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  • My Path to Achronix Applications Engineering April 26, 2018 by Katie Purcell

    Growing up in Virginia, I never thought I would become an engineer. Not that I didn’t want to be an engineer — the thought just never crossed my mind. As a kid, I spent most of my free time pursuing various arts. I loved music, learning to play the flute, piccolo, and later the electric bass, on top of spending many years studying classical ballet. And it may not be considered art, but I also loved baking; the process of perfecting old recipes and the creativity of coming up with new ones. The common thread with all of these creative endeavors is how important it …

    Speedcore eFPGAs as a Risk Mitigator April 18, 2018 by Alok Sanghavi

    System architects and program managers worry about how to mitigate risk when developing an SoC. Risk can present itself in many forms, but it is most commonly the result of ill-defined and changing standards as well as the need to future-proof designs. Relegating at-risk portions of the design to programmable logic is the traditional approach taken by system architects. However, a standalone FPGA cannot always deliver the needed performance or meet system power and cost goals. Enter the embedded FPGA (eFPGA), the SoC designer’s secret weapon to meet design goals while mitigating risk. Compared to using a standalone FPGA, adding an eFPGA to an SoC …

    Moving Machine Learning off the Cloud Calls for eFPGAs April 10, 2018 by Alok Sanghavi

    Artificial intelligence is reshaping the world we live in and opening opportunities in commercial and industrial systems applications that range from autonomous driving and medical diagnostics to home appliances, industrial automation, adaptive websites and financial analytics. Next up is the communications infrastructure that links systems together, moving toward automated self-repair and optimization. For example, the U.S. Navy plans to expand its Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) ocean combat network with AI, connecting ships, submarines and on-shore naval stations. These new architectures will perform functions such as load balancing and allocating resources for wireless channels and network ports based on predictions learned from experience. …

    Speedcore eFPGA Enable Increased Security in Networks Solution on the Edge March 5, 2018 by Alok Sanghavi

    Next-generation networking solutions are pushing processing out of the cloud and towards the network’s edge. At the same time, processing structures architected around programmable logic provide the ability to make computing much more data-centric. Programmable logic makes it possible to construct data pipelines versus traditional processors demand for data to be fed to their pipelines through a complex hierarchy of memory caches. With a compute solution constructed using programmable logic, data can flow seamlessly from node to node, with a combination of custom logic circuits and DSP engines manipulating the data elements as they pass through. Each element is processed and then forwarded to the …

    Next-Generation AI Hardware needs to be Flexible and Programmable January 19, 2018 by Steve Mensor

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is reshaping the way the world works, opening up countless opportunities in commercial and industrial systems. Applications span diverse markets such as autonomous driving, medical diagnostics, home appliances, industrial automation, adaptive websites and financial analytics. Even the communications infrastructure linking these systems together is moving towards automated self-repair and optimization. These new architectures will perform functions such as load balancing and allocating resources such as wireless channels and network ports based on predictions learned from experience. These applications demand high performance and, in many cases, low latency to respond successfully to real-time changes in conditions and demands. They also require power consumption …