Analysis

Saif M. Khan

Research Fellow
AI chips
China
Entity List
Export controls
Hardware
Intellectual property
Japan
Netherlands
Semiconductors
Software
Supply chain
Taiwan
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Saif M. Khan is a Research Fellow at Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET). His research focuses on AI policy, semiconductor supply chains, China’s semiconductor industry and U.S. trade policy, and has been featured in The Financial Times, The Washington Post, Fortune and other outlets. Saif has a decade of experience as an intellectual property lawyer at Brinks Gilson & Lione and at several technology companies including Hewlett-Packard, where he supported software businesses with machine learning portfolios. Saif has a J.D. (cum laude) from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and a B.S. (cum laude) in physics and an M.A. in Physics from Wayne State University.

CSET's Saif M. Khan and Remco Zwetsloot joined the Brookings Cafeteria podcast to weigh in on the tech competition between the United States and China.

China seeks to develop an indigenous semiconductor industry. It is in the strategic interest of the United States and democratic friends for China to remain reliant on them for state-of-the-art computer chips, especially as Beijing invests heavily in advanced chips.

Why AI Chips Matter

April 2020

As artificial intelligence is applied to new and more complex tasks, the computational power necessary to develop and deploy it will become increasingly expensive. This policy brief offers a concise overview of the full report, “AI Chips: What They Are and Why They Matter.”

The success of modern AI techniques relies on computation on a scale unimaginable even a few years ago. What exactly are the AI chips powering the development and deployment of AI at scale and why are they essential? Saif M. Khan and Alexander Mann explain how these chips work, why they have proliferated, and why they matter.

The United States and its allies enjoy a competitive advantage in the production of artificial intelligence chips necessary for leading AI research and implementation. This memo identifies chokepoints for limiting China’s access to key chipmaking equipment.