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Friday Quiz: Max the Magnificent, Part 2
10/21/2016   4 comments
Did you actually think that with our first Max quiz, we had Maxed out on Max questions? Fear not, for he gives us so much material to work with.
IBM Weaves New 25G Link
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10/14/2016   5 comments
IBM announced OpenCAPI, a 25G interconnect for processors, accelerators and memories with backing from seven partners.
Chaotic Circuits Can Mimic Brain Function, Aid Computing
10/12/2016   1 comment
Ludovico Minati, an academic researcher into non-linear systems, discusses the potential of analog circuits to be used to enhance performance in such fields as neuromorphic computation, sensor fusion and secure communications.
Achronix Brings eFPGA IP to SoC
News & Analysis  
10/11/2016   6 comments
Achronix has declared that the embedded FPGA — which chip designers can simply drop into their own SoC designs with wire-to-wire connections — is no longer a pipe dream. It’s here and shipping, said Steve Mensor, Achronix executive.
Ethernet Flexes Network Muscles
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10/3/2016   2 comments
Chip vendors are designing a new class of Flexible Ethernet DSPs and ASICs that will let users dial in desired data rates.
Data Centers Dominate FPGA Event
9/9/2016   Post a comment
In a sign of the times, four out of the five keynote presentations at FPL 2016, a major FPGA conference in Europe, were given by large companies such as IBM, Intel and Microsoft focused on the efficient deployment and use of FPGAs in data centers.
Embeddable FPGA IP Saves Re-Spins in Chip Design
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8/31/2016   Post a comment
Embeddable FPGA blocks give chip designs the flexibility needed to weather last-minute changes.
19 Views of Hot Chips
8/26/2016   1 comment
Machine learning, self-driving cars and novel sensors commanded significant attention at this year’s Hot Chips, reflecting a semiconductor industry moving fast in many directions.
Power9 Opens IBM to Partners
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8/24/2016   3 comments
IBM’s Power9 processor reaches out to new OEMs and partners with multiple interconnects and variants of the chip, according to a talk at Hot Chips.
19 Views of IDF16
8/19/2016   Post a comment
This year’s Intel Developer Forum showed how the x86 giant is seeking ways to pump up and go beyond the PC with new platforms for machine vision, virtual reality, robots, drones and more.
Intel to Accelerate Altera, Says CEO
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8/18/2016   8 comments
Intel will support Altera's base FPGA business including use of ARM cores and long lifetime products, said Intel's CEO.
14 Views from the Flash Summit
8/12/2016   11 comments
The Flash Memory Summit showed shifts NAND flash and other persistent memories including 3D XPoint are making in arrays, accelerators and solid-state drives.
Intel a Bear on PCs, a Bull on Flash
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7/20/2016   1 comment
Amid second-quarter results, Intel said it expects a double-digit PC decline this year but sees flash picking up as it continues a 14nm rollout and starts a 10nm ramp.
10 FPGA Design Techniques You Should Know
7/14/2016   21 comments
There are a number of universal design techniques with which FPGA engineers should be familiar -- here are some of the most important.
10 Ways To Program Your FPGA
6/10/2016   21 comments
A space-science engineer lists 10 languages and programs for programming field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), some tried and true, some brand new.
Accelerators Unite ARM, IBM, X86
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5/23/2016   2 comments
Seven chip companies will define a cache-coherent interface between accelerators and server processors spanning ARM, IBM Power and x86 architectures.
Xilinx Shares Decline After Light Forecast
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4/28/2016   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor beats quarterly sales expectations, but excepts sales to be flat in the current quarter.
Data Centers Hit the Accelerator
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4/15/2016   12 comments
Engineers need to re-invent the server to better handle emerging jobs such as machine learning, said an executive with Microsoft’s cloud computing group.
Google Preps for IBM, ARM Shift
4/7/2016   3 comments
Google has ported much of its data center code to IBM Power and ARM server architectures and will co-design a server on the upcoming Power9 chip which will sport 24 cores and a new interconnect.
Maker Community Takes Up the FPGA
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3/16/2016   8 comments
Lower cost and greater simplicity are combining to bring the FPGA to a new class of users -- the DIY community.
Secured FPGA Production Programming at Microsemi
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3/16/2016   Post a comment
Microsemi Corporation unveiled a Secured Production Programming Solution (SPPS) for its field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
Friday Quiz: Powering FGPAs
3/11/2016   1 comment
Power is an important consideration then designing FPGAs into your systems. Learn about FPGAs and their power issues at ESC Boston 2016.
