Been on the cards for a while
It is starting to look like AMD is about to buy FPGA maker Xilinx for $30 billion.
2020 Rover has computer vision and 18X faster performance
Earlier in May 2020, we had a chance to chat with Minal Sawant, Space System Architect at Xilinx, and learned a lot about the top-notch 20 nm Space-Grade Radiation Tolerant (RT) Kintex UltraScale XQRKU060FPGA. Mars Rover Perseverance has just launched onboard on an Atlas V-541, and it is a crucial part of the Mars 2020 mission.
Top-notch 20 nm Space-Grade FPGA
Computing and calculation are a tough job on the ground, not to mention in space, satellites, and Mars Rovers where they face radiation, limited space, and power constraints. Xilinx has just announced a top of the line 20 nm Space-Grade Radiation Tolerant (RT) Kintex UltraScale XQRKU060FPGA that it claims will offer 10X compute performance and reduce development time to launch from five to six to two to three years.
Designed for high bandwidth core and 5G tasks
Imagine an FPGA that can replace 22 currently shipping FPGA Adapters and provide a high bandwidth needed for the Internet and 5G demand of the future? That seems the best way to visualize Versal Premium, as this is a product design to address the explosion of data and bandwidth growth.
35 billion transistors in 16nm
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.
7nm first adaptive compute platform
Xilinx has confirmed that the Versal, product developed under Everest condemned was taped out last year, and today the company has confirmed that the first tier-one customers are getting the first Versal AI core products.
CEO Victor Peng made the difference
Xilinx announced that at the end of its fiscal year 2019 the company reached record revenues of $3.06 billion for the fiscal year 2019, up 24 percent from the previous fiscal year. The three pillar strategy is playing out, with the data center first but it is clear that the company has AI, networking and 5G well embedded in its roadmap.
SmartNIC meets FPGA / smart accelerator growth
Xilinx under Victor Peng has managed to step up the game and take the company to a new high. Part of its data center first, AI and 5G strategy is where the acquisition of smartNIC manufacturer Solarflare fits perfectly.
Swiss knife for heterogeneous AI, cloud, 5G
The wait is finally over, what Victor Peng the CEO of Xilinx announced as the Everest, will now be branded as the Versal. This is shaping up to look like the Swiss knife of heterogeneous computing, addressing some key markets including AI, cloud, network infrastructure, 5G, automotive, and much more.
5X performance and 16X performance per watt over GPU
SK Telecom is definitely a forward-looking company 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.