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An Introduction to Semiconductor Economics

This blog post is in response to a recent topic on the Parallella forum regarding Adapteva’s chip cost efficiency (GFLOPS/$): [forum discussion thread]. [I had to be a little vague on some points because I can't disclose our own specific vendor costs due to confidentiality restrictions] Chip Development Costs Let’s start by exploring how much [...]

Adapteva Joins Linux Foundation

Chicago, Ill. LINUXCON & CLOUDOPEN, August 20, 2014 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today announced that Adapteva, GitHub, SanDisk, Seagate and Western Digital are joining the organization. These companies join the more than 200 existing members in supporting Linux and fostering collaboration on a [...]

Analyzing the RISC-V Instruction Set Architecture

I was very excited to read the recent EE Times article “RISC-V: An Open Standard for SoC” by Krste Asanović and David A. Patterson announcing their open source processor architecture. As we near the end of CMOS scaling, the bulk of future performance and efficiency improvements will need to come from architecture improvements. The availability [...]

Parallella now available internationally from RS Components

The goal of the Parallella project is to democratize access to high performance computing and this is only possible if the whole world has the option to buy a Parallella board. Through the Kickstarter campaign and pre-orders Adapteva has shipped Parallella boards to over 2,000 customers in 75 countries but the logistical burden has been [...]

Can lean innovation bring growth and profits back to semiconductors?

(ELECTROIQ): The semiconductor industry returned growth and reached record revenues in 2013, breaking $300 billion for the first time after the industry had contracted in 2011 and 2012 (FIGURE 1). However, even with that return to growth, underlying trends in the semiconductor industry are disturbing: The semiconductor cycle continues its gyrations, but overall growth is [...]