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Keynote Speaker #1 (09:45~10:25, October 22 (Thursday), 2020)

Dr. Jae-hong Park

Executive Vice President of Foundry Design Platform Development, Samsung Electronics, Korea

Title: Does technology scaling help improve the power and the performance of SoCs?


Jaehong Park is currently EVP of Engineering at Samsung Electronics where he oversees the Design Platform Development of Samsung Foundry. He received his BS and MS degrees in Electronics Engineering from Seoul National University in 1988 and 1990 respectively, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1995. Before joining Samsung in 1999, he worked at Motorola, Texas A&M University and IBM in VLSI design and CAD area. Since he joined Samsung, Dr. Park has been responsible for developing various SOCs including MP3 player SOC, DVD player SOC, and Exynos mobile phone AP SOC, and he is now responsible for the Foundry ECO system including EDA, IP, PDK and library, and design service.



When we define a new technology node, PPAC (Power, Performance, Area, Cost) is an important metric to consider, which determines the benefit of technology migration. As the technology dimension becomes smaller, the silicon area shrinks as well. However, the transistor performance and the metal resistance do not improve at the same pace as the silicon area, which makes improving the power/performance of the SOCs very challenging. In this talk, we will review how we can improve the power/performance of the SOCs by improving the library/IP design and the SOC design methodologies in spite of the fundamental limitation from the technology scaling.


Keynote Speaker #2 (10:25~11:05, October 22 (Thursday), 2020)

Prof. Massimo Alioto, Ph.D.

ECE-National University of Singapore, Singapore

Title: From Less Batteries to Battery-Less SoCs with Nearly-Unstoppable Operation - Towards a Greener and Smarter World


Massimo Alioto is a Professor at the ECE Department of the National University of Singapore, where he leads the Green IC group, and is the Director of the Integrated Circuits and Embedded Systems area and the FD-FAbrICS research center on intelligent&connected systems. He held positions at the University of Siena, Intel Labs CRL, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, University of California Berkeley, EPFL - Lausanne.


He is (co)author of 300 publications on journals and conference proceedings, and four books with Springer. His primary research interests include ultra-low power circuits and systems, self-powered integrated systems, near-threshold circuits for green computing, widely energy-scalable integrated systems, circuits for machine intelligence, hardware security, and emerging technologies.


He is the Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems, Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society, and was Deputy Editor in Chief of the IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems. Previously, Prof. Alioto was the Chair of the “VLSI Systems and Applications” Technical Committee of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (2010-2012), as well as Distinguished Lecturer (2009-2010) and member of the Board of Governors (2015-2020). He served as Guest Editor of numerous journal special issues, Technical Program Chair of several IEEE conferences (ISCAS 2023, SOCC, PRIME, ICECS, VARI, NEWCAS, ICM), and TPC member (ISSCC, ASSCC). Prof. Alioto is an IEEE Fellow.



Wide power-performance adaptation down to nWs has become crucial in always-on nearly real-time and energy-autonomous SoCs that are subject to wide variability in the power availability and the performance target. Wide adaptation is indeed a prerequisite to assure continuous operation in spite of the widely fluctuating energy/power source (e.g., energy harvester), and to grant swift response upon the occurrence of events of interest (e.g., on-chip data analytics), while maintaining extremely low consumption in the common case. These requirements have led to the strong demand of SoCs having an extremely wide performance-power scalability and adaptation, so that they can relentlessly operate without interruption in spite of the highly-uncertain power availability.


In this talk, new directions to drastically extend the performance-power scalability of digital, analog and power management circuits and architectures are presented. Silicon demonstrations of better-than-voltage-scaling adaptation to the workload are illustrated for both the data path (i.e., microarchitecture) and the clock path in the digital sub-system. New directions to achieve full-system coordinated power-performance scaling are also discussed. Silicon demonstrations and trends in the state of the art of battery-light, battery-less and battery-indifferent SoCs are illustrated to quantify the benefits offered by wide power-performance adaptation, identifying opportunities and challenges for the decade ahead. Finally, an always-on mm-scale integrated system that operate uninterruptedly when solely powered by moonlight is demonstrated, paving the way to a new generation of always-on systems with little to no battery.


Keynote Speaker #3 (11:20~12:00, October 22 (Thursday), 2020)

Dr. Thomas Andersen

Heads the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Group, Synopsys, USA

Title: Where are we on the road to Artificial Intelligence in Chip Design?


