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AMD Reveals $35B Acquisition of Xilinx, Reports Record Q3 Revenue

AMD Reveals $35B Acquisition of Xilinx, Reports Record Q3 Revenue

AMD this morning reported record quarterly revenue of $2.8 billion and a finalized deal to buy FPGA-maker ...

Nvidia-Arm Deal a Boon for RISC-V?

Nvidia-Arm Deal a Boon for RISC-V?

If and when Nvidia closes its $40 billion acquisition of Arm Ltd., the transaction could provide a ...

AI Demands Are Fueling Hardware Acceleration

AI Demands Are Fueling Hardware Acceleration

As Moore’s law chip scaling reaches the point of diminishing returns, processor architectures are evolving to accelerate ...

With Optane Gaining, Intel Exits NAND Flash

With Optane Gaining, Intel Exits NAND Flash

In a sign that its 3D XPoint memory technology is gaining traction, Intel Corp. is departing the ...

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October 27, 2020
AMD this morning reported record quarterly revenue of $2.8 billion and a finalized deal to buy FPGA-maker Xilinx for $35 billion in an all-stock transaction. The acquisition helps AMD keep pace during a time of consolidation in the semiconductor industry. GPU rival and market leader Nvidia acquired Mellanox (interconnect) and has a deal to buy Arm (processor IP). AMD ... Full article
October 23, 2020
If and when Nvidia closes its $40 billion acquisition of Arm Ltd., the transaction could provide a boost for the competing RISC-V architecture. As regulators in the U.S., China and the European Union begin scrutinizing the impact of the blockbuster deal on semiconductor industry competition and innovation, the deal has at the very least shown a light on the ... Full article
October 21, 2020
As Moore’s law chip scaling reaches the point of diminishing returns, processor architectures are evolving to accelerate everything from AI model training and inference, data centers that support those demanding workloads, and sprawling edge computing deployments as well. Those chip design trends were a focus of this week’s Linley Fall Processor Conference, during which principal analyst Linley Gwennap made ... Full article
October 20, 2020
In a sign that its 3D XPoint memory technology is gaining traction, Intel Corp. is departing the NAND flash memory and storage market with the sale of its manufacturing base in China to SK Hynix of South Korea. The $9 billion transaction announced early Tuesday (Oct. 20) does not include Intel’s Optane persistent memory technology. The chip maker (NASDAQ: ... Full article
October 16, 2020
As AI use and innovation continue to increase globally, getting small and medium-size AI companies more involved in the financially lucrative and still-nascent AI revolution is a developing goal of the US government. One federal agency, the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI), is asking smaller AI vendors to send in comments and suggestions by Oct. 23 about ... Full article
October 16, 2020
Another indication of the strategic importance of the foundational semiconductor industry is a recent surge in cyberattacks directed at global chip manufacturers. Security researchers in Taiwan reported earlier this year that a year-long cyber campaign emanating from China launched advanced persistent threat attacks against Taiwan’s sprawling chip foundry ecosystem. Dubbed Operation Skeleton Key, a reference to the skeleton key ... Full article
October 14, 2020
Vinod Khosla, a co-founder of the former Sun Microsystems and a longtime technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist and IT sage, makes billions of dollars betting on new technologies. Khosla shared some of his technology and investment thoughts at a recent tech conference about the future of AI in business, AI chip design and quantum computing -- and even gave some ... Full article
October 13, 2020
Deep learning frameworks are being widely used as a diagnostic tool to help clinicians scan medical imagery with greater accuracy. Those models are being deployed on dedicated processors and accelerators capable of running neural networks used to classify and detect diseases. Xilinx Inc. joins the growing list of chip makers developing reference designs for platforms that can be used ... Full article
October 12, 2020
Since 1915, when affordable, engine-driven tractors started becoming widely available to farmers in the US, a newfound efficiency in growing and harvesting crops quickly revolutionized agriculture. Engine-driven equipment meant that one person could do the work of four, dramatically raising the bar on agricultural productivity, boosting crop harvests and food supplies. As transformative as those improvements were, more changes ... Full article
