Co-designing hardware and software for a sustainable future of AI


The adoption of AI models is taking off at an unprecedented scale. However, even more widespread AI use in its current technological state could lead to an environmental disaster due to its substantial energy consumption. At the Advanced Engineering expo, on 15 and 16 May in Antwerp, Ben Stoffelen, department manager of AI at Imec, discusses how a co-design approach for hardware and software could address AI’s sustainability issues.

Megatrend electrification: smart system integration, AI and cybersecurity as trailblazers

Electrification is gaining momentum in many industries and is driving independence from fossil fuel-based technologies. With the use of power electronics, batteries and electrical machines of all sizes, it has become commonplace to use a growing number of embedded systems for control and regulation. How can engineers design such complex systems, iterate quickly and validate their designs along the way? For many developers in industries like renewable energy, mechatronics and transportation, the answer is model-based design.

It’s the manufacturing, stupid!

For battery-operated devices, the energy consumption for chip production far exceeds the lifetime energy consumption of the chips themselves. So, if we want to save energy, we’d better focus on the manufacturing process, argues Bram Nauta.

EU backs Dutch ‘hydrogen battery’ with €40M

Battolyser Systems has signed a 40-million-euro financing deal with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to commercialize and scale the production capacity of its integrated battery-electrolyzer systems.