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Intel now ships field-programmable gate array processors

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October 11, 2016

Intel now offers microprocessors in the field-programmable gate array (FPGA) variety following its recent acquisition of Altera.

Intel's new Stratix 10 family is part of the company's push beyond its stagnating PC-and-servers homeland into emerging markets like high-performance computing and software-defined networking.

Intel asserts that its new quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 processor helps position the device for high-end compute and data-intensive applications ranging from data centres, network infrastructure, cloud computing, and radar and imaging systems.

Compared to the Stratix V, Intel says the Stratix 10 has five times the density and twice the performance; 70 percent lower power consumption at equivalent performance; 10 Tflops (single precision); and 1 TBps memory bandwidth.

The new CPUs are targeted directly at acceleration and high-performance networking gear and servers.

To be sure, the Stratix 10 Hyperflex Architecture uses bypassable firmware called “Hyper-Registers”, which is associated with individual routing segments in the chip, and are available at the inputs of “all functional blocks” like adaptive logic modules (ALMs).

They are also embedded with several memory blocks and digital signal processing (DSP) chips.

Various designs of this implementation can bypass individual Hyper-Registers, in order that design tools can automatically choose the best register location.

Intel says that this means “performance tuning does not require additional ALM resources and does not require additional changes or added complexity to the design's place-and-route.”

The company reckons the design also cuts down on on-chip routing congestion. So for now, it does appear that Intel is making good of its Altera acquisition, judging from these news.

Source: Intel.


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