Advancing technologies like artificial intelligence present promising opportunities that are about to transform the chip design landscape.
FREMONT, CA: Artificial intelligence, one of the most impactful technologies across industries, is enabling optimizations in chip design. It goes without saying that the traditional processes for designing chips are tedious and necessitate time-taking trial-and-error approaches. In addition, the sophistication and functionality of chips are evolving rapidly. These developments entail a chip design process that can support increasingly complex circuit designs, and subsequent design optimizations. Incorporating AI and related technologies like machine learning can give chip design processes a boost. The following list contains some of the advantages that the technologies of AI and ML bring to chip design.
• Designing Without a Designer's Intervention with Automation
Many steps in chip designs that are currently under manual control can be effectively automated without affecting design criteria. Machine learning applications can help computers master design flow and eliminate human interventions completely. The design flows depend on decisions regarding appropriate input choices. When machines are able to make these choices, steps like debugging and floorplan creation become significantly faster. For chip designers, these decisions may be challenging. However, for systems backed by AI and ML, and trained with relevant data, decision-making becomes easier, resulting in optimized results.
• Increased Productivity and Reduced Time to Market
Apart from introducing optimizations in design that enhance the functionality of chips, artificial intelligence-powered platforms for chip design are also able to increase productivity for chip designers. In conjunction with EDA tools, AI-backed applications can increase the pace of chip design without compromising on accuracy. The advanced AI solutions can work even with a limited amount of training data available. Thus, the semiconductor design industry can now experience reduced time to market.
Thus, AI and ML have the potential to augment chip design and, therefore, improve productivity and design specifications of chips. The promising technologies are expected to remain major determinants in the evolution of automated chip design capabilities.