Alibaba, Intel introduce FPGA to the Cloud


Last year, Amazon AWS partnered with Xilinx to bring high-end FPGA to the cloud. For developers, it meant a significant reduction is computing costs. Instead of purchasing expensive server equipment, companies can turn to the cloud to rent server space and time.

Amazon used the Xilinx Ultrascale+ chip to power its FPGA-based services.

This year, a new partnership is already in the works. Alibaba Cloud (Aliyun) is teaming up with Intel to provide its users with a cloud-based option that can compete with Amazon AWS. Alibaba will use Intel Arria 10 FPGAs and a Xeon processor-based software to offer their customers an FPGA-based acceleration service.

The key benefit of using an FPGA is that they are customizable and can be easily reprogrammed, providing customers with a flexible environment to carry out different workloads, including machine learning, data encryption and media transcode.

Besides, there are advantages that come with a cloud-based option.

Cloud-based options offer:

  • Durable storage services
  • Low latency development services
  • A suite of application tools
  • Low operational cost

By shifting FPGAs to the cloud, major FPGA-makers will be changing the market. For companies that rely on computing services, it may be more efficient to go with the cloud-based option instead of building an on-site custom computing environment.

It means that high-end FPGA will be tailored to meet the needs of a few, specifically larger companies.

Luxe Electronics is an Amesbury, MA based independent distributor of electronic components. The company works with many lines but specializes in FPGA. We work with Intel, Xilinx, and Lattice Semiconductor. We are always on the lookout for new FPGA opportunities. Visit our website to learn more.

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