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Lattice’s New Certus-NX FPGAs Bring New Meaning To Low Power And Fast Execution

I have written extensively about Lattice’s FPGAs including the CrossLinkPlus and MachXO3D FPGAs, and how the company has reinvented itself and is positioning itself as the leader in low power FPGAs. Because of the flexibility of FPGAs in general, they tend to be capable of addressing many different markets simultaneously, however many higher density FPGAs tend to sacrifice power for …

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Lattice’s New MachXO3D Security FPGA And Updated sensAI Look Compelling

At the end of May, I had the opportunity to attend Lattice Semiconductor’s financial analyst day at NASDAQ MarketSitein New York City. I am not a financial analyst, but an industry analyst, but financial analyst days are the best place to go to get the “skinny” on a company with the least amount of time. I …

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Intel’s New Xeon Scalable Processors Are Its Broadest Datacenter And Carrier Play Yet

Intel is a giant in the in the server chip space commanding 99% market share, and in compute for the data plane of datacenter storage and networking, 50 to 75% share. This may lead some to believe the company’s datacenter growth prospects are dim. Not so fast. First off, cloud, HPC and AI are growing …

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Baidu Adds Momentum To NVIDIA’s Lead In AI

It is not much of an exaggeration to say that Artificial Intelligence (AI), in its present form, would not be possible without NVIDIA GPUs. NVIDIA has enjoyed near-universal support from some of the largest adopters of Machine Learning technology, as NVIDIA’s speedy GPUs accelerate the training and use of the Deep Neural Networks that enable …

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Has AMD Secured A Spot In The Datacenter?

When AMD exited the server market back in 2012, it held 10% market share. While not a large chunk of the market, the legacy of Opteron and relationships with OEMs and big datacenter customers translated into market significance. This was important, as this market significance assured broad software ecosystem support when AMD released a new …

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ISC17: HPC Embraces Diversity As AMD & ARM Up The Ante Vs. Intel, IBM And NVIDIA

Renewed Competition in HPC Will Enable Workload Optimization Intel has enjoyed a dominant position in High Performance Computing (HPC) processors for nearly a decade now, with only IBM  POWER offering a viable CPU alternative, since Advanced Micro Deviceseffectively, albeit perhaps unintentionally, exited the market in 2010. Meanwhile, NVIDIA has kept things interesting by delivering GPUs as …

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HPE Leading The Pack With Support For AMD’s EPYC Datacenter Chip

HPE President Antonio Neri and AMD CEO Lisa Su at AMD’s EPYC launch Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) made big waves in the industry this week with the launch of its 7000 series high-performance datacenter processors. I attended the pre-brief event in Austin, this past week, and I’ve already written my deep-dive on the launch, and …

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AMD EPYC Datacenter Processor Analyses

Forbes: HPE Leading The Pack With Support For AMD’s EPYC Datacenter Chip, by Patrick Moorhead with contributions by MI&S staff Forbes: AMD EPYC Server CPU Launches With Broad OEM, ODM, ISV, IHV Support, by Patrick Moorhead with contributions by Anshel Sag RESEARCH PAPER: Power/Performance Determinism, by John  Fruehe RESEARCH PAPER: SPEC CPU 2017 & Changing Performance, …

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RESEARCH PAPER: Power / Performance Determinism

Today’s demanding workloads and complex environments leave businesses looking for every ounce of available performance from their systems. While CPU vendors strive to deliver the highest level of performance at all times, CPU manufacturing processes leave some variability that prevents vendors from capitalizing on every last drop of performance in an individual CPU. Because CPU …

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RESEARCH PAPER: SPEC CPU 2017 & Changing Performance

Benchmarks help determine the relative performance of different platforms, neutralizing technical differences so IT can better ascertain the actual workload impact. The SPEC CPU 2006 benchmark has helped IT generate a relative performance baseline for CPUs across different platforms for over ten years. But being more than a decade old means the benchmark no longer …