Dr. Andersen heads the artificial intelligence and machine learning group at Synopsys, where he focuses on developing new technologies in the AI and ML space to automate the future of chip design. He has more than 20 years of experience in the semiconductor and EDA industry. Dr. Andersen started his career at IBM’s TJ Watson Research Center, followed by managing synthesis/place-and-route engineering at Magma Design Automation and Synopsys. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Stuttgart and a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany.



Artificial Intelligence is an avenue to innovation that is currently touching every industry worldwide. As this demand drives rapid growth across the semiconductor industry, new chip architectures are emerging to deliver the specialized processing, memory performance, and real-time connectivity needed for the huge breadth of AI applications at the edge. Building these intelligent machines will in turn require intelligent architectures and design processes. Our Opening Keynote will discuss the challenges of enabling on-device intelligence and highlight significant innovations that are paving the road to self-optimizing chip-design.

Keynote Speaker #4 (10:30~11:10, October 23 (Friday), 2020)

Elias Fallon

Software Engineering Group Director, Cadence

Title: EDA and Machine Learning: The Next Leap in Semiconductor Design and Productivity


Elias Fallon is currently Engineering Group Director at Cadence Design Systems, a leading Electronic Design Automation company. He has been involved in EDA for more than 20 years from the founding of Neoliner, Inc, which was acquired by Cadence in 2004. Elias was co-Primary Investigator on the MAGESTIC project, funded by DARPA to investigate the application of Machine Learning to EDA for Package/PCB nad Analog IC. Elias also leads an innovation incubation team within the Custom IC R&D group as well as other traditional EDA product teams. Beyond his work developing electronic design automation tools, he has led software quality improvement initiatives within Cadence, partnering with the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute. Elias graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with an M.S. and B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Elias, his wife and two children live north of Pittsburgh, PA.



Electronic Design Automation software has delivered semiconductor design productivity improvements for decades. The next leap in productivity will come from the addition of machine learning techniques to the toolbox of computational software capabilities employed by EDA developers. Recent research and development into machine learning for EDA point to clear patterns for how it impacts EDA tools, flows, and design challenges. This talk will detail the application of machine learning "inside" EDA tools and "outside" tool flows. The convergence of industry trends such as intelligent networks, ans intelligent edge and cloud compute along with AI/ML techniques lead to an exciting future for our industry.

Keynote Speaker #5 (11:10~11:50, October 23 (Friday), 2020)

Seungsoo Lee

Korea Managing Director, Infineon Technologies, Korea

Title: New Trend of Semiconductor for the next generation vehicle


Scott Lee was appointed as Vice President of Infineon Technologies in 2018, and has been the Managing Director of Infineon Technologies Korea since 2011. He also leads the Automotive business in Korea as the department head.  Scott Lee was born on May 8, 1966 in Korea. He holds a master's degree in computer electronics from Indiana State University, USA. He joined Infineon in 2007 after building his career at Hyundai Motor Company and Freescale Semiconductor.

Business Experience
· Infineon Technologies Vice President: October 2018 ~ Present
· Infineon Technologies Korea Co LLC Managing Director:  February 2011 ~ Present
· Infineon Technologies Korea Co LLC Infineon Korea Automotive Head​: July 2007 ~ Present
· Freescale Semiconductor (Motorola Korea Inc.) Automotive Manager: March 2000 ~ July 2007
· Hyundai Motor Company, Central Research Center Research Manager: March 1993 ~ March 2000
· AllTell Telecommunication Co. (Sprint), USA:  March 1992 ~ March 1993




The fields of putting most emphasis to develop next generation vehicle are Autonomous Driving, Eco-vehicle and Connectivity. And the importance of security is increasing, because of the rise of complexity in these systems and the communication to the outside. This presentation will explain market trend of four fields and try to show the direction of semiconductor which is required.

First, in Autonomous driving, it shows the required high-performance operation for the various sensor techniques such as radar, camera, Lidar and for the network and sensor fusion that connect these. 

Second, in eco-vehicle, it shows the stable management of high voltage battery and high power module for motor drive and power conversion. Also, it shows the use of system and semiconductor which is required in electric vehicle like charging system.

Lastly in connectivity, it shows the networks required in vehicle and Telematics, V2X for communication with outside.