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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Intel posts strong Q4 as revenue rises 8%

Intel reported record fourth-quarter revenue of $20.2 billion, up 8 percent year-over-year. Full-year revenue was a record $72.0 billion, up 2 percent YoY.  Fourth-quarter earnings per share (EPS) was $1.58 ($1.52 on a non-GAAP basis).


“In 2019, we gained share in an expanded addressable market that demands more performance to process, move and store data,” said Bob Swan, Intel CEO. “One year into our long-term financial plan, we have outperformed our revenue and EPS expectations. Looking ahead, we are investing to win the technology inflections of the future, play a bigger role in the success of our customers and increase shareholder returns."

Some highlights:

  • Data Center Group (DCG) revenue grew 19 percent YoY in the fourth quarter, driven by robust demand from cloud service provider customers and a continued strong mix of high-performance 2nd-Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors. Intel acquired Habana Labs in the fourth quarter, strengthening its artificial intelligence portfolio for the data center. 
  • Internet of Things Group (IOTG) revenue was up 13 percent on strength in retail and transportation. 
  • Mobileye achieved record revenue, up 31 percent YoY on increasing ADAS adoption. 
  • Intel's memory business (NSG) was up 10 percent YoY on continued NAND and Intel Optane™ bit growth. 
  • PSG fourth-quarter revenue was down 17 percent YoY.
  • PC-centric business (CCG) was up 2 percent on higher modem sales and desktop platform volumes. Major PC manufacturers have introduced 44 systems featuring the new, 10nm-based 10th Gen Intel Core processors (previously referred to as "Ice Lake"), and momentum continues to build for Project Athena. 


https://www.intc.com/investor-relations/financials-and-filings/earnings-results/default.aspx

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Dr. Omar Ishrak elected Chairman of Intel

Dr. Omar Ishrak was elected independent chairman of Intel's Board of Directors, replacing Andy D. Bryant, who Bryant will remain on the board through the end of Intel’s 2020 annual stockholders’ meeting. He had previously notified the board in March 2019 that he did not intend to stand for re-election at this year’s meeting.

Intel also announced that Alyssa Henry was elected to Intel’s board. Her election marks the seventh new independent director added to Intel’s board since the beginning of 2016.

“I want to thank and congratulate Andy for over seven years’ service as chairman of the board,” said Intel CEO Bob Swan. “Andy has been a rudder for Intel during a time of change and transformation. He has led the board with integrity and always with Intel’s best interest in mind.”

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Intel says Mobileye is its fastest growing business

At CES 2020, Mobileye revealed new growth metrics, including more than 54 million EyeQ chips shipped to date. 2019 was another record year for the company, with sales close to $1 billion driven by significant growth in the ADAS market.

Intel said Mobileye is now its fastest-growing business. Intel acquired Mobileye in 2017.

In his annual CES address, Intel Senior Vice President and Mobileye CEO Prof. Amnon Shashua discussed "VIDAR,” Mobileye’s unique solution for achieving outputs akin to lidar using only camera sensors. In addition, he detailed how Mobileye achieves pixel-level scene segmentation that can be used to detect tiny fragments of road users such as wheelchairs, open vehicle doors and more, as well as the ways in which Mobileye technology turns two-dimensional sensors into 3D understanding.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Intel acquires Habana Labs for $2 billion - AI chipset

Intel has acquired Habana Labs, an Israel-based developer of programmable deep learning accelerators for the data center, for approximately $2 billion.

Habana’s Gaudi AI Training Processor is currently sampling with select hyperscale customers. Large-node training systems based on Gaudi are expected to deliver up to a 4x increase in throughput versus systems built with the equivalent number of GPUs. Gaudi is designed for efficient and flexible system scale-up and scale-out.

Additionally, Habana’s Goya AI Inference Processor, which is commercially available, has demonstrated excellent inference performance including throughput and real-time latency in a highly competitive power envelope. Gaudi for training and Goya for inference offer a rich, easy-to-program development environment to help customers deploy and differentiate their solutions as AI workloads continue to evolve with growing demands on compute, memory and connectivity.

Habana will remain an independent business unit and will continue to be led by its current management team. Habana will report to Intel’s Data Platforms Group, home to Intel’s broad portfolio of data center class AI technologies.

“This acquisition advances our AI strategy, which is to provide customers with solutions to fit every performance need – from the intelligent edge to the data center,” said Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager of the Data Platforms Group at Intel. “More specifically, Habana turbo-charges our AI offerings for the data center with a high-performance training processor family and a standards-based programming environment to address evolving AI workloads.”

