Monday, September 10th 2018

Intel Acquires NetSpeed Systems for Chip Design and Interconnect Fabric IP

Intel today announced the acquisition of NetSpeed Systems, a San Jose, California-based provider of system-on-chip (SoC) design tools and interconnect fabric intellectual property (IP). Deal terms were not disclosed. NetSpeed's highly configurable and synthesizable offerings will help Intel more quickly and cost-effectively design, develop and test new SoCs with an ever-increasing set of IP. The NetSpeed team is joining Intel's Silicon Engineering Group (SEG) led by Jim Keller. NetSpeed co-founder and CEO, Sundari Mitra, will continue to lead her team as an Intel vice president reporting to Keller.
Intel is designing more products with more specialized features than ever before, which is incredibly exciting for Intel architects and for our customers. The challenge is synthesizing a broader set of IP blocks for optimal performance while reining in design time and cost. NetSpeed's proven network-on-chip technology addresses this challenge, and we're excited to now have their IP and expertise in-house.

Jim Keller, senior vice president and general manager of the Silicon Engineering Group at Intel
More Context about NetSpeed Systems
Founded in 2011, NetSpeed provides scalable, coherent, network-on-chip (NoC) IP to SoC designers. NetSpeed's NoC tool automates SoC front-end design and generates programmable, synthesizable high-performance and efficient interconnect fabrics.

"Intel has been a great customer of NetSpeed's, and I'm thrilled to once again be joining the company," said Sundari Mitra, who worked at Intel as a chip designer earlier in her career. "Intel is world class at designing and optimizing the performance of custom silicon at scale. As part of Intel's Silicon Engineering Group, we're excited to help invent new products that will be a foundation for computing's future."

Intel expects to honor NetSpeed's existing customer contracts, but NetSpeed will become an internal asset going forward.

Why It's Important: As SoCs grow more complex and as new fabrication processes explode the number of design rules, architects are increasingly utilizing front-end tools like NetSpeed's to automate the design and validation process - saving time and money. NetSpeed's technology helps architects estimate and optimize SoC performance in advance of manufacturing through a system-level approach, user-driven automation and state-of-the-art algorithms.
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24 Comments on Intel Acquires NetSpeed Systems for Chip Design and Interconnect Fabric IP

#2
Fleurious
After Netburst I’m surpised Intel would use the name Netspeed.

Nevermind, I entirely misread the title lol.
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#3
dwade
Their next-gen designs are going to obliterate the competition it isn't even going to be funny. Intel wasn't even trying at all in a decade and their processors are still the fastest thing in town--why rush when the competition is still playing catch up amirite or what. Now that they're turning off cruise mode, RIP everyone in the next couple of years. ARM, AMD, and whatever small fries out there... even Nvidia... they might as well team up.
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#4
Xzibit
VentureBeat
Intel Capital was an investor in NetSpeed Systems.
CEO of NetSpeed was a Chip designer for Intel before she left and founded the company.
NetSpeed’s to automate the design and validation process – saving time and money.
Guess their current methods are too expensive
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#5
OneCool
"dwade said:
Their next-gen designs are going to obliterate the competition it isn't even going to be funny. Intel wasn't even trying at all in a decade and their processors are still the fastest thing in town--why rush when the competition is still playing catch up amirite or what. Now that they're turning off cruise mode, RIP everyone in the next couple of years. ARM, AMD, and whatever small fries out there... even Nvidia... they might as well team up.
:roll:
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#6
hat
Enthusiast
"OneCool said:
:roll:
I believe that one has flown clear over fanboy and landed smack in the middle of the troll side of the spectrum...
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#7
xorbe
"dwade said:
...
Amd: Threadripper 2
nVidia: RTX 2080 Ti
Intel: Omae wa mou shindeiru
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#8
Prima.Vera
Interesting to see that 90% of NetSpeed Systems employees are Asians.
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#9
R-T-B
"dwade said:
Their next-gen designs are going to obliterate the competition it isn't even going to be funny. Intel wasn't even trying at all in a decade and their processors are still the fastest thing in town--why rush when the competition is still playing catch up amirite or what. Now that they're turning off cruise mode, RIP everyone in the next couple of years. ARM, AMD, and whatever small fries out there... even Nvidia... they might as well team up.
You got that all from this post?

Or did the fanboy takeover again?
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#10
dwade
"R-T-B said:
You got that all from this post?

