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FPGA Drives Artificial Intelligence Applications

Posted by Danielle Leger

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Jul 24, 2017 8:50:00 AM

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is seeing an explosion of new applications. These new applications have the potential to transform how we live, work, and play, driving new insights and providing more intuitive interactions with our smart devices. 

FPGAs performs very well and can be applicable in applications such as AI, big data or machine learning which requires analyzing large amounts of data. 

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amazon_echo_stuff.jpgArtificial intelligence is getting a foothold in people's homes, and sneaking into our every day lives, starting with the Amazon devices like its Echo speaker which links to a personal assistant 'Alexa' to answer questions and control connected devices such as appliances or light bulbs. Amazon has sold more than five million of its connected speakers such as Echo since 2014, in a market now heating up with competition from Google Home, and others likely in development.


AI in Autonomous Vehicles


AI is also the main driver for autonomous vehicles, around which Google, Uber, automakers and others have expanded efforts in the past year.

And Amazon is seeking to put AI to work in the supermarket—testing a system without cash registers or lines, where consumers simply grab their products and go, and have a bill tallied by artificial intelligence. How cool will that be?!




We will see robots in the home and powering self-driving cars, but also in railway stations, hospitals and elsewhere in cities in the near future. This could include delivery robots or devices to help mobility for blind people.


FPGAs fit well with Artificial Intelligence, offering sensor fusion and unified tools and workflows. They can be used to create power efficient solutions to complicated analytics problems, with only the hardware needed for the problem. FPGAs are all about system performance and latency.

While FPGAs have been around for decades, it’s the latest versions of the devices which are picking up the AI load.  

FPGA performs very well and can be applicable in applications such as AI, big data or machine learning which requires analyzing large amounts of data. The Intel Stratix 10 FPGA outperforms the GPU and in addition to performance, Intel FPGA are powerful because they are adaptable and make it easy to implement changes by reusing an existing chip which lets a team go from an idea to prototype in half the time it takes to build an ASIC.


FPGA are used in many of the technologies and applications mentioned above. EarthTron is a distributor of FPGA and other electronic components.

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Topics: artificial intelligence, FPGA

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