Habana Labs chairman Avigdor Willenz will serve as a senior adviser to the business unit as well as to Intel Corporation after Intel’s purchase of Habana.

“We have been fortunate to get to know and collaborate with Intel given its investment in Habana, and we’re thrilled to be officially joining the team,” said David Dahan, CEO of Habana. “Intel has created a world-class AI team and capability. We are excited to partner with Intel to accelerate and scale our business. Together, we will deliver our customers more AI innovation, faster.”


Interview: Habana Labs targets AI processors



Habana Labs, a start-up based in Israel with offices in Silicon Valley, emerged from stealth to unveil its first AI processor. Habana's deep learning inference processor, named Goya, is >2 orders of magnitude better in throughput & power than commonly deployed CPUs, according to the company. The company will offer a PCIe 4.0 card that incorporates a single Goya HL-1000 processor and designed to accelerate various AI inferencing workloads,...

Habana Labs, a start-up based in Tel-Aviv, Israel, raised $75 million in an oversubscribed series B funding for its development of AI processors.

Habana Labs is currently in production with its first product, a deep learning inference processor, named Goya, that is >2 orders of magnitude better in throughput & power than commonly deployed CPUs, according to the company. Habana is now offering a PCIe 4.0 card that incorporates a single Goya HL-1000 processor and designed to accelerate various AI inferencing workloads, such as image recognition, neural machine translation, sentiment analysis, recommender systems, etc.  A PCIe card based on its Goya HL-1000 processor delivers 15,000 images/second throughput on the ResNet-50 inference benchmark, with 1.3 milliseconds latency, while consuming only 100 watts of power. The Goya solution consists of a complete hardware and software stack, including a high-performance graph compiler, hundreds of kernel libraries, and tools.

Habana Labs expects to launch an training processor - codenamed Gaudi - in the second quarter of 2019.

The funding round was led by Intel Capital and joined by WRV Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, Battery Ventures and others, including existing investors. This brings total funding to $120 million. The company was founded in 2016.

“We are fortunate to have attracted some of the world’s most professional investors, including the world’s leading semiconductor company, Intel,” said David Dahan, Chief Executive Officer of Habana Labs. “The funding will be used to execute on our product roadmap for inference and training solutions, including our next generation 7nm AI processors, to scale our sales and customer support teams, and it only increases our resolve to become the undisputed leader of the nascent AI processor market.”

“Among all AI semiconductor startups, Habana Labs is the first, and still the only one, which introduced a production-ready AI processor,” said Lip-Bu Tan, Founding Partner of WRV Capital, a leading international venture firm focusing on semiconductors and related hardware, systems, and software. “We are delighted to partner with Intel in backing Habana Labs’ products and its extraordinary team.”

https://habana.ai/

Intel ships its Nervana Neural Network Processors

Intel announced the commercial production of its Nervana Neural Network Processors (NNP) for training (NNP-T1000) and inference (NNP-I1000).

The new devices are Intel’s first purpose-built ASICs for complex deep learning for cloud and data center customers. Intel said its Nervana NNP-T strikes the right balance between computing, communication and memory, allowing near-linear, energy-efficient scaling from small clusters up to the largest pod supercomputers. Both products were developed for the AI processing needs of leading-edge AI customers like Baidu and Facebook.

Intel also revealed its next-generation Movidius Myriad Vision Processing Unit (VPU) for edge media, computer vision and inference applications. Additionally, Intel’s next-generation Intel Movidius VPU, scheduled to be available in the first half of 2020, incorporates unique, highly efficient architectural advances that are expected to deliver leading performance — more than 10 times the inference performance as the previous generation — with up to six times the power efficiency of competitor processors.

“With this next phase of AI, we’re reaching a breaking point in terms of computational hardware and memory. Purpose-built hardware like Intel Nervana NNPs and Movidius Myriad VPUs are necessary to continue the incredible progress in AI. Using more advanced forms of system-level AI will help us move from the conversion of data into information toward the transformation of information into knowledge,” stated Naveen Rao, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of the Intel Artificial Intelligence Products Group.

“We are excited to be working with Intel to deploy faster and more efficient inference compute with the Intel Nervana Neural Network Processor for inference and to extend support for our state-of-the-art deep learning compiler, Glow, to the NNP-I,” said Misha Smelyanskiy, director, AI System Co-Design at Facebook.



Monday, December 9, 2019

Intel unveils cryogenic control chip for quantum systems

Intel Labs unveiled a cryogenic control chip — code-named “Horse Ridge” — for quantum computing systems. Horse Ridge is a mixed-signal SoC that brings the qubit controls into the quantum refrigerator — as close as possible to the qubits themselves. It effectively reduces the complexity of quantum control engineering from hundreds of cables running into and out of a refrigerator to a single, unified package operating near the quantum device.

