Cadence Dives Deeper at Linley Fall Processor Conference

Cadence Dives Deeper at Linley Fall Processor Conference
by Randy Smith on 11-05-2019 at 10:00 am

I wrote about Cadence AI IP not long ago when I covered the Cadence Automotive Summit at the end of July (Tensilica DNA 100 Brings the AI Inference Solution for Level 2 ADAS ECUs and Level 4 Autonomous Driving, Tensilica HiFi DSPs for What I Want to Hear, and What I Don’t Want to Hear). One of those two blogs remains one of my most widely … Read More


Achronix Announces New Accelerator Card at Linley Fall Processor Conference – VectorPath

Achronix Announces New Accelerator Card at Linley Fall Processor Conference – VectorPath
by Randy Smith on 11-04-2019 at 10:00 am

This blog is my second blog from this year’s Linley Fall Processor Conference. The first two blogs focused on edge inference solutions. Achronix’s discussion was much broader than just AI/ML; it was about where FPGA’s have been going and culminated with a product announcement preview. I’ll get to the announcement in a moment, … Read More


Efficiency – Flex Logix’s Update on InferX™ X1 Edge Inference Co-Processor

Efficiency – Flex Logix’s Update on InferX™ X1 Edge Inference Co-Processor
by Randy Smith on 10-30-2019 at 10:00 am

Last week I attended the Linley Fall Processor Conference held in Santa Clara, CA. This blog is the first of three blogs I will be writing based on things I saw and heard at the event.

In April, Flex Logix announced its InferX X1 edge inference co-processor. At that time, Flex Logix announced that the IP would be available and that a chip,… Read More


Synopsys’ New Die-to-Die PHY IP – What It Means

Synopsys’ New Die-to-Die PHY IP – What It Means
by Randy Smith on 10-29-2019 at 10:00 am

This morning, Synopsys announced its new Die-to-Die PHY IP. This announcement is critically important as it addresses two major market drivers – the growing need for faster connectivity in the datacenter and similar markets, and a path to better exploit the latest processes by dealing with yield issues for larger dies in a different… Read More


Cadence Shows off 5LPE Hercules Implementation

Cadence Shows off 5LPE Hercules Implementation
by Randy Smith on 10-28-2019 at 10:00 am

In a joint presentation given by Samsung, Arm, and Cadence at the Arm TechCon event on October 9, 2019, Cadence showed some results and explained its collaboration project used to implement the new Arm Hercules CPU on Samsung’s advanced 5LPE process. I do not want to minimize the significance of Samsung’s and Arm’s participation… Read More


GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Arm Showcase Broad Range of Partnership

GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Arm Showcase Broad Range of Partnership
by Randy Smith on 10-21-2019 at 10:00 am

I previously blogged on the GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF) Technology Conference (GTC) held in Santa Clara, CA. The main takeaway that I shared in that blog was that GF’s announced “pivot” to a specialty foundry announced over a year ago, including its decision not to pursue 7nm and smaller nodes, appears to be working and GF is gaining momentum.… Read More


eSilicon White Paper on Chiplets – Good Read

eSilicon White Paper on Chiplets – Good Read
by Randy Smith on 10-17-2019 at 10:00 am

eSilicon recently released a paper detailing its experiences and its thoughts on the future of chiplets. The author of the white paper is Dr. Carlos Macián. I have also covered a presentation given by Carlos recently at the AI Hardware Summit, and he is well-spoken and quite knowledgeable. To get the white paper, go to the eSiliconRead More


Cadence and Green Hills Share More Security Thoughts at ARM Techcon

Cadence and Green Hills Share More Security Thoughts at ARM Techcon
by Randy Smith on 10-15-2019 at 10:00 am

On Wednesday, October 9, 2019, I had the pleasure of spending the day at ARM Techcon at the San Jose Convention Center. In the morning, in addition to getting some sneak peeks into the exhibitor area, I attended some of the morning keynote presentations, which focused on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) topics.… Read More


The GF Pivot, Specialization Defined

The GF Pivot, Specialization Defined
by Randy Smith on 10-04-2019 at 6:00 am

On August 27, 2018, GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF) announced that they were no longer going to compete in the race to the next smaller semiconductor node, at that time, the 7nm node. While surprising to some, on further analysis this move made sense. TSMC had announced its plan to invest around $25B in the 5nm technology node. GF revenue is … Read More


AI Hardware Summit, Report #3: Enabling On-Device Intelligence

AI Hardware Summit, Report #3: Enabling On-Device Intelligence
by Randy Smith on 10-03-2019 at 6:00 am

This is the third and final blog I have written about the recent AI Hardware Summit held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. Day 1 of the conference was more about solutions in the data center, whereas Day 2 was primarily around solutions at the Edge. This presentation from Day 2 was given by Dr. Thomas Anderson, Head,… Read More