FPGAs

One battleground in the world of FPGAs is the transceiver – the ability to bring in (or push out) high speed signals onto an FPGA at low power. In a world where FPGAs offer the ultimate ability in re-programmable logic, having multiple transceivers to bring in the bandwidth is a key part of design. This is why SmartNICs and dense server-to-server interconnect topologies all rely on FPGAs for initial deployment and adaptation, before perhaps moving to an ASIC. As a result, the key FPGA companies that play in this space often look at high-speed transceiver adoption and design as part of the product portfolio. In recent memory, Xilinx and Altera (now Intel), have been going back and forth, talking about 26G transceivers, 28G transceivers, 56G/58G...

Hot Chips 2020 Live Blog: Xilinx Versal ACAPs (9:00am PT)

Hot Chips has gone virtual this year! Lots of talks on lots of products, including Tiger Lake, Xe, POWER10, Xbox Series X, TPUv3, and a special Raja Koduri Keynote...

2 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/18/2020

Hot Chips 2020 Live Blog: Intel 10nm Agilex FPGAs (8:30am PT)

Hot Chips has gone virtual this year! Lots of talks on lots of products, including Tiger Lake, Xe, POWER10, Xbox Series X, TPUv3, and a special Raja Koduri Keynote...

10 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/18/2020

Intel’s EMIB Now Between Two High TDP Die: The New Stratix 10 GX 10M FPGA

The best thing about manufacturing Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) is that you can make the silicon very big. The nature of the repeatable unit design can absorb issues...

31 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 11/5/2019

Xilinx Announces World Largest FPGA: Virtex Ultrascale+ VU19P with 9m Cells

We don’t often cover the FPGA market here at AnandTech, but in the past couple of years we have seen the array of features that FPGAs are implementing expand...

17 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/27/2019

Hot Chips 31 Live Blogs: Xilinx Versal AI Engine

Xilinx, the manufacturer of FPGAs, announced its new Versal AI engine last year as a way of moving FPGAs into the AI domain. This talk is set to expand...

8 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/20/2019

Hot Chips 31 (2019) Programme Announced: Zen, Navi, POWER, Lakefield, Gen-Z, Turing, Lisa Su Keynote

There are two trade shows every year that I love. Computex in June is great, because the scale of the industry it covers, and Taipei is a wonderful location...

17 by Ian Cutress on 5/16/2019

Intel Acquires Omnitek: FPGA Video Acceleration and Inferencing

One of the characteristics of Intel is its investment into new IP. This usually takes several forms, such as internal R&D, investing in other companies through Intel Capital, or...

10 by Ian Cutress on 4/16/2019

The AI Race Expands: Qualcomm Reveals “Cloud AI 100” Family of Datacenter AI Inference Accelerators for 2020

This morning at their first AI Day, the 800lb gorilla of the mobile world, Qualcomm announced that they are getting into the AI accelerator market, and in an aggressive...

26 by Ryan Smith on 4/9/2019

Intel Agilex: 10nm FPGAs with PCIe 5.0, DDR5, and CXL

Ever since Intel purchased Altera for an enormous amount of money a few years ago (ed: $16.7B), the FPGA portfolio that has been coming out has largely been a...

12 by Ian Cutress on 4/2/2019

CXL Specification 1.0 Released: New Industry High-Speed Interconnect From Intel

With the battleground moving from single core performance to multi-core acceleration, a new war is being fought with how data is moved around between different compute resources. The Interconnect...

46 by Ian Cutress on 3/11/2019

Hot Chips 2018: Xilinx 7nm ACAP Live Blog

We've covered the initial announcement of Xilinx's Project Everest before, which will be coming to market as an 'ACAP' built on 7nm. Xilinx believes that the ACAP is the...

3 by Ian Cutress on 8/21/2018

Intel Displays 10nm Wafer, Commits to 10nm ‘Falcon Mesa’ FPGAs

On the back of Intel’s Technology and Manufacturing Day in March, the company presented another iteration of the information at an equivalent event in Beijing this week. Most of...

52 by Ian Cutress on 9/19/2017

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