Intel will ship its first Xeon + Altera FPGA server chip in the first quarter of 2016. Once it is combined with Altera FPGA, Intel's Xeon CPU will offer a 20-times performance boost.
Intel has already delivered custom products for some of its biggest customers, including Ebay, Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn. This step takes it further by offering a custom-based solution to all customers who may have an interest in using the versatile chip on their boards.
FPGA solutions are ideal for data-intensive projects since they don't consume as much energy and are less costly. Plus, FPGA can be repeatedly reprogrammed after manufacture, making them more versatile compared to ASICs.
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