Astera Labs, a fabless chip startup, nabs $50M at a $950M valuation to remove bottlenecks in high-bandwidth cloud applications

Astera Labs

Astera Labs, a fabless semiconductor company that builds connectivity solutions that help remove bottlenecks around high-bandwidth applications and help better allocate resources around enterprise data, has raised $50 million.

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Intel will spend $94.7 billion in Europe to create chip factories

Chip factories

The worldwide semiconductor scarcity, as well as the desire to build a better supply chain, are driving semiconductor behemoths to spend heavily in North America and Europe. Intel is no exception, and it is also driven by a desire to reclaim the lead in process technology.
Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger gave his first keynote since taking office on Tuesday, capping up the first day of the IAA Mobility conference in Munich, Germany.

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Nvidia’s Jensen Huang to get semiconductor industry’s highest honor

Jensen Huang - Nvidia

Huang founded Nvidia in 1993 and has served since its inception as CEO. Starting out in 3D graphics, Huang showed me a demo of the company’s graphics chip and its “Windows accelerator” application. That was when I was at the San Jose Mercury News in 1995, and it was the first interview that Huang did with the press.

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Big Tech salaries revealed: How much engineers, developers, and product managers make at companies including Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Intel, Uber, IBM, and Salesforce

Workforce

In early July, the tech-industry association CompTIA reported that the sector experienced job growth in 10 out of the previous 12 months — a standout performance given the lockdowns last year. Tech firms added more than 80,000 workers in the US through the first half of 2021, it added.

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Intel aims to regain chip manufacturing leadership by 2025

Intel Innovations

Under new management, Intel aims to recapture a crown that it owned for decades and regain technology leadership in manufacturing chips by 2025. This will be challenging, as the company has to invest tens of billions of dollars and get its technology right in the wake of numerous missteps, but new CEO Pat Gelsinger said at an event that the big chipmaker is accelerating its investments in manufacturing processes and packaging innovations.

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2021 AI Data Science Platforms (end-to-end)

2021 AI Data Science Platforms

There are many commercial and open-source machine AI Data Science Platforms in the market today.  As organizations recognize the need, and assess the question of ‘on-premise or off-premise’, they will evaluate the end-to-end model lifecycle for developing and deploying AI. This article explores a high level overview of the various AI Data Science Platforms available, taking a look at the challengers, giants and open-source systems that look promising in 2021.

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SambaNova raises $676M at a $5.1B valuation to double down on cloud-based AI software for enterprises

Sambanova

SambaNova — a startup building AI hardware and integrated systems that run on it that only officially came out of three years in stealth last December — is announcing a huge round of funding today to take its business out into the world. The company has closed in on $676 million in financing, a Series D that co-founder and CEO Rodrigo Liang has confirmed values the company at $5.1 billion.

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At John Deere, ‘Hard Iron Meets Artificial Intelligence’

John Deere

John Deere is leveraging Intel’s artificial intelligence (AI) technology to help solve a costly, age-old problem in the manufacturing welding process. Deere is piloting a solution that uses computer vision to automatically spot common defects in the automated welding process in its manufacturing facilities.

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Intel and Microsoft work with DARPA to solve biggest Analytics and AI at Scale problem

Network infographic

Getting secure global data access to data is a key problem. This problem came up early on as the industry spun up advanced Supercomputers and AI systems like IBM’s Watson to rapidly locate existing medications that could help prevent hospital stays and the loss of life due to the pandemic. The data that could provide the answers the researchers needed was spread worldwide in encrypted databases, uniquely secured, and had little in common with each other.

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Intel’s AI is helping NFL hopefuls to reach their full potential

Athlete

EXOS is piloting the use of Intel’s 3D Athlete Tracking (3DAT) technology to help the next generation of professional footballers reach their full potential. This year’s hopefuls risk feeling unprepared after coming off such a disruptive year and will need all the help they can get to achieve their goals. 3DAT is a computer vision […]

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Intel launches RealSense ID for on-device facial recognition

Intel today launched the newest addition to RealSense, its product range of depth and tracking technologies designed to give machines depth perception capabilities. Called RealSense ID, it’s an on-device solution that combines an active depth sensor with a machine learning model to perform facial authentication.

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AI to transform Healthcare of the future in the shadow of COVID-19

AI technologies are already in place in many retail stores and other industries, but a July 2020 study by chipmaker Intel Corp. found that 84% of the respondents — made up of 234 senior decision-makers inside U.S. healthcare organizations — have already deployed or expect to deploy AI within their healthcare operations. That’s up from a previous Intel study in 2018, when a little more than one-third of the respondents said they were using or planning to implement AI.

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Why Intel believes confidential computing will boost AI and machine learning

Companies are collecting increasing amounts of data, a trend that is driving the development of better analytical tools and tougher security. Analysis and security are now converging as confidential computing prepares to deliver a critical boost to artificial intelligence. Intel has been investing heavily in confidential computing as…

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Algorithmia 2020 state of enterprise Machine Learning

The main takeaway from the 2020 State of Enterprise Machine Learning survey is that a growing number of companies are entering the early stages of ML development, but challenges in deployment, scaling, versioning, and other sophistication efforts still hinder teams from extracting value from their ML investments.

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Embold: Static Code Analyzer uses AI to help Developers analyze and improve their code

Embold is a simple but efficient AI-based static code analyzer that can help developers analyze and improve their code. The feature that truly makes it stand apart is its ability to analyze source code across four dimensions: code issues, design issues, metrics and duplication, and surface issues that impact stability, robustness, security, and maintainability.

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Apple’s MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini get M1 chips with 16 AI cores

In addition to announcing the release of macOS Big Sur and formally revealing its first Mac-specific M1 chips, Apple today unveiled the first Mac computers that will use its new software and hardware: M1-powered versions of the 13-inch MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini. Each of the machines will be using the M1 chip to deliver performance roughly three times the prior comparable Intel model, with AI performance that will be upwards of 11 times faster thanks to a new 16-core Neural Engine.

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Intel to acquire SigOpt, an AI Hyperparameter Optimization Platform

Intel has confirmed that it is buying SigOpt Inc., an artificial intelligence startup developing software platforms to optimize AI models. Several private firms and research groups such as OpenAI use these software platforms to boost their AI models’ performance.

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Intel acquires AI software optimization platform SigOpt

Intel today announced it will acquire SigOpt, a San Francisco-based startup developing a platform to optimize AI software models. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close this quarter, weren’t disclosed, but Intel says it plans to use SigOpt’s technologies across its hardware products to accelerate, amplify, and scale AI software tools for developers.

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Intel revenues drop 4% to $18.3 billion for Q3 2020 as competition heats up

Intel reported earnings that matched Wall Street’s expectations during what was another tumultuous quarter for the world economy. For the third quarter ended September 30, the big PC chipmaker posted non-GAAP earnings per share (EPS) of $1.11 a share on revenue of $18.3 billion, compared with non-GAAP EPS of $1.42 a share on revenue of $19.2 billion a year earlier.

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