The ConFab â€” an executive invitation-only conference now in its 14th year â€” brings together influential decision-makers from all parts of the semiconductor supply chain for three days of thought-provoking talks and panel discussions, networking events and select, pre-arranged breakout business meetings.
In the 2018 program, we will take a close look at the new applications driving the semiconductor industry, the technology that will be required at the device and process level to meet new demands, and the kind of strategic collaboration that will be required. It is this combination of business, technology and social interactions that make the conference so unique and so valuable. Browse this slideshow for a look at this yearâ€™s speakers, keynotes, panel discussions, and special guests.
KEYNOTE: How AI is Driving the New Semiconductor Era
The exciting results of AI have been fueled by the exponential growth in data, the widespread availability of increased compute power, and advances in algorithms. Continued progress in AI – now in its infancy – will require major innovation across the computing stack, dramatically affecting logic, memory, storage, and communication. Already the influence of AI is apparent at the system-level by trends such as heterogeneous processing with GPUs and accelerators, and memories with very high bandwidth connectivity to the processor. The next stages will involve elements which exploit characteristics that benefit AI workloads, such as reduced precision and in-memory computation. Further in time, analog devices that can combine memory and computation, and thus minimize the latency and energy expenditure of data movement, offer the promise of orders of magnitude power-performance improvements for AI workloads. Thus, the future of AI will depend instrumentally on advances in devices and packaging, which in turn will rely fundamentally on materials innovations.