Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), the AI on Chip Taiwan Alliance (AITA), and the UCLA Center for Heterogeneous Integration and Performance Scaling (CHIPS) have entered cooperation on AI chip development.
The parties signed an MoU on cooperation in the field of heterogeneous integration & advanced packaging on September 14, hoping to utilize Taiwan’s AIoT advantages and the U.S. experiences in high performance computing. The project is expected to deepen cooperation between Taiwanese and the U.S. supply chains, and launch new business opportunities for AI chips.
Taiwan’s Department of Industrial Technology expressed its support in the partership, which will help the participants to quickly grasp international system specifications in the areas of IC design, manufacturing and packaging.
Dr. Chih-I Wu, ITRI Vice President and General Director of the Electronic and Optoelectronic System Research Laboratories, commented that die-to-die (D2D) interconnection bandwidth plays a vital role in heterogeneous integration. ITRI, he said, has over the years created a solid foundation in cultivating packaging technology, and the specifications of the patented high speed communications interface developed under the AI on Chip initiative already surpass those of major international manufacturers. In the future, these technologies will be used in innovative applications that require high bandwidth, such as 8K high-resolution images and 5G communications.
Dr. Wu emphasized that the alliance with UCLA CHIPS offers two main advantages: First, through the use of the UCLA CHIPS platform, Taiwan’s D2D technology will gain international recognition. Second, UCLA CHIPS has the latest heterogeneous integration technology. The partnership will bridge Taiwan’s semiconductor ecosystem with international system integration requirements. ITRI’s pilot line will verify its product prototypes, before transferring the know-hows to Taiwan’s semiconductor manufacturers, assisting the industry in solidifying links with international contacts.
“Our collaboration with ITRI is a centerpiece of our international collaboration in the area of heterogeneous integration and packaging for high performance computing and artificial intelligence,” said UCLA CHIPS Director Prof. Subramanian S. Iyer. “We are grateful for the close technical collaboration with ITRI engineers who bring incredible innovation and a wealth of experience to our collaboration. The feedback and suggestions we get from ITRI have had a very positive and meaningful impact on our research direction, execution and most importantly on the education of our students who will lead this work in the years to come. We hope that this interaction with UCLA CHIPS is just as beneficial for ITRI as well.”
AITA Chairman Nicky Lu, also CEO of Etron Technology, stated that AITA connects the resources of Taiwan’s semiconductor-related industries with those of the government and academia, and is strengthening cooperations with global innovators. Since its inception in 2019, AITA now has over 125 corporate members, working to develop AI chip technology for AIoT applications. The cooperation with UCLA CHIPS offers opportunities in the development of international specifications for heterogeneous integration, and provides a window for technology promotion and exchanges.
Dr. Lu said that Taiwan’s mature IC value chain and abundant experience in chip production, in conjunction with UCLA’s resources, will pave the way for Taiwan manufacturers to take the lead the development of AI chips.