We’ve been around the FPGA startup merry-go-round numerous times over the past few decades. It generally does not end well. The usual script goes something like this: brilliant engineers come up with novel ways to make FPGAs smaller, faster, cheaper, more energy efficient, or some combination of those. Brilliant engineers get some venture funding and start working toward first silicon tape-out. Marketing and management folks … Read More → "EFINIX – Yet Another FPGA Company"
Following on the recent announcement of the new Agilex FPGA family, Intel announced they are acquiring Omnitek – a developer of video and vision acceleration IP for FPGAs. As the market for FPGA-powered acceleration heats up, one of the killer applications is video and machine vision. FPGAs are extremely well suited to video analytics, as the combination of acceleration capabilities and flexible handling of high bit-rate data … Read More → "Intel Acquires Omnitek"
Are we really using the edge to the best of our ability? Sure, VR and AR are cool, but are they the best case for engineering and business development at the edge? In this episode of Fish Fry, I sit down with Kevin Hannah (Director of Product Operations- Kazuhm) and chat about why he thinks artificial intelligence should take center stage at the edge and why our ability to … Read More → "The Curious Case of the Critical Catalyst"
Let’s start with one hard fact. There are a lot of companies developing new AI inference processors right now, and most of them won’t survive. We have heard reports that as many as 80 startups are currently funded to some level, and all of them are working hard on building better mousetraps, or at least building better specialized processors that could execute neural network models … Read More → "FlexLogix Accelerates Edge Inference"
In dystopian science fiction, we are taught to fear the technological singularity – the time when artificial super intelligence advances to a point far beyond human intelligence, with a result that profoundly alters human existence. Vivid imagery of automated weapons of doom working to wipe out human civilization and take over the world – or the galaxy – have terrorized generations of sci-fi fans. Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and … Read More → "Fear the Economic Singularity"
We’ve looked at a lot of different solutions for AI computing, each trying to be somewhat more efficient than some prior architecture. However, pretty much everything I’ve been exposed to up until recently has reflected serious attempts to make calculations using CPUs, GPUs, and DSPs more efficient</ … Read More → "Smaller, Lower-Power Neural Nets"