SUMMARY: Microsoft has been experimenting with its own custom chip effort in order to make its data centers more efficient, and these chips aren’t centered around ARM-based cores, but rather FPGAs from Altera. via Why Microsoft is building programmable chips that specialize in search — Tech News and Analysis. FPGAs for the win, at least for… Continue reading Why Microsoft is building programmable chips that specialize in search — Tech News and Analysis
OpenCL is a breakthrough precisely because it enables developers to accelerate the real-time execution of their algorithms quickly and easily — particularly those that lend themselves to the considerable parallel processing capabilities of FPGAs (which yield superior compute densities and far better performance/Watt than CPU- and GPU-based solutions) via 10 Reasons OpenCL Will Change Your… Continue reading 10 Reasons OpenCL Will Change Your Design Strategy & Market Position | EE Times
According to Greg Martin, a spokesman for the FPGA maker, Achronix can compete with Xilinx and Altera because it has, at 1.5GHz in its current Speedster1 line, the fastest such chips on the market. And by moving to Intel’s 22nm technology, the company could have ramped up the clock speed to 3GHz. via… Continue reading Intel lets outside chip maker into its fabs • The Register
Intel Atom and FPGAs in the news. I hope a product using the Intel Stellarton cpu sees the light of day.
I like to follow the developments in re-configurable computing, primarily anyone that uses FPGAs in their products. Here’s an interesting research project that uses an FPGA as a core part of it’s architecture. And the application is pretty cool too.
Larabee is the code name for an Intel graphics card/chipset that was designed to compete against nVidia and AMD. One side benefit would be it could be used as a co-processor to accelerate software algorithms on desktop computers like nVidia’s CUDA architecture or Apple’s OpenCL. Sadly the only market left for Larabee might be High Performance Computing and even that doesn’t look so good.