Most Read – Lockheed-Martin 5G, ISSCC ML processors, Intel-ARM

What topics are covered this week? There’s Satellite Vu, which picked SpaceX for the launch of its first MWIR thermal imaging satellite, Intel’s Investor Day, Lockheed Martin developing 5G OSIRIS testbed, cutting-edge learning processor technology automatic covered at ISSCC 2022 and thoughts on a consortium to buy Arm…

5. Satellite Vu trusts SpaceX for the launch of a thermal imaging satellite
British satellite company Satellite Vu, which aims to monitor the thermal footprint of any building on the planet, has turned to SpaceX for the launch of what it describes as the thermal imaging satellite at the highest resolution in the world. He has signed a deal with Elon Musk’s company to launch the satellite in early 2023. It will be part of a rideshare launch on one of SpaceX’s Transporter missions aboard a Falcon 9 and the satellite will be the first of what is expected to be a constellation of seven UK-built satellites in low Earth orbit. It aims to provide homeowners, insurers, and government agencies with access to real-time temperature data about the Earth’s built environment.

4. Intel exhibits its booth
Intel set product targets during its Investor Day. In the Xeon lineup, starting in Q1 2022, the company will deliver Sapphire Rapids on Intel 7, delivering performance improvements across a range of workloads and targeting up to 30x the performance increase of AI alone . Coming in 2023 is Emerald Rapids, the next-generation Xeon processor on the Intel Process Node 7 with improved performance and memory expansion and security benefits from the existing platform. In 2024, Intel will introduce what it calls a new “revolutionary” E-core-based Xeon processor, Sierra Forest, as an Intel flagship.

3. Lockheed Martin to prototype next-generation US Marine 5G communications
The US Department of Defense (DOD) has awarded Lockheed Martin a $19.3 million contract to create a 5G communications network infrastructure test bed for the US Marine Corps. The test bed will be known as OSIRIS (Open Systems Interoperable and Reconfigurable Infrastructure Solution) and is part of the company’s “5G.MIL” programs. These aim to support the rapid integration of 5G technology into military land, sea, air, space and cyber operations. Specifically, test facilities should allow rapid experimentation and prototyping of dual-use applications.

2. ISSCC 2022: Machine Learning Processors
It takes a lot of effort to avoid machine learning processors at this year’s IEEE International Conference on Semiconductor Circuits, as they appeared not only among digital processing papers, but also alongside papers memory and analog. For example, of the thousands of companies designing integrated circuits worldwide, only four were invited to describe their latest end products at ISSCC 2022, and two of the four were machine learning processors: SambaNova with a 7nm chip with over 40 billion transistors that can train a trillion-parameter natural language processing model in a quarter-rack machine, and Tenstorrent with its “Wormhole” neural network training processor delivering 430Tops from 771mm2 of 12nm CMOS.

1. Intel ready to join a consortium to buy Arm
Gelsinger said that before Nvidia made its bid for Arm, the industry had talked about forming a consortium to buy Arm from Softbank. “We’re not heavy Arm users, but we’re using Arm,” Gelsinger told Reuters, “we’re going to be bigger Arm users because we’re bringing it into our IFS program as well. So if a consortium emerges, we would probably be very much in favor of participating in it in one way or another.

Amanda J. Marsh