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March 30, 2015

  • 14nm Xeon D Secures the Data Center (MPR)
    Intel’s first 14nm server processor, Xeon D integrates eight Broadwell CPUs and achieves up to 3.4x greater performance than Atom microserver processors, blocking potential ARM-based competitors.
  • Marvell LTE Reaches Category 7 (MCR)
    Marvell has advanced its LTE capabilities with the new PXA1826, a thin modem that uses carrier aggregation to achieve speeds of 300Mbps. The company also earned a significant win at Samsung.
  • Kandou Narrows Focus to Serdes IP (NWR)
    Kandou Bus is targeting communications customers with the Glasswing family of serdes IP, the first member of which is a 125Gbps hard macro implementing the company’s 5-bit over 6-wire protocol.

March 23, 2015

  • Galaxy S6 Shows New Technologies (MCR)
    The new Galaxy S6 is a trendsetting smartphone that includes emerging technologies such as UFS, LPDDR4, 2x2 Wi-Fi, and wireless charging, plus the industry’s first 14nm application processor, the Exynos 7420.
  • Flex Logix Promotes FPGA IP (NWR)
    A startup has developed a hierarchical switching matrix for FPGAs based on work from UCLA. Flex Logix is licensing these IP blocks to semiconductor companies.
  • Editorial: NXP Deal Builds Auto Giant (MPR)
    NXP’s pending acquisition of Freescale will shake up the microcontroller market, particularly in the automotive segment, but Freescale’s networking processors could be up for grabs.

March 16, 2015

  • UltraScale+ Adopts 16nm FinFETs (NWR)
    Xilinx has introduced Kintex and Virtex FPGA families, as well as a Zynq MPSoC, in an UltraScale+ architecture based on TSMC’s 16nm FinFET process. It also launched SDSoC, a compiler tool that eases Zynq development.

March 9, 2015

  • Octeon Fusion-M Goes Macro (MPR/NWR)
    Cavium has launched a new Octeon Fusion lineup that extends its integrated wireless-base-station processors to macrocells and supports more users than competing products.
  • Cadence HiFi 4 Creates 3D Sound (MPR)
    Extending Cadence’s family of licensable audio DSP cores, HiFi 4 can process complex object-based surround-sound algorithms such as Dolby Atmos and DTS-X.

March 2, 2015

  • Spreadtrum Nears RDA Merger (MCR)
    Rising low-end shipments helped boost Spreadtrum’s revenue as it prepares to merge with RDA, but the company hopes new LTE chips will improve its average selling price.

February 23, 2015

  • AMD Unearths Excavator CPU (MPR)
    Using the new Excavator CPU, AMD’s Carrizo processor delivers more performance and features than its predecessor, despite sticking with 28nm technology. Carrizo-L extends the line downward.
  • Honey, I Shrunk the FPGA (MCR)
    Lattice’s new Ice40 UltraLite FPGA competes with QuickLogic’s PolarPro 3, providing a tiny, inexpensive programmable-logic chip for smartphones and other mobile devices.
  • Intel Becomes #2 in Broadband ICs (NWR)
    The pending acquisition of Lantiq will scale Intel’s broadband business primarily by adding DSL chipsets. It also signals that Intel views home gateways as strategic.

February 16, 2015

  • FPGAs Target Remote Radio Heads (NWR)
    Remote radio heads, already a favored implementation for macrocells, are finding a new role in small cells as part of the cloud RAN. FPGAs could play an important part.

February 9, 2015

  • Huawei Aims for Midrange Phones (MCR)
    Huawei’s first 64-bit processor, the Kirin 620, targets smartphones costing as little as $130. The chip combines eight Cortex-A53 CPUs with a Category 4 LTE baseband.

February 2, 2015

  • CES Sees New MU-MIMO Chipsets (NWR)
    Anticipating OEMs’ rush to offer 802.11ac Wave 2 access points, Wi-Fi chipset vendors touted their next-generation MU-MIMO platforms at the recent Consumer Electronics Show.

January 26, 2015

  • Broadwell Comes to Notebooks (MPR)
    Intel introduced the first mainstream Broadwell processors, targeting notebook PCs, indicating that its 14nm technology is now in full production. Cherry Trail is soon to follow.
  • Editorial: Broadcom Hits the Brakes (MPR/NWR)
    After a decade of aggressive growth, Broadcom is retooling for a slower pace and is focusing on adjacent markets. The company will remain a leader, but it risks missing or being late to emerging markets.
  • Allwinner Offers More Dollar Deals (MPR)
    Allwinner’s newest bargain products are two new quad-CPU devices: the Cortex-A7-powered H3 and the A64, the company’s first 64-bit processor integrating Cortex-A53.

January 19, 2015

  • Broadcom Releases OpenFlow Software (NWR)
    The newest release of Broadcom’s OpenFlow Data Path Abstraction (OF-DPA) software uses the Open Networking Foundation’s table-type patterns to ease application development on Broadcom switches.

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