Future chip architectures: inspired by factory concepts

March 29, 2018 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Future chip architectures: inspired by factory concepts
Tomorrow’s embedded computing architectures will by far surpass those of today – in particular in terms of their complexity. Therefore, next-generation chips should be organized like agile factories, experts believe. A transatlantic research project is fathoming out future chip design principles.

Researchers from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), the Technical University of Braunschweig and the Technical University of Munich have started a joint project to develop next-generation computer components for the new challenges of digitization. At the recent DATE 18 conference on electronics design and test in Dresden, researchers from these institutions introduced a joint project to devise a design methodology that would enable chipmakers to develop computer components ready to face the challenges that will come with the comprehensive digitization across all segments of economy – such as autonomous vehicles, advanced medical electronics or self-organizing production.  

Actually, the concept of the smart factory inspired the scientists: In today’s industry 4.0 shop floors, tool machines robots, sensors and computers are connected in many ways to form a complex cyber physical system. “To keep production running effectively and efficiently, factories need to properly manage logistics, supplies and facility controls to adapt to the current workload, while also considering maintenance and continuous operation,” said TU Braunschweig principal investigator Rolf Ernst, professor of computer and network architecture and deputy chairman of the Research Center for Digitalization, Informatics & Information Technology.

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