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Xilinx Brings ‘Unique’ Composability and Flexibility to its New Alveo SN1000 SmartNIC

Xilinx Brings ‘Unique’ Composability and Flexibility to its New...

FPGA vendor Xilinx has debuted its latest SmartNIC model, the Alveo SN1000, with integrated “composability” features that ...

IBM, Red Hat Integration Continues as IBM Mainstreams Power Systems in Pivot to Cloud

IBM, Red Hat Integration Continues as IBM Mainstreams Power Systems in Pivo...

As it continues to pivot to the cloud, IBM has unveiled a new Power-based private cloud rack ...

IBM’s Latest Prototype Low-Power AI Chip Offers ‘Precision Scaling’

IBM’s Latest Prototype Low-Power AI Chip Offers ‘Precision Scaling’

IBM has released details of a prototype AI chip geared toward low-precision training and inference across different ...

NASA’s Latest Mars Rover, Perseverance, Will Get Help from AI on the Red Planet

NASA’s Latest Mars Rover, Perseverance, Will Get Help from AI on the Red ...

As NASA’s latest Mars rover, Perseverance, prepares to land on the Martian surface Feb. 18 (Thursday) after ...

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February 24, 2021
FPGA vendor Xilinx has debuted its latest SmartNIC model, the Alveo SN1000, with integrated “composability” features that allow enterprise users to add their own custom networking functions to supplement its built-in networking. By providing deep flexibility and customization, the Alveo SN1000 gives customers, including hyperscalers, cloud users and a wide range of enterprise users, tools that will give them ... Full article
February 23, 2021
As it continues to pivot to the cloud, IBM has unveiled a new Power-based private cloud rack product line that is also porting Red Hat OpenShift capabilities to its Power products. The moves for the Power-microprocessor-based products are part of a realignment with IBM's corporate-wide strategy, which iappears to be de-emphasizing HPC to target more traditional enterprise and cloud/hybrid ... Full article
February 22, 2021
IBM has released details of a prototype AI chip geared toward low-precision training and inference across different AI model types while retaining model quality within AI applications. In a paper delivered during this year’s International Solid-State Circuits Virtual Conference, IBM also touted its AI chip based on 7nm process technology as the first energy-efficient device “at the vanguard of ... Full article
February 17, 2021
Sunlight, the U.K.-based specialist in virtualizing data-intensive applications, announced Nvidia GPU support for its “lightweight” hypervisor designed to boost the performance of edge AI deployments. GPU support for its NexVisor platform would provide “near bare-metal” performance in support of data pipelines currently constrained by legacy virtualization tools and cloud infrastructure, the company said. Those constraints are magnified for data-intensive ... Full article
February 16, 2021
The U.S. Defense Department and Globalfoundries are expanding their semiconductor manufacturing partnership by certifying the foundry’s most advanced fab complies with U.S. export controls intended to secure the chip manufacturing supply chain. The DoD partnership reflects greater capacity utilization as Globalfoundries and other manufacturers are meanwhile scrambling to meet surging demand in the middle of a global chip shortage. ... Full article
February 12, 2021
Amid pandemic-related supply chain disruptions, chip makers are urging the Biden administration to include funding and tax incentives aimed at boosting semiconductor manufacturing and research in its economic recovery and infrastructure initiatives. In a letter released Thursday (Feb. 11), the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) urged the White House to implement and fund chip R&D initiatives contained in the fiscal ... Full article
February 10, 2021
So many industry predictions for how AI use in business will change and grow in 2021 have come in to EnterpriseAI that we didn’t have room to share them all in our first predictions story on Feb. 1. Now we are expanding that bounty of AI predictions riches with a second installment of 2021 predictions from our AI experts ... Full article
February 4, 2021
As the first “greenfield” or new-from-the-ground-up 5G wireless networks are being built, chip makers are joining cloud vendors in accelerating the rollout of front-end radio units that comply with emerging open radio access network specs. Partners Fujitsu Ltd. and Xilinx Inc. this week joined a growing list of Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) developers, announcing that Fujitsu will incorporate ... Full article
February 2, 2021
The emerging field of quantum-assisted AI is gathering momentum as partners take the initial steps toward developing an ecosystem based on open platforms. Furthering that progress, software and algorithm specialist Cambridge Quantum Computing and Germany’s PlanQK quantum AI research consortium will collaborate on an effort to extend the reach quantum-assisted AI, or QAI. PlanQK, which stands for Platform and ... Full article
January 29, 2021
Graphcore, the U.K. AI chip developer, is expanding its roster of cloud partners to include Cirrascale Cloud Partners, a deep learning infrastructure specialist. The result of the collaboration is a scalable AI cloud platform dubbed Graphcloud that provides access to Graphcore’s second-generation intelligent processing unit, or IPU, and accompanying software stack. San Diego-based Cirrascale provides deep learning infrastructure for ... Full article
January 28, 2021
Samsung Electronics is said to be partnering with electric vehicle leader Tesla on a leading-edge 5-nanometer chip design that would serve as the core of an emerging self-driving car capability. According to reports out of South Korea, Samsung (KRX: 005930) is skipping a semiconductor processing node to produce a 5nm automotive chip for Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA). According to the ... Full article
January 27, 2021
Upstart AI vendor Run:AI dove into AI by creating Kubernetes-based software to help customers get more production out of their existing AI infrastructure investments. Run:AI’s software is an orchestration and virtualization layer that pools together compute resources so they can be instantly allocated on demand as needed. The promise of Run:AI’s AI technologies has resulted in a new $30 ... Full article
January 27, 2021
The United States is maintaining its early lead over China and the European Union in development and application of artificial intelligence technology, according to a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). But while the Americans’ lead is still substantial today, China is poised to close the gap, while the EU is largely failing to keep ... Full article
January 26, 2021
EdgeQ, a Silicon Valley startup that’s building a customizable RISC-V system-on-a-chip (SoC) that includes a 5G modem, got a big boost today when it announced that former Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs has signed on as an advisor to the company. EdgeQ was founded three years ago by former Intel and Qualcomm engineers with the goal of developing an efficient and flexible enterprise 5G ... Full article
January 26, 2021
Nvidia today launched a certified systems program in which participating vendors can offer Nvidia-certified servers with up to eight A100 GPUs. Separate support contracts directly from Nvidia for the certified systems are also available. Besides the obvious marketing motives, Nvidia says the pre-tested systems and contract support should boost confidence and ease deployment for those taking the AI plunge. ... Full article
January 25, 2021
Before leaving the White House on Jan. 20, former President Donald Trump blasted one last political salvo out against Chinese telecommunications powerhouse Huawei by revoking licenses for specific U.S. companies to sell needed components to Huawei. Now the Biden administration will have to review those latest actions taken by Trump against the company and then figure out what to ... Full article
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

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