Let’s say you have a huge batch of data that needs to be crunched. Maybe it needs the special help of some new neural network algorithm running on a massive server cluster, accelerated with a pool of FPGA accelerators. We’ll call you “Lisa.” But, Lisa, you don’t have a giant server farm with FPGA-based accelerators. You also don’t have the … Read More → "Acceleration as a Service"
A year ago, Lattice Semiconductor was all set to be acquired by Canyon Bridge Partners, a “global private equity buyout fund headquartered in Palo Alto, California” for $1.3B. The industry lamented the loss of another independent FPGA company, with Xilinx and Achronix remaining the only two independent FPGA vendors, after Actel, SiliconBlue, and Altera had all been gobbled up by larger suitors.
The Lattice deal had some … Read More → "Lattice Lives on the Edge"
Where else can you go for not one but two electronic engineering interviews with two of the coolest executives in the biz? Yep, right here. First up, Robert Blake (Achronix – CEO) and I discuss the details of their Speedcore custom blocks, the issues surrounding the efficiency of computation in SoC design, and the benefits of FPGA acceleration core integration. Also this week, Mike Wishart (efabless – CEO) … Read More → "Go Configure and Multiply"
In the decades-long battle between Altera (now part of Intel) and Xilinx, no title has been more hotly contested than “Ours is Biggest.” Way back in the days when real LUTs had 4 inputs, FPGA companies resorted to measuring their density with “system gates” in order to obscure the pathetically small (at the time) amount of logic that could actually be implemented in the programmable … Read More → "The Biggest SoC/FPGAs"
The capitalist computing bourgeoisie want to enslave us all with proprietary processing architectures, but the proletariat eventually produces its own processor alternative – an ISA for and by the people, where instruction sets aren’t subject to the whim of the royalty-driven class, and where licensing fees don’t oppress the workers’ BOMs. RISC-V is that ISA – the people’s processor, the unmoving, unwavering instruction set whose implementation carries no … Read More → "The People’s Processor"
The recent explosion of FPGA-based compute acceleration has created an enormous new market opportunity for programmable logic. With demanding new applications such as neural networks on the rise, specialized hardware is required for offloading computation loads for newer applications – both in data centers and in edge devices and systems. Traditional FPGA companies like Xilinx and Intel/Altera are making enormous pushes to capture this rapidly emerging market.