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Globalfoundries Sees Pandemic ‘Pulling’ Chip Demand

Globalfoundries Sees Pandemic ‘Pulling’ Chip Demand

Globalfoundries, the custom semiconductor manufacturer, announced advancements on several fronts this week, including the latest version of ...

Intel Unveils New Atom x6000E and 11th Gen Core CPUs for IoT and Edge Uses

Intel Unveils New Atom x6000E and 11th Gen Core CPUs for IoT and Edge Uses

All-new Intel Atom e6000E and 11th Generation Intel Core processors aimed at AI, IoT and industrial uses ...

Graphcore Expanding Its AI Compute Platform Sales with Its First Channel Partner Program

Graphcore Expanding Its AI Compute Platform Sales with Its First Channel Pa...

AI compute platform vendor Graphcore has launched its first formal global channel partner program to promote and ...

Calls Grow Louder for US Chip Revival

Calls Grow Louder for US Chip Revival

Technology industry lobbyists are capitalizing on the growing Washington consensus for a next-generation industrial policy that funds ...

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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
September 23, 2020
Organizations that need to process large amounts of data in real time will be the big winners of the emerging “big memory” era, says Charles Fan, the CEO and co-founder of MemVerge, which today unveiled new software designed to lower the barrier of entry to big memory systems. Emerging use cases, particularly around streaming analytics and machine learning, are ... Full article
September 23, 2020
All-new Intel Atom e6000E and 11th Generation Intel Core processors aimed at AI, IoT and industrial uses were launched Sept. 23 at the company’s Intel Industrial Summit 2020 virtual event. Built to expand and solidify Intel’s market share in the growing IoT, edge and industrial markets, the new products feature designs and architectures aimed to meet the needs of ... Full article
September 23, 2020
AI compute platform vendor Graphcore has launched its first formal global channel partner program to promote and boost the sales of its AI processors and blade computing products. The formalized, all-new Graphcore Elite Partner Program follows the company’s past history of working with several distribution partners to promote its AI products, including its Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU), via a ... Full article
September 22, 2020
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) is bolstering its capabilities for customers with the general availability of instances with Nvidia’s newest GPU, the A100, while also unveiling expanded collaborations with Rescale and Altair. The company also announced plans for its first foray into the Arm world with instances using chips from Ampere early next year. OCI currently offers Intel and AMD ... Full article
September 17, 2020
Technology industry lobbyists are capitalizing on the growing Washington consensus for a next-generation industrial policy that funds basic research in foundational silicon technology as a way to compete with China in strategic markets like AI, 5G and quantum computing. Separate reports released this week make the case for expanding government incentives for reviving domestic chip manufacturing while reconstituting global ... Full article
September 13, 2020
Update: Sunday, Sept. 13 at 8pm ET, Arm and Nvidia announced a definitive agreement under which NVIDIA will acquire Arm Limited from SoftBank in a transaction valued at $40 billion. Additional reporting is forthcoming. Multiple news outlets reported over the weekend that Nvidia is closing a deal with SoftBank to acquire chip IP vendor Arm Ltd. Those reports pegged ... Full article
September 10, 2020
The extension of cloud computing capabilities from datacenters to the somewhat amorphous network edge, variously defined as a connected device, appliance or a network gateway, is morphing into something more than edge computing. With the addition of AI, edge cloud computing is approaching what promoters dub the “intelligent edge,” a construct that can be implemented according to application, while ... Full article
September 9, 2020
With its recently announced KL720 AI chip in early, low-level production, AI developer and chipmaker Kneron is busy imagining a wide range of customer use cases where the new silicon will offer promise in new markets. The KL720 chips are designed to deliver lower power consumption, more processing power and increased security and privacy over competing chips from Intel, ... Full article
September 3, 2020
Arm chip maker Marvell Technologies sees custom chips as the wave of the future as customers clamor for custom-built processors to power a wide range of routers, switches, 5G hardware, IoT devices, appliances and other hardware. And to better serve that expanding market, Marvell is building out its newest chip platform, the ThunderX3 line, as a custom-only chip business ... Full article
September 3, 2020
No moss is growing under Arm Ltd. as the technology sector waits to see if and when a buyer emerges for the IP chip vendor. Arm this week unveiled its first 64-bit real-time processor, the latest in its Cortex-R family that includes Linux support along with an emphasis on enterprise storage applications. That strategy reflects the growing need to ... Full article
August 31, 2020
The Pentagon’s top research agency is extending its technology chops with the appointment of a new director with extensive industry experience in strategic sectors ranging from AI to underlying microelectronics. The Defense Department announced Monday (Aug. 31) that Victoria Coleman has been named the new director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Coleman arrives as DARPA assumes a ... Full article
August 31, 2020
China’s patent office accounted for nearly two-thirds of all AI applications received over the past two years, underscoring how Beijing has become a fierce defender of intellectual property linked to what planners consider a strategic technology. As Chinese and Korea technology giants significantly increase their filing of AI patent applications, U.S. companies still lead in the number of AI-related ... Full article
August 28, 2020
The booming graphics processor market is not immune to pandemic uncertainty, with forecasting metrics such as “seasonality” becoming increasingly problematic. For instance, graphics board shipments jumped 6.6 percent sequentially in the second quarter, up 36.7 percent year-on-year, according to GPU market analyst Jon Peddie. In a normal year, those gains would likely have shown up during the third quarter, ... Full article
August 27, 2020
Among a lengthy list of U.S. technology initiatives included in pending budget legislation is a proposed National Artificial Intelligence Initiative that would be managed across several science agencies. The AI initiative is incorporated into the House version of the fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), one of the few budget bills approved by Congress each year. House and ... Full article
August 26, 2020
Arm Ltd. is expanding its partnership with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to provide greater access to its semiconductor intellectual property portfolio under an umbrella DARPA microelectronics initiative. The U.K chip vendor has been a key supplier on several chip development efforts managed by DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office, including efforts to embed security features into chip designs as ... Full article
August 25, 2020
AMD and Google Cloud are collaborating on a “confidential VM” security effort that uses encrypted virtualization to secure data “in use”. The confidential cloud computing effort is based on AMD’s latest EPYC processors incorporating hardware-based encryption in the chip makers’ latest “Zen 2” Core architecture, billed as the first high-performance x86 processor using 7-nm process technology. AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) ... Full article
August 20, 2020
The simultaneous maturation of three technologies—AI, the Internet of Things and 5G wireless—are ushering in a data-driven 5th wave of computing underpinned by current cloud infrastructure, according to the chief executive of chip intellectual property vendor Arm. Speaking at an annual Defense Department microelectronics summit, Simon Segars said new chip architectures are being designed around IoT sensors networks that ... Full article
August 20, 2020
A three-year-old Defense Department electronics initiative is bearing fruit in the form of public-private partnerships in areas ranging from post-Moore’s Law chip architectures to the growing national security requirement of securing the microelectronics supply chain. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency launched its Electronic Resurgence Initiative (ERI) in 2017 to help reboot a domestic chip industry that has been ... Full article
August 19, 2020
The technology lines are being drawn in the race to deploy 5G wireless networks that would underpin emerging enterprise applications ranging from the Internet of Things a host of software-defined services. The opening of interfaces on those costly networks could also attract new hyperscale players such as pubic cloud giants, network equipment vendors say. While hardware in the form ... Full article

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