The GSA EMTECH Interest Group is a platform for GSA members to discuss opportunities and challenges in the industry and share their ideas with peers and partners across various emerging technologies within the semiconductor ecosystem.

This month’s GSA EMTECH on the Horizon Webinar Series will have Kaushal Vora, Senior Director of Business Acceleration and Global Ecosystem, and Mandali Khalesi, Global Vice President of AI and Cloud Technology at Renesas as speakers. They will share insights on the Powerful Convergence of AI in IoT and High-Performance Computing Applications at the Edge, and will provide their perspective on the market dynamics and opportunities that Edge Computing and AIoT (Artificial Intelligence of Things) create for the industry. They will also discuss practical use cases across industrial, consumer and automotive end markets.

Edge AI: The Powerful Convergence of AI in IoT and High-Performance Computing Applications at the Edge

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 25, 2023  |  9:00 – 10:00 AM PDT


Kaushal Vora / Senior Director, Business Acceleration and Global Ecosystem / Renesas
Khalesi / Global Vice President, AI and Cloud Technology / Renesas

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Edge AI: The Powerful Convergence of AI in IoT and High-Performance Computing Applications at the Edge

Over the last decade, as connected devices proliferated and their capabilities expanded, there grew a need for real-time decision making independent of the cloud or connectivity in some cases. The move to a distributed architecture, driven by the transition of computational capacity from the cloud to the edge, ushered in a new era of edge computing.

There are several fundamental advantages of edge computing, including varied connectivity and data mobility options, the ability for real-time decision making, localized compute power and dynamic storage and security capabilities. We see those benefits increasingly reflected across a broad spectrum of applications across automotive such as autonomous driving / driver assistance features and industrial such as logistics and factory automation.

Data created by these endpoint devices is expected to grow at a staggering 85% with total data generated by IoT devices at reach roughly 80ZB in 2025 (Source: IDC, Future of Industry Ecosystems: Shared Data and Insights). For context, Zetta has 21 zeroes! Taking this a step further, approximately 90% of all data collected by enterprises today will never be used and is considered “Dark Data.” The bottom line is that data is data until we do something with it. And this is where AI/ ML becomes so powerful and meaningful.

AIoT —Artificial Intelligence of Things—is a Megatrend, driven by a perfect alignment of IoT, AI and 5G (3 powerful technologies) maturing roughly at the same time. This convergence will be transformational as intelligence concentrated in the cloud moves to the edge. To enable intelligence at the extreme edge and endpoints in the network, it must be done in a way that is highly efficient, responsive in real-time and cost effective. A decentralized intelligence model bridging the cloud and the edge has tremendous technical and economic benefits.

So, where are the opportunities for the semiconductor industry?

  • AI semiconductors are expected to grow at 18% CAGR (2017-25) —five-times faster as compared to non-AI semiconductors (Source: McKinsey & Company, Artificial-intelligence hardware: New opportunities for semiconductor companies).
  • Existing chips will see growth due to AI, but chips with innovative AI accelerators will experience most growth.
  • AI technology stack will open many opportunities for semiconductor companies.
  • There is a potential for much higher value capture from the technology stack for semiconductor companies, as compared to value captured historically from PC and mobile era.
  • We expect a value-pull though enablement of end-to-end solutions for specific industries or “micro-verticals.”

Join us for a webinar on October 25 to learn more about market dynamics, opportunities for the industry, and practical use cases across industrial, consumer, and automotive end-markets.


Kaushal Vora
Senior Director, Business Acceleration and Global Ecosystem

With over 15 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, Kaushal has worked in several technology areas including healthcare, telecom infrastructure, and solid-state lighting. At Renesas, he leads a global team responsible for defining and developing IoT solutions for the company’s microcontroller and microprocessor product lines with a focus on AI and ML, Cybersecurity, Functional Safety, and connectivity among other areas. Kaushal has a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

Mandali Khalesi - Renesas

Mandali Khalesi
Global Vice President, AI and Cloud Technology

Mandali is focused on developing cloud-enabled artificial intelligence for automotive and high-performance computing SOCs. He leads a global team that provides Renesas customers with the best inference tools and software that are designed to help their engineers develop high-performance Level 2/3 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (or ADAS) applications. Mandali is a software engineer and an executive with over 20 years of experience in the automotive, consumer electronics and smartphone industry. He holds a Master’s degree in Astrophysics from University College London.