Things to get better
Xilinx is a company that makes great products and technology but in the past didn’t manage to penetrate the mainstream IT media’s due to the complexity of its products. That is all changing now, the company with its Datacenter, AI, 5G and Automotive aspirations managed to grab a lot of attention and score 34 percent year on year growth.
Deal moving ahead
Xilinx has hired Barclays to advise on a bid to buy Mellanox Technologies after approaching the smaller chipmaker with an offer.
Data center beat Nvidia Volta on latency and inference
The Xilinx CEO has just introduced a new product category called the Alveo PCIe based hardware accelerator that will challenge machine learning data center compute accelerators. It has dramatically better latency compared to Nvidia or AMD's GPU based solution, it's claimed.
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.
Accelerate data center and intelligent edge
Xilinx is getting big on intelligence and adaptive computing and the company just announced that it acquired DeePhi Technology Co., Ltd (DeePhi Tech) company specializes in machine learning, deep compression pruning, and system-level optimization for neural networks. Let’s just sum this up and say that it is good at AI and ML.
Make driving safe again
Computers made it to cars a long time ago. Assisted driving that most people know from Tesla, started with premium brands like Mercedes, BMW and Audi in 2016 and brands like Honda even got it to the masses in 20.000 Euro/USD cars. These cars must have front cameras, and Xilinx is clearly number two there
High bandwidth is the key
There is an interesting story that's very little known about the public cooperation that has happened between AMD and Xilinx about HBM memory.
Essential for Level 4 / 5 self driving
Xilinx is not a name that you associate that much with the automotive industry, but these guys actually play in most of the self driving and other automotive markets.
Adaptive compute acceleration platform
Intel's Gordon Moore came with one of the most prominent rules/"laws" of the semiconductor industry, that the number of transistors on chip would double every 18th month.