Intel said the Horse Ridge design radically simplifies the control electronics required to operate a quantum system. It replaces bulky instruments with a highly-integrated system-on-chip (SoC) that will simplify system design and allow for sophisticated signal processing techniques to accelerate set-up time, improve qubit performance and enable the system to efficiently scale to larger qubit counts. Designed to act as a radio frequency (RF) processor to control the qubits operating in the refrigerator, Horse Ridge is programmed with instructions that correspond to basic qubit operations. It translates those instructions into electromagnetic microwave pulses that can manipulate the state of the qubits.

The Horse Ridge chip, which was developed with TU Delft and TNO (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research), will enable control of multiple quantum bits (qubits) and set a clear path toward scaling larger quantum systems. Horse Ridge is fabricated using Intel’s 22nm FinFET technology.

“While there has been a lot of emphasis on the qubits themselves, the ability to control many qubits at the same time had been a challenge for the industry. Intel recognized that quantum controls were an essential piece of the puzzle we needed to solve in order to develop a large-scale commercial quantum system. That’s why we are investing in quantum error correction and controls. With Horse Ridge, Intel has developed a scalable control system that will allow us to significantly speed up testing and realize the potential of quantum computing,” states Jim Clarke, Intel’s director of Quantum Hardware.


Monday, December 2, 2019

Apple completes purchase of Intel's Smartphone Modem Business

Intel completed the sale of the majority of its smartphone modem business to Apple.

The deal, which was valued at $1 billion, includes intellectual property, equipment, leases and approximately 2,200 Intel employees.

Intel said the transaction enables it to focus on developing technology for 5G networks while retaining the option to develop modems for non-smartphone applications, such as PCs, internet of things devices and autonomous vehicles.

Combining the acquired patents for current and future wireless technology with Apple’s existing portfolio, Apple will hold over 17,000 wireless technology patents, ranging from protocols for cellular standards to modem architecture and modem operation. Intel will retain the option to develop modems for non-smartphone applications, such as PCs, internet of things devices and autonomous vehicles.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Intels shows its Ponte Vecchio GPU and oneAPI programming model

Intel unveiled its new general-purpose "Ponte Vecchio" GPU architecture for HPC/AI acceleration, along with its new oneAPI, a unified and scalable programming model for the era of HPC/AI convergence.

The oneAPI industry initiative ains to deliver a unified and simplified programming model for application development across heterogenous processing architectures, including CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs and other accelerators. The oneAPI specification includes a direct programming language, powerful APIs and a low-level hardware interface. Intel’s oneAPI beta software provides developer tools that include compilers, libraries and analyzers, packaged into domain-focused toolkits. The initial oneAPI beta release targets Intel Xeon Scalable processors, Intel Core processors with integrated graphics, and Intel FPGAs, with additional hardware support to follow in future releases. Developers can download the oneAPI tools, test drive them in the Intel oneAPI DevCloud, and learn more about oneAPI at software.intel.com/oneAPI.

The new general-purpose GPUs are based on Intel’s Xe architecture. Ponte Vecchio will be manufactured on Intel’s 7nm technology and will be Intel’s first Xe-based GPU optimized for HPC and AI workloads. Ponte Vecchio will leverage Intel’s Foveros 3D and EMIB packaging innovations and feature multiple technologies in-package, including high-bandwidth memory, Compute Express Link interconnect and other intellectual property.

Intel said these announcements, which are being made at this week's Supercomputing 2019 in Denver, represent a paradigm shift from today’s single-architecture, single-vendor programming models.




“HPC and AI workloads demand diverse architectures, ranging from CPUs, general-purpose GPUs
and FPGAs, to more specialized deep-learning NNPs, which Intel demonstrated earlier this month,” said Raja Koduri, senior vice president, chief architect, and general manager of architecture, graphics and software at Intel. “Simplifying our customers’ ability to harness the power of diverse computing environments is paramount, and Intel is committed to taking a software-first approach that delivers a unified and scalable abstraction for heterogeneous architectures.”

https://newsroom.intel.com/news-releases/intel-unveils-new-gpu-architecture-optimized-for-hpc-ai-oneapi/#gs.gqf475

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Intel adds Sequoia Capital exec to board

Intel has added James (Jim) J. Goetz to its board of directors.

