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Dr. Rob Aitken – The most important thing is everything – building chips in an interconnected world

October 23, 2023 @ 10:00 AM 11:00 AM

Rob Aitken
Dr. Rob Aitken

Join us as Dr. Rob Aitken shares his knowledge and experience during the Semiconductor Science Initiative Inaugural Speaker Series at Union South.

Union South – Northwoods Room

The CHIPS act and other announced government spending are designed to rebuild advanced
semiconductor manufacturing capability in the US for national security and other purposes. This
is an ambitious and laudable goal, with a huge number of interacting and interconnected
technologies needed to bring it to fruition. This talk focuses on three of those: 3D integration of
heterogeneous multi-die systems, advanced design technology, and novel computing system
architectures. Each of these enables advances in performance and energy efficiency but even
higher gains are attainable by co-developing all three together. These examples are not unique
– the chips of the future will need a workforce with a broad range of skills and expertise to
extract benefits from silicon that is increasingly challenged to provide them.

Speaker Bio
Rob Aitken is a distinguished architect for the Synopsys EDA Group and an experienced technologist with broad-based expertise and connections across the semiconductor industry and academic ecosystem. An IEEE Fellow and associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing, Rob has 50 patents and has published about 100 technical papers. He has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from McGill University.

Grainger Institute for Engineering – Semiconductor Science Initiative: Accelerating semiconductor science and technology