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Unleash disruptive AI innovation using application-specific ICs

March 23, 2022 | Webinar on demand

Artificial intelligence (AI) is not only a buzzword. It’s a reality. AI takes up most of the activity in the cloud, in datacenters, and increasingly in our phones, our cars, our smartwatches ... In this imec.IC-link webinar, we will present the future trends and visions surrounding AI, and explain why application-specific ICs – so called ASICs – can be the key enabling factor to address the AI market.

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Why use an ASIC for AI innovation

More and more breakthrough innovations are achieved by transforming the way data is computed  – at large scale in the cloud, and at a smaller scale on the edge. That means an integrated circuit which is tailored to execute a specific algorithm is the only way to realize disruptive performance improvements and power savings.

ASICs allow you to:

  • Develop your hardware based on your software, instead of the other way around.
  • Achieve power-efficient performances enabling edge applications.
  • Protect your IP.

Developing an ASIC can be a complex process. That’s where you need support – whether it’s for design, development of prototype samples or volume production of qualified packaged products.

This webinar will present the latest technology trends in advanced ASIC technologies for AI/ML applications, illustrated with ASIC examples from prototype development to commercial products.

What you will learn:

  • Why is an ASIC essential to bringing your AI concept to reality?
  • What are the key steps to ASIC development?
  • How can innovators get support to realize their idea in silicon?

This webinar is designed for non-technical and technical experts in artificial intelligence, machine learning and high-performance computing who want to increase their knowledge of ASIC technologies.

About imec.IC-link

Imec.IC-link is part of the global R&D hub imec and provides complete ASIC solutions. Its services are available for customers worldwide and its teams are based in Europe, the USA, China, India, Japan, Brazil and Israel.


Axel Nackaerts

Axel Nackaerts

Axel has a PhD in electronic engineering from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

He started at imec, working on full-custom SRAM design, technology-circuit codesign and DfM. He then joined NXP Semiconductors, first in research, working on sensor architectures, and later in the product line Personal Health.  He was lead architect for the NHS31xx product family, and managed multiple national and European projects. He came back to imec as program manager Artificial Intelligence, bridging the AI hardware and software teams.

Wouter de Groot

Wouter de Groot

Wouter has a master’s degree in applied physics engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique de Louvain, and has been working at imec ever since.

He started as line responsible and contamination strategist in the imec R&D facilities, then as ASIC business developer within the imec.IC-link team, helping companies of different sizes and from different market segments to find the best possible ASIC solution for their project. He’s presently leading the EU sales team which is responsible for emerging ASIC business.

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