In Expansion Beyond HFT, FPGAs Eye AI

After a decade of supercharging low-latency applications, Wei-Shen Wong explores how FPGAs are pushing into new areas of the capital markets, driven by interest in AI & ML.

Trading firms are notoriously secretive about their use of any technology that they believe delivers an advantage, so gauging actual usage of hardware components such as field-programmable gate array (FPGA) processors can be hard for those outside the firms themselves. But one can gain an idea of demand by looking at recent mergers and acquisitions activity, and the willingness of major chipmakers to invest in these technologies.

Last year saw three significant acquisitions in the space, with

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Firms step up non-compete use to protect tech, data IP

US states are increasingly banning or limiting the use of non-compete contracts, but financial firms are using them more frequently to safeguard proprietary tech and data assets—including the knowledge of the individuals who work on them.

Waters Wrap: Examining ASX’s CHESS do-over

The Australian exchange was the first exchange to be all-in on DLT—and the project failed. Anthony speaks with ASX’s Tim Whiteley to discuss the lessons learned and why he thinks the second attempt will succeed.

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