Google's Deep Learning Comes to Movidius News & Analysis 1/27/2016 Post a comment Google will buy Movidius vision processing chips and license the entire Movidius software development environment. Google's goal is to expand its machine intelligence technology beyond the data center, by bringing it to mobile devices.
FPGA Interfaces Speeding Up Blog 11/16/2015 18 comments IBM and Xilinx have joined the race to bring FPGA accelerators to data centers. The problem they and their competitors have yet to solve is delivering an easy-to-use standard interface for them, according to a Red Hat executive.
Dell Preps Semi-Custom Servers News & Analysis 10/22/2015 Post a comment Dell unveiled new servers for the data center market and enterprise at its annual DellWorld conference, targeting custom and semi-custom network infrastructure and storage for tier two cloud providers and others.
Xilinx Revenues Driven By Data News & Analysis 10/14/2015 Post a comment Xilinx's second quarter fiscal 2016 sales were down 4% from the prior quarter and down 13% year-over-year, but Xilinx's CEO put emphasis on its data-center future.
Intel Rides Servers, Flash in Q3 News & Analysis 10/13/2015 2 comments Intel today reported third quarter revenue of $14.5 billion, a 10% increase from the second quarter of 2015, and flat year-over-year. Growth in its data center, non-volatile memory, and Internet of Things businesses offset lower client revenue.
Put FPGAs In Your SoCs News & Analysis 10/2/2015 5 comments Flex Logix has a new type of FPGA that nearly doubles the number of usable gates per chip. The FPGAs eliminate more than 20% of the room needed for interconnect and switches, and now have nearly 50% more room for gates.
8+ Horizons at Hot Chips Slideshow 9/1/2015 Post a comment The chip horizon is bright and diverse said speakers at Hot Chips presenting on 5G cellular, neural networks, molecular diagnostics, chip stacks and FPGAs.
Should Altera Worry About Intel's M&A Record? News & Analysis 8/17/2015 14 comments Altera’s fate after its pending acquisition by Intel is anybody’s guess. But the big worry is if Intel squashes Altera -- pushing newly acquired talent, products and technologies into oblivion as though they had never existed.
Smart Glasses Strap On AR News & Analysis 6/10/2015 Post a comment Emerging technologies like AR comes with a series of challenges and opportunities, executives from smart glasses and AR device companies said during a session. Still, as additional use cases develop the possibilities are endless.
Synthesis Engine Boasts 10X RTL Design Productivity News & Analysis 6/8/2015 Post a comment The Cadence Genus Synthesis Solution is the EDA company's next-generation register-transfer level (RTL) synthesis and physical synthesis engine, incorporating a multi-level massively parallel architecture that is claimed to deliver up to 5X faster synthesis turnaround times while scaling linearly beyond 10M instances.
Intel, Altera: Math in Question News & Analysis 6/1/2015 35 comments Analysts said Intel and FPGA vendor Altera will see benefits from their $16.7 billion merger, but question the math and assumptions behind the deal.
SoC RTL Signoff: Divide & Conquer with Abstract Models Blog 6/1/2015 Post a comment One of the fastest, easiest, and most effective methods to detect and remove bugs early in the design phase, is to run lint checks on the RTL. Besides coding guidelines, these tools catch issues related to simulation, synthesis, and place & route. A robust lint methodology reduces long and costly iterations between RTL design and downstream verification and implementation.
FPGAs Ride HP’s Moonshot News & Analysis 5/28/2015 18 comments SRC Computers announced a new FPGA server card that Hewlett-Packard will sell as an option for its processor-agnostic Moonshot servers.
Intel, Altera, Moore...and Drinks Blog 5/22/2015 7 comments The on-again, off-again Intel/Altera acquisition was the talk of a cocktail hour sponsored by Imagination Tech where tech execs talked of Moore’s Law and VR.
Visualizing Better Protocol Debug Blog 5/6/2015 Post a comment The many wheels of technology, as much as we’d like them to, don’t move ahead in lockstep fashion. Sometimes the demands of one technology outrun the benefits of an enabling technology.
Moore’s on at 28nm Blog 5/5/2015 19 comments Moore’s Law is not ending soon, yet it is not going to be the simple brute-force x0.7 dimensional scaling that dominated the industry for the last 5 decades.
Lattice Deal: Harbinger of FPGA & ASSP Union News & Analysis 5/1/2015 2 comments Lattice CEO, after its acquisition of Silicon Image in March, believes the marriage of FPGA company to an ASSP firm is a match made in heaven. He said, “That’s why Intel wants Altera. It’s obvious.” But is it?
Athena Security IPs Designed to Mend Holes in SoCs News & Analysis 4/21/2015 6 comments We see rapidly growing needs for protecting connected systems by using security chips with crypto keys inside. But how do we know if security chips themselves (designed into such connected systems) aren’t leaking key information?
Integre Brings x1 HyperLink DSP to FPGA News & Analysis 3/27/2015 Post a comment Integre’s IP core allows a user-defined system to communicate with TMS320C66x multicore DSPs from Texas Instruments using a single lane high speed SERDES interface, or to another FPGA.
Industrial IoT Drives Microsemi-Vitesse Merger News & Analysis 3/18/2015 Post a comment Microsemi Corp. will acquire Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. for $389 million to focus on “communications semiconductors.” On horizon is the MIPS vs. ARM conflict as the two companies use two diverging processor cores of their product lines.
Marvell Shakes Up SoCs, DRAMs News & Analysis 2/23/2015 10 comments Marvell CEO Sehat Sutardja announced a new SoC interconnect and virtual-memory initiatives aimed to make next-generation chips and systems cheaper.
Software Radio Debuts at MWC News & Analysis 2/10/2015 15 comments UK-based Cambridge Consultants developed an all-digital radio transmitter using off-the-shelf chips that could cost less than $1, aimed at conserving precious spectrum.
Tabula Set for March Shutdown News & Analysis 1/30/2015 8 comments Programmable logic company Tabula is rumored to be closing its doors on March 24. Tabula garnered industry interest with a unique 12-level FPGA architecture that dramatically shortened interconnects.
FPGA Debug Goes Outside with New Hardware News & Analysis 1/30/2015 2 comments For 10 years, Belgium company Byte Paradigm has operated as a design center for high-end FPGA-based systems as well as an electronics test and debugging service. Under a new name Yugo Systems, the company is about to expand its offering for FPGA debug.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
January 2016 Cartoon Caption ContestBob's punishment for missing his deadline was to be tied to his chair tantalizingly close to a disconnected cable, with one hand superglued to his desk and another to his chin, while the pages from his wall calendar were slowly torn away.122 comments