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RESEARCH PAPER: AMD EPYC Brings New RAS Capability

With each new enterprise platform transition, the reliance on technology increases. Today, businesses are looking to strategies like digital transformation to reshape their operations, but these new approaches to business will put more stress and reliance on servers. By digitizing, instrumenting, and capturing untold amounts of data, businesses can get a better handle on their …

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AMD EPYC Server CPU Launches With Broad OEM, ODM, ISV, IHV Support

AMD EPYC processor The server CPU business has never been any easy one for anyone, even for Advanced Micro Devices, who once held 25%-unit share. Many companies have tried and failed to penetrate the enterprise “wall of Intel” the last decade and I have seen one go out of business, one get bought, many cease …

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RESEARCH PAPER: HPE Locks Down Server Security

Security is a looming issue for businesses. The threat landscape is increasing, and attacks are becoming more sophisticated. Emerging technologies like IoT, mobility, and hybrid IT environments now open new business opportunity, but they also introduce new risk. Protecting servers at the software level is no longer enough. Businesses need to reach down into the …

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What Does It Mean That Windows On Qualcomm Gets Support From ASUS, Lenovo And HP?

The personal computer has been evolving ever since the recent punch in the gut from smartphones and tablets. Since then, the bottom has literally fallen out of tablets, smartphones are flat, and exciting growth segments within the PC sector keep humming, albeit the market is at a much lower level. Consumer electronics players like Samsung, Huawei, …

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NVIDIA Slims Down Gaming Laptops Below 20mm With New Max-Q Design

NVIDIA has without a doubt been the company leading the charge to bring desktop-class gaming performance into laptops. Thanks to NVIDIA, we have desktop processors like the GTX 1080 in notebooks and virtually every gaming notebook today is VR ready. Because of NVIDIA’s efforts, we have seen some laptop manufacturers sacrifice thickness for the sake of …

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Intel Announces New X-Series High-End Desktop Processors And New i9 Line

At Computex 2017, Intel made a series of major announcements regarding their latest high-end processor offerings. This included the introduction of a new X-series of processors which are designed to be the company’s high-end performance platform for power users and prosumers. The creation of the X-Series comes as Intel starts to feel heat from the …

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ARM Introduces New Processor Designs For Datacenter, Mobility And AI At Computex 2017

This week at Computex 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan, ARM Holdings announced their latest series of processor designs spanning mobility, datacenter and AI. While ARM Holdings doesn’t make chips themselves, they do design processor cores and other IP for most chip companies to utilize with their own designs. Just last month, ARM introduces their first ISP (image …

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IBM’s New PowerAI Features Again Demonstrate Enterprise AI Leadership

Last November I wrote a column about IBM’s newly announced AI software toolkit, PowerAI. PowerAI fulfills a special niche part of IBM’s AI investment—aimed towards enterprises who want something in between Watson’s turnkey solution (“easy button” on IBM Cloud) and a totally DIY on-prem infrastructure or public cloud. PowerAI runs on IBM’s highest performing server in its OpenPOWER …

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Intel Absolutely A Player To Be Reckoned With In Autonomous Driving Technology

This Audi self-driving car I rode in looked surprisingly normal- with no computer in the trunk! Earlier this month, I attended Intel’s first Autonomous Driving Workshop in San Jose, where press and analysts enjoyed demonstrations and talks from both Intel, and a handful of their partners—BMW, Delphi, Ericsson, and HERE. The tangible news, perhaps, was …

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Google Cloud TPU: Strategic Implications For Google, NVIDIA And The Machine Learning Industry

Google  announced the 2nd generation of the company’s TensorFlow Processing Unit (TPU), now called the Cloud TPU, at the annual Google I/O event, wowing the industry with performance for Machine Learning that appeared to eclipse NVIDIA’s Tesla Volta GPU only one week after that chip was launched. (See below why I say “appeared”.) Unlike Google’s …

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