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Redefining Xilinx?

Xilinx made a batch of announcements this week aimed at the data center. The company rolled out a new line of programmable network 100Gb/s SmartNIC interface cards, a “SmartWorld AI” video analytics solution, an algorithmic trading framework, and (finally) the Xilinx App Store. Taken together, they make good on Xilinx’s long-term “data center first” strategy. And, viewed on a more macro scale, they represent … Read More → "Redefining Xilinx?"

Apple M1 vs. Intel Core i7: The Benchmark Wars Continue

Which chip is faster: Apple’s M1 or Intel’s Core i7? The new or the old? ARM or x86? The mobile gadgets company or the major microprocessor maker? 

Spoiler alert! It’s a trick question – a Rorschach test. You’ll see what you want to see in the benchmark results, and what you take out of the scores is, … Read More → "Apple M1 vs. Intel Core i7: The Benchmark Wars Continue"

Securing Artificial Intelligence Before It Secures Us!

Since I spend an inordinate and unfortunate amount of time worrying about the possibility of a forthcoming artificial intelligence (AI) apocalypse, I was delighted to hear that the folks at ETSI have plunged into the fray with regard to establishing the world’s first standardization initiative dedicated toward securing AI. We will return to ETSI’s initiative shortly, but first…

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Can Intel Succeed?

Doug had cinnamon apple oatmeal for breakfast the day he hit the championship-winning home run. 

For the big game, the team was wearing their preferred dark uniforms rather than the “away game” white ones. The game was in their home stadium. The wind was out of the southwest at about ten knots, making a nice breeze from behind home plate … Read More → "Can Intel Succeed?"

Neuromorphic Revolution

According to tech folklore, Carver Mead actually coined the term “Moore’s Law” – some ten years or so after the publication of Gordon Moore’s landmark 1965 Electronics Magazine article “Cramming More Components Onto Integrated Circuits.” For the next five and a half decades, the world was reshaped by the self-fulfilling prophecy outlined in that article. Namely, that every two years or so, semiconductor companies would be … Read More → "Neuromorphic Revolution"

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High Speed Cable Product Technology   Today’s multi-gigabit high speed serial connections demand a new generation of cables and connectors. With PAM4 and speeds reaching 56 and 112 Gbps, older technology cannot deliver the signal integrity you need. In this episode of Chalk Talk, Amelia Dalton chats with Brian Niehoff from Samtec about keeping those eyes wide open with … Read More → "High Speed Cable Product Technology"
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