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Industrial Technology Research Institute

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Open-Source AI Chips Platform

Technology Overview

AI Chip Design Lab.
AI Chip Design Lab.

As AI applications become increasingly commonplace, the development of AI chips presents an important opportunity for Taiwan’s semiconductor industry. Because vendors may face challenges such as high-mix low-volume production, lack of key AI intellectual property, and insufficient software/hardware integration design ability, ITRI has invested in the development of an AI chip platform solution which includes new chiplet technology and AI innovation platforms. The goal is to promote AI chip-horizontal integration for industry cooperation, actively build an industry ecosystem, and grasp business opportunities for AI industrialization. ITRI completed the development and optimization of AI architecture static analysis technology and licensed its AI chip system simulation technology to semiconductor companies. ITRI has also developed AI chip architecture analysis technology and authorized its use for fingerprint identification system manufacturers, established the ITRI deep learning accelerator (DLA) open-source hardware for AI, and provided hardware reference design and tools to domestic IC design companies.

At the same time, ITRI built an open-source AI software compilation and design platform and licensed it to leading electrical design automation vendor Synopsys. ITRI and Synopsys also jointly established the AI Chip Design Lab to provide basic software and hardware resources for AI chip design, thereby lowering the design threshold and attracting more vendors to invest in device-end AI chip technology development.

Applications & Benefits

The goal is to promote AI chip-horizontal integration for industry cooperation, actively build an industry ecosystem, and grasp business opportunities for AI industrialization.