Category: FPGA

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Intel to make ARM Processors, firstly 64bit 14nm ARM Cortex-A53 ARMv8 for Altera

Posted by Charbax – October 31, 2013

Nathan Brookwood is an Analyst and Research Fellow at Insight 64, he is the source for the Forbes article The new Intel CEO has changed Intel's policy, now deciding that it's actually OK to manufacture ARM Processors in their Fab. Possibly now Intel is also going to make ARM Processors for Apple, Qualcomm, Nvidia, AMD or someone else, possibly also even for themselves, possibly releasing a whole range of Intel ARM Processors to launch if Intel cares to have some reach into Smartphones, Tablets, ARM Laptops, Smart TVs, ARM Desktops, ARM Servers, I think Intel doesn't need to not contribute to each of those ARM categories themselves too and by fabricating for Chip Makers, it depends what the new Intel CEO finds to be the thing to do for them.

Forbes: Intel to make ARM 64bit Processors in their Fab!

Posted by Charbax – October 30, 2013

You can read the news right here.

Intel confirms that they are ready to manufacture ARM Processors in their Fab. I've been suggesting this for years, now it seems to be true!

At the ARM developers’ conference today, Intel partner Altera announced that the world’s largest semiconductor company will fabricate its ARM’s 64-bit chips starting next year.

Of course!

Intel is to provide what the market wants, if people want ARM Processors, why should Intel not fabricate them in their Fabs?

Altera Corporation today announced that its Stratix 10 SoC devices, manufactured on Intel’s 14 nm Tri-Gate process, will incorporate a high-performance, quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex™-A53 processor system, complementing the device’s floating-point digital signal processing (DSP) blocks and high-performance FPGA fabric.

Press release: http://newsroom.altera.com/press-releases/nr-altera-arm-a53.htm

Why wouldn't Intel try to compete with Samsung, TSMC, Global Foundries to make the ARM Processor designs that the market wants!

Altera and Intel are pleased with the early results of the relationship between the companies and this announcement from Altera is consistent with the agreement we announced earlier this year. We have said that we will be open to manufacturing competitive architectures and would evaluate them on a case by case basis,

said Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy.

Also, I believe Intel is probably working on their own ARM Processors designs, why not ARM Intel for Laptops, for Tablets, for Smartphones, for Smart TVs, for the Internet of Things. I believe that Intel's new CEO was put into place to lead this new strategy at Intel, to make the processors that the market demands for.

Who knows, maybe Intel is able to make some of the best ARM Processors on the market, who knows, maybe Apple wants to make their next ARMv8 64bit Processor in an Intel Fab! Maybe Nvidia, Qualcomm would be happy to have some of their next ARM designs manufactured in Intel's Fab!

Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeanbaptiste/2013/10/29/exclusive-intel-opens-fabs-to-arm-chips/

World’s first 8K Camera by Astro Japan

Posted by juliusaugustus – October 3, 2013

Unfortunately it costs $300'000. But it sure looks awesome. 8K 60p video recording is only possible with this camera on this planet. Just about Japanese NHK may also have some 8K camera of some kind but they also use Astro's technology in that. Astro is a Tokyo based advanced video device engineering company. They make the new reference designs that all other TV and Camera companies used to benchmark and test commercial products that are being launched with 4K and 8K support. Astro was also one of the first manufacturers of 4k monitors and 4k cameras. When 8k displays become avaialable Astro will release an 8k monitor. Astro does not make components. Astro uses field-programmable gate array (FPGA) rather than mass produced processors, that is to get the fastest time to market while companies then optimize processes on processors that get used in cheaper mass market products that get sold worldwide.

Brief explanation by Astro of each product featured in the second part of this video:

VG-876 Video Signal Generator
This is our latest model.
This is to test TV, Projector or panel by displaying various test patterns. It supports 4K and 8K resolutions.
User can select interface among HDMI, DisplayPort, SDI or V-by-one HS.
Your own 4K natural pictures can also be used as test pattern.

DM-3432 4K monitor
32" monitor of 3840x2160 resolution.
Input interface is SDI, HDMI or Displayport.