Goetz, 54, has served as a partner of Sequoia Capital, a venture capital firm, since June 2004. Prior to joining Sequoia, Goetz co-founded VitalSigns Software, where he assembled and led the team that pioneered end-user performance management. Prior to VitalSigns, he was vice president of Network Management for Bay Networks. Goetz currently serves on the boards of several privately held companies, and, since April 2005, on the board of Palo Alto Networks Inc., a network security solution company. Goetz previously served on the boards of directors of Barracuda Networks Inc., a data security and storage company from 2009 to 2017; Nimble Storage Inc., a data storage company, from 2007 to 2017; Jive Software Inc., a provider of social business software, from 2007 to 2015; and Ruckus Wireless Inc., a manufacturer of wireless (Wi-Fi) networking equipment, from 2012 to 2015, among others.

This marks the sixth new independent director added to Intel’s board since the beginning of 2016.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Azure offers SAP HANA servers with up to 9TB of Intel Optane DCPM

At Microsoft Ignite 2019 in Orlando, Microsoft and Intel made several announcements highlighting the traction Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory is receiving for on-prem Microsoft software and Azure cloud services.

Highlights:

  • Microsoft Azure introduced a family of cloud instances for SAP HANA and equipped with 2nd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Optane DCPM. These instances offer up to 9TB of memory capacity per server based on Optane DC persistent memory. 
  • Microsoft and Intel worked together to enable SQL Server 2019 and Windows Server 2019 for Optane DC persistent memory, taking advantage of the large memory capacity and access to persistent data that is much faster than solid state drives.
  • DataON and QCT announced Intel Select Solutions for Azure Stack HCI. These are workload-optimized and verified by Intel. These leverage Optane DCPM for the storage cache. 

Intel outlines “Barlow Pass” - 2nd gen Optane DCPM

Intel outlined a series of milestones in advancing memory and storage for cloud, artificial intelligence and network edge applications.

Developments include:

  • Intel plans to operate a new Optane technology development line at its facilities in Rio Rancho, New Mexico; 
  • The second-generation of Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory, code-named “Barlow Pass,” scheduled for release in 2020 with Intel’s next-generation Intel Xeon® Scalable processor 
  • Intel’s industry-first demonstration of 144-layer QLC (Quad Level Cell) NAND for data center SSDs (solid-state drives), which are also expected in 2020.
Intel said the combination of its Optane technology with QLC 3D NAND technology on a single M.2 module enables Intel Optane memory expansion into thin and light notebooks and certain space-constrained desktop form factors – such as all-in-one PCs and mini PCs. The new product also offers a higher level of performance not met by traditional Triple Level Cell (TLC) 3D NAND SSDs today and eliminates the need for a secondary storage device.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Intel posts record revenue of $19.2B driven by data-centric business

Intel reported Q3 2019 revenue of $19.2 billion, which is $1.2 billion higher than guidance issued in July, and an all-time quarterly record. Intel said the performance was driven by record data-centric revenue, which were up 6 percent YoY. PC-centric revenue was in-line with expectations, down 5 percent compared to last year. GAAP EPS of $1.35 declined 2 percent YoY; non-GAAP EPS of $1.42 was up 1 percent. The company raised its full-year revenue outlook to $71 billion, up $1.5 billion from July guidance.



“We've been on a multiyear journey to reposition Intel’s portfolio to take advantage of the exponential growth of data. Our third-quarter financial performance underscores our progress as our data-centric businesses turned in their best performance ever, making up almost half our total revenue in a record quarter,” said Bob Swan, Intel CEO. “Our priorities are accelerating growth, improving our execution and deploying capital for attractive returns. We now expect to deliver a fourth record year in a row.”

Some highlights:

  • The Data Center Group (DCG) delivered record revenue driven by a strong mix of high-performance Intel Xeon processors and growth in every segment of the business. 
  • The communications service provider segment grew 11 percent.
  • The cloud segment returned to growth, up 3 percent
  • Enterprise and government revenue grew 1 percent. 
  • The Internet of Things Group (IOTG) also achieved record revenue, up 9 percent on strength in retail and transportation. 
  • Mobileye achieved record revenue, up 20 percent YoY on increasing ADAS adoption. 
  • Intel's memory business (NSG) also achieved record revenue, up 19 percent YoY. 
  • The Programmable Solutions Group (PSG) shipped the first 10nm-based Intel® Agilex™ FPGAs in the third quarter. PSG third-quarter revenue was up 2 percent YoY.



https://www.intc.com/investor-relations/financials-and-filings/earnings-results/default.aspx

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Intel intros Tremont microarchitecture

Intel unveiled Tremont, its next-generation, low-power x86 microarchitecture promising significant IPC (instructions per cycle) gains gen-over-gen compared with Intel’s prior low-power x86 architectures.

