Under the hood of our rapidly evolving lifestyle of smart cars, smart homes, smart phones—Smart Everything—are semiconductors. And because our applications are getting more advanced and intelligent all the time, the chip is getting more complex and intelligent, too. To meet the chip design opportunities and challenges of the moment, semiconductor innovation goes far beyond packing more logic into silicon—it requires creative design approaches that will fast-forward our ability to seize the opportunities and resolve the challenges we face. To get to the future faster means using AI for the chip design process, a hot topic at SNUG Silicon Valley 2022 earlier this spring.
Mainstage keynotes set the tone of the event with Synopsys Chairman and CEO Aart de Geus kicking things off with his talk, Catalyzing the Impossible, including special guest, Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella. Dr. Daniela Rus, the director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT, zeroed in on the topic of AI in her talk, AI and Its Impact on Humanity. Other AI track highlights included an engaging fireside chat, AI’s Next Act – Impact on Chip Design Today and Vision for Future, between Tony Han, engineering director at MediaTek, and Stelios Diamantidis, senior director of AI solutions and strategy at Synopsys, as well as multiple customer case studies using Synopsys DSO.aiTM, the industry’s first AI application for chip design. The AI track experts from Synopsys, MediaTek, as well as Intel, AMD, Samsung, and Sony, illustrated the compelling value and opportunities that AI has to offer the semiconductor industry.
Here are some AI takeaways from SNUG Silicon Valley 2022: