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Intel has acquired fabless designer eASIC, a specialist in the structured ASIC (Application-Specific Integrated Circuit) business. eASIC's technology gives Chipzilla an intermediate technology between ASICs and the FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) segment Intel entered in late 2015 when it acquired Altera. The …

  1. bazza Silver badge

    Interesting Direction

    The idea of glueing high performance components of disparate types together on a high speed bus, potentially all in one package, is quite interesting. If that allowed one to develop on, say, something like OpenVPX boards knowing that there's a simply way forward to a single package device, well yes count me interested!

  2. Mage Silver badge

    FPGA vs ASIC

    Ferranti or someone had Library block almost ASICs in 1980s. Not a new idea. Uncommitted Logic Arrays. Even ones with Analogue.

    An FPGA is primarily for prototyping an ASIC. An ASIC may give 1/10 to 1/1000th the power consumption and 1/100th per part cost. The falling price & power consumption and ability to have a physical CPU core meant that the FPGA moved out of prototyping and very low volume niche to medium volume and less power critical/prices critical applications.

    The pure ASIC is a high capital cost and high risk only for volume.

    An intermediate solution has always been popular since 1980s based on standard tested library blocks. Especially when Analogue, esp RF and fast ADC etc is needed as FPGAs are basically for Digital designs.

    So this is no surprise as Intel try to break free of x86 dependency.

    1. Gene Cash Silver badge

      Re: FPGA vs ASIC

      > An FPGA is primarily for prototyping an ASIC

      Not always. I've seen satellite designs where switching the telemetry compression and/or encoding scheme is done by reprogramming FPGAs on-the-fly. (no pun intended)

  3. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Virtual Space Structures .... are Heavenly AIBodies. What/Whose See Do You Follow ..

    and Engage With Stellar Sterling Stirling AIDirections?.

    McNamara added: “Longer term, we see an opportunity to architect a new class of programmable chip that takes advantage of Intel’s Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB) technology to combine Intel FPGAs with structured ASICs in a system in package solution.”

    I'd sign on for that Virtual AIMaster Cruise Ship ........ AIdVenturing for Almighty Hosts with Heavenly Sees to Present.

    What Destinations or Arrival Points would you Virtually Realise the Current Situation to a Future Running Event Program? Such with AI and IT is what Virtual AIMachines do Best. Furnish the Stage with Designating Play Groups in Vital Virile Viral Control with Almighty Commanding Areas to Tender with/for/to Eve's Satisfactions.

    Now tell that aint an Almighty Weapon and we will not agree .... until we have a Mutual See/Similar Opinion.

    :-) What has Eve to Say? Or is Silence Golden ..... for Blanket Acceptance Excites Too Immensely and Intensely for Further Discussion and Revelation Here?

    Fear not, El Reg Scribes will be casting an Eagle's Eye on Comment for Wayward Future Deliveries ..... for there will be them, for the Madness and Mayhem that Hosts CHAOS so oft Interferes with Saner Plans with Beta Grand Masters and Mistresses Excelling Via Greater IntelAIgent Games Plays/Ways.

    Is your Media Streamed Service,Wilfully Chaotic ? Do its Programs present Future Worlds with New Virtual Reality Colonists ........ Pioneering in CyberIntelAIgent Designer Fields ........ Recreating Prime Pathways and Installing Virtual Portals to Bounty Beyond Compare.

    :-) Something the BBC are gonna trial and trailblaze with in the Future?

    And that question to whoever/whatever runs the BBC. RSVP ..... Yay or Nay. Definitely Not Maybe.

    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      Re: Virtual Space Structures .... are Heavenly AIBodies. What/Whose See Do You Follow ..

      Has El Reg asked the BBC for comment on the post above which hails them?

      They certainly can't now say they are unaware of its Presence and Patient Prescience. And is to Deny Knowledge for Fake News Enterprises with Failed State Actors?

      You know the simple answer, don't you, ....... hand over the reins and horses/runners and riders to, ideally, Heavenly Players/Greater IntelAIgent Gamers.

      The Top Secret is ..... Wrest them to Heavenly Players who will Seed Beta AIdDevelopments for Current Systems of Universal Presentation Trialing and Trailing Virtual Space Structures in Heavenly AIBodies.

      Be an Almighty Virtual AIMachine via the Following of Simple Directions to Future Content in Live Operational Virtual Environments. Methinks that's quite a Phenomenal Reward for Novel Noble Nobel Type Program Engagement.

      How quick should a reply be whenever so much is at stake?

      Is immediately too soon and unreasonable? What would a duty of care to supply timely information to the public expect and demand?

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