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The $35B AMD-Xilinx Acquisition: 7 Big Things To Know

AMD gets a mega chip deal of its own, which could mean greater competition with Intel on 5G network infrastructure and with Nvidia on SmartNICs. CRN dives into the details of the Xilinx deal and what it could mean for the data center and telecom markets, among other things.

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Xilinx’s Relationship With AMD To Date

Prior to the acquisition announcement, Xilinx had been a strategic technology partner for AMD’s data center efforts, namely the chipmaker’s EPYC server processors, in recent years.

For the launch of AMD’s first- and second-generation EPYC processors, the chipmaker named Xilinx as a key server hardware ecosystem partner whose products are featured in EPYC-based servers.

“The launch of the AMD EPYC processor signifies an important milestone in the industry,” said Victor Peng, who was Xilinx’s COO and is now CEO, in a statement for the 2017 first-generation EPYC launch. “Together with Xilinx’s All Programmable devices, the EPYC platform provides outstanding performance when accelerating data center applications. We are also delighted to be working with AMD in furthering open data center standards, such as the CCIX interconnect, to provide the necessary heterogeneous computing solutions for next generation workloads.”

When AMD released second-generation EPYC processors, the company was first to market with CPUs that support PCIe 4.0 connectivity, which allows Xilinx’s PCIe 4.0-compatible Alveo accelerator cards to take advantage of the technology’s higher throughput.

In a white paper published by AMD in March 2019, the company detailed a Xilinx Deep Learning solution that had been optimized on and EPYC-based server. The chipmaker pitched Xilinx’s FPGA products as capable of delivering tenfold acceleration of a “broad set of applications,” with the ability to reconfigure the FPGAs, making them “an ideal fit for the changing workloads for the modern data center.”

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