Tremont is aimed at compact, low-power packages and innovative form factors for client devices, creative applications for the internet of things (IoT), data center products, etc.

Tremont is integrated within a wider set of silicon IPs in Lakefield, which will power innovative devices like the recently announced dual-screen Microsoft Surface Neo. Iy includes several advancements in ISA (instruction set architecture), microarchitecture, security and power management. Specifically, Tremont’s unique 6-wide (2x3-wide clustered) out-of-order decoder in the front end allows for a more efficient feed to the wider back end, which is fundamental for performance.

The announcement was made at this week's Linley Fall Processor Conference 2019 in Silicon Valley.

https://newsroom.intel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2019/10/introducing-intel-tremont-microarchiture.pdf

Monday, October 21, 2019

Corning and Intel develop 5G In-Building Networks

Corning and Intel agreed to collaborate on 5G in-building networks. The work combines Corning’s 5G network solutions powered by Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel FlexRAN Reference Software Architecture.

“5G will enable dramatic advances in the way people work and companies create value,” said Michelle Engarto, vice president, Wireless Product Line Management, Corning Optical Communications. “Capturing the benefits will require flexible and scalable infrastructure that can evolve and adapt as fast as software-based applications.  Fiber offers effectively unlimited bandwidth and is protocol agnostic. Virtualization converts a traditional hardware challenge into a software-based solution. By combining fiber and virtualization, Corning and Intel will demonstrate the ultimate in flexibility and scalability for in-building 5G infrastructure.”

“Our collaboration with Corning will help ensure the 5G revolution does not stop at the building door,” said Cristina Rodriguez, vice president and general manager of Wireless Access Networks Division, Data Center Group at Intel.

“This Intel-based foundation for next-generation virtualized radio access networks (vRAN) will enable customers to reap the full benefits of 5G based platforms for ultra-reliable low latency, enhanced mobile bandwidth, and massive machine-to-machine communication both inside and outside their buildings,” she said.

The new enterprise platform will be commercially available in 2020.

https://www.corning.com/worldwide/en/products/communication-networks/applications/wireless-networks.html

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Intel acquires Smart Edge from Pivot Technology Solutions

Intel agreed to acquire the Smart Edge intelligent-edge platform business from Pivot Technology Solutions Inc., an IT infrastructure and service provider. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Smart Edge is a cloud-native, scalable and secure platform for multi-access edge computing (MEC). The Smart Edge platform is built to run on Intel Xeon Scalable processors and, going forward, Intel Optane memory, Intel FPGAs and other accelerators. Smart Edge’s software is also highly complementary with Intel’s OpenNESS (Open Network Edge Services Software) project. Approximately 25 Smart Edge employees will join Intel’s Network and Custom Logic Group (NCLG) when the transaction closes, which is expected in the coming weeks.

Intel said the Smart Edge platforms will enable enterprises and communications service providers to bring cloud-like services closer to the user on the customer-premise or network edge.

“This transaction enhances our ability to address the 5G network transformation with a leading position in edge computing. We plan to take full advantage of our combined technologies and teams to accelerate the development of the edge computing market while creating a compelling solution for customers,” stated Dan Rodriguez, Intel vice president in the Data Center Group and general manager of the Network Compute Division.

Also, as a part of this acquisition, Intel and Pivot will sign a Preferred Partner Agreement, which identifies Pivot as an authorized Smart Edge reseller and Intel’s non-exclusive Preferred Systems Integrator for Smart Edge-based edge services solutions.

“Intel is the right company and brand to advance and scale Smart Edge’s software solution,” said Kevin Shank, CEO of Pivot. “Our partnership with Intel will leverage Pivot’s core strengths as a technology integrator and service provider with Intel’s advanced technology solutions to drive the adoption of the Smart Edge platform. We look forward to collaborating with Intel to develop and take to market many new edge computing use cases.”

https://newsroom.intel.com/news/intel-eyes-leadership-5g-edge-computing-acquiring-smart-edge/#gs.agncn0

Alibaba Cloud scales with Intel

Alibaba Cloud has achieved a new performance benchmark using Intel Xeon Scalable processors: the industry’s first 100,000 scale factor on Alibaba Cloud MaxCompute cluster running on Intel Xeon Scalable processors, demonstrating Alibaba Cloud’s ability to deliver high-performance, cost-effective cloud services.

Intel said Alibaba Cloud is the first cloud service provider to release benchmark results on 100TB data; previous records were on 10TB and 30TB data performances. Benchmark results released by the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) are an important reference standard enabling customers to choose the best software and hardware platforms. TPC benchmarks comprehensively measure system performance through the most commonly used big data application scenarios.

