Intel is Releasing a New Cryptocurrency Mining Chip
Intel comes through with a new chip that is well-suited for cryptocurrency mining and enhancing performance across various applications such as network virtualization due to the recent introduction of its latest Bonanza Mine processors.
New Agilex M-Series FPGA
As per a new press release, the new Agilex M-Series FPGA by the chip giant is based on Intel 7 process technology and seeks to speed a wide range of operations from high-performance computing (HPC) to storage and networking. Since many of these technologies place high demands on memory in terms of capacity, latency, bandwidth, and power efficiency, this is the case.
Highest Memory Bandwidth
The Intel Agilex M-Series FPGAs also provide the best memory bandwidth in the industry, thanks to in-package HBM DRAM. On the other hand, the new chip includes a slew of new functional breakthroughs and features aimed at improving high-speed networking, compute, and memory allocation for cloud, network, and embedded edge applications.
Compared to competitor 7nm FPGAs such as the Xilinx Versal FPGA, whose parent company is currently owned by AMD, Intel claims that their Agilex M-Series FPGAs give 2 times the fabric performance per watt.
Intel Agilex M-Series FPGAs
The company’s new Agilex M-Series FPGAS has hardened controllers for various state-of-the-art memory systems such as DDR4, DDR5, and LPDDR5 and is the first member of the Intel Agilex device family to enable HMB2e memory.
Sabrina Gomex, Intel’s director of product marketing, elaborated on the significance of memory within the company’s new FPGAs in a blog article, saying:
“All Intel Agilex FPGAs, including members of the M-Series, include fast, on-chip SRAM in the form of MLAB and M20K blocks. Therefore, these SRAMs are integrated into the FPGA’s programmable-logic fabric and are located immediately adjacent to the logic that will exchange data with these memories. Some Intel Agilex M-Series FPGAs also incorporate in-package HBM in the form of HBM2e memory stacks, managed by hardened memory controllers.”
Because they support PCI Express Gen5, 400G Ethernet, Compute Express Link, and serial transceivers working at up to 116 Gbps, Intel’s future Agilex M-Series FPGAs would be able to handle massive data loads.