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Taiwan partners to gain from Xilinx 7nm FPGA rollout in 2019
Julian Ho, Taipei; Willis Ke, DIGITIMES

Xilinx will mass roll out its next-generation 7nm FPGA chips in 2019, and TSMC and other Xilinx supply chain partners including Chunghwa Precision Test Tech (CHPT) and Answer Technology are gearing up for the chips' mass production, according to industry sources.

As a sales agent for Xilinx product lines, Answer Technology has seen growing application of FPGA chips to AI, cloud computing, edge computing and blockchain sectors. In particular, the new FPGA chips boast highly integrated and flexible designs that can meet customer requirement for high-performance computing (HPC) at low power consumption, and the new high-end Ultrascale +FPGA network real-time video transmission solutions have won orders from global web giants.

The sources said that Xilinx's newly released 7nm ACAP (adaptive compute acceleration platform) solution is mainly aimed at the edge computing, cloud computing and precision instrument markets, and will soon cross into the neural learning system space.

The sources continued that Xilinx partners including TSMC, ASE Technology Holding, advanced wafer probing specialist CHPT and Answer Technology are all poised to benefit from mass production of Xilinx's new-generation FPGA products, and their revenue contributions by Xilinx are expected to pick up gradually in late fourth quarter of 2018.

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