In February, Intel began shipping Stratix 10 FPGA chips–the only field programmable gate array (FPGA) available with 58G PAM4 transceiver technology. For those who don’t know, FPGAs are a special class of computer chip that’s gaining popularity in applications like AI, speech recognition, 5G communication, high-performance computing, etc.
In a recent blog post, the company has claimed that its Stratix 10 chips can crunch calculation speeds of 10-100 times faster than the ones found in consumer devices.
“With Stratix 10 TX FPGAs, Intel continues to provide architects with higher transceiver bandwidth and hardened IP to address the insatiable demand for faster and higher-density connectivity,” according to Intel.
This chip is capable of 10 TFLOPS or 10 trillion floating point operations per second. As a result, Stratix 10 is the fastest of its kind. What makes FPGAs more special is that they can be reprogrammed remotely to perform customized tasks.
The chip achieves this raw power with the help of about 30 billion transistors, which is more than three times the number of transistors in today’s mainstream chips.
To give you a better idea of its performance, Intel claims that Statix 10 can process data equivalent to 420 Blu-ray discs in just 1 second. It has been manufactured using 14nm FinFET manufacturing process and EMIB packaging technology.
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