Intel | September 20, 2023
Intel is turning software into a new revenue-generating business division, based primarily on the AI obsession.
Intel is the first to bring a true AI accelerator to a PC with Meteor Lake.
Intel Xeon processors of the fifth generation will also debut on December 14.
Next year, the Sierra Forest E-core processor will be available with 288 cores.
Intel has revealed plans to launch an AI PC, set to be released on December 14, featuring Intel Core Ultra processors with a Neural Processing Unit (NPU). The new processors, codenamed Meteor Lake, will include Intel's NPU for AI acceleration and local inference on the PC, representing an inflection point in client processing. The move is part of Intel's effort to compete with Nvidia and expand its presence in the AI space across various compute needs.
CEO of Intel, Pat Gelsinger, noted ‘AI Everywhere' in a keynote address, surprising some who haven't been paying attention with a December 14 launch date for the AI PC running Intel Core Ultra processors with a comparatively new acronym, NPU, for Neural Processing Unit. In July, he first described the upcoming AI PC era.
The AI PC is expected to launch worldwide, with Acer already planning to unveil a laptop powered by the Core Ultra processor. Intel's AI PC represents a significant development, as it brings a true AI accelerator to a PC. This allows for generative AI tasks to be performed locally, faster, and with higher levels of privacy and security. The AI PC is expected to play a crucial role in supporting AI workloads on local devices, such as PCs, mobile devices, and edge devices.
Analyst at J. Gold Associates, Jack Gold, stated,
The significance of AI on a PC is not to be overlooked, this is a big deal. Intel is the first to bring a true AI accelerator to a PC with Meteor Lake. Microsoft is even adding capabilities in next-gen Windows to access the NPU.
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Local processing power becomes crucial as AI workloads increasingly run on local devices. This shift reduces the need to transfer data to the cloud, improving efficiency and reducing latency. It aims to leverage AI to transform the PC experience, emphasizing the synergy between cloud and PC. This will allow for personal productivity and creativity enhancements. Intel's Core Ultra processors will include Fovoros packaging, combining the NPU, Intel 4 process technology, and graphics capabilities with Intel Arc graphics.
Microchip Technology Inc. | October 09, 2023
Microchip Technology introduced nine new FPGA and SoC solution stacks designed for vertical markets.
These solution stacks enable rapid deployment of intelligent edge solutions without requiring specialized expertise.
Customers have praised PolarFire FPGAs for their small footprint, energy efficiency, and high performance.
Microchip Technology has introduced nine new FPGA and SoC solution stacks, each tailored to meet specific requirements in vertical markets such as industrial edge, smart embedded vision, and edge communications.
Microchip aims to simplify the creation of industrial and communications designs by offering solution stacks that leverage the power efficiency, security, and reliability of PolarFire FPGAs. Companies like Xenics and KAYA Instruments have cited benefits such as small form factor, power efficiency, and energy efficiency in utilizing Microchip's FPGA solution stacks for their products.
In addition to the launch of its industrial edge stack and related tools earlier this year for Open Platform Communications/Unified Architecture (OPC/UA)-based IIoT applications, this increases the total number of PolarFire and SoC solution stacks to ten.
For Smart Embedded Vision:
CoaXpress among others
For Industrial Edge:
For Edge Communications:
Small Form-factor pluggable optical module
Software-defined radios and others
Customers mentioned several factors for choosing Microchip's FPGA solution stacks. Federic Aubrun, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of Xenics, a developer of infrared imaging sensors with products for short-, mid-, and long-wave IR imagers, cores, and cameras, emphasized the significance of size, weight, and power considerations in thermal imaging system design. He stated that Microchip's SmartFusion and PolarFire FPGAs offered the optimal combination of a compact form factor, power efficiency, and processing capabilities while operating within a highly efficient power budget in their current and future product lines.
These solution stacks provide detailed IP, reference designs, development kits, application notes, and demo guides, enabling the deployment of intelligent edge solutions. It stacks cater to the growing demand for quick deployment of intelligent edge solutions without the need for specialized technology knowledge. The solution stacks cover various areas, including H.264 compression, HDMI, serial digital interface, CoaXpress, motor control, OPC/UA, software-defined radios, USXGMII, SFP+ optical modules, and 5G ORAN, providing versatile options for different vertical markets.
Another company, KAYA Instruments, designs industrial-grade imaging equipment, such as small-form-factor, low-power cameras and frame grabbers that deliver high-quality video under ordinary to extreme ambient light conditions.
Michael Yampolsky, Founder and CEO at KAYA, stated,
We use PolarFire FPGAs due to their compact footprint and energy efficiency. Utilizing the most up-to-date CMOS sensor technology, they enable cameras to fit in tight spaces while maintaining high quality, low noise, exceptional dynamic range, and a large feature set. FPGAs on our platform enables us to rapidly bring the most advanced vision technology to market to meet the needs of our customers.
Keysight Technologies | September 22, 2023
Keysight Technologies collaborates with Synopsys to offer IoT device manufacturers a comprehensive cybersecurity assessment solution.
Synopsys' Defensics fuzzing tool will be integrated into the Keysight IoT Security Assessment solution.
The partnership aims to enhance IoT device security as the market experiences rising cybersecurity threats.
Keysight Technologies, a leading company providing design, emulation, and test solutions, and Synopsys are joining forces to provide a robust cybersecurity assessment solution for IoT device manufacturers, ensuring the security of devices before they reach the market. In this collaborative effort, Synopsys' Defensics fuzzing tool will be integrated into the Keysight IoT Security Assessment solution.
Keysight Technologies serves various markets, including communications, industrial automation, aerospace and defense, automotive, semiconductor, and general electronics, by enabling innovation and connectivity. The addition of Synopsys' Defensics to the Keysight IoT Security Assessment solution provides a comprehensive toolset for assessing device security. It combines known vulnerability assessments with a versatile fuzzer capable of analyzing over 300 technology protocols used across diverse industries. This enables rapid testing for unknown vulnerabilities and weaknesses.
The solution detects security flaws while identifying potential exploits arising from weak authentication and encryption, expired certificates, android vulnerabilities, protocol stack flaws, and common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs), including Bluetooth Low Energy attacks like Sweyntooth and Braktooth.
The global IoT device market is witnessing substantial growth and is projected to reach a market value of $413.7 billion by 2031. Whereas, the vulnerabilities of IoT devices make them prime targets for cyberattacks, with 57% of these devices at risk of medium or high-severity attacks, as reported by Palo Alto Networks IoT Threat Report.
Ram Periakaruppan, Vice President and General Manager of Network Test and Security Solutions at Keysight, stressed that securing IoT devices has become increasingly challenging for manufacturers. By partnering with Synopsys and integrating their fuzzing tool, Keysight offers a unified security testing solution that identifies previously unknown protocol stack vulnerabilities while assessing devices for known threats, all through a single, user-friendly interface.
Keysight's IoT Security Assessment solution simplifies and economizes IoT device testing, making it easier for manufacturers to meet the new White House Cyber Trust Mark certification when it becomes available. This turnkey cybersecurity certification platform offers automated validation through a user-friendly interface, allowing device makers to expedite the launch of new IoT products without the need for an extensive team of cybersecurity experts.
Scott Johnson, Vice President of Product Management at Synopsys Software Integrity Group, emphasized the critical nature of security testing for IoT devices. He highlighted that their collaboration with Keysight will provide customers with a comprehensive solution that combines hardware and Defensics fuzz testing software for automated IoT security testing.
This partnership comes at a crucial time when IoT device security is paramount, given the escalating demand for new devices and functionalities.