Facebook Likes Intel's 3D XPoint
3/10/2016   7 comments
Facebook endorsed Intel’s 3D XPoint memories and got Google to join its Open Compute Project at its annual event that included new processors from Intel and networking code from Microsoft.
Xilinx Invests in Neural Network Startup
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3/2/2016   Post a comment
FPGA vendor Xilinx has invested in TeraDeep Inc., a developer of convolutional neural network architectures as part of a Data Center Ecosystem development program.
Get FREE MPLAB Xpress Eval Board from Microchip
3/2/2016   Post a comment
The original 2,000 boards are long gone, but the folks at Microchip have reserved 10 boards for readers of and
Lattice Semi Reportedly Considers Chinese Suitor
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3/1/2016   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor said to hire Morgan Stanley to review potential buyers, including an unnamed Chinese concern.
Red Hat Drives FPGAs, ARM Servers
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2/12/2016   3 comments
Red Hat’s chief ARM architect is rallying FPGA makers to set a software standard for accelerators in between trying to get ARM servers ready for the market.
Google's Deep Learning Comes to Movidius
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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.
Apple Forecasts First Quarterly Sales Decline Since 2003
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1/26/2016   3 comments
Despite record quarterly sales and profit, Apple's stock takes a hit after firm forecasts a year-over-year sales decline due largely to a strong U.S. Dollar.
Will Xilinx Join the M&A Party?
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1/21/2016   2 comments
Speculation holds that Qualcomm may be targeting Xilinx for acquisition after programmable logic vendor's recent regulatory filing.
Free Core, Some Assembly Required
News & Analysis  
1/7/2016   23 comments
The RISC-V free, open-source microprocessor core needs lots of work but has a cadre of seasoned engineers willing to help.
Intel Seals $16.7 Billion Altera Deal
News & Analysis  
12/28/2015   1 comment
Following the approval of China's Ministry of Commerce, the world's biggest chip vendor closes its largest ever acquisition.
Chinese Nationals Charged in Plot to Steal Chips From U.S. Navy
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12/12/2015   1 comment
Three Chinese nationals are being held in Connecticut after allegedly attempting to buy and export chips stolen from the U.S. Navy.
Remote, Secure Updates in FPGA-Based Embedded Systems
12/3/2015   Post a comment
What can you do in your designs to create a reliable, safe and secure remote system update in FPGA-based embedded systems?
FPGA Interfaces Speeding Up
11/16/2015   16 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.
Altera Readies FPGAs with In-Package Memory
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11/11/2015   3 comments
Programmable logic vendor integrating DRAM with Stratix 10 FPGAs to be ship in 2017.
Dell Preps Semi-Custom Servers
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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
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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.
FPGAs & Functional Safety in Industrial Applications
10/14/2015   Post a comment
The integration of FPGAs into applications found on the factory floor is increasing due to their long lifetimes, high processing bandwidth, and flexibility to integrate many IP technologies.
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
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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
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.
Continuing Education: It's No Surprise that Engineers Like Homework
8/26/2015   Post a comment
Design News contributing writer and webcast lecturer Warren Miller learned that engineers who attend his online classes want to get very hands-on with learning.
China Startup Offers Non-Volatile FPGAs
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8/19/2015   2 comments
Gowin Semiconductor Corp., a startup formed and backed to produce FPGAs has announced the availability of a non-volatile family of devices.
Should Altera Worry About Intel's M&A Record?
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8/17/2015   13 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.
Altera Launches SoC FPGA Developers’ Forum
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8/13/2015   1 comment
Altera is launching three one-day SoC FPGA developer conferences on three continents in 2015.
eBook Explains Faster In-System Flash Programming
News & Analysis  
7/29/2015   1 comment
"Faster Flash Programming via FPGA and IJTAG" from ASSET Intertech shows you how to program FPGAs 50 to 1000 times faster.
The History of Jitter
7/27/2015   2 comments
Jitter, that pesky little timing error in high-speed serial links, has a history that longer than billions of unit intervals.
UHD TV, Mobile TV, Emergency Data Broadcast Tested in Ohio
7/14/2015   2 comments
ATSC is headed towards a key member vote to approve common technologies necessary for ATSC 3.0 candidate voting ratification.
Fortran: 7 Reasons Why It's Not Dead
7/8/2015   2 comments
In the 1950s, IBM programmer John Backus invented a programming language called Fortran. It's still in use today, and here's what you need to know about it.
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