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Xilink Erects Investment Program, Funds TeraDeep

By Paula Bernier February 05, 2016

Xilink has established a program through which its venture arm will invest in promising companies in the cloud computing and network functions virtualization acceleration arenas. Among the company’s first moves on this front is its investment in machine learning outfit TeraDeep.

“Xcell Daily discussed TeraDeep a couple of years ago. Back then, performance data indicated that TeraDeep’s FPGA-based convolutional network implementation delivered more than eight times better GOPS/W performance compared to microprocessors and GPU accelerators performing the same work,” according to the Xilink blog. “TeraDeep’s website currently says up to five times the throughput at perhaps 10 percent (or less) of the power consumption. That’s a potential 50 times improvement in GOPS/W if my multiplication still serves. Perhaps Microsoft need not locate its future data centers under water (for cooling) after all.”

(As an aside, this reference is referring to the fact that Microsoft is exploring how to leverage the ocean to cool data centers, which are energy hogs and generate a lot of heat. Transforming Network Infrastructure contributing writer John Casaretto offers more detail on that in his Feb. 4.)

The larger Xilink effort is called the Data Center Ecosystem Investment Program, and will emphasize solutions that build on Xilinx’s data center products in an effort to increase innovation, lower costs, and allow for time to market advantages. Xilink sells 3D integrated circuits; field-programmable gate arrays, which are integrated circuits can be configured by users as needed; multiprocess system on a chip solutions, and system on a chip solutions.

This is a space in which there has been a lot of change and consolidation in recent months. Those activities include Intel’s move to buy Altera for $16.7 billion, and Avago Technologies’ acquisition of Broadcom for $37 billion. Qualcomm also has been snapping up companies in recently months, having completed its $2.4 billion purchase of CSR in August.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

Executive Editor, TMC

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