TITAN initiative targets AI, 6G chip technologies

TITAN initiative targets AI, 6G chip technologies

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By Nick Flaherty

The Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) has launched a group to look at the gaps in standards in electronic design tools, cloud providers, foundries, semiconductor and emerging silicon-to-system companies

The Technology Interoperability Trajectory Advisory CouNcil (TTAN) aims to bridge established Si2 programs such as the OpenAccess, Compact Model and OpenStandards Coalitions, and Special Interest Groups. Founding members include Ansys, Arm, Cadence Design Systems, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Qualcomm Technologies, Samsung Electronics, Siemens EDA, Silvaco, SK hynix and Synopsys.

“New capabilities empowered by AI, IoT, hyperscale computing, automotive and 5G/6G are driving the digital transformation toward a semiconductor industry renaissance. The complexity of designing and integrating these diverse technologies into current and future systems requires not only interoperability for multi-physical-domain system design software but also unambiguous means of securely controlling and sharing the private data required for implementing an efficient, connected and extensible environment,” said John Ellis, Si2 president and CEO.

“I am looking forward to working with TITAN member companies to address the top priorities which were shared during the recent TITAN launch. These include the secure processed data SPEED API for cloud interoperability, high-level workflows for 2.5D/3D-IC advanced packaging, and challenges in EDA workflows for complex chip designs addressing the key vertical markets,” said Kerim Kalafala, interim chair of TITAN and senior technical staff member at IBM Systems Group.

Si2 started a standards group for 3D chiplets back in 2011 (Si2 to form 3-D IC standards group).

Vic Kulkarni, Si2 chief strategy officer, said, “Our industry ecosystem is transitioning workflows from the silicon-centric to the silicon-to-system-centric worlds. TITAN unites technology thought leaders to identify and address challenges in silicon-to-system design implementation, particularly in a cloud environment compatible with AI and ML in crucial vertical markets. The primary goal for TITAN is to accelerate innovation through industry collaboration to achieve faster time to results and time to market.

“TITAN will serve as the trusted technology advisor to the Si2 board of directors, which evaluates and forwards proposals to Si2 technology teams for prioritization and action plans. Council members will determine the best path forward for industry collaboration and commit resources to develop and prototype gap technologies,” he added.

The main output from Si2 is OpenAccess, the world’s most widely used, open reference database for IC design, and the Compact Model Coalition, which provides an avenue to fund standard compact SPICE models and standard interfaces for simulation tool interoperability, and has also developed standards for silicon carbide SPICE models and power modelling.

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