What are the topics covered? There’s ADAS (Advanced driver assistance systems) chips from Renesas, Networks on Chip, Intel Labs has demoing an eight-wavelength DFB laser array, US tech controls squeezing Russian access to technology, and the shortage of engineers in Japan…
5. Renesas and Hailo hook up for ADAS
Hailo, the Israeli AI IP developer, is collaborating with Renesas on ADAS chips. The combination of Hailo-8 processors, designed for Neural Network (NN) acceleration, with the Renesas R-Car V3H & R-Car V4H SoCs, powers ADAS ICs for zonal and centralised vehicular ECUs.
4. The importance of a NoC
NoCs (Networks on Chip) are becoming a challenge as the volume of the data flows around an IC increase. “The performance of the NoC must match that of the compute part of the SoC,” says Sondrel’s Ben Fletcher, “the NoC’s function is to supply the input data fast enough to keep the compute IPs on the chip running at their maximum capacity and to store the output data so that the system does not become blocked.
3. Intel integrates eight-wavelength DFB laser array on CMOS wafer
Intel Labs has demo-ed an eight-wavelength DFB laser array integrated on a silicon wafer which delivers output power uniformity of +/- 0.25 decibel (dB) and wavelength spacing uniformity of ±6.5%. This enables the production of the optical source with the required performance for future high-volume applications, such as co-packaged optics and optical compute interconnect for emerging network-intensive workloads including AI and ML. The laser array is built on Intel’s 300-millimeter silicon photonics manufacturing process.
2. US tech controls squeezing the Russians
The US and its allies are squeezing the Russians by denying them technology, said the US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo (pictured) earlier this week. “Since the controls were put in place, global exports of semiconductors to Russia from all sources have declined by almost 90 percent,” said Raimondo, “leaving Russian companies without the chips they need for a wide variety of goods, including weapons like precision guided missiles and tanks.”
1. Japan’s biggest chip companies need to hire 35,000 engineers
Japan’s eight biggest chip companies need to hire 35,000 engineers in the next ten years,says the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association. “It is often said that semiconductors are lacking, but the biggest shortage is engineers,” Hideki Wakabayashi, professor at the Tokyo University of Science, who is the head of the policy proposal task force at the JEITA semiconductor board, told the Nikkei.