Intel wants cloud eASIC like Sunday morning

Intel's Gordon Moore and Robert NoyceIntel is to develop integrated cloudy products with eASIC — it is a fabless semiconductor company outfit peddling ASIC devices used in the production of customised silicon devices.

The cunning plan is to combine better processing performance and customizable hardware for data centres and the cloud.

Intel and eASIC  think that the result will be a two times faster than standard field programmable gate array (FPGA) for workloads like security and big data analytics. At the same time, they claim that the products will speed the time to market for custom application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) development by as much as 50 percent.

eASIC will integrate its chip technology with upcoming Intel Xeon processors. Thus, by integrating hardware accelerator solutions with the eASIC platform, Intel can deliver much faster and more flexible cloud and data-centre servers.

The eASIC news follows Intel’s announcement of the Xeon processor E7-8800/4800 v3 product families. These new Xeon chips come with up to 18 cores.

Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Data Centre (sic) Group in a statement that having the ability to highly customise Intel gear for a given workload will not only make the specific application run faster, but also help accelerate the growth of exciting new applications like visual search.

This collaboration is part of Intel’s strategy to integrate re-programmable technology with its Xeon processors to improve performance, power and cost, she said.