Recently beenIntel(IntelAcquisitionFPGABig factoryAlteraIn the latest flagship product stratiIn x 10, Intel has been officially adopted as the title. It is commented that Intel has shown its unshakable determination in FPGA layout. Once the company can use FPGA technology in the Internet of things,（IoT）And other markets to lay the foundation for its growth. According to eejournal, Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich at the 2016 Developer Forum (inteL Developer Forum) said that the company’s big move to enter the FPGA market was driven by him. He is not only confident in FPGA, but also will continue to drive at Intel.
The review said that Intel was really interested in FPGA, otherwise it would not buy Altera. However, people familiar with FPGA industry are still worried about whether Intel has the ability to fully grasp and adapt to the characteristics of FPGA market, that is, its service and software are more important than chips, its waiting time for revenue is longer and its product life cycle is longer than Intel’s existing products, because understanding the market characteristics is critical to the success or failure of its FPGA business.
In response, Krzanich presented his views on services at the conference. He pointed out that Altera’s sales and support will remain independent and Intel resources will be available. Whether Intel is willing to produce competitorsARMOn the core chip issue, he said that all products with ARM core will continue to be produced. At present, the company has no plan to eliminate arm and switch to Intel Architecture (IA).
The review pointed out that it is an indisputable fact that Stratix 10 came out too slowly. Even though Krzanich said that “Intel Stratix 10” plans to ship before the end of 2016, after all the dust is settled, Altera’s competitorsXilinsi(Xilinx) may have launched ultrascale + 16nm FinFET products a year before Intel and Altera launched 14 nanometer trigate Stratix 10 components. I’m afraid it’s not good news for Intel.
However, as Intel’s revenue is not only dependent on FPGA development strategy, once the potential of Stratix 10 FPGA and SOC can be realized, Intel will have more rivers and mountains to easily take, such as the market that does not rely on extremely advanced processes. Moreover, the extremely advanced manufacturing process does not drive the market technology of programmable logic in the next few years. At present, the components mostly adopt the earlier and more economical manufacturing process, but the FinFET FPGA is rare.
The review also believes that it is justifiable that Stratix 10 was not launched as scheduled. First of all, intel was not a market follower in process technology in the past, and its internal related work has been tightened up for a long time, but its internal mentality hopes to put all its efforts in the next process. At present, Intel has launched 10 and 7 nano projects and is fully mobilized.
In addition, the review said that after Krzanich’s conversation, there are still doubts about whether Intel can grasp the importance of software such as design tools sufficiently. Because to make FPGA stand out in the original niche market, it is necessary to make it easier for the industry to adopt FPGA, but it also represents a huge investment in software tools and IP. Altera’s design tools for FPGA designersQuartusPrime is quite outstanding, but how to connect it with an industry that is not familiar with FPGA still needs to be strengthened.
Intel programmable solutions business group (programDan McNamara, general manager of mable solutions group, also said that with the expansion of IOT, it is expected to remove the gap between the past digital virtual and the real world, and FPGA will also play the role of a bridge between the two. It is pointed out that the Internet world formed by IOT can make the hidden sensors or real life brakes directly communicate with each other, and the past information can only be exchanged and moved between PC or smart phone, keyboard, mouse and screen interface.
But to realize the Internet connected IOT world, we must rely on the rapid development of communication and network, storage and operation, and FPGA has played its advantages in the above market. Therefore, Intel’s abacus is that once the success of their respective markets, it will inevitably make other markets rain and dew equally, thus forming a model with FPGA technology as the core to drive growth. McNamara also recently demonstrated the prototype of Stratix 10, which uses embedded multi die interconnect bridge; eMIB) packaging technology connects SerDes with FPGA grains.
According to the review, this technology is expected to represent the future development of the custom chip industry. For example, Intel and other companies integrate processors, FPGA, IO, memory and other different technologies into a single custom package based on application to improve performance, power and integrate into the customer’s system design.
However, in the future, the main battlefield is still on the design tools, especially the tools that can be designed at a higher level of abstraction than the traditional register transfer level (RTL). The ultimate goal is to compile the traditional software to maximize the settings and execute it on the traditional processors with FPGA based accelerators, connections suitable for applications and memory, so as to make great progress in system efficiency and power. Exhibition. If Intel and Altera work together to prove their success, they are bound to reap quite fruitful results in the relevant broad application market.
(editor in charge: fqj)