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Accelerating Mainstream Servers with FPGAs

For a number of years, the world’s largest semiconductor company’s primary marketing slogan was designed simply to remind us they existed. The “Intel Inside” slogan and sticker told us, “Hey, by the way, that snazzy new Dell, HP, Toshiba, or even (ulp) Apple device you just bought gets its oomph from our chips. We just thought you’d like to know.” Read More → "Accelerating Mainstream Servers with FPGAs"

Xilinx Previews Next Generation

New Xilinx CEO Victor Peng made his public debut by sketching out the latest vision for the world’s leading FPGA company last week, and it included a bold claim – that Xilinx was inventing an entirely new category of semiconductor device, the Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platform (ACAP). We’ll say right up front that there is precious little information available on these future devices; the first examples of them … Read More → "Xilinx Previews Next Generation"

Xilinx Strikes Back – Kinda

This week, Xilinx hit us with a duo of SerDes-related announcements – a demonstration of 112G PAM4 electrical signaling technology for optical networks, and the addition of 58G PAM4 transceivers to some of their 16nm Virtex® UltraScale+™ devices. The announcements were made at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Expo (OFC 2018), where Xilinx demonstrated what they claim are the industry’s first 112G PAM4 transceivers. (We think they mean “first … Read More → "Xilinx Strikes Back – Kinda"

Microchip, Microsemi, (and Atmel, and Actel)

Generally, we regard major semiconductor mergers as bad ideas. Usually, a big, clunky, non-differentiated technology conglomerate sitting on a pile of loot from some near-obsolete cash-cow chip lines wants to use some of that money to vacuum up some innovation for themselves. They show up at the doorstep of a faster-paced, better-managed, more innovative firm with a bag of filthy lucre, and use that to bludgeon down the door. … Read More → "Microchip, Microsemi, (and Atmel, and Actel)"

Intel FPGA Hits its Stride

Any time a company goes through a major acquisition, there is a period of slowdown and uncertainty. Organizational and cultural norms are stirred into a boiling cauldron of corporate chaos, org charts are pruned and rebuilt, goals are reset, and inevitably projects and products are delayed. In the worst cases, entire product lines and customer bases can be lost. In the best cases, things are a bit shaky and … Read More → "Intel FPGA Hits its Stride"

Plunify – The Big FPGA Guns

Eyes scan the optimization options like a master pool player about to run the table against a hapless opponent. Solids and stripes form a map – a complex mathematical model where LUTs and connections melt away and a unique strategy emerges. Quick optimization to get the lay of the land, 7 ball in the side pocket, multiple runs for timing, park the cue ball left to set up for the 5 in … Read More → "Plunify – The Big FPGA Guns"

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featured blogs
Apr 18, 2018
Standardization. COTS. Interoperability. Configurable. These often-used terms describe on-going efforts to define flexible and open critical embedded computing architectures. One such example is VITA-backed VPX. The goal of VPX is to leverage the latest switch fabric technolo...
Apr 18, 2018
Recently, the ESD Alliance organized the annual CEO Outlook panel with Simon, Wally, Grant and Dean. I covered the opening statements yesterday , but I figured it would get too long to put everything into a single post, so here's the rest of the evening. There's a b...
chalk talks
ANSI/VITA 57.4-2016 FMC+ — The New Frontier of FPGA Expansion CardsFPGA Mezzanine Cards (FMC and FMC+) allow easy connection of a wide variety of peripherals to FPGA development boards. But, FMC – and particularly FMC+ put big demands on connector technology. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Matthew Burns of Samtec about FMC and FMC+ standards, and the connectors that make … Read More → "ANSI/VITA 57.4-2016 FMC+ — The New Frontier of FPGA Expansion Cards"
Moving Between FPGA and ASIC with High-Level Synthesis Writing RTL that works smoothly on both FPGA and ASIC implementations is nearly impossible. But, High-Level Synthesis (HLS) can make technology-independent design a breeze. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Stuart Clubb of Mentor’s Catapult team about how to use HLS to accelerate your design flow. Click here for more … Read More → "Moving Between FPGA and ASIC with High-Level Synthesis"
Toshiba Photocouplers: Photorelays Replacing Mechanical Relays   Photorelays outperform mechanical relays in almost every way. But, most designers don’t know about the power, footprint, and reliability advantages they bring to system design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Joseph Tso of Toshiba about how photorelays can improve your next design. Click here for more information about … Read More → "Toshiba Photocouplers: Photorelays Replacing Mechanical Relays"
Security ICs Deliver a Stronger Level of Protection   Physically unclonable functions (PUFs) are like fingerprints for semiconductor devices. And, for security applications, PUFs are an outstanding, secure way to uniquely identify an individual device. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Scott Jones from Maxim Integrated about physically unclonable functions, and how you can use them to secure … Read More → "Security ICs Deliver a Stronger Level of Protection"
GaN Power Devices   Wide-band gap transistors bring significant advantages in power system design. By allowing higher voltages, frequencies, and temperatures, they can bring serious performance to your next design. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Bob Galli from Panasonic about how to take advantage of GaN power transistors. Click here for more … Read More → "GaN Power Devices"
Unleash SiC MOSFETS: Extract the Best PerformanceSilicon Carbide MOSFETs can outperform conventional transistors in a number of intriguing ways, but few engineers know how to design with them. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton talks to Xuning Zhang and Sujit Bangeree of Monolith Semiconductor about how to design Silicon Carbide MOSFETs from Littelfuse into your next design. Click here … Read More → "Unleash SiC MOSFETS: Extract the Best Performance"