The Week In Review: Design


M&A MIPS has reportedly been acquired again, this time by AI startup Wave Computing. Wave focuses on data center-based neural network training using its parallel dataflow processing architecture. In March, the company signed on to use 64-bit multi-threaded processor cores from MIPS in future projects. Previously, MIPS was owned by Tallwood Venture Capital, which acquired MIPS from Imaginat... » 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

The Week in Review: IoT


Finance BroadLink has raised $54.4 million in Series D funding from Citic Private Equity Funds Management. Baidu and Libai Group participated in the new round. BroadLink will use the money to expand its artificial intelligence and Internet of Things units, while also acquiring or investing in companies involved in smart home devices. Aperio Systems of Haifa, Israel, has received $4.5 millio... » read more

The Data Center In 2018 And Beyond


As computing continues to evolve, a number of trends are continuing to challenge the design of conventional von Neumann architectures, and in turn are driving the development of new architectural approaches and technologies. These include the growing adoption of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, AR/VR, IoT, high-speed financial transactions, self-driving vehicles, and blockchain/c... » read more

Using FPGAs To Accelerate Data Centers


With the technology industry at a crossroads — the effective repeal of Mooreʹs Law and the stagnation and decline of PC, tablet, consumer electronics and smartphone markets — data centers have become the sweet spot of the technology sector, showing healthy revenue growth and attracting new system solutions in both hardware and software. Unlike the ethereal promise of upcoming wonders from ... » read more

24 x 7 Productivity


Emulators are now managed as a corporate-wide shared resource in a datacenter, but standard job management software does not allow companies to take full advantage of emulator resources and capabilities. The Veloce Enterprise Server App (Veloce ES) delivers a fully-integrated solution for complete, transparent access to emulation resources for concurrent projects worldwide. It significantly enh... » read more

New Ways To Scale Performance


Immense amounts of data are being collected today in areas such as meteorology, geology, astronomy, quantum physics, fluid dynamics, and pharmaceutical research. Exascale computing (the execution of a billion billion floating point operations, or exaFLOPs, per second) is the target that many HPC systems aspire to over the next 5 to 10 years. In addition, advances in data analytics and areas su... » read more

Thermal And Power Considerations In Designing For The Developing World


Engineers designing for emerging markets confront fascinating challenges. Take data centers for developing societies. Most of these systems are in remote locations, exposed to the elements, with limited power, save for the sun. How do you deal with rain, rust, durability? How do you prevent members of the animal kingdom sauntering by and chewing on your system? These are some of the intri... » read more

Cloud 2.0


Corporate data centers are reluctant adopters of new technology. There is too much at stake to make quick changes, which accounts for a number of failed semiconductor startups over the past decade with better ideas for more efficient processors, not to mention rapid consolidation in other areas. But as the amount of data increases, and the cost of processing that data decreases at a slower rate... » read more

The Interconnect Bottleneck


With communications playing a crucial role in the design and performance of multi-core SoCs, various interconnect structures have been proposed as promising solutions to simplify and optimize SoC design. However, sometimes things don’t go as planned and the interconnect becomes the bottleneck. “Under high utilization cases the DRAM will be over-constrained with requests from all the a... » read more

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