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Napatech and Intel Partner on FPGA Technology for Standard Servers

December 12, 2018 / Linda Hardesty

The big hyperscalers use field programmable gate array (FPGA) technology on standard servers in their data centers. But there’s a trend for other enterprises to emulate these hyperscalers. And today, Napatech and Intel announced they’ve combined some technology for Intel to offer an FPGA programmable acceleration card for standard servers. An FPGA is an integrated circuit designed to be configured by a customer after manufacturing, providing a certain level of programmability. “Intel made an effort to make FPGA smart NICs [network interface cards] pervasive even in standard servers,” said Jarrod Siket, Napatech’s chief marketing officer. Intel’s foray into the FPGA realm accelerated in 2015 with its acquisition of Altera for $16.7 billion. Napatech’s Siket said, “Today, we took our FPGA software and made it available in Intel programmable acceleration cards.” Napatech Happy to Sell Software, Alone.