Or did the fanboy takeover again?
You just crawled out of a rock or something? It's just one of their big moves. Intel has assembled an Avengers team. They are finally developing next-generation processors after cruising for so long, even though their current ones already smokes the competition.
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#11
R-T-B
"dwade said:
You just crawled out of a rock or something?
...

You do realize I worked here not too long ago right? And generally do work IT journalism?

Nice try. I'm going to go back to my rock now.
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#12
Hood
"dwade said:
Their next-gen designs are going to obliterate the competition it isn't even going to be funny. Intel wasn't even trying at all in a decade and their processors are still the fastest thing in town--why rush when the competition is still playing catch up amirite or what. Now that they're turning off cruise mode, RIP everyone in the next couple of years. ARM, AMD, and whatever small fries out there... even Nvidia... they might as well team up.
I Think you may be right, although it's not polite to brag - that's more of an AMD or NVIDIA thing. There's something to said for pacing oneself, and not over-selling the idea of more cores - that's a cheap tactic by AMD, and 95% of people get along fine with 2 or 4 cores. It's really only the realm of high-end gamers, content creators, and enthusiasts to even desire that much computing power, and Intel has had that covered for years with their HEDT and enterprise segments. I applaud Intel for resisting this in the mainstream segment for as long as they did, and instead concentrating their efforts on higher speed and lower latency. But AMD finally made a CPU that didn't totally suck, glued together too many cores, and left Intel no choice but to go in a similar direction (albeit with much better IPC/clock speed/IMC). So now it's a pissing contest for epeen supremacy, and you're right - Intel will leave them all in the dust - they screwed up when they woke the sleeping giant.
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#13
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
"dwade said:
You just crawled out of a rock or something? It's just one of their big moves. Intel has assembled an Avengers team. They are finally developing next-generation processors after cruising for so long, even though their current ones already smokes the competition.
Delusional you are
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#14
Prima.Vera
"R-T-B said:
I'm going to go back to my rock now.
Is it a big, shiny one? You want to trade your rock for my cave?
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#15
R-T-B
"Prima.Vera said:
Is it a big, shiny one? You want to trade your rock for my cave?
Does it have fiber?


... and not that plant kind. It has horrid bandwidth.
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#16
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
"R-T-B said:
Does it have fiber?


... and not that plant kind. It has horrid bandwidth.
Poopjoke.

"dwade said:
You just crawled out of a rock or something? It's just one of their big moves. Intel has assembled an Avengers team. They are finally developing next-generation processors after cruising for so long, even though their current ones already smokes the competition.
So the 10nm problems, the 14nm capacity problems and them firing their CEO are good signs?
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#17
Caring1
"dwade said:
You just crawled out of a rock or something? It's just one of their big moves. Intel has assembled an Avengers team. They are finally developing next-generation processors after cruising for so long, even though their current ones already smokes the competition.
I read it as Intel has been sitting on their hands for so long and they finally woke up and panicked, now they are trying desperately, doing anything to stay in front.
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#18
dwade
"Caring1 said:
I read it as Intel has been sitting on their hands for so long and they finally woke up and panicked, now they are trying desperately, doing anything to stay in front.
With your AMD goggles of course. They made records in profit despite Epyc and Ryzen, Glofo 7nm collapsed, and their next-gen processors are finally in development.
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#19
cyneater
I'm amazed AMD didn't offer keller more money and keep him on full time.
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#20
R0H1T
"dwade said:
Their next-gen designs are going to obliterate the competition it isn't even going to be funny. Intel wasn't even trying at all in a decade and their processors are still the fastest thing in town--why rush when the competition is still playing catch up amirite or what. Now that they're turning off cruise mode, RIP everyone in the next couple of years. ARM, AMD, and whatever small fries out there... even Nvidia... they might as well team up.
Hey easy on the hash, you don't want to blow it in a single day (week?) :pimp:
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#21
Caring1
"dwade said:
With your AMD goggles of course. They made records in profit despite Epyc and Ryzen, Glofo 7nm collapsed, and their next-gen processors are finally in development.
Can you even read system specs?
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#22
hat
Enthusiast
Master troll is masterful. I'm not even mad though... I laugh when I read his comments.
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#23
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
It's almost like going the MCM route is a good idea? :p
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#24
R-T-B
"Aquinus said:
It's almost like going the MCM route is a good idea? :p
lol
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