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Artificial Intelligence the Next Big Semiconductor Market Driver, says Semico Research

Artificial Intelligence (AI) functionality has emerged into the semiconductor market with many companies participating at all levels of the semiconductor, software, services and IP industries offering a variety of products. The emergence of the AI market represents the 'next big thing' for both the semiconductor industry as well as the overall economy. Deployment has already started in factory floor environments delivering better control and maintenance over a multitude of industrial processes and products. The net effect is better quality control, lower costs, better product reliability and more innovation in the process of creating the products themselves. Semico Research's new Tech Brief,  Artificial Intelligence: Powering the Next Generation of Processors, explores the possibilities and the potential market changes this new application provides moving forward.
"The classical definition of AI is based on the Turing test. It is a test of a machine's ability to exhibit intelligent behavior. Generally, it was recognized as the ability for a person to have a conversation with a computer for 10 minutes without knowing it was a machine," says Rich Wawrzyniak, Senior Analyst ASIC and SoC Research for Semico. "The current definition has evolved to encompass the ability of a digital computer system to perform tasks commonly associated with intelligent beings. AI today is focused on bringing different aspects of what we consider to be human intellect to computer systems and executing specific functions in a human-like manner."
Here are a few of the key conclusions from the brief:

  • AI functionality will become a 'checklist' item and be included in most end-point devices.
  • Given the right cost structure, system architecture, and utility, each person will own or be impacted by more than one AI device.
  • AI functionality will be integrated into existing silicon, and lower-level functions will no longer need dedicated silicon solutions to run these applications.
  • In addition to silicon hardware, there will be an emerging industry for AI software applications that will mirror the emergence of smartphone apps.

Artificial Intelligence: Powering the Next Generation of Processors provides an analytical view of the current and potential impact of AI on the semiconductor market. Semico believes that AI will be integrated in devices from the cloud to factories, homes, offices and vehicles. The application must accommodate mobile and IoT products. This report is the first in Semico's series of AI-related reports and presentations that are expected to be released in the coming year.

Related reports from Semico's ASIC/SoC Service:
Licensing, Royalty and Service Revenues For 3rd Party SIP: A Market Analysis and Forecast for 2018
ASIC Design Starts 2017: Consumer and Industrial Lead the Way
ASIC Design Starts for 2017 by Key End Market Applications
System(s)-on-a-Chip: SoC Market Analysis and Forecast
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