October 9, 2020
When reports surfaced during the summer that IP chip vendor Arm Ltd. was on the block, among the potential suitors besides the eventual winner Nvidia were a number of chip rivals that included, down the list, Advanced Micro Devices. That proved to be idle speculation. Instead, according to overnight reports, AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) is in “advanced” talks to acquire ... Full article
October 9, 2020
In this monthly feature we bring you up to date on the latest career developments in the enterprise AI community -- promotions, new hires and accolades: Heather Adams Heather Adams joins e-commerce AI vendor, Octane AI, as its new vice president of marketing. Adams comes from DigitalOcean, where she held the role of head of global B2B & Partner ... Full article
October 8, 2020
In anticipation of closing its landmark deal to acquire chip IP vendor Arm Ltd., Nvidia is highlighting its partner ecosystem as it seeks to extend its considerable reach beyond personal computing and AI to HPC and the network edge. Not surprisingly, those platform alliances all use Arm-based architectures in their server processors while eyeing exascale and edge applications. Speaking ... Full article
October 7, 2020
AI Hardware Summit – With more than 80 AI accelerator chip companies battling for elusive market share around the world, it’s no longer enough for upstart AI chip makers to simply develop and build powerful and innovative chips. What nascent AI chip makers must do to gain standout design wins is to directly meet and exceed the specialized requirements ... Full article
October 6, 2020
Arm Dev Summit -- The CEOs of Nvidia and Arm made the case this week for regulatory approval of a proposed mega-merger, arguing the combined chip maker would preserve the IP vendor’s business model since the acquisition is “complementary” and would drive AI-inspired innovation. Nvidia, which announced its game-changing $40 billion deal for Arm last month, faces stiff regulatory ... Full article
October 2, 2020
Developing new capabilities for integrating complex semiconductor devices such as chiplets into a single package is seen as one way of reviving the U.S. chip manufacturing. Recent funding proposals emphasize reshoring IC test, assembly and advanced packaging capabilities as a way of moving up the manufacturing learning curve after decades or outsourcing to Asian fabs. That funding, much of ... Full article
October 2, 2020
Intel Corp. unveiled a batch of 5G networking components this week, joining a growing list of chip and hardware vendors targeting the estimated $25 billion silicon market for next-generation wireless equipment. The chip maker said Thursday (Oct. 1) it 5G lineup includes components for the radio access network, including a “dedicated accelerator” for its virtualized RAN as well as ... Full article
October 1, 2020
A trusted supply chain initiative launched this week by Hewlett-Packard Enterprise addresses growing demand for domestically manufactured and secure servers. HPE announced Thursday (Oct. 1) it has shipped the first ProLiant DL380T servers manufactured in a secure facility and integrating advanced security features. The company said its secure servers and the supply chain that delivers them meet growing U.S. ... Full article
September 30, 2020
AI and big data generating those algorithms are transforming chip design in unexpected ways, accelerating fundamental tasks like finding the optimal design tradeoffs between performance and power consumption “Chips can help produce better chips” in terms of frequency, power and other performance design parameters, Karl Freund of Moor Insights & Strategy, told this week’s AI Hardware Summit. For a ... Full article
September 30, 2020
Hailo, the up-and-coming AI chip startup, released an acceleration module this week that allows its Hailo-8 processor to be plugged into edge devices. The Israeli chipmaker is also targeting its AI modules at rivals Google and Intel, claiming its acceleration modules outperform both in neural network benchmark testing. The M.2 and Mini PCIe AI acceleration modules are the latest ... Full article
September 25, 2020
Globalfoundries, the custom semiconductor manufacturer, announced advancements on several fronts this week, including the latest version of its FDX platform aimed at low-power, edge devices as well as a chip design verification kit that incorporates machine learning tools. The foundry also unveiled chip intellectual property protections aimed at safeguarding customer data. Also announced was glucose monitoring technology based on ... Full article

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