The long reign of Moore's Law in IC design and manufacturing is ending, and artificial intelligence technology is its successor, per Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang. "Accelerated computing looks at the entire stack, algorithms, software and processor," he said at a company conference, touting the capabilities of graphics processing units.
Stacy Smith, a 30-year veteran of Intel who served as the chipmaker's chief financial officer and president of manufacturing, operations and sales, was named executive chairman of Toshiba Memory, which is now owned by an investor consortium led by Bain Capital. Smith also joints the board.
The custom A13 application processor that Apple will begin using next year will reportedly be fabricated by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., which has been the exclusive provider of application processors to Apple since 2016, supply chain sources say.
Research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute into excitonic complex particles and "valley spin" technology may lead to significant improvements in devices for lasers, solar energy harvesting and quantum sensing. The RPI team is looking into light-matter interactions in such materials as graphene, topological insulators and transitional metal dichacogenides, including tungsten diselenide.
The performance of components in data centers is affected by power and heat issues, especially in microchips with 7-nanometer features, this analysis notes. Cadence Design Systems' Marc Swinnen says, "At advanced nodes, server processors are hitting the power envelope now."
The power delivery network of chip designs is proving troublesome as IC features shrink to 7 nanometers, causing related issues in chip performance, Brian Bailey writes. Scott Johnson of ANSYS says, "Not only do you have a very disjointed power delivery system below the thick metals, but you are really reducing the voltage levels dramatically."
Nvidia is promoting the use of its Drive AGX Xavier System, an artificial intelligence processor, as an element in advanced driver-assistance systems, and has convinced Volvo to put the AI-based component in its next-generation vehicles. The company also introduced RAPIDS, a set of open-source libraries for analytics and machine learning accelerated by graphics processing units, offering Python interfaces for software development.
Four industry experts talk about advanced IC packaging, machine learning technology, reliability and resilience in this roundtable interview. Referring to future failures in chips and systems, "The systems themselves have to be designed to be fault-tolerant, whether that's error correction in memory or some form of software tolerance," said Rob Aitken of Arm.
Chinese tech firm Huawei unveiled two artificial intelligence chips that the company will use in its own servers. The company's use of its own chips will align with Beijing's Made in China 2025 development plan, which aims to have more locally made products, including chips, in 40% of all domestic devices.
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