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I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again – the best industry conference I go to every year is Hot Chips. The event has grown over the years, to around 1700 people in 2019 if I remember correctly, but it involves two days of presentations about the latest hardware that has hit the market. This includes new and upcoming parts that change the industry we work in, including deep dives into some of the most important silicon at play in the market today. There are also extensive keynote presentations from the most prominent members of the industry that give insights into how these people (and the companies) work, but also where the future is going. This week the lid was lifted on...

Arm Announces Ethos-N78 NPU: Bigger And More Efficient

Yesterday Arm released the new Cortex-A78, Cortex-X1 CPUs and the new Mali-G78 GPU. Alongside the new “key” IPs from the company, we also saw the reveal of the newest...

34 by Andrei Frumusanu on 5/27/2020

NVIDIA Acquires SwiftStack, an Object Storage Company

NVIDIA and SwiftStack have signed an agreement under which the former will aqcuire the latter. SwiftStack develops object storage software that is used for AI, HPC, and accelerated computing...

5 by Anton Shilov on 3/10/2020

Intel Whittles Down AI Portfolio, Folds Nervana in Favor of Habana

Over the past several years, Intel has built up a significant portfolio of AI acceleration technologies. This includes everything from in-house developments like Intel’s DL Boost instructions and upcoming...

40 by Ryan Smith on 2/3/2020

D-Link Adds AI-enabled IP Cameras to mydlink Smart Home Lineup

D-Link's mydlink Smart Home lineup has consistently seen new products being introduced since the branding was launched in 2014. As machine learning and AI become more widespread, many edge...

9 by Ganesh T S on 1/7/2020

Samsung Kicks Off Mass Production of AI Chip for Baidu: 260 TOPS at 150 W

Samsung Foundry and Baidu this week said that the companies were about to start mass production of an AI accelerator chip early in 2020. Baidu’s Kunlun chip is to...

9 by Anton Shilov on 12/18/2019

Preferred Networks: A 500 W Custom PCIe Card using 3000 mm2 Silicon

Pushing the physical limits of hardware is always a fun story, but I was positively blown away when I saw this poster at Supercomputing. Preferred Networks, seemingly a spin-out...

17 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 12/6/2019

Supermicro Shows Off Intel Nervana NNP-T Servers: 8-Way PCIe and OAM

One of the key elements to deep learning and training is lots of very dense compute, as well as the dense servers to go through the computation. Intel’s Nervana...

15 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 12/4/2019

ASUS & Google Team Up for ‘Tinker Board’ AI-Focused Credit-Card Sized Computers

ASUS and Google have joined forces to develop a new project that the companies are calling ‘Tinker Board’ single board computers (SBCs). With a footprint not much larger than...

37 by Anton Shilov on 11/12/2019

New Uses for Smartphone AI: A Short Commentary on Recording History and Privacy

This opinion piece is reactionary to recent announcements. Having just attended the Huawei keynote here at the IFA trade show, there were a couple of new features enabled through AI...

25 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 9/6/2019

Hot Chips 31 Live Blogs: Xilinx Versal AI Engine

Xilinx, the manufacturer of FPGAs, announced its new Versal AI engine last year as a way of moving FPGAs into the AI domain. This talk is set to expand...

8 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/20/2019

Honor Set to Enter TV Market with New Honghu 8K CPU

Not being shy to take some gambles, this one appears to be its biggest yet: Honor is going to be developing both TVs and display scalers for the consumer...

13 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 7/30/2019

Intel's Xeon Cascade Lake vs. NVIDIA Turing: An Analysis in AI

It seems like the new motto for Silicon Valley for the last few years has been “Data is the new oil,” and for good reason. The number of companies...

56 by Johan De Gelas on 7/29/2019

Intel Acquires Omnitek: FPGA Video Acceleration and Inferencing

One of the characteristics of Intel is its investment into new IP. This usually takes several forms, such as internal R&D, investing in other companies through Intel Capital, or...

10 by Ian Cutress on 4/16/2019

AI On The Edge: New Flex Logix X1 Inference AI Chip For Fanless Designs

A large number of inference demonstrations published by the big chip manufacturers revolve around processing large batch sizes of images on trained networks. In reality, when video is being...

4 by Ian Cutress on 4/10/2019

The AI Race Expands: Qualcomm Reveals “Cloud AI 100” Family of Datacenter AI Inference Accelerators for 2020

This morning at their first AI Day, the 800lb gorilla of the mobile world, Qualcomm announced that they are getting into the AI accelerator market, and in an aggressive...

26 by Ryan Smith on 4/9/2019

BlackBerry Acquires Cylance, Gets AI & ML Security Technology

BlackBerry Limited has announced that it had completed acquisition of Cylance, a company developing machine learning and artificial intelligence-based security technology. The move adds valuable IP and technologies to...

9 by Anton Shilov on 2/25/2019

Scaling Inference with NVIDIA’s T4: A Supermicro Solution with 320 PCIe Lanes

When visiting the Supercomputing conference this year, there were plenty of big GPU systems on display for machine learning. A large number were geared towards the heavy duty cards...

12 by Ian Cutress on 11/19/2018

Huawei’s GPU Turbo: Valid Technology with Overzealous Marketing

One of the biggest announcements from Huawei this year is that of its new GPU Turbo technology. The claims that it could provide more performance at less power, without...

64 by Ian Cutress & Andrei Frumusanu on 9/4/2018

IFA 2018: Honor Play Launch, a Live Blog

After some meetings this morning, the next event on our list is the western launch of the Honor Play: a Kirin 970 smartphone that focuses on AI. Honor is...

2 by Ian Cutress on 8/30/2018

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