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Intel’s EyeQ 5 vs. Nvidia’s Xavier: Wrong Debate
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12/6/2017   2 comments
The specsmanship battle by Nvidia and Intel over AI chips reached a new high, when Intel CEO claimed EyeQ 5 “can deliver more than twice the deep-learning performance efficiency” than Xavier SoC. Nvidia called us and cried foul.
Algorithm Speeds GPU-based AI Training 10x on Big Data Sets
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12/5/2017   1 comment
At NIPS 2017, IBM described an AI preprocessing algorithm that can train large-scale machine learning models 10 times faster than existing methods.
Architectures Battle for Deep Learning
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10/31/2017   3 comments
Chip vendors implement new applications in CPUs. If the application is suitable for GPUs and DSPs, it may move to them next. Over time, companies develop ASICs and ASSPs. Is Deep learning is moving through the same sequence?
Intel to Battle in FPGA-as-a-Service Race
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10/17/2017   8 comments
The cloud service is changing practically everyone’s business. As FPGA Acceleration-as-a-Service starts to emerge, Intel has just partnered with Accelize so that they can help cloud service providers like Amazon or Alibaba increase “compute instances with FPGAs.”
Left Unsaid in Waymo-Intel Deal
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9/19/2017   19 comments
Left unsaid in the announcement is what this new partnership entails, and on whose chip Waymo is running the heavy-duty deep-learning algorithms.
17 Views of Mobile World Congress
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9/15/2017   Post a comment
Carriers and their suppliers showed efforts in Gbit 5G and Kbit IoT networks and the handsets, smartwatches and nodes that ride them at Mobile World Congress Americas.
AI Chip Rides Novel Networks
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9/12/2017   1 comment
BrainChip released what it claims is the first hardware accelerator for spiking neural networks and is working on an ASIC that could be available within two years.
TMSC, ARM, Xilinx, Cadence Partner on 7-nm Process
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9/11/2017   1 comment
Xilinx, ARM, Cadence, and TSMC have announced a partnership to build a test chip in 7-nm FinFET process technology for delivery next year that promises to speed data center applications.
Ex-Baidu Scientist Blazes AI Shortcut
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8/31/2017   4 comments
Ren Wu, formerly a distinguished scientist at Baidu, has pulled a new AI chip company out of his sleeve, called NovuMind. In an exclusive interview with EE Times, Wu discussed the startup’s developments and what he hopes to accomplish.
16 Views of Hot Chips ‘17
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8/24/2017   Post a comment
Machine learning was the dominant theme of Hot Chips 2017 with talks by data center giants Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Baidu.
Startup Unveils Graph Processor at Hot Chips
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8/21/2017   Post a comment
ThinCI, in presenting its “Graph Streaming Processor (GSP),” claimed that its graph processor can beat traditional computing engines such as GPU and DSP due to GSP’s abilities to do direct graph processing, on-chip task-graph management and execution, and task parallelism.
Hot Chips Gets More Diverse
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7/26/2017   Post a comment
Hot Chips has a talk for every hot computing topic this year as well as great human networking with many of the most interesting people in the chip business.
Achronix Growth Spurt More Than 'Luck'
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6/14/2017   2 comments
Achronix Semiconductor, a privately held FPGA company founded in 2004, reached a critical juncture this year with projected 2017 revenue in excess of $100 million -- a 700 percent increase in 12 months. What's going on here?
HPE Builds Big Data Server
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5/16/2017   4 comments
Hewlett Packard Enterprise built its first full-scale version of the Machine, a 160-TByte research prototype to test benefits of a big main memory.
Mentor in Robo-Car Race with Mobileye, Nvidia
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4/4/2017   3 comments
Mentor Graphics Corp. will come to SAE World Congress in Detroit to demonstrate how “raw data fusion” – not the fusion of processed data generated by sensor modules – can provide dramatic improvements in sensing accuracy and overall system efficiency.
Data Center Calls for 800GE Spec
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2/9/2017   2 comments
Networking veteran Andy Bechtolsheim called for an 800G Ethernet standard this year based on 112G serdes to serve data centers.
Intel Shows 2.5D FPGA at ISSCC
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2/7/2017   6 comments
Intel described its EMIB packaging in an ISSCC session where AMD showed its Zen 86 fits it’s a smaller die than Intel’s current 14nm chip.
Friday Quiz: Acquired Companies, Part 3
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2/3/2017   2 comments
So many companies have been swallowed. Can you remember these?
Nvidia's Jetson Goes Embedded, Gets Cisco
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1/24/2017   2 comments
GPUs shine no longer in just supercomputers, PCs and game machines. Nvidia, the graphics chip giant, is eagerly plowing inroads into the embedded market, by leveraging Jetson TX1, its AI computing platform.
Intel Auto Puzzle: Where Do They Fit?
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1/4/2017   Post a comment
Intel is coming to the CES this week to recast the scope of its automotive business and tease its plans -- including a new brand, "Intel Go," and development kits for carmakers. What's still missing from its plan?
Programmable Power Supply/Management ICs Save Time & Money
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12/16/2016   Post a comment
These new ICs may be thought of as analog FPGAs for power, which is ironic since the power market is 6X larger than FPGA market.
Amazon Go: RFID Wins, Google Loses
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12/5/2016   18 comments
Amazon Go is a heck of a good move in the game of artificial intelligence that is driving the tech sector.
RISC-V Expands its Audience
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12/1/2016   2 comments
RISC-V attracted a stellar list of chip architects and executives to its latest workshop, but the effort to grow an open-source instruction set has a big to-do list.
Intel Snags Exec from ARM to Run IoT
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11/29/2016   7 comments
Intel will separate its nascent automotive team from the company’s IoT group. Previously, Intel’s IoT and automotive teams were bundled together under one big IoT tent. Intel also named ex-ARM executive Tom Lantzsch to head the company’s IoT branch.
Lattice Deal May Hit A Snag
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11/29/2016   1 comment
A buyer with ties to the Chinese central government and a U.S. company with dual-purpose technology is an alarming combination that could invite suspicion among regulators concerned about national security. This might become the case with Lattice deal.
Intel Preps its AI Strategy
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11/15/2016   3 comments
Intel will lay out what one rival said may be a bet the company” strategy on AI this week, spanning Xeon, FPGA, Movidius processors and more.
Xilinx to Dive in Hyperscale Race
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11/14/2016   Post a comment
Xilinx is pursuing Altera (Intel), who took an early lead in the hyperscale computing by getting designed into Microsoft’s hyperscale acceleration fabric. Xilinx also goes after the inference side of machine learning where it believes it can beat Nvidia.
10 Intriguing Technologies from ARM TechCon
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11/3/2016   1 comment
ARM TechCon 2016 showcased a wide variety of interesting technologies beyond the chips themselves.
Friday Quiz: Max the Magnificent, Part 2
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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7/14/2016   22 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
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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
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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
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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.
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