Electronics design companies are increasingly adopting AI to streamline the design cycle.
FREMONT, CA: The electronics industry is constantly trying to expedite the design process. As electronic devices become more sophisticated, the complexity in design also increases. The industry has been looking for solutions to manage this challenge and has found Artificial Intelligence (AI) as the perfect solution. In fact, AI has started to make tremendous strides over the past few years. Here is what this technology has in store for electronics designers.
• CMP Modeling
Chemical-Mechanical Polishing (CMP) plays a key role in chip fabrication by leveling the wafer layers. The outcome depends on the materials being polished and the density and shapes of the materials used. Because of many of today’s IC designs are tightly packed, post-CMP variations can increasingly affect fabrication success. To prevent any negative effects, chip makers today are using CMP modeling based on machine learning and neural networks. It detects potential hotspots and areas of design that are likely to experience post-CMP defects.
• Requirements-Driven Design Flow
The emergence of heterogeneous systems like SoC requires an architecture that must accommodate a challenging degree of complexity. To emerge with the right interconnect strategy, electronics designers must consider parameters like routing limitations, connectivity needs, protocol dependency, wire delay, bandwidth, and latency constraints. To address this issue, designers can leverage the AI-based requirements-driven design flow. In this, AI algorithms can search for patterns in interconnect design data to identify promising strategies, evaluating each for performance.
Due to the complexity in designs of PCBs, microchips, and others, even the most expert human assistant can fail to pinpoint flaws. But a machine equipped with AI and the high-resolution camera can help beat these complexities. Nowadays, leading companies are making use of AI-powered machine vision to effectively pick out the defects in their electronic designs.
• Generative Designs
It is not new that creating high-quality products help electronics companies foster trust, nurture economic health, and thrive in a competitive environment. With AI-based generative designs, designers now have the advantage of giving the best. Generative designs help designers by identifying with various components of designs and simulate and offer various alternative designs. This AI feature creates an avenue for designers to optimize their input and output by doing the work of thousands of computers altogether.
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