Author: Zhang Guobin
Today, EDA giant Synopsys (Global Synopsys) Wuhan Global R & D Center was officially opened! Global President and Co-CEO Dr. Zhikuan Chen, Global General Manager of Synopsys Semiconductor Division Ke Fuhua, Chairman of China and Global Senior Vice President Ge Qun, Huazhong Technology Hundreds of people from university leaders, Wuhan Future Science and Technology City Development Management Committee, and industry and media attended the inauguration ceremony.
Synopsys Wuhan Global R & D Center is the first top-level R & D center park invested by Synopsys in overseas investment. It will undertake the important IP \ security product research and development tasks of Synopsys. Its launch will also help the semiconductor industry chain in Wuhan To perfect. At present, the Wuhan region has attracted multiple semiconductor industry chain projects including Yangtze River Storage, Wuhan Xinxin, Wuhan Hongxin, Tianma Microelectronics, and Huaxing Optoelectronics, with a total investment of more than 400 billion!
Wuhan is also known as the Nine-Province Tongliao. It is the capital city with the most developed transportation in China. It radiates several neighboring provinces with a two-hour economic circle. At present, Wuhan has 1.3 million college students and is an important talent reserve base. Wuhan currently includes Huawei Research Institute, Fiberhome, and Dreamcore , Xiaomi, Core Motion, Gaode Infrared and other semiconductor companies and electronic system companies. With the completion of Synopsys Wuhan R & D Center, more downstream semiconductor companies will gather in Wuhan in the future.
In his speech, Dr. Chen Zhikuan, Global President and Co-CEO of Synopsys, pointed out, "The new era of electronic design, and the completion of Synopsys 'Wuhan Global R & D Center is an important milestone for Synopsys' development in China. It will effectively promote China's semiconductor and electronic information. The rapid development of the industry and play an important role in supporting the company's global strategic layout. "
Hu Xin of Wuhan Xinxin Technology R & D Center introduced the 7-year development history of Wuhan R & D Center. Since it officially entered Wuhan Science and Technology City in 2012, Xinsi Technology Wuhan R & D Center has developed steadily. At present, it has grown to more than 200 people. Technology will continue to invest, and the staff must grow to 500 people! Some people in the industry also pointed out that such investment as Xinsi will also help develop the local EDA industry in the future! Like for Synopsys!
Synopsys Wuhan R & D Center has set up Synopsys Future Hall, which shows the global semiconductor industry chain and the development process of Synopsys in detail.
As a global EDA leader, Synopsys invests one-third of its annual revenue in research and development, and continues to invest one billion US dollars in research and development each year.
After the inauguration ceremony, Synopsys held a semiconductor technology seminar, inviting celebrities in the semiconductor industry to present leading technologies such as 5G.
Jiang Shangyi, former co-chief operating officer of TSMC, and former independent director of SMIC Wuhan HSMC, pointed out in the congratulatory video that Moore's Law has slowed down but there is still room for innovation in semiconductors. For example, automobiles have been developed for hundreds of years, but now innovation is still Constantly, in addition, we see that ancient man-made bridges are still in use thousands of years ago, and thousands of years ago, the ancients did not know mechanical knowledge, material science knowledge, etc., but the bridges they built were still used after a thousand years. This is a model of innovation . Hongxin Semiconductor has adopted an innovative wafer foundry model-CIDM (CommuneIDM).
Dr. Shanshan Chen, Deputy General Manager, Director of the Committee of Experts of China Telecom Communications Group, and IEEE Fellow analyzed the tremendous changes brought by 5G to human society. He pointed out that many people see that 5G thinks of high-speed communication. In fact, this is only a third of the changes brought by 5G The other two-thirds are huge changes brought to the industry. For example, ARVR, smart manufacturing, smart power, smart medical, and so on. 5G will also cause a lot of disruption, for example, simultaneous interpretation will disappear.
Taking smart connected cars as an example, he pointed out that China's smart connected cars will develop a combination of infrastructure and autonomous driving. He stressed that this is unmatched by other countries. country.
Suoyuan Technology founder and CEO Zhao Lidong praised Synergy's investment in China, pointing out that the field of artificial intelligence is an open market, and it has just started, providing many opportunities for innovation. Intelligent landing.
He pointed out that the current challenge in the field of artificial intelligence is that the computing power is difficult to meet, and open AI predicts that computing power needs double to 10 times each year! Therefore, the step-wise improvement of artificial intelligence applications comes at the cost of model and exponential demand for computing power.
