Date: Nov 15, 2023 (Wednesday)  6:30 - 8:30 PM  at ITRI (2880 Zanker Road, Suite 103)

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AI Chips : An Overview  (Dr. William Kao)

Talk Abstract:

Artificial Intelligence has brought a revolutionary change in every aspect of our life in this era of technology. Most of today’s artificial intelligence and machine learning applications are powered by neural networks — algorithms that are inspired by the way the brain works.

When we talk about AI chips, we are usually talking about chips that are designed to be able to run such algorithms faster and more efficiently than traditional processors.

In this seminar Dr, Kao will present an overview of AI chips: what are they, why are they needed, how they work, types of AI chips (GPUs, ASICs and FPGAs). He will talk about differences between CPUs, GPUs, NPUs, DPUs, and TPUs.

Finally Dr. Kao will cover the AI chip market and present major companies currently working on AI chips and their products (Nvidia, AMD, Google, IBM, Samsung) as well as new AI chip startups (Kneron, Cerebras, Samba Nova).

Speaker Bio:

Dr. William Kao received his BSEE, MSEE and PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He worked in the Semiconductor and Electronic Design Automation industries for more than 30 years holding several senior and executive engineering management positions at Texas Instruments, Xerox Corporation, and Cadence Design Systems.

 Dr. Kao has authored more than 40 technical papers on IC CAD at IEEE Journals and Conferences, and holds eight US Software and IC design patents. He was an Adjunct Professor at UCLA Electrical Engineering Department where he taught courses in computer aided IC design.

Dr. Kao is a Senior Member of IEEE, and was one of the founding members of IEEE-Circuits and Systems - Silicon Valley Chapter.

Dr. Kao currently teaches Clean Technology and Emerging Technology courses at the University of California Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley Extension. 

Over the past ten years he has given more than 100 technical seminars on various Clean and Emerging Technologies subjects including Clean Technology, Renewable Energy, Big Data and Data Analytics, IoT, Smart Cities, Innovation, Augmented and Virtual Reality, 5G, 3D Printing, the Metaverse, Satellite Communications, AI / Machine Learning, and Robotics.

Dr. Kao is a Technology Watcher, Learner and Teacher.