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Designing and Bringing Silicon to Market

Date and Time

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Location

MIT Building E-51, Room 315

Presenters

Shankar Viswanathan , AMD Semiconductor - shankar.viswan gmail com

Summary

From early concept, through different phases of design, and product validation

Abstract

This talk will be about the different steps involved in designing a silicon chip: all the way from a design concept to taking it to volume production. A typical PC processor will be used as an example but the steps are generally applicable to any silicon integrated circuit design.

It is meant to be a brief introduction to IC design, but more importantly, it is to answer questions about the whole process (not a monologue). So bring your questions or send it via email ahead of the talk.

Bio

Shankar Viswanathan is a chip architect at AMD and currently works on the performance architecture for AMD semi-custom APUs. He has worked on the design and verification of several generations of AMD processors, most recently on the APUs used in the various XBox One and PS4 variants. He also spent a year at a software startup developing a thin hypervisor for run-time malware detection.

Meeting Notes

Attachments

  1. Shankar's slides (PDF)


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