Skylake Xeons are Adding FPGAs

All feature requests and suggestions for upcoming releases of Cubase Pro 8, Cubase Artist 8 and Cubase Elements 8 can be posted here.
Locked
omniphonix
Junior Member
Posts: 126
Joined: Sun Dec 19, 2010 2:27 am
Contact:

Skylake Xeons are Adding FPGAs

Post by omniphonix » Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:04 am

I have a feeling whoever in the pro audio software business gets a head start on this is going to do very well. Intel bought Altera and is adding Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) to the next generation of Xeon CPUs based on Skylake architecture. FPGAs are multi-purpose chips that can be software-configured to perform specific tasks at the hardware level. Specific to audio, an FPGA chip could be configured as a dedicated Digital Signal Processor (DSP) like some folks use with add-on cards like the UAD plugin accelerator cards. It stands to reason (especially considering that Intel went to the trouble of buying Altera for $17 billion), that this tech will eventually filter down into their enthusiast desktop and finally to mainstream CPU lines. Many theorize this is Intel's answer to reaching the end of Moore's Law. Incorporating the capability to configure the on-die FPGA for audio DSP applications into Cubase, or especially the next iteration of the VST API, would put Steinberg in the lead on the next generation of audio software performance. At least in my opinion anyway, I'd be curious if anyone disagrees.
Main DAW: Core i9-7940X | 64GB DDR4 3200 | Asus Prime X299-A | Radeon RX570 | Samsung 950 Pro 512GB & 850 Evo 2TB | Acer T272HUL | UR824 | CC121 | Virus TI | MCU Pro | Akai MPD232 | Nektar Panorama P6 | Roland VG-99 | Win10 Pro x64 v1809 | Cubase Pro 10 | Reason 10

DAW/Gig NB: MSI GT76 9SG | Core i9-9900K | 64GB DDR4 2666 | RTX 2080 8GB | 2x PM981 512GB NVMe SSD RAID0 | 860 QVO 2TB SATA SSD | iConnect Audio4+ | Akai APC40 mkII | Akai MPK249 | Win10 Pro x64 v1809 | Cubase Pro 10 | Ableton Live 10

iPad Pro 12.9" Gen 3 1TB: Same Audio4+ as above | CME Xkey 37 | Cubasis | Cubase iC Pro | Many IAA/AU Apps

User avatar
Raphie
Senior Member
Posts: 1319
Joined: Thu Dec 16, 2010 5:20 pm
Location: Netherlands
Contact:

Re: Skylake Xeons are Adding FPGAs

Post by Raphie » Fri Oct 21, 2016 6:56 am

Could be intestering, but the main thing I see is that my 5 year old 2700K with nvidia 750ti, 16gb ddr3 1866 and 2x SAMSUNG Pro 850 SSD still is totally capable.
So i sort of agree a new generations, though they benchmark faster, do not deliver a faster user experience in Cubase or Wavelab. I also think that anything that runs "elsewhere" enjoys limited support UAD adds considerable latency, limited instances etc. While adding use cost. Other things like CUDA, are just not being adopted by main vendors.

So yes "interesting" but I think I can get by for a couple of more years. :D
Analogue Mastering
MSI raider X299 - Intel i9 7940 - MSI Gaming X 1070GTX 8GB - OCZ RD400 nvme SSD - 16GB DDR4-3000
Windows 10 x64 up to date - Cubase Pro 9.5x - Wavelab Pro 9.5x
RME MadiFX and racks full of outboard

Everything you need to know about remote control editors

Locked

Return to “Feature Requests and Suggestions”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests