Breaking News
Comments
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
<<   <   Page 2 / 3   >   >>
KB3001
User Rank
CEO
re: Intel confirmed as foundry for second FPGA startup
KB3001   2/22/2012 10:29:16 AM
NO RATINGS
That's my understanding of it too, Kris. The configuration is time-multiplexed as you said above. A whole chip configuration context is loaded at very fast rates to allow for this. I guess your question above was about "partial" dynamic reconfiguration, which I am not sure they support.

mcgrathdylan
User Rank
Blogger
re: Intel confirmed as foundry for second FPGA startup
mcgrathdylan   2/22/2012 4:00:05 AM
NO RATINGS
Good question. There is no foundry relationship between Apple and Intel. The Reuters article from last year was about Intel execs saying they would be glad to get the Apple business if it was available to them. It is not, at this point. And I know many in the industry say that despite those comments, Intel actually would not want to go down that road.

krisi
User Rank
CEO
re: Intel confirmed as foundry for second FPGA startup
krisi   2/22/2012 3:26:12 AM
NO RATINGS
To @sharps_eng: I think Tabula's concept is quite different from what you are describing...I think it works like this (someone correct me if I am wrong, I am just guessing): you get piece of data to chew, you do something with it and send it away...next you get another piece but this time you are supposed to process the data differently so your FPGA re-configures itself to provide that new function and here you go...and then the next piece of data comes etc...you can packet processing done this way quite efficiently but you need to be damn fast in re-configuring your FPGA...Kris

krisi
User Rank
CEO
re: Intel confirmed as foundry for second FPGA startup
krisi   2/22/2012 3:21:51 AM
NO RATINGS
why is Apple suddenly in this story???

krisi
User Rank
CEO
re: Intel confirmed as foundry for second FPGA startup
krisi   2/22/2012 3:20:56 AM
NO RATINGS
thank you Dylan, yes, obviously Xilinx

_hm
User Rank
CEO
re: Intel confirmed as foundry for second FPGA startup
_hm   2/22/2012 1:43:55 AM
NO RATINGS
It will be nice to see Apple and Intel working closely for 22nm and 18 nm nodes and delivering wonderful consumer products.

Chief Startegy Officer, SCI
User Rank
Rookie
re: Intel confirmed as foundry for second FPGA startup
Chief Startegy Officer, SCI   2/22/2012 1:19:25 AM
NO RATINGS
This Intel getting into "foundry" business was been told/advised by a former marketing director of TSMC. Same foresight were given on IDMs providing "foundry/ASIC" services to Design Houses. It had been coming true since 2008, e.g. Apple using SS to make A5, QCOMM using SS to get BB chips, ....etc. He also predicted trend and actions that those capable companies would do and how landscape would change over time for next 5-10 yrs. TSMC lost him and he was doing great in investment community.

sharps_eng
User Rank
Rookie
re: Intel confirmed as foundry for second FPGA startup
sharps_eng   2/21/2012 11:52:02 PM
NO RATINGS
I still struggle with Tabula's concept; although I think I can see why they are going for the fastest (22nm) process they can get. Serializing (which is time-multiplexing by another name) requires the hardware to have spare speed capacity (your pixel clock runs faster than your frame rate, for an extreme example), and if the hardware could run at full speed in parallel mode then it will out-run any multiplexed solution. The only exception is if there is a bottleneck, like free memory bus cycles becoming available because a CPU is busy, this allows pipelining, but the sidelined hardware must be running, doing something useful, while it is switched out, and it must preserve its state, otherwise it is simply redundant, inefficiently implemented hardware. You can't re-use registers for multiple tasks unless you preserve state or switch only at stateless or minimum-state nodes in the execution flow, and that is a complex compiler function which is extremely difficult to map to applications efficiently. The above holds true whatever level of logic granularity you work at; you can only get a net gain from serialization if there is inefficiency to be exploited, and I am not sure Tabula have shown where that inefficiency lies, exactly. I will have to read further...

mcgrathdylan
User Rank
Blogger
re: Intel confirmed as foundry for second FPGA startup
mcgrathdylan   2/21/2012 11:07:06 PM
NO RATINGS
I think Kris meant to say "Xilinx used UMC for a while..." At 40-nm, I think Xilinx uses both UMC and Samsung. At 28, it's TSMC and Samsung.

krisi
User Rank
CEO
re: Intel confirmed as foundry for second FPGA startup
krisi   2/21/2012 7:50:18 PM
NO RATINGS
They use time multiplexed logic...Kris

<<   <   Page 2 / 3   >   >>


Flash Poll
Top Comments of the Week
Like Us on Facebook
EE Times on Twitter
EE Times Twitter Feed

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
EE Life
Frankenstein's Fix, Teardowns, Sideshows, Design Contests, Reader Content & More
Max Maxfield

Energizing the Young Engineers of Tomorrow
Max Maxfield
15 comments
It doesn't seem all that long ago when I was a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed young engineer. Now I feel like an old fool, but where are we going to find one at this time of the day (LOL)?

Jolt Judges and Andrew Binstock

Jolt Awards: The Best Books
Jolt Judges and Andrew Binstock
1 Comment
As we do every year, Dr. Dobb's recognizes the best books of the last 12 months via the Jolt Awards -- our cycle of product awards given out every two months in each of six categories. No ...

Engineering Investigations

Air Conditioner Falls From Window, Still Works
Engineering Investigations
2 comments
It's autumn in New England. The leaves are turning to red, orange, and gold, my roses are in their second bloom, and it's time to remove the air conditioner from the window. On September ...

David Blaza

The Other Tesla
David Blaza
5 comments
I find myself going to Kickstarter and Indiegogo on a regular basis these days because they have become real innovation marketplaces. As far as I'm concerned, this is where a lot of cool ...