Ex-Huawei team design chip to speed up Hyperledger Fabric blockchain

Yesterday a startup came out of stealth mode to reveal it has designed a new chip to speed up the Hyperledger Fabric blockchain and provide …

Yesterday Accelor came out of stealth mode to reveal it has designed a new chip to speed up the Hyperledger Fabric blockchain and provide additional security. The company claims that with its chips it’s possible to achieve 200,000 transactions per second. The announcement mentioned the founders are a team of industry heavyweights from Qualcomm, Nvidia and AMD. Their résumés are impressive, but the statement omitted the fact that all three founders left Huawei in July 2018 to found Accelor.

It’s a sensitive issue given the controversial claims made about Huawei by the FBI.

The San Fransisco company also announced $2 million in seed backing from Chengwei Capital, which usually focuses on the Chinese market.

The need

Bitcoin miners have used “ASICS” chips for a few years, with specialist hardware built by companies such as Bitmain and Bitfury. ASICS stands for Application-specific integrated circuit, and every blockchain has distinct characteristics. Doubtless, this was the spark for the idea to create new chip designs targeted at Hyperledger Fabric. However, the Accelor chips don’t appear to be ASICS. They’re FPGA which carry some risks. We’ll come back to that.

“Blockchain has introduced valuable new techniques for how we share and secure private data, but the industry’s software has run up against an impossible triangle between decentralization, security, and performance,” said GJ Chu, Co-founder, Accelor.

“Blockchain applications currently operate on top of retrofitted legacy hardware that relies on a ‘security by patch’ process and is unsuited to the rigorous computation demanded by decentralized protocols. Commodity CPUs are not friendly to the cryptographic, network, and database operations necessary for these systems to scale without sacrificing security and it is paramount for the industry to move these intensive computing functions onto dedicated hardware.”

The solution

Accelor has two aspects to its design. The Accelor Performance Engine (APE) is the part that speeds up the cryptography and other processes to deliver 10x greater throughput compared to software-only solutions.

Additionally, the Accelor Security Architecture (ASA) aims to address current security issues. In the past few years there have been some serious CPU-based vulnerabilities – Spectre, Meltdown, and Foreshadow – which have meant that data that should not be accessible within the CPU potentially could be snooped. The operating system companies have introduced patches to protect users. Accelor asserts that these issues have impacted Trusted Execution Environments, a ring-fenced part of processors, which are usually used to protect cryptographic keys.

The risk

The Accelor statement says that “ASA leverages an FPGA-based confidential computing model that gives users ultimate authority over their hardware, affording each individual the flexibility to choose where to place their root of trust, thereby achieving a more decentralized hardware solution.”

An FPGA is a field-programmable gate array, which means that users can reprogram the circuits. The U.S. Department of Defense states that the “Programmable nature of FPGAs and System on Chips (SOCs) make them vulnerable to cyber malware and malicious insertion.” Others have outlined the security issues here and here. This compares to ASICS which are usually mass produced with the code permanently written to the chip to make them harder to tamper with. And ASICS are much faster than FPGAs.

The benefits

In Accelor’s press announcement, Dr. Larry Shi outlined the benefits of the chips. He’s the Head of the Blockchain Research Team at the University of Houston (UH), and Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

“Accelor’s confidential computing architecture has three key advantages to deliver a higher standard in trusted computing. Clients have more freedom to manage their devices, such as setting up their own identity management systems to authenticate each device under their control,” he said.

“FPGAs are faster and have greater power efficiency than general purpose processors for computationally intensive tasks such as expensive zero-knowledge proof related operations. Lastly, FPGAs are already widely used in the IoT and embedded systems market.”


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Chipmaker Dialog to acquire Silicon Motion’s FCI unit for $45 million

UK-based chip manufacturer, Dialog Semiconductor PLC has recently announced plans to acquire Hong-Kong’s solid-state drive company, Silicon …
Chipmaker Dialog to acquire Silicon Motion's FCI unit for $45 million

The company with this acquisition will develop a broad range of new technologies and engineering capabilities.

UK-based chip manufacturer, Dialog Semiconductor PLC has recently announced plans to acquire Hong-Kong’s solid-state drive company, Silicon Motion Technology Corp.’s mobile communications business FCI (Future Communications IC) for around $45 million.

For the record, FCI is the global leader in Mobile TV System-on-Chips (SoCs) in ISDB-T and T-DMB, and offers RF tuner-demodulator SoCs for tablets, smartphones, and automotive PNDs (Portable Navigation Devices). The company, headquartered located near Seoul, South Korea, shipped over 65 million SoCs in 2018 which can be found in many leading smartphone models.

According to a statement, Dialog said that the acquisition will provide it with a strong portfolio of connectivity-based products that includes Mobile TV SoCs, Ultra-Low-Power Wi-Fi SoCs and Modules, and Mobile Communication Transceiver ICs.

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For the record, in 2018, FCI amassed revenues amounting to about $30 million from all its current product lines, with sales primarily made in its Mobile TV SoCs. The company’s new ultra-low power Wi-Fi product line also attained full Wi-Fi certification and cleared all interoperability trials with an extensive range of routers.

Commenting on the deal, Dialog said that it will fund the $45 million investment in a full cash transaction from its balance sheet and expects to complete the deal in 2019, subject to regulatory approval.

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Dialog Semi to buy Silicon Motion’s IoT business for $45 mn

Dialog Semiconductor is set to acquire Silicon Motion’s mobile communications business for $45 million in cash, expanding its presence in the market …

Dialog Semiconductor is set to acquire Silicon Motion’s mobile communications business for $45 million in cash, expanding its presence in the market for low-power connected devices.

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Dialog will take on a 100-strong engineering team based in South Korea as part of the deal to buy FCI, which had 2018 revenue of $30 million. The transaction is expected to complete this year.

Dialog Semiconductor CEO Jalal Bagherli earlier the chipset designer is targeting growth opportunities from home healthcare to gaming consoles following a $600 million deal to cut its exposure to Apple.

The Anglo-German chip designer struck the deal in October with Apple, which accounts for three-quarters of its revenue, helping it to weather an iPhone sales downturn better than other suppliers to the smartphone maker.

Dialog said the business that will remain after it transfers a team of programmers and patents to Apple should show strong growth in 2019.

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