Wen Chen, Chairman of Taiwan’s AP Memory, was interviewed by 《The Icons》 at the CogX Festival, an international event in the UK focused on AI and transformative technologies. With his rich industry experience and forward-looking perspective, Chairman Chen provided profound insights into the future trends and sustainable development of the semiconductor industry.
Sustainable Development and Challenges in the AI Industry
Chairman Chen first pointed out that the semiconductor industry is undergoing a rapid transformation, with the rapid development of high-performance computing and the AI technologies bringing infinite possibilities to the industry. However, this progress also poses challenges such as increased energy consumption and costs.
“Especially the energy consumption caused by the AI technology has become a significant bottleneck restricting the continuous development of the industry. Additionally, the AI computations require a large amount of energy due to extensive data processing and complex algorithm calculations, leading to high energy consumption and heat generation.”
He emphasized the importance of sustainable development and explained that it is not just an abstract concept but a very practical and urgent need. He noted, “Energy is a crucial component of ESG, and without sufficient energy, the operation of the AI becomes impossible.”
Chairman Chen also mentioned the current interconnection between the semiconductor industry and ESG goals, emphasizing the importance of addressing energy consumption issues.
Furthermore, with the ongoing development of the AI industry, the demand for energy will continue to rise, potentially becoming a bottleneck for future development.
Discussing how to promote sustainable development, Chairman Chen proposed a unique perspective. He believes that to achieve the sustainable development of the industry, there needs to be global standards to limit the energy consumption of the industry.
Sustainable development strategies should be promoted from both the bottom-up in terms of design and top-down in terms of structure. He emphasized the importance of Top-Down and Bottom-Up strategies in promoting sustainable development.
“Through Top-Down ESG strategies, clear energy usage standards and goals can be set, while Bottom-Up strategies allow society to start from the grassroots, focusing on practical implementation and improvement.”
Integration of the Semiconductor Supply Chain and International Cooperation
When discussing the integration of the semiconductor industry’s supply chain, Chairman Chen delved into the entire supply chain process from foundry to chip, then to the system, to the data center, and from the data center to the user. He believed that close collaboration and integration at each link are the cornerstones of driving the continuous development of the semiconductor industry.
“The semiconductor supply chain includes multiple links, each with its unique role and value. Efficient operation at each link, from providing raw materials to manufacturing and distribution of the final product, is crucial to ensuring the industry’s continuous development.”
Chairman Chen emphasized that international cooperation and resource sharing are crucial for promoting the sustainable development of the semiconductor industry and the efficient operation of the supply chain. He further explained that the semiconductor industry is a good example of horizontal division of labor, and cooperation models between countries are essential drivers of sustained industry development.
Through this exclusive interview with Chairman Chen, we gained in-depth insights into how the semiconductor industry addresses challenges in energy consumption and costs amidst rapid technological development and the demand for sustainable development. His perspectives provide valuable professional information, enabling a clearer understanding of the future direction of the semiconductor industry and potential solutions.
Dr. Wen Chen is the current Chairman of AP Memory and one of the founding members of the company. Leading AP Memory’s technical team, he has established numerous core technologies and designs. With profound expertise in semiconductor technology and industry management, Dr. Chen took over as CEO in May 2019, overseeing the company’s daily operations and leading it to higher operational levels.
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