Fusing AI and semiconductors at CASPA 2018

This entry was posted on Tuesday, February 27th, 2018.

AI Trends and the Impact on Memory Systems

Dr. Steven Woo, the Vice President of Systems and Solutions and Distinguished Inventor, Office of the CTO at Rambus, will be giving a keynote speech at the 2018 Chinese American Semiconductor Professional Association (CASPA) 2018 Spring Symposium on March 3rd at 3:30PM.

Titled “AI Trends and the Impact on Memory Systems,” Dr. Woo will discuss recent advances in AI and neural networks responsible for driving the adoption of these technologies across multiple verticals that span the data center to the mobile edge.

“Improved voice recognition, natural language processing, and image recognition are just a few examples of areas where AI and neural networks have greatly improved user interfaces, processing, and ultimately the utility of data itself,” he told Rambus Press. “As the world’s digital data continues to grow at unprecedented rates, the need for technologies that can make sense of it all is greater than ever before.”

Indeed, says Woo, companies are increasingly turning towards specialized silicon to improve the speed and power-efficiency of AI and neural network, and the demand for higher memory and interface performance are naturally following.

“In this talk I’ll discuss some of the recent trends in AI and neural networks and describe the impact on memory systems for current and future silicon designed for these applications,” he added.

The Resurgence of Artificial Intelligence

According to CASPA, Artificial Intelligence has experienced a resurgence in recent years. This is due to advances in computational power, algorithms, and large amount of data, which are propelled by the semiconductor chip technology. In turn, says CASPA, AI technology creates new demands for semiconductor industry. As such, the 2018 spring symposium will take a closer look at the following areas:

1) Deep learning applications and semiconductor solutions.
2) Enabling memory and computation technology for AI.

Dr. Steven Woo Bio

Dr. Steven Woo is Vice President, Systems and Solutions and Distinguished Inventor at Rambus Inc., where he works in the Office of the CTO on technology and business development efforts across the company.  Since joining Rambus in 1996, Steve has worked in various roles leading architecture, technology development, and performance analysis efforts, and in marketing and product planning roles leading strategy, planning efforts, and customer programs.  Steve has over 30 patents in the areas of memory, memory systems, and neural networks.

Steve received BS Engineering and Master of Engineering degrees from Harvey Mudd College, and MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering while working in the Computer Systems Laboratory at Stanford University.

Event Information

The 2018 Chinese American Semiconductor Professional Association (CASPA) 2018 Spring Symposium will convene on March 3rd at the Intel SC12 Auditorium, 3600 Juliette Ln, Santa Clara, CA 95054. Interesting in learning more? You can register for the event on EventBrite here and visit the CASPA 2018 homepage here.