The Vampire team is making Amiga classic computers a lot more powerful, and will launch a standalone edition in the near future. The well known computer chipmaker, purchased Altera, an integrated circuits manufacturer, for $16.7 billion in June 2015. But why should Intel one of the largest and most powerfull innovative chipmakers show so much intrest in FPGA technology?  The semiconductor industry is experiencing a period of consolidation as cloud computing and the so-called Internet of things place extraordinary pressure on chipmakers to bulk up and broaden their expertise.  The biggest surprise is that by ‘2020 Intel believes a third of the data center market’ could be using the type of chips that Altera specializes in. Clients like Microsoft are using FPGAs to run their search algorithms to presentations on accelerators where future machine-learning customers are eyeing FPGAs to run neural networks, Intel sees FPGAs everywhere. In the networking word, FPGAs are already present in cellular base stations, and technology company Intel is hoping to gain more market share inside those boxes with, yes, its FPGAs.

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