Intel and Nvidia look to the Future

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Intel is predicted to release a faster and more power-efficient Xeon Phi in 2018. The Xeon Phi is a supercomputing chip used in many supercomputers. The next Xeon Phi will have up to 72 cores.The chip will be used in applications that require fast speeds and formidable data crunching abilities. This includes supercomputing applications, machine learning, telecommunications, and the Internet of Things.

In 2015, Intel made the widely-anticipated move to purchase Altera. With the use of Altera’s main product line, FPGA, Intel can now enter several growing markets. The target markets include data-intensive networking centers like Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Networking centers have already begun to rely on FPGA for certain tasks. Microsoft uses FPGA to power its Bing search engine and Baidu uses FPGA to power its image results.

Intel’s chips will be competing against several other players in the chip market. Nvidia’s GPUs are used in a number of applications. Gaming computers are one of Nvidia’s biggest markets and are already being used with Facebook’s Oculus Rift. But Nvidia is also expanding into other markets like hyperscale computing, molecular modeling, drug discovery and cancer research.

Nvidia’s GPUs are also being used at major data centers. Some of their biggest customers include Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Baidu and Alibaba.

But the biggest market is for automotive semiconductors. Google, Apple, Tesla (Nvidia’s partner), and Ford are all working on their own version of an autonomous car. Nvidia’s autonomous driving platform has been coined as ‘Drive PX2’ and it has been designed to adapt to human driving, human errors as well as obey traffic laws. The ‘Drive PX2’ is made up of a GPU, CPU, and two bleeding-edge CPUs. Nvidia also faces some competition from Xilinx’s FPGA. Compared to a GPU, an FPGA is preferable since it can be reprogrammed. While it doesn’t have the computing power of a GPU, newer, cutting-edge FPGA can certainly match the crunching power of a GPU.

Luxe Electronics is an electronic component distributor based in Amesbury, MA. The company deals with a number of product lines, including FPGA. Altera, Xilinx, Microsemi and Lattice Semiconductor.

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