35 billion transistors in 16nm

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The master of FPGAs has launched the world’s highest capacity FPGA ever designed. For those who didn’t pay attention in computer science class, FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array) is the hardware programmable chip that is used for chip emulation, test, measurement, compute, networking, aerospace and defense and many other tasks including AI.

Any processor, SoC or GPU you think of, Nvidia, AMD, Intel or Qualcomm, Apple, Samsung are predominantly using Xilinx chips to prototype their hardware silicon designs before they get them to the fabs for production. Design of an ASIC usually takes a few years, and FPGA enables software engineers to start writing and testing the code before the hardware ASIC has been taped out and produced. …

Analysis: The future of PC gaming available today

Real-time ray tracing is the biggest leap in computer graphics since programmable pixel shading on the NVIDIA GeForce 3 (NV20) in 2001. What used to be a dream for every computer graphics software developer became a reality in August of 2018 with NVIDIA’s Turing architecture.

Today, GeForce RTX 20-series GPUs based on Turing are powering real-time ray tracing in the latest games with their dedicated RT cores, allowing the graphics card to simulate light bounces in real-time with amazing efficiency. …

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Outlines Exascale Vision for a decade

Intel is part of the Hollywood production for more than a decade, but Intel just decided to give us a bit more details about the present and the future of the movie production, all part of the Exascale vision set by Raja Koduri, Jim Keller and Jim Jeffers.

Jim Jeffers who works as a Sr. Principal Engineer and Sr. Director of Intel’s Advanced Rendering and Visualization team has addressed an audience of 850 people at Siggraph and talked a bit about the Exascale Vision and what will it mean for Hollywood. To be fair, Intel is part of Hollywood movie content creation from the times of the early computer graphics animation in movies. …

No integration for early 2020 phones

Despite some rumors that the upcoming 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 successor might get the 5G integrated on the SoC level, our well-informed friends have informed us that the 865 will keep the modem as a separate chip.

It is too early for the total integration, but the late 2020 chip that will end up 2021 phones might be the one to get all integrated 5G solution first.

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Analysis: The key to success

There will be three trends that will play an important role in most phones scheduled to roll out in 2019. They will play the 5G card, use either drop notch or have a full view screen with s sliding cameras. This summary comes up from hundreds of meetings and talks we’ve had in the last few months with multiple companies, industry insiders and OEMs.

Some manufacturers will use all of the above but- for example Apple — won’t play the 5G card as it doesn’t have to. …

Snapdragon Takes Aim at 5G with 7nm SoC

Qualcomm just sent out the official press release saying it has started sampling its next generation mobile platform for consumers in 7nm. This 7nm platform can be paired with Snapdragon X50 5G modem creating the first 5G capable mobile platform for premium tier smartphones and other mobile devices.

It is sampling to multiple OEMs developing the next generation consumer devices. …

5X performance and 16X performance per watt over GPU

SK Telecom is definitely a forward looking companies and will be one of the first companies to trial and start 5G. It is not wasting time when it comes to speech recognition and AI as SK Telecom has announced the first commercial adoption of FPGA accelerators from Xilinx in the AI domain for large scale data centers in South Korea.

These two companies made some big claims over the efficiency of the FPGA based solution. …

48 core 10nm new architecture

IBM Power 9 is capturing a lot of business momentum and has recently launched in the enterprise market and it looks like the company is getting ready to launch its next generation Power 10 in 2020.

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The Power 9 is a 14nm chip and still manages to pack twelve to twenty-four cores and some revolutionary IO technologies such as NV link and dominate the AI/Cognitive scores compared to the competition. IBM’s partnership with Nvidia on the GPU side make for a great enterprise play.

Power 10 at 10nm in 2020

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Power 10 @ 10nm in 2020 and beyond

The next generation technology, simply called Power 10, is expected in 10nm in 2020.There will be more than one solution that will launch between 2020 and 2022. The new architecture is expected to accommodate data intensive tasks and AI workloads. The number of cores will double from 24 to 48 and we’ve seen these trends with some other server players. Advancements are expected on the IO front too. OpenCAPI 4.0 …

32 to 192 core for enterprise cloud

Data and making sense of data is one of the most valuable currencies for the modern enterprise and IBM plays big in that market with its Power 9. Now the company has announced a Power 9 solution for enterprise customers.

Back in May, IBM announced AC922 based machines to target AI and deep learning tasks and the new Power E950 and E980 are targeting incredibly big businesses including government, big banks and the financial sector, oil and bass, energy and utilities, public safety and healthcare. Let’s take a moment to think about this. …

Always connected at 7nm and 5nm

ARM has already shared with the press and analyst that the company expects to ship Cortex A76 based products in both 10 and 7nm in late 2018/early 2019, but now it has disclosed a few more details about its 7nm Deimos and 7/5nm Hercules parts.

More details of the freshly released roadmap were reported, but we wanted to go a step deeper into the matter and address some important pillars.

The notebooks powered by Cortex A76 based cores with under 5W TDP and 3 GHz core clock will be on par with Core i5 7300U dual-core with four threads at 2.6GHz baseline, 3.5 GHz Turbo and 15W TDP. The Cortex A76 should be faster than the baseline Core i5 7300U but slightly lose or be on par with Core i5, but bear in mind that we are talking about 15W Intel versus 5W TDP or lower from ARM. …


Fuad Abazovic

ACA Technology Analyst

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