Uncompressed 4K video playing system
Our product is PCI Express card in the PC to output
4K uncompressed video.
It has 4 channels of 3G-SDI.
By using SD-7070 Interface converter, this 4ch of 3G-SDI
is converted to DisplayPort. This converter can also convert to HDMI.
Not only interface conversion, it can convert frame rate
(e.g. 30p to 60p), and video format (e.g. YCbCr to RGB).

VG-873 Video Signal Generator
This is the existing model of video signal generator, to output
up to 4K format signal.
Interface is selected among analog, HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, LVDS or V-by-One HS.

VA-1838 HDMI Protocol Analyzer
Input signal from HDMI source machines (e.g. BluRay player, Set Top Box), this machine can analyze its protocol, video timing, HDCP status,
and monitor CEC command communication status.

VA-1836 MHL Protocol Analyzer
MHL is a digital video standard for mobile interfaces.
This machine also analyze its protocol, video timing, HDCP status, VBUS
status of input signal. It also monitors CBUS command communication
status.

VA-1839 GVIF Protocol Analyzer
GVIF is a digital video standard that is mostly used in car navigation system.
This machine can analyze its protocol, video timing and HDCP status of
input signal.

VA-1835 DisplayPort Protocol Analyzer
DisplayPort is a digital video standard that is mostly used by notebook PC or PC monitor.
This machine can analyze its protocol, video timing and HDCP status
of input signal.
It also monitors AUX line to see its communications.

About the manufacturer of SEIKI 4K TV shown at the end of this video is Tong Fang.

AppliedMicro X-Gene ARMv8 64-bit Server-on-chip shown on FPGA

Posted by Charbax – November 9, 2011

At ARM TechCon 2011 last week, Applied Micro was able to show their ARMv8 platform design already running on an FPGA, to be sent out to their partners in January so they can start working on the software for when they can have working silicon of their ARMv8 64-bit Server-on-chip platform, they say as early as in the 2nd half of 2012 already. Here is the full keynote presentation featuring Paramesh Gopi, president and CEO of Applied Micro, Lance Howarth, EVP Marketing at ARM, Dr. Christos Kozyrakis of Stanford University, Andrew Feldman, Founder and CEO of SeaMicro and Vinay Ravuri, Vice President of AppliedMicro's Embedded and Processing Business Unit, presenting the worlds first ARMv8 64-bit processor demo running on an FPGA. I recommend that you watch the full webcast with slides on Applied Micro's own website (enter a name and email to start watching in full screen with the synchronized slides), and here is the YouTube version without the slides as published by youtube.com/cnxlinux:

One can thus possibly understand from this that the ARM Powered Servers are going to be upgraded twice in the next year. Powered by Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 now such as the HP Moonshot project powered by Calxeda EnergyCore, likely upgraded to ARM Cortex-A15 solutions (up to 8 cores) as soon as those are ready (2H 2012) and then again upgraded to ARMv8 64-bit running at up to 3Ghz which is what Applied Micro is saying that they can deliver early silicon of in just about a year from now. Thus ARM Powered Servers are going to run at up to full performance levels, not only being suitable for lower power consumption and lower price but also aiming to deliver the full maximum performance that some people building servers say they need.

Microsemi Smart Fusion Custumizable SoC

Posted by Charbax – October 27, 2011

Rajiv Nema, product line manager, describes how Microsemi's Smart Fusion works, to combined the ARM Cortex-M3 with FPGA to provide for customizable system on chip.

PLDA PCI Express and USB3 for ASIC and FPGA

Posted by Charbax – October 26, 2011

They can provide the IP to integrate PCI Express type 3 and USB3 on ARM Powered devices, for example and ARM Powered Laptop or Tablet.

Xilinx Zynq 7000 series Cortex-A9 in FPGA at Embedded World 2011

Posted by Charbax – March 4, 2011

Xilinx is the market leader in FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Arrays), at Embedded World 2011, they are showing their new implementation consisting of putting a Dual-core Cortex-A9 system, memory controller, and nand controller is put inside of the FPGA system. The Zynq 7010, with a dual-core Cortex-A9 running at 800MHz and 30,000 programmable logic cells, will sell for less than $15 in volume. This solution can be imagined to be found in automative applications such as driver assist applications, medical applications and industrial control applications.