Developing AI is costly and time-consuming. Custom silicon can give companies an edge.
ASML’s next-generation extreme ultraviolet lithography machines achieve previously unattainable levels of precision, which means chips can keep shrinking for years to come.
Synopsys, which sells software for designing semiconductors to dozens of companies, is adding artificial intelligence to its arsenal.
The farm-equipment giant is buying Bear Flag Robotics, which makes autonomous tractors, marking its second big tech buy in four years.
Google, Nvidia, and others are training algorithms in the dark arts of designing semiconductors—some of which will be used to run artificial intelligence programs.