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China Unveils Its First 7nm Chip

China Unveils Its First 7nm Chip

Shanghai Tianshu Zhaoxin Semiconductor Co. is claiming China’s first 7-nanometer chip, described as a leading-edge, general-purpose cloud ...

Edge AI Startup Kneron Attracts New Investors

Edge AI Startup Kneron Attracts New Investors

Kneron Inc., the AI startup specializing in “on-device” edge inferencing applications, has raised additional funding in the ...

Intel Veteran Pat Gelsinger Is Leaving VMware, Returning to Intel as CEO

Intel Veteran Pat Gelsinger Is Leaving VMware, Returning to Intel as CEO

The Intel board of directors has appointed a new CEO. Intel alum Pat Gelsinger is leaving his ...

Qualcomm’s $1.4B Deal for Nuvia a Good Move: Analysts

Qualcomm’s $1.4B Deal for Nuvia a Good Move: Analysts

Qualcomm apparently isn’t letting the bitter memories of its failed $47 billion attempt to acquire NXP Semiconductor ...

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January 22, 2021
Shanghai Tianshu Zhaoxin Semiconductor Co. is claiming China’s first 7-nanometer chip, described as a leading-edge, general-purpose cloud computing chip based on a proprietary GPU architecture. Dubbed “Big Island” GPGPU, the data center processor is described as a neural network training chip aimed at AI and HPC applications as well as general-purpose computing “at the cloud server level,” Tianshu Zhaoxin ... Full article
January 20, 2021
Kneron Inc., the AI startup specializing in “on-device” edge inferencing applications, has raised additional funding in the form of investments by Taiwanese manufacturing powerhouses Foxconn and Winbond. San Diego-based Kneron said Tuesday (Jan. 20) it will work with Foxconn to develop AI platforms for Industry 4.0 and automotive applications. Foxconn’s MIH electronic vehicle platform will serve as the basis ... Full article
January 15, 2021
The Intel board of directors has appointed a new CEO. Intel alum Pat Gelsinger is leaving his post as CEO of VMware to rejoin the company that he parted ways with 11 years ago. Gelsinger will succeed Bob Swan, who will remain CEO until Feb. 15, Intel announced yesterday (Jan 13). Gelsinger previously spent 30 years at Intel, starting ... Full article
January 13, 2021
Machine learning was among the fastest growing technologies in terms of U.S. patent grants during 2020, an annual survey reveals. AI and machine learning ranked fourth in a list of patent applications and awards, followed closely by advances in quantum computing. Meanwhile, China, Taiwan and South Korea registered the largest percentage increases in patent grants over the past year, ... Full article
January 12, 2021
Intel Corp. used this week’s virtual CES 2021 event to reassert its dominance of the data center with the formal roll out of its next-generation server chip, the 10nm Xeon Scalable processor that targets AI and HPC workloads. The third-generation “Ice Lake” family is Intel’s first at the 10nm process node, incorporating a new core architecture that incorporates more ... Full article
January 11, 2021
A dispute over Chinese regulatory approval of its acquisition of Acacia Communications Inc. prompted Cisco Systems to seek a court order compelling the optical component maker to move ahead with the $2.8 billion transaction. Acacia said Monday (Jan. 11) it has filed a counterclaim. Cisco announced its acquisition of Acacia in July 2019. Acacia asserted late last week it ... Full article
January 11, 2021
Horizon Robotics, a Chinese automotive AI chip startup that is developing specialized, complex chips for use in autonomous vehicles, has raised another $400 million in its latest C2 round of funding. That’s on top of $150 million in C2 funding that it secured earlier in December, according to the company, bringing its total C2 funding so far to $550 ... Full article
January 8, 2021
Addressing power constraints for “always-on” edge devices, the latest neural processor from Syntiant Corp. is designed to run multiple applications simultaneously while limiting energy budgets. The custom AI silicon startup said this week its second-generation neural decision processor is aimed at low-power audio and sensor processing tasks. Those include beamforming, echo-cancellation, noise suppression and speech enhancement, among others. The ... Full article
January 6, 2021
Jim Keller has already had a storied career. Over the past few decades, Keller (pictured left) has worked everywhere from AMD to Tesla, helping to develop new chips and hardware. Now, the industry veteran has announced his next move: Tenstorrent, an AI chip startup, where he will serve as president and chief technology officer. Headquartered in Toronto, Tenstorrent is ... Full article
