CUPERTINO, Calif. – The annual Hot Chips event here reflected a semiconductor industry moving rapidly in multiple directions with a lot of energy pouring into machine learning, smarter cars and novel sensors.
A handful of talks showed the massive mobile sector is clearly still doing great work but advances seem more incremental. Microprocessors, the traditional center of the event, was still very much present with Intel describing Skylake while IBM announced Power 9 and AMD unveiled its Zen x86 core.
Heated competition in cloud computing continued to drive significant silicon efforts. Traditional players such as Intel showed how it is becoming more vertically integrated as a result of acquisitions while new upstarts such as China’s Phytium emerged.
Perhaps the best news of all came from a handful of talks by young people in or emerging from academia. Their smarts and energy are fuel for the future.
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