Webinar: Challenges in creating large High Performance Compute SoCs in advanced geometries

Webinar: Challenges in creating large High Performance Compute SoCs in advanced geometries
by Daniel Nenni on 05-17-2021 at 6:00 am

Sondrel Webinar 1

When we think about Compute and AI SoCs, we often focus on the huge numbers of calculations being carried out every second, and the ingenious IPs that are able to reach such high levels of performance. However, there also exists a significant challenge in keeping the vast quantities of data flowing around the chip which is solved … Read More


Achronix Talks about FPGAs for Video Processing

Achronix Talks about FPGAs for Video Processing
by Tom Simon on 12-15-2020 at 10:00 am

Need for Video Editing

The internet keeps adding users and connected devices. According to the numbers in a white paper from Achronix, by 2022 there will be 4.8 billion internet users and 28.5 billion connected devices. Internet traffic will reach 275 exabytes per month. Of this a staggering 83 percent will be video traffic. Moving the data from creators… Read More


Interconnect Basics: Wires to Crossbar to NoC

Interconnect Basics: Wires to Crossbar to NoC
by Bernard Murphy on 08-18-2020 at 6:00 am

rats nest min

To many of us, if we ever think about interconnect on an SoC, we may think delay, power consumption, congestion, that sort of thing. All important points from an implementation point of view, but what about the functional and system implications? In the early days, interconnect was very democratic, all wires more or less equal, … Read More


Webinar – FPGA Native Block Floating Point for Optimizing AI/ML Workloads

Webinar – FPGA Native Block Floating Point for Optimizing AI/ML Workloads
by Tom Simon on 02-25-2020 at 10:00 am

block float example

Block floating point (BFP) has been around for a while but is just now starting to be seen as a very useful technique for performing machine learning operations. It’s worth pointing out up front that bfloat is not the same thing. BFP combines the efficiency of fixed point operations and also offers the dynamic range of full floating… Read More


Network on Chip Brings Big Benefits to FPGAs

Network on Chip Brings Big Benefits to FPGAs
by Tom Simon on 12-19-2019 at 10:00 am

NAPs provide connection to high speed NoC

The conventional thinking about programmable solutions such as FPGAs is that you have to be willing to make a lot of trade-offs for their flexibility. This has certainly been the case in many instances. Even just getting data across the chip can eat up valuable routing resources and add a lot of overhead. These problems are exacerbated… Read More


Free webinar – Accelerating data processing with FPGA fabrics and NoCs

Free webinar – Accelerating data processing with FPGA fabrics and NoCs
by Tom Simon on 10-14-2019 at 10:00 am

FPGAs have always been a great way to add performance to a system. They are capable of parallel processing and have the added bonus of reprogramability. Achronix has helped boost their utility by offering on-chip embedded FPGA fabric for integration into SoCs. This has had the effect of boosting data rates through these systems… Read More


An evolution in FPGAs

An evolution in FPGAs
by Tom Simon on 05-24-2019 at 5:00 am

Why does it seem like current FPGA devices work very much like the original telephone systems with exchanges where workers connected calls using cords and plugs? Achronix thinks it is now time to jettison Switch Blocks and adopt a new approach. Their motivation is to improve the suitability of FPGAs to machine learning applications,… Read More


Leveraging AI to help build AI SOCs

Leveraging AI to help build AI SOCs
by Tom Simon on 06-25-2018 at 12:00 pm

When I first started working in the semiconductor industry back in 1982, I realized that there was a race going on between the complexity of the system being designed and the capabilities of the technology in the tools and systems used to design them. The technology used to design the next generation of hardware was always lagging… Read More


Artificial Intelligence calls for Smart Interconnect

Artificial Intelligence calls for Smart Interconnect
by Tom Simon on 04-18-2018 at 7:00 am

Artificial Intelligence based systems are driving a metamorphosis in computing, and consequently precipitating a large shift in SOC design. AI training is often done in the cloud and has requirements for handling huge amounts of data with forward and backward data connections. Inference usually occurs at the edge and must be… Read More


AI Based Software Designing AI Based Hardware – Autonomous Automotive SoC Platform

AI Based Software Designing AI Based Hardware – Autonomous Automotive SoC Platform
by Mitch Heins on 10-10-2017 at 12:00 pm


For those of you who missed the NetSpeed Systems, Imagination Technologies webinar, “Alexa, can you help me build a better SoC”, you’ll be happy to hear that the session was recorded and can still be viewed (see link at the bottom of this page). I’ll warn you now however, that this was a high-bandwidth session packed with information,… Read More