ChatGPT from 2022. Even during 2010s, the question of whether the evolution of AI can overcome human’s logical thinking had been researched and developed (e.g., IBM Watson and Google AlphaGo). Now, a few years later from these results, everyone can experience the future potential of AI from the advent of generative AI. Major ... » read more

Can Models Created With AI Be Trusted?


EDA models that are created using AI need to pass more stringent quality and cost benefit analysis compared to many AI applications in the broader industry. Money is hanging on the line if AI gets it wrong, and all the associated costs must be factored into the equation. Models are some of the most expensive things a development team can create, and it is important to understand the value th... » read more

The Data Crisis Is Unfolding — Are We Ready?


The rapid advancement of technology has led to an unprecedented amount of data being generated, captured, and consumed globally. However, this reliance on data comes at a considerable cost. The widespread sharing and processing of data is necessary to navigate our everyday lives. Still, any disruption to this process can have severe consequences, threatening our ability to function as a society... » read more

LLMs For EDA, HW Design and Security


A new technical paper titled "Hardware Phi-1.5B: A Large Language Model Encodes Hardware Domain Specific Knowledge" was published by researchers at Kansas State University, University of Science and Technology of China, Michigan Technological University, Washington University in St. Louis and Silicon Assurance. Abstract "In the rapidly evolving semiconductor industry, where research, design... » read more

Brain-Inspired, Silicon Optimized


The 2024 International Solid State Circuits Conference was held this week in San Francisco. Submissions were up 40% and contributed to the quality of the papers accepted and the presentations given at the conference. The mood about the future of semiconductor technology was decidedly upbeat with predictions of a $1 trillion industry by 2030 and many expecting that the soaring demand for AI e... » read more

Tackling Variability With AI-based Process Control


Jon Herlocker, co-founder and CEO of Tignis, sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to talk about how AI in advanced process control reduces equipment variability and corrects for process drift. What follows are excerpts of that conversation. SE: How is AI being used in semiconductor manufacturing and what will the impact be? Herlocker: AI is going to create a completely different factor... » read more

Generative AI On Mobile Is Running On The Arm CPU


By Adnan Al-Sinan and Gian Marco Iodice 2023 was the year that showcased an impressive number of use cases powered by generative AI. This disruptive form of artificial intelligence (AI) technology is at the heart OpenAI's ChatGPT and Google’s Gemini AI model, with it demonstrating the opportunity to simplify work and advance education through generating text, images, or even audio content ... » read more

Yield Tracking In RDL


Yield is a much bigger issue when it comes to panel-level packages, which may contain up to 24 RDL layers. Just finding the defects is a massive challenge, let alone understanding how they will impact the entire device. Many of these advanced packages are being used in data centers for generative AI, and killer defects caused by bridges and opens can cause serious problems. What happens, for in... » read more

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