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Intel gets serious about FPGA integration

Intel gets serious about FPGA integration

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By eeNews Europe



Altera and Intel have been long standing partners, with Intel providing its state-of-the art technology nodes for Altera to develop high capacity FPGAs. More recently, Intel has been incorporating some FPGA fabric into its chips, first as multi-dies in a package (like its Atom E6x5C processor), then promising to embed the FPGA fabric into its dies, as the company announced last year within its Xeon CPUs.

This close cooperation was certainly rich in cross-licensing deals but maybe Intel wants to make its x86 server offering more competitive on the computational side by expanding its portfolio to cover the whole spectrum from CPUs to full-fledged FPGAs with various mixes in between.

The deal price is unchanged from Intel’s unsolicited offer that sources had said Altera rejected in April. Intel’s deal for Altera is its biggest since it bought security software maker McAfee in 2011 for USD7.7 billion and takes the company past the declining PC chip business.

Personal computer shipments fell 5.2 percent in the first three months of this year, extending three years of decline, according to research firm Gartner.

Net revenue from Intel’s PC group increased just 4 percent in 2014, generating about 62 percent of total revenue, while revenue in its data center group increased 18 percent, providing just over a quarter of overall revenue.

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