Another challenge is that the highest-end AI training is in a monopoly position. As shown in the following figure, high-end training is monopolized by NV, and the cloud is inferred from Intel, Xilinx and other scuffles. Since NV's GPU is not optimized for AI, but because it is a monopoly, it has little incentive to optimize. This field requires competitors.
He pointed out that if the training is not good, it is difficult to infer that it will be difficult to do well in the past. It will restrict the development of artificial intelligence in China in the past. In addition, its CUDA ecology is closed, which is not conducive to the development of local artificial intelligence, and the GPU development board of NV is expensive. A training card often costs $ 5,000-8,000, making it unbearable for small and medium-sized companies.
Suiyuan Technology has recently released the first artificial intelligence training product, the " Yunya T10 ". This is an artificial intelligence training acceleration card and dual-slot target card for cloud data centers. It supports PCIe 4.0. The chip is built on a 12nm FinFET process with a total of 14.1 billion transistors. It will be mainly used for cloud artificial intelligence training and support CNN. , RNN, LSTM, BERT and other network models, as well as FP32, FP16, BF16, Int8, Int16, Int32 and other data types, will be available in the first quarter of 2020.
In addition, based on the design concept of the reconfigurable chip, the computing core of the "Sisi" chip released by Ebara Technology includes 32 general-purpose scalable neuron processors (SIPs), and every 8 SIPs are combined into a scalable intelligence. Computing group (SIC). SIC achieves high-speed interconnection through HBM, and through on-chip scheduling algorithms, data is calculated during relocation to maximize SIP utilization. Its single-card single-precision (FP32) computing power can reach 20TFLOPS, and supports mixed-precision calculations of single-precision FP32 and half-precision BF16, with a maximum power consumption of 225W. Compared with 300W, it has superior performance.
Luo Zhenqiu, General Manager of TSMC Nanjing Plant, pointed out in his speech that EUV technology has been successfully applied in the semiconductor field. This was unimaginable in the past. TSMC will steadily advance mass production of advanced processes. At present, TSMC can already develop 2nm processes, while TSMC 5nm The process has helped customers tape out. This process has many advantages. For example, the speed can be increased by 15% while the power consumption is reduced by 30%! The transistor density can be increased by 1.8 times! The SRAM area is reduced to the original 0.75!
In addition, he also revealed that TSMC continued to optimize the 28nm process and recently launched the 22ULL process, which can achieve more and lower power consumption and stimulate more wearable device innovation.
In addition, he also shared the latest progress of Synopsys in the field of 3D packaging. As shown in the figure below, the latest CoWoS design process, which can package two different chips together. Synopsys' Design Platform fully supports TSMC WoW direct stacking and CoWoS® advanced packaging technology. Design Platform supports the combination of 3D IC reference processes to help users deploy high-performance, high-connectivity multi-die chip technology in applications such as mobile computing, network communications, consumer and automotive electronics.
Professor Zhou Zucheng from Tsinghua University also spoke at the scene. He pointed out that 5G is a high-speed transmission technology. If it is not combined with the application of artificial intelligence technology, such high-speed transmission is meaningless. In addition, he pointed out that EDA is the cornerstone of IC, and there will be good development when combined with EDA, and Synopsys has set a global R & D center in Wuhan with great vision. Wuhan has a large number of talents and a strong historical accumulation. Support, I hope Wuhan can become a global leader in EDA!
Huazhong University of Science and Technology shared the cooperation with Synopsys, such as the establishment of the Synopsys Micro-nano Electronics Design Joint Laboratory of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. In addition, Huawei University of Science and Technology also has deep cooperation with Yangtze River Memory to promote three-bit phase change memory Mass production.
The Xinsi Wuhan R & D Center project was planned for 9 years and completed in seven years. Ge Qun, Chairman and Global Senior Vice President of Synopsys China, reviewed the construction process of Wuhan Research and Development Center and the 25-year development process of Synopsys in a speech.
He pointed out that integrated circuits depend on talents, and there is a gap of 300,000 in China's integrated circuit talents. China's microelectronics college can only train 20,000 people each year. This gap will grow larger and larger. How to solve it? He believes that EDA tools need to improve efficiency and develop more products with fewer people to fill the talent gap. This is what Synopsys is currently doing.
How to make the industry go further? It's an investment in talent! He said Synopsys continued to focus on the training of talents in the integrated circuit industry. In the future, Synopsys will cooperate with more universities to train talents. In addition, Synopsys has also established Synopsys to invest in small and medium-sized enterprises.
He emphasized that to be new to the future, to think together is the constant commitment of Synopsys! Synopsys will go with Chinese semiconductors! 2020 is the 25th anniversary of Synopsys entering China. Synopsys will hold a series of celebrations. Please follow our follow-up reports!
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