Intel’s Omnitek Acquisition Bolsters FPGA, AI Inferencing Play

May 8, 2019 Brandon Lewis

SANTA CLARA, CA. Intel has acquired Omnitek, a U.K.-based provider of FPGA IP solutions for video and vision applications. In addition to complementing Intel’s existing FPGA offerings, Omnitek technology gives the company more customizable, high-performance artificial intelligence (AI) inferencing capabilities.

Omnitek will be integrated into Intel’s Programmable Solutions Group. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Since 1998, Omnitek has reportedly developed more than 220 FPGA IP cores and supporting software for uses such as image signal processing, video connectivity, and WARP audio signal processing. The acquisition strengthens Intel’s bid to capture large chunks of the estimated $8 billion market opportunity in programmable solutions.

"Compute-intensive applications like 8K video and artificial intelligence require a multitude of innovative compute engines,” says Roger Fawcett, CEO of Omnitek. “FPGA devices play an increasingly critical role, often complementing other processing architectures, and Intel is at the center of this revolution."

"Omnitek's technology is a great complement to our FPGA business,” says Dan McNamara, Senior VP and GM of Programmable Solutions at Intel. “Their deep, system-level FPGA expertise and high-performance video and vision-related technology have made them a trusted partner for many of our most important customers. Together, we will deliver leading FPGA solutions for video, vision, and AI inferencing applications on Intel FPGAs and speed time-to-market for our existing customers while winning new ones."

For more information on Omnitek technology, visit www.omnitek.tv.

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Brandon Lewis, Editor-in-Chief of Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for guiding the property's content strategy, editorial direction, and engineering community engagement, which includes IoT Design, Automotive Embedded Systems, the Power Page, Industrial AI & Machine Learning, and other publications. As an experienced technical journalist, editor, and reporter with an aptitude for identifying key technologies, products, and market trends in the embedded technology sector, he enjoys covering topics that range from development kits and tools to cyber security and technology business models. Brandon received a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University, where he graduated cum laude. He can be reached by email at brandon.lewis@opensysmedia.com.

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