On the TPCx-BigBench benchmark tests, Alibaba Cloud MaxCompute reached 25,641 BBQpm (Big Bench Query-per-minute) with price/performance ratio of up to $224.49/BBQpm. TPCx-BB measures the performance of hardware and software components of Hadoop-based big data systems.
On TPC-DS benchmark tests, Alibaba Cloud’s Elastic MapReduce (EMR) reached 14,861,137 QphDS (queries per hour) and a price/performance ratio of up to $0.18/QphDS.

“Alibaba Cloud has been investing in Big Data analytic technology for about 10 years, and we’re very excited to see our core products, MaxCompute and PAI, represented so well in the international big data performance benchmark, TPCx-BigBench,” said Yangqing Jia, VP of Alibaba Group and President and Senior Fellow of Data Platform, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence. “One of the keys to this achievement is the close collaboration between Alibaba and Intel, which allowed both sides to give full attention to the technology and ecosystem advantages to make this happen. Together, we will continue to deepen innovation and cooperation, to make leading products and technologies, to create more value for the industry, and to drive the development of the digital economy.”

Monday, September 30, 2019

Intel appoints Karen Walker as CMO

Intel has appointed Karen Walker as senior vice president and chief marketing officer (CMO), effective Oct. 23.

Walker will oversee Intel’s global marketing group and be responsible for building and strengthening Intel’s brand, supporting growth strategies, cultivating opportunities in new and existing markets, and increasing demand for Intel’s products and solutions globally.

Walker joins Intel from Cisco, where she was chief marketing officer since 2015. In that role, she helped lead the company’s evolution to a hybrid business model selling hardware, software, services and software as a service (SaaS) solutions. At Cisco she transformed the marketing function, helping to increase the company’s brand value. Before Cisco, Walker also worked at Hewlett-Packard, where she held both business and consumer leadership positions.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Intel outlines “Barlow Pass” - 2nd gen Optane DC persistent memory

Intel outlined a series of milestones in advancing memory and storage for cloud, artificial intelligence and network edge applications.

Developments include:

  • Intel plans to operate a new Optane technology development line at its facilities in Rio Rancho, New Mexico; 
  • The second-generation of Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory, code-named “Barlow Pass,” scheduled for release in 2020 with Intel’s next-generation Intel Xeon® Scalable processor 
  • Intel’s industry-first demonstration of 144-layer QLC (Quad Level Cell) NAND for data center SSDs (solid-state drives), which are also expected in 2020.


Intel said the combination of its Optane technology with QLC 3D NAND technology on a single M.2 module enables Intel Optane memory expansion into thin and light notebooks and certain space-constrained desktop form factors – such as all-in-one PCs and mini PCs. The new product also offers a higher level of performance not met by traditional Triple Level Cell (TLC) 3D NAND SSDs today and eliminates the need for a secondary storage device.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Intel announces Cooper Lake with up to 56 cores

The next-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor platform (codename Cooper Lake) promises twice the processor core count (up to 56 cores), higher memory bandwidth, and higher AI inference and training performance compared to the standard Intel Xeon Platinum 8200 platforms.

Intel says Cooper Lake, which will have platform compatibility with the upcoming 10nm Ice Lake processor, will be the first x86 processor to deliver built-in AI training acceleration through new bfloat16 support added to Intel Deep Learning Boost.

Availability is expected in the first half of 2020.

“We are excited about the early customer deployments of the Intel Xeon Platinum 9200 series that we introduced as part of our 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor family. Bringing a 56-core processor into our mainline Intel Xeon Scalable processor family in the next generation will further expand our ability to address customer needs for the highest levels of performance in artificial intelligence, high-performance computing and high-density infrastructure,” stated Lisa Spelman, vice president and general manager of Data Center Marketing, Intel.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Intel ships FPGA acceleration card for HPE Gen10 servers

The new high-performance Intel FPGA Programmable Acceleration Card (Intel FPGA PAC) D5005 is now shipping now in the HPE ProLiant DL3809 Gen10 server.

The Intel FPGA PAC D5005 acceleration card, which is based on an Intel Stratix 10 SX FPGA, provides high-performance inline and lookaside workload acceleration to servers based on Intel Xeon Scalable processors using the Intel Acceleration Stack, which includes acceleration libraries and development tools. Initial workloads specifically developed for the Intel FPGA PAC D5005 accelerator card include:

  • AI (speech-to-text translation) from Myrtle
  • Network security from Algo-Logic
  • Image transcoding from CTAccel
  • Video transcoding from IBEX


Compared with the Intel programmable acceleration card with Intel Arria 10 GX FPGA, the Intel FPGA PAC D5005 accelerator card offers significantly more resources including three times the amount of programmable logic, as much as 32 GB of DDR4 memory (a 4x increase) and faster Ethernet ports (two 100GE ports versus one 40GE port). With a smaller physical and power footprint, the Intel PAC with Intel Arria 10 GX FPGA fits a broader range of servers, while the Intel PAC D5005 is focused on providing a higher level of acceleration.

