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While they often aren’t as great as CPUs on their own, FPGAs can do a wonderful job accelerating specific tasks. Whether it's accelerating acting as a fabric for wide-scale datacenter services boosting AI performance, an FPGA in the hands of a capable engineer can offload a wide variety of tasks from a CPU and speed processes along. Intel has talked a big game about integrating Xeons with FPGAs over the last six years, but it hasn't resulted in a single product hitting its lineup. A new patent by AMD, though, could mean that the FPGA newcomer might be ready to make one of its own. In October, AMD announced plans to acquire Xilinx as part of a big push into the datacenter. On Thursday, the... Read more...
2020 has been a year marked by a few major tech acquisitions and AMD has recently jumped on this trend. AMD just announced that it will acquire Xilinx for $35 billion USD. This acquisition increases AMD’s total addressable market (TAM) to $110 billion. Rumors about AMD’s acquisition of Xilinix had been swirling earlier this month. Xilinx was founded in 1984 and the company is well known for its FPGA (field programmable gate array) chips, programmable system-on-chips (SoCs), and adaptive compute acceleration platform (ACAP). Xilinx products are used in everything from consumer items to aerospace and defense technology. AMD and Xilinx claim that they have complementary products that... Read more...
You would think yesterday's unveiling of Zen 3 would be AMD's biggest news this week, along with a performance tease of its upcoming Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards. Arguably even bigger, however, is that AMD is reportedly in talks to acquire Xilinx, a maker of FPGA (field programmable gate array) chips, for north of $30 billion. It would be a massive acquisition, and one AMD can afford these days, having roughly tripled its stock price over the past year. AMD now has a market capitalization of more than $100 billion, which is basically a measure of the company's value based its current stock price (a company's actual value is a little more complex). FPGA chips differ from standard computer... Read more...
ARM and TSMC have become quite the duo over the years, combining the latter's cutting-edge process technologies with the former's processor IP. It is a partnership that has been working, hence why the two committed earlier this year to collaborating on a marketable 7nm FinFET chip. The fruits of their efforts have paid off—ARM announced today that it has licensed its Artisan physical IP platform for TSMC's 7nm FinFET process technology to Xilinx, the fabless semiconductor company known for inventing the field programmable gate array (FPGA). Xilinx isn't a new customer by any means. It has partnered with ARM for four process technology generations and has worked with both companies to advance... Read more...
For years, we've heard rumors that Intel was building custom chips for Google or Facebook, but these deals have always been assumed to work with standard hardware. Intel might offer a different product SKU with non-standard core counts, or a specific TDP target, or a particular amount of cache -- but at the end of the day, these were standard Xeon processors. Today, it looks like that's changing for the first time -- Intel is going to start embedding custom FPGAs into its own CPU silicon. The new FPGA-equipped Xeons will occupy precisely the same socket and platform as the standard, non-FPGA Xeons. Nothing will change on the customer front (BIOS updates may be required), but the chips should... Read more...