I made a terrible mistake. Trying to dispel your IoT ignorance. Go away, earwig boy. If I wanted to play this stupid game I would just engage Twink.
Bless. You don't understand, it's OK, it happens.
The author is confused by several things (including the company that Intel actually bought), but let me give you a real world example. Type the following into your favorite search engine.
This is a $19 Wi-Fi enabled IOT development platform and contains an microcontroller and is typical of the kind of things that are being built and what the author is talking about.
The author is basically suggesting that the ARM microcontroller ( a 120Mhz ARM Cortex M3 with 128KB RAM) is replace by the (huge) Intel Quark and Intel add in a FPGA which "provides greater flexibility and faster time-to-market for customers". Lets ignore things like the die size (ie, cost), which markets could now be addressed with such a SoC that couldn't be addressed with the Photon above?
The examples, thermostats, toasters, LED lighting, subway systems (?), traffic lights, water hydrants would be addressed with something like the Photon. The only example that makes sense is "medical imaging systems" but here you aren't talking about a humble microcontroller...
[Once again, read the article. You can read, can't you?]
I have, but, like I said, can you give me an example. I can't think of one. You do understand what he was talking about, don't you?
BTW, the author has a terrible mistake on the first line. Did you spot it?
[Read the article, pinhead. Your ignorance of the IoT is only eclipsed by your unwillingness to change your ignorance. ]
I have, which is why I am asking the question. Why would you use FPGA in the IoT space? Can you give me an example?
Servers and the IoT.
Why would an embedded FPGA help in the IoT space?
[LOL. Seriously, you believe this will continue just like before? In that case I've got a watch, a bridge and some swampland you are going to be very interested in!!!]
Yes, I do actually. Do you know why? Intel said so. Why do you think they mentioned it explicitly in the press release...
Surprised ARM hasn't dropped below $50 on the Altera news.
Why? From Intel's own press release:
"Altera will become an Intel business unit to facilitate continuity of existing and new customer sales and support. Intel plans to continue support and development for Altera's ARM-based and power management product lines."
It is a 2.5 Ghz dual-issue out-of-order ARM chip i.e. one core will be slower than a 2.6 GHz Atom Avoton core. Even with 48 cores @100W it won't beat in throughput a similarly watt-powered Xeon set-up which will have much greater single-thread performance or 40 Avoton cores which you can also get for 100W. Thunder's only real purpose is to replace the similarly designed Cavium MIPS Octeon in-order chip in network chips.
I can't disagree with any of the above, but I think you are missing the target market that Cavium is going for with this type of chip. Basically, the workload wouldn't be CPU based, but IO based. Think something like AWS's S3 buckets, minimal CPU, but lots of IO overhead (basically, moving data from disc to network). Assuming these things have hardwired SSL acceleration board, they could do a nice job. I couldn't see the specs of the Asus motherboard, other than it being dual socket but I would expect it to have massive IO links.