“The HPE ProLiant Gen10 server family is the world’s most secure, manageable and agile server platform available on the market today. By integrating the Intel FPGA PAC D5005 accelerator into the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 server, we are now delivering optimized configurations for an increasing number of workloads, including AI inferencing, big data and streaming analytics, network security and image transcoding. Combined with our broad portfolio of services from HPE Pointnext, we enable our customers to accelerate time-to-value and increase ROI,” stated Bill Mannel, vice president and general manager, HPC and AI, at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Intel launches FPGA-based accelerator for 5G core and vRAN
Intel is introducing an FPGA-based acceleration card for 5G core and virtualized radio access network solutions.

The Intel FPGA Programmable Acceleration Card N3000 is designed to accelerate network traffic for up to 100 Gbps and supports up to 9GB DDR4 and 144MB QDR IV memory for high-performance applications. Programmability and flexibility of an FPGA allow customers to create tailored solutions by utilizing reference IPs for networking function acceleration workloads such as vRAN, vBNG, vEPC, IPSec and VPP.

Affirmed Networks is using Intel’s FPGA PAC in a new solution for 5G core network (CN)/evolved packet core – a 200 Gbps/server that provides smart load balancing and CPU cache optimizations.

Rakuten, the soon to be the operator of Japan’s newest mobile network, is including Intel x86 and FPGA-based PAC for acceleration from the core to the edge to provide the first end-to-end cloud-native mobile network. Intel FPGA PAC N3000 is the distributed unit accelerator next to Intel® Xeon Scalable processor where Layer 1 functions, such as forward error correction and front haul transmission, are offloaded onto an Intel FPGA.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Intel posts strong Q2 results, shipments to Huawei have resumed

Intel reported second-quarter revenue of $16.5 billion, down 3% year-over-year (YoY), but exceeding its financial guidance issued in April.  GAAP EPS was $0.92, a decline of 12 percent YoY; non-GAAP EPS was $1.06, up 2 percent.

“Second quarter results exceeded our expectations on both revenue and earnings, as the growth of data and compute-intensive applications are driving customer demand for higher performance products in both our PC-centric and data-centric businesses,” said Bob Swan, Intel CEO. “Based on our outperformance in the quarter, we’re raising our full-year guidance. Intel’s ambitions are as big as ever, our collection of assets is unrivaled, and our transformation continues.”

Some highlights:
  • The PC-centric business (CCG) was up 1 percent in the second quarter due to a strong mix of Intel's higher performance products, strength in the commercial segment, and customers buying ahead of possible tariff impacts. New, 10nm-based 10th Gen Intel Core processors (code-named "Ice Lake") are now shipping, and expected to be in volume systems on retail shelves this 2019 holiday selling season.
  • Collectively, Intel's data-centric businesses declined 7 percent YoY in the second quarter. In the Data Center Group (DCG), the communications service provider segment grew 3 percent while the cloud segment declined 1 percent and enterprise and government revenue declined 31 percent.  The Internet of Things Group (IOTG) achieved record revenue, up 12 percent YoY (23 percent excluding Wind River) on broad strength and increased demand for higher performance processors. 
  • Mobileye achieved second-quarter revenue of $201 million, up 16 percent YoY on continued customer momentum. 
  • Intel's memory business (NSG) was down 13 percent YoY in a challenging pricing environment. Intel's Programmable Solutions Group (PSG) revenue was down 5 percent YoY in the second quarter.

Some notes from the conference call:
  • Cloud customers are absorbing resources that were put in place over the past year. Intel expects demand from this sector to pick up in the second half of the year
  • Government spending was weak, particularly in China.
  • Trade uncertainty is driving pull-ins from 2H
  • Intel suspended shipment of products to "certain customers" that were added to the U.S. government entity list, but was able to resume shipments. The financial impact for the quarter was limited.
  • Further tightening of export restrictions could impact future results
  • 10nm FPGAs will be shipping in 2H19
  • Optane is gaining momentum
  • Snowridge silicon for 5G basestations will be in production early next year
  • The acquisition of Barefoot Networks was completed this week.
  • There are now 2 fab facilities on 10nm and 7nm is on track for 2021





Apple to acquire Intel's modem business for $1 billion

by Benedict Chua, Assitant Editor

Apple agreed to acquire the majority of Intel’s smartphone modem business for $1 billion. The deal includes intellectual property, equipment, leases and approximately 2,200 Intel employees.

Combining the acquired patents for current and future wireless technology with Apple’s existing portfolio, Apple will hold over 17,000 wireless technology patents, ranging from protocols for cellular standards to modem architecture and modem operation. Intel will retain the option to develop modems for non-smartphone applications, such as PCs, internet of things devices and autonomous vehicles.

“This agreement enables us to focus on developing technology for the 5G network while retaining critical intellectual property and modem technology that our team has created,” said Intel CEO Bob Swan. “We have long respected Apple and we’re confident they provide the right environment for this talented team and these important assets moving forward. We’re looking forward to putting our full effort into 5G where it most closely aligns with the needs of our global customer base, including network operators, telecommunications equipment manufacturers and cloud service providers.”

“We’ve worked with Intel for many years and know this team shares Apple’s passion for designing technologies that deliver the world’s best experiences for our users,” said Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Technologies. “Apple is excited to have so many excellent engineers join our growing cellular technologies group, and know they’ll thrive in Apple’s creative and dynamic environment. They, together with our significant acquisition of innovative IP, will help expedite our development on future products and allow Apple to further differentiate moving forward.”

Apple and Qualcomm reach global settlement

Apple and Qualcomm agreed to settle all pending litigation worldwide and announced a multiyear chipset supply deal.

Under the agreement, Apple will pay royalties to Qualcomm for six years, including a two-year option to extend. Apple will also make a one-time payment to Qualcomm. Financial terms were not specified.

Intel abandons 5G smartphone modem business

Intel will exit the 5G smartphone modem business. The company said it will continue to meet current customer commitments for its existing 4G smartphone modem product line, but does not expect to launch 5G modem products in the smartphone space, including those originally planned for launches in 2020.


“We are very excited about the opportunity in 5G and the ‘cloudification’ of the network, but in the smartphone modem business it has become apparent that there is no clear path to profitability and positive returns,” said Intel CEO Bob Swan. “5G continues to be a strategic priority across Intel, and our team has developed a valuable portfolio of wireless products and intellectual property. We are assessing our options to realize the value we have created, including the opportunities in a wide variety of data-centric platforms and devices in a 5G world.”


Intel outlines its 5G radio modem portfolio

Intel outlined its product roadmap for 5G silicon. First up is Intel XMM 8000 series, a family of 5G new radio (5G NR) multi-mode commercial modems, and the Intel XMM 7660 LTE modem.

Highlights of Intel’s wireless roadmap:

  • Intel XMM 8000 series: will operate in both sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave global spectrum bands. Intel is aiming to enable a range of devices to connect to 5G, including PC, phones, fixed wireless consumer premise equipment (CPE) and vehicles.
  • Intel XMM 8060: will offer multi-mode support for the full 5G non-standalone and standalone NR, as well as various 2G, 3G (including CDMA) and 4G legacy modes. It is expected to ship in commercial customer devices in mid-2019. Intel is targetting broad deployment of 5G networks in 2020.
  • Intel XMM 7660: Intel’s latest LTE modem delivers Cat-19 capabilities, supports speeds up to 1.6 Gbps, and features advanced multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO), carrier aggregation and a broad range of band support. It will ship in commercial devices in 2019.
Intel also announced it has successfully completed a full end-to-end 5G call based on its early 5G silicon over the 28GHz band. Intel says it is participating in dozens of 5G trials around the world.

Intel Mobile Communications Group Integrates Infineon Wireless

Intel acquired Infineon Technologies' Wireless Solutions (WLS) business. The deal expands Intel's current Wi-Fi and 4G WiMAX portfolio to include Infineon's 3G capabilities. Intel said the acquisition also accelerates its entry into LTE.

WLS is a leading provider of cellular platforms to top-tier global phone makers, and is part of Intel's strategy to accelerate always-connected computing platforms that span a variety of device and market segments, including laptops, cars, smart phones, tablets and smart TVs.

"As computing spreads across a range of connected devices, including new categories being created almost daily, we must be ready to support the next billion devices across multiple networks with smart, secure and seamless computing experiences," said Dadi Perlmutter, Intel executive vice president and co-general manager of the Intel Architecture Group. "The acquisition brings to Intel a world-class wireless portfolio and a proven track record in cellular communications, combined with our existing strength in computing positions us well for future growth."

The new wireless business will now be called Intel Mobile Communications (IMC) and will operate as a standalone business entity within Intel's Architecture Group to enable continuity of existing customer sales, projects and support, including ARM-based products.

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