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Disruptive Semiconductor Innovations and Future Opportunities

The VLSI Design Conference 2023 has concluded recently with motivating speeches from industry leaders and discussions about the newest advancements in VLSI, embedded technologies and opportunities for innovation.

vlsiThe 5-day conference had a theme of “Semiconductors driving disruptive innovations in Global Digitalization,” promises to be a thought-provoking event for attendees.

The event was designed to bring together key stakeholders and was well represented by engineers, students and faculty, industry professionals, academia, researchers, bureaucrats, and government organizations.

Addressing the attendees on the inaugural session Rajeev Chandrasekhar said “The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has a program called the “Future Design Program” which is investing  USD 200 million  in startups that design products, IP, tools or devices for the next generation of applications in India. To support this innovation ecosystem, the government is extending PLI scheme for  IT Server and IT hardware. The IT PLI will also offer additional incentives for manufacturers that incorporate Indian-designed IP into their products. Further, the government is also focused on Digital India RISC-V (DIR-V) program for next generation Microprocessors to achieve commercial silicon & design wins. We are putting Government capital to work actively, catalyzing the Indian semiconductor ecosystem and working with industry and the global diaspora to achieve India’s ambition as a semiconductor nation at a torrid pace.”

Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary of Information Technology, Industry and Commerce for the government of Telangana mentioned in his address, “The state is at the forefront of the startup revolution and has already created a wave of opportunities for innovation and startups across the technology sector and VLSI field with leading semiconductor companies having their base, and rapidly expanding in Hyderabad.”

In his address, Dr. Satya Gupta, the President of VLSI Society of India highlighted the role of VLSI in developing and accelerating the pace of the sector in India and how it shaped the growth of startups. With scaling reaching its fundamental limits, he said it is time to look at addressing technological challenges at higher levels of abstraction in CMOS-based design and at the same time look beyond Silicon for further performance enhancement.

The semiconductor industry is poised for monumental growth with the Government of India having earmarked USD 10 billion for India Semiconductor Mission, creating an environment that encourages growth to create a vibrant semiconductor ecosystem and steer India into the future.

The Ministers also highlighted Government’s partnerships with the industry by reiterating commitment and a keen interest to work with the stakeholders to realize its efforts toward actualizing new milestones.

Shashi Reddy, Vice President of Qualcomm gave vote thanks at the end of the inaugural session, thanking the chief guest, conference committee and dignitaries and the attendees for their contribution and participation.

Following the inaugural, the industry leaders participated in keynote speeches and panel discussions, providing valuable insights and perspectives on the latest advancements, challenges, and trends in the field of VLSI and embedded technology.

Victor Peng, President of AMD, in his keynote discussed the importance of heterogeneous, high-performance, and adaptive computing in a digital world characterized by massive growth in data and the need to turn insights into intelligence using pervasive AI.

Assaf Touboul, VP of Technology at Qualcomm, provided an overview of key use cases being tackled by 5G and the role of semiconductors and AI/ML in improving the technology.

Dr. Prith Banerjee, CTO of Ansys, talked about the role of simulation in driving product innovation in the semiconductor and electronics industries. The conference also featured tracks on technical topics, user design, and industry forum talks focused on 5G.

Purdue’s Prof Koushik Roy spoke on “Rethinking Computing with Neuro-inspired Learning: Algorithms, Circuits, and Devices.” Deep learning has helped computers match or surpass human performance in vision, voice, and NLP. Implementing neural algorithms in typical “von-Neumann” architectures is much more expensive than in the biological brain.

Venkat Mattela, CEO of Ceramorphic, discussed AI-era semiconductor challenges and prospects and how AI and ML has spurred semiconductor growth as microprocessors did decades ago.

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Nitisha Dubey

I am a Journalist with a post graduate degree in Journalism & Mass Communication. I love reading non-fiction books, exploring different destinations and varieties of cuisines. Biographies and historical movies are few favourites.

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