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Intel Buys Altera for $16.7 Billion

Intel Buys Altera for $16.7 Billion

Intel provides chips for some of the biggest tech companies in the world. Now, Intel plans to offer even more advanced microchips by combining the technology in Altera’s field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). These arrays are reprogrammable, which will be useful to Intel since they plan to combine the Xeon processor and FPGAs into a single chip. Intel expects the new acquisition to increase speed and double the performance of previous Intel chips. This will help companies build facial recognition apps, take advantage of machine learning, and perfect autonomous driving.

Source: engadget

Intel is a multinational tech company based in Santa Clara, CA. They are known for their semiconductor chip manufacturing. The most common chip in personal computers – the x86 series microprocessor – was developed by Intel. Here’s a list of products Intel manufacturers:

  • motherboard chipsets
  • network interface controllers
  • integrated circuits
  • flash memory
  • graphics chips
  • embedded processors

SRAM and DRAM memory chips were widely accepted as a storage medium because of Intel. Here’s Wikipedia’s definition for SRAM and DRAM:

Static random-access memory (static RAM or SRAM) is a type of semiconductor memory that uses bistable latching circuitry (flip-flop) to store each bit. SRAM exhibits data remanence, but it is still volatile in the conventional sense that data is eventually lost when the memory is not powered.

Dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) is a type of random-access memory that stores each bit of data in a separate capacitor within an integrated circuit. The capacitor can be either charged or discharged; these two states are taken to represent the two values of a bit, conventionally called 0 and 1. Since even “nonconducting” transistors always leak a small amount, the capacitors will slowly discharge, and the information eventually fades unless the capacitor charge is refreshed periodically. Because of this refresh requirement, it is a dynamic memory as opposed to static random-access memory (SRAM) and other static types of memory.

Altera is an American manufacturer of programmable logic devices and reconfigurable complex digital circuits. Here’s some of the specs for the Stratix series FPGAs:

  • 1.1 million logic elements
  • integrated transceivers up to 28 Gbits/s,
  • up to 1.6 Tbit/s of serial switching capability
  • 1,840 GMACs of signal-processing performance
  • up to 7X 72 DDR3 memory interfaces at 800 MHz
Intel Buys Altera for $16.7 Billion
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