January 4, 2021
Advanced Micro Devices is accelerating the GPU chiplet race with the release of a U.S. patent application for a device that incorporates high-bandwidth interconnects between processing elements. AMD and Intel Corp. have each signaled their intent to pursue the chiplet approach, likely hastening the transition from mega-GPUs such as Nvidia’s Ampere graphics processor, industry observers note. In a patent ... Full article
December 18, 2020
Nvidia is making it easier for AWS cloud customers to find and integrate Nvidia software applications into their AI and deep learning projects through an all-new, all-in-one “storefront” in the AWS Marketplace. The storefront, which initially contains 21 applications from the Nvidia GPU Cloud (NGC) software application catalog, is designed to bring Nvidia applications right to AWS so users ... Full article
December 17, 2020
The Pentagon’s premiere R&D agency is expanding an initiative designed to provide technology startups with broader access to semiconductor and other intellectual property in hopes of stimulating innovation. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said this week it has recruited two additional corporate partners to provide access to IP. Verific Design Automation and CEVA Inc. have signed on to ... Full article
December 16, 2020
Nvidia spotlighted an AI inference accelerator, emerging optical interconnects and a new programming framework designed to scale GPU performance during this week’s GTC China virtual event. In a keynote, Bill Dally, Nvidia’s chief scientist, said the MAGNet inference accelerator achieved 100 tera-operations per watt in a simulation. Nvidia is also working with university researchers on GPU optical interconnects as ... Full article
December 15, 2020
AI vendors are rolling out a steady stream of edge processing platforms spanning everything from multicore systems-on-chips to analog approaches that seek to imbue sensors with greater intelligence while reducing power consumption in always-on devices. Along with lower latency, smart edge deployments require low-power AI processing via a variety of hardware and optimized software frameworks. A pair of approaches ... Full article
December 11, 2020
As AI moves inexorably to the edge, placing machine learning models closer to where data is generated, more tools are emerging to enable ML operations needed for AI-based application development. Some are code-free software platforms that allow developers to drag-and-drop when deploying AI apps. Google led the way in 2018 with its AutoML service. Others are following with open-source ... Full article
December 9, 2020
At the RISC-V Summit yesterday, Art Swift, CEO of Esperanto Technologies, announced a new, RISC-V based chip aimed at machine learning and containing nearly 1,100 low-power cores based on the open-source RISC-V architecture. Esperanto Technologies, headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with other sites across the U.S. and Europe, was created in 2014 “with the goal of making RISC-V the ... Full article
December 3, 2020
To build enterprise AI capabilities deeper into the medical imaging healthcare market, Nvidia has revealed that its Medical Open Network for AI (MONAI) open source framework is now ready for production use. MONAI arrives seven months after it was introduced at the company’s GTC 2020 event. MONAI, which is used with Nvidia’s Clara computational platform and application framework for ... Full article
December 1, 2020
AWS re:Invent 2020—Amazon Web Services has a broad swath of new and bolstered services coming for customers in 2021, from the implementation of powerful Habana Gaudi AI accelerators in Amazon EC2 instances for machine learning workloads to custom-designed AWS Trainium ML training chips built to cut cloud training costs. The new products were announced on Tuesday (Dec. 1) by ... Full article
November 27, 2020
Gen X, Y, and Z get all the attention but what we need to talk about in IT is Gen S: Generation Scale-Out. Times have changed. The enterprise technology stack of 10 years ago, when VMs and block-based Storage Area Networks (SANs) ran SQL databases and bolted-on data services like backups, is hardly recognizable today. Nothing was abstracted from ... Full article
November 24, 2020
As early as December 2019, AI systems were warning policy-makers about the coronavirus. As the pandemic gained a foothold and began to spread across the world, AI found a number of other applications in the fight against COVID-19: mapping cases based on social media activity; diagnosing patients based on lung scans; and identifying promising molecules for therapeutic and vaccine development. Since ... Full article

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