Will AI Change Chip Design?

IEEE has a great interview with Heather Gorr, senior product manager for MathWorks’ MATLAB platform, on recent developments of using AI in chip design. It never occurred to me that AI could become part of this process.

AI is such an important technology because it’s involved in most parts of the cycle, including the design and manufacturing process. There’s a lot of important applications here, even in the general process engineering where we want to optimize things. I think defect detection is a big one at all phases of the process, especially in manufacturing. But even thinking ahead in the design process, [AI now plays a significant role] when you’re designing the light and the sensors and all the different components. There’s a lot of anomaly detection and fault mitigation that you really want to consider.