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2019 International Symposia on VLSI

The 2019 VLSI-TSA and VLSI-DAT Symposia attracted nearly 900 participants.

The 2019 VLSI-TSA and VLSI-DAT Symposia attracted nearly 900 participants.

The 2019 International Symposia on VLSI Technology, Systems and Applications (VLSI-TSA) and VLSI Design, Automation & Test (VLSI-DAT) was held by ITRI in Hsinchu, Taiwan during April 22-25. Discussions at this year's event centered on the developmental status and future trends of AI, 5G, autonomous vehicles, semiconductor heterogeneous integration, and 2D materials. Experts from leading organizations including Intel, IBM, TSMC, Arm, Micron, Qualcomm, the University of California, Berkeley, and National Taiwan University, gathered to share their insights. Many were optimistic on the outlook for Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT), which would drive demand for chip computing power and computing volume, and spark a surge in the processing of real-time data that gives rise to edge computing.

Dr. Ghavam Shahidi from IBM Research delivered a plenary speech on the topic “Slow-Down in Power Scaling and the End of Moore’s Law?”

Dr. Ghavam Shahidi from IBM Research delivered a plenary speech on the topic “Slow-Down in Power Scaling and the End of Moore’s Law?”

Dr. Chih-I Wu, VLSI-TSA Co-chair and ITRI's Vice President and General Director of Electronic and Optoelectronic System Research Laboratories, remarked that AI is an important goal for national development for countries all over the world. Dr. Wu explained that the pace of AI chip development will determine how quickly AI changes society, adding that Taiwan plays a crucial role as a consistent leader in the semiconductor industry. In this respect, ITRI integrates Taiwan’s industrial, academic, and research capacities by focusing on the design of flexible chip architecture, low-cost heterogeneous sensor integration, standard low-power computing frameworks for different chip specifications, and the integration of multiple AI chips to expand computing time and shorten design timeframes. Altogether, ITRI is able to address the demands for AI chips and establish a globally competitive AI chip industry chain.

Dr. Tzi-Cker Chiueh, ITRI’s Vice President and General Director of Information and Communications Research Laboratories, stated that emerging technologies such as autonomous vehicles and drones rely on the real-time computing power of the AI chip, which supports functions like avoiding obstacles and route planning. However, AI chips do not have standardized specifications and thus require the ability to customize chip architectures based on actual system applications. The AI Chip Architecture Design and Software Translation Solution developed by ITRI can help Taiwan IC design houses address this challenge and open up new avenues to the market.

The 2019 International VLSI Symposia have attracted nearly 900 individuals representing heavyweight manufacturers from Europe, North America, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. At the Symposia, the Pan Wen Yuan Foundation also announced the 2019 ERSO Award winners, including Sino-American Silicon Products Inc. Chairman Ming-Kuang Lu, Winbond Electronics Corp. Chairman & CEO Yu-Cheng Chiao, M31 Technology Corp. Chairman Hsiao-Ping Lin, and Wiwynn Corp. President & CEO Emily Hong.

Four ERSO Award winners were honored at the Symposia.

Four ERSO Award winners were honored at the Symposia.

2019 ERSO Award Winners

The ERSO Award, established by the Pan Wen Yuan Foundation in 2007, honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Taiwan's technology industry. This year, the award recognizes the success of Sino-American Chairman Lu in creating a specialized wafer production line, with a comprehensive product series that is provided domestically to the information, communications, optoelectronics, and energy sectors. Chairman Chiao of Winbond was also applauded for his dedication to the production and design of memory products as well as IC technology development. Award recipient Chairman Lin founded M31 in 2011 to provide high-speed transmission interfaces and basic component IP, which have helped major semiconductor foundries and IC design houses reduce the chance of failure in the course of product development. Lastly, President & CEO Hong of Wiwynn was praised for the development of cloud-based basic framework products, Big Data centers, and system solutions for cloud-end customers.

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