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The Engineering Behind AI, by Boyd, a 3M Preferred Converter

14 June 2024

AI is not a mystical force. And it’s certainly not a threat. Rather, it’s the culmination of various software and hardware technologies, making complex computing and processing seem like small talk.

On the software side, new ways to classify and manage vast, controlled inventories of digital data are powering generative AI. Complex questions that once may have required iterative searches and queries, can now be investigated with natural language in chat and voice interactions. The illusion can make it seem like the machines have gained sentience.

Behind these quaint interactions, lie troves of advanced memory and logic ICs, which have been optimized to power algorithms like large-language models (LLMs) and retrieval-augmented generation (RAG). These chips consume immense power and create a lot of excess heat, which must be carefully managed. And miles of wiring and high-speed interconnects.

The backend of the AI technology chain doesn’t get all of the attention – but none of the opulence of AI would be possible without critical technologies like thermal management.

A technology where Boyd has decades of experience.

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Boyd is the trusted global innovator of sustainable solutions that make their customers’ products better, safer, faster and more reliable. Their innovative engineered materials and thermal solutions advance their customers’ technology to maximize performance in 5G infrastructure and the world’s most advanced data centers; enhance reliability and extend range for electric and autonomous vehicles; advance the accuracy of cutting-edge personal healthcare and diagnostic systems; enable performance-critical aircraft and defense technologies; and accelerate innovation in next-generation electronics and human-machine-interface. Core to Boyd’s global manufacturing is a deep commitment to protect the environment with sustainable, scalable, lean, strategically located regional operations that reduce waste and minimize carbon footprint. They empower their employees, develop their potential and inspire them to do the right things with integrity and accountability to champion their customers’ success.

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