Special Issue "Recent Advances in Microelectronics Devices and Integrated Circuit"

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Circuit and Signal Processing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2023 | Viewed by 1577

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Teo Tee Hui
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Guest Editor
Engineering Product Development, Singapore University of Technology and Design, 8 Somapah Road, Singapore 487372, Singapore
Interests: low-power and low-voltage design for sensor interface; mixed-signal wireless; AI integrated circuit
Dr. Akram Ben Ahmed
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Guest Editor
Digital Architecture Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tokyo, Japan
Interests: low-power embedded systems; on-chip interconnect; reliable SoC
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Computationally intelligent devices are becoming the mainstream due to the emerging technology around Artificial Intelligence, which is particularly deep-learning-driven. AI is everywhere now and accelerating all the technologies in microelectronics and related integrated circuits, such as direct memory, processing units, display/motor drivers, sensor interfaces, parallel computing, etc. Cryptography is also triggering the fast growth of quantum computing devices and circuits. Advanced microelectronics and integrated circuits have enabled the long-awaited practical implementation of Artificial Intelligence in a reasonable computation speed.

Accordingly, this Special Issue seeks to showcase research papers and review articles that focus on novel methodological developments in the field of advanced microelectronics and the design of related integrated circuits. Work that explores how technologies can be incorporated with AI methods to identify novel design directions and improve devices, circuits, system performance, as well as processes is sought after. Additionally, research which identifies and evaluates the limitations of applying AI to certain problems and specific domains, in advanced microelectronics and integrated circuits, is also welcome.

This Special Issue is primarily meant to serve as a collection of extended versions of selected papers presented at the IEEE 15th International Symposium on Embedded Multicore/Manycore Systems-on-Chip (MCSoC-2022) https://www.mcsoc-forum.org/. Selected papers from MCSoC 2022 and all external contributions in this field are welcome in this Special Issue.

Dr. Teo Tee Hui
Dr. Akram Ben Ahmed
Guest Editors

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  • artificial intelligence
  • deep learning
  • integrated circuits
  • microelectronics
  • quantum computing

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Implementation of Binarized Neural Networks in All-Programmable System-on-Chip Platforms
Electronics 2022, 11(4), 663; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics11040663 - 21 Feb 2022
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The Binarized Neural Network (BNN) is a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) consisting of binary weights and activation rather than real-value weights. Smaller models are used, allowing for inference effectively on mobile or embedded devices with limited power and computing capabilities. Nevertheless, binarization results [...] Read more.
The Binarized Neural Network (BNN) is a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) consisting of binary weights and activation rather than real-value weights. Smaller models are used, allowing for inference effectively on mobile or embedded devices with limited power and computing capabilities. Nevertheless, binarization results in lower-entropy feature maps and gradient vanishing, which leads to a loss in accuracy compared to real-value networks. Previous research has addressed these issues with various approaches. However, those approaches significantly increase the algorithm’s time and space complexity, which puts a heavy burden on those embedded devices. Therefore, a novel approach for BNN implementation on embedded systems with multi-scale BNN topology is proposed in this paper, from two optimization perspectives: hardware structure and BNN topology, that retains more low-level features throughout the feed-forward process with few operations. Experiments on the CIFAR-10 dataset indicate that the proposed method outperforms a number of current BNN designs in terms of efficiency and accuracy. Additionally, the proposed BNN was implemented on the All Programmable System on Chip (APSoC) with 4.4 W power consumption using the hardware accelerator. Full article
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Planned Papers

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Authors: Dr. Kiat Seng Yeo, Dr. Bharatha Kumar, Dr. Bithin Alangot, Dr. Dipu Bhaskar

Affiliation: Engineering Product Development (EPD), Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore 487372, Singapore

Title: limitations of applying artificial intelligence to certain problems and specific domains

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