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Mine Cryptocurrencies Sooner, Part 2


Bitcoin has lost much of its allure due to the concentration of control of the world's Bitcoin mining resources by a few players in a few locations, as discussed in Part 1 of this blog. In response, the larger, global cryptocurrency community has started to develop alternative cryptocurrencies based on lessons learned from the Bitcoin experience. New cryptocurrencies such as Monero introduce... » read more

Mine Cryptocurrencies Sooner, Part 1


Cryptocurrency mining is the process of computing a new cryptocurrency unit based on all the previously found ones. The concept of cryptocurrency is nearly universally recognized by the publicity of the original cryptocurrency, Bitcoin. Cryptocurrencies were supposed to be a broadly democratic currency vehicle not controlled by any one entity, such as banks, governments, or small groups of comp... » read more

Self-Driving Architecture With eFPGAs


The favored self-driving architecture of the future will be increasingly decentralized. However, both the centralized and decentralized architectural design approaches will require hardware acceleration in the form of far more lookaside co-processing than is currently realized. Whether centralized or decentralized, the anticipated computing architectures for automated and autonomous driving ... » read more

eFPGAs Offer Practical Solution For Embedded Vision Applications


Video applications, such as surveillance, object detection and motion analysis, rely on 360° embedded vision and high-resolution fish-eye cameras lenses with a wide-angle field of view (FOV). These systems have up to six real-time camera streams processing together frame by frame. Each frame is corrected for distortion and other image artifacts, adjusted for exposure and white balance, then st... » read more

Achieving eFPGA Timing Closure In An ASIC


When we start school as young children, one of the first lessons we learn is how to share, followed quickly by not running with scissors. As Kent Orthner, Achronix’s senior director of Systems Engineering, discussed at the Design Automation Conference in June, sharing is also key when it comes to closing timing with embedded FPGAs (eFPGAs). With an eFPGA, such as Achronix’s Speedcore IP,... » read more

Hardware Acceleration With eFPGAs


If integrating an embedded FPGA (eFPGA) into your ASIC or SoC design strikes you as odd, it shouldn’t. ICs have been absorbing almost every component on a circuit board for decades, starting with transistors, resistors, and capacitors –– then progressing to gates, ALUs, microprocessors, and memories. FPGAs are simply one more useful component in the tool box, available for decades and ... » read more

eFPGAs Accelerate Data-Centric Processing


With the ever-increasing requirements to manage and process enterprise data, system architects are looking closer than ever at programmable logic, a technology to make computing much more efficient and secure. While traditional processors force data into their pipelines through a complex hierarchy of caches, programmable logic makes it possible to construct data pipelines. Data can flow seam... » read more

Embedded FPGA: Increasing Security In Next-Gen Networks


The pull of data toward real-time applications on the network’s edge makes the outflow of processing from the cloud inevitable. Programmable logic provides the ability to make computing much more data-centric. While traditional processors demand data to be fed to their pipelines through a complex hierarchy of memory caches, programmable logic makes it possible to construct data pipelines. Dat... » read more

AI’s Requirements Call For eFPGAs


A recent report claims the United States Navy plans to expand its Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services ocean combat network (CANES) with Artificial Intelligence, connecting ships, submarines and on-shore naval stations. This news confirms that AI is reshaping the world we live in and opening opportunities in commercial and industrial systems applications that range from autonomo... » read more

Self-Driving Cars At CES: The Future Of Transportation Is Here


CES 2018 attendees will get a new kind of tech demo in just a few weeks. When they hail Lyft to take them from the Las Vegas Convention Center across town, it will be a fully automated point-to-point vehicle getting them there. While we marvel now, today’s novelty will be tomorrow’s norm, though questions about the safety of autonomous driving persist. For the CES demo, a backup pilot wi... » read more

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