Linley Mobile & Wearables Conference 2016
Focusing on IC and system design for mobile and wearable devices
July 26 - 27, 2016
Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA
July 4, 2016
ConnectX-5 Targets HPC Co-Design (NWR)
The new Mellanox InfiniBand adapter is optimized for HPC co-design, which involves development of clustered multicore hardware in close association with simulated HPC applications known as mini-apps.
Synopsys Improves Vision With DSP (MPR)
The new DesignWare EV6x embedded-vision cores complement the ARC CPU with a 512-bit vector DSP and an optional convolutional-neural-network (CNN) accelerator.
Broadwell Accelerates the DPDK (MPR/NWR)
Intel Xeon processors are improving their networking performance through better hardware and better software—in particular, the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK). Other vendors are following suit by adapting the DPDK to their processors.
June 27, 2016
IBM TrueNorth Tackles Deep Learning (MPR)
IBM’s neuromorphic processor tremendously improves power efficiency for certain machine-learning problems by eschewing the traditional memory model and relying on fixed-function computation.
Marvell Boosts Enterprise Ethernet (NWR)
Marvell's newest Prestera DX switches are changing a staid enterprise Ethernet market. The new Aldrin and AlleyCat 3X address aggregation and access using 10GbE and 2.5GbE port speeds.
Editorial: Learning Chips Hit the Market (MPR)
Google and IBM have already deployed custom chips optimized for deep learning, and several startups are also taking this approach, creating a new wave of microarchitecture design.
Qualcomm Wear 1100 Expands Lineup (MCR)
Targeting location trackers, geofencing, and similar applications, the Snapdragon Wear 1100 combines a simple application CPU, LTE baseband, and GPS baseband in a single chip.
GPUs Stream Into Data-Center Xeons (MPR)
Intel’s new Xeon E3-1500v5 server processors accelerate video and graphics workloads, pairing four Skylake CPUs with a powerful GPU and a co-packaged eDRAM cache.
June 20, 2016
14nm Broadwell-EX Boosts Brickland (MPR)
The third socket-compatible processor in Intel’s Xeon E7 platform known as Brickland, Broadwell-EX boosts performance and power efficiency by up to 30% and doubles memory capacity.
High-End Mali Takes Bifrost Bridge (MPR/MCR)
ARM’s newest GPU architecture addresses the requirements of high-performance graphics and enables cache-coherent CPU/GPU operation for general-purpose-GPU (GPGPU) computing.
Broadcom Grabs Magnacom for WAM (NWR/MCR)
Broadcom has quietly acquired Israel-based Magnacom to gain access to a patented modulation scheme that builds on quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) for various applications.
Marvell IAP220 Targets Smart Home (MPR)
The new IAP220 combines dual Cortex-A7 CPUs with a low-power sensor hub, making it well suited to Android-based IoT devices. It can also serve in smartwatches.
Sonics Ice-G1 Simplifies the PMU (MPR)
Sonics’ new power-management IP replaces the traditional microcontroller with a set of state machines that provide much faster and more-localized control, reducing energy consumption.
June 13, 2016
Microsemi Expands GbE Switches (NWR)
Microsemi’s new Ocelot VSC75xx Ethernet switch chips target unmanaged and Layer 2 IoT applications with up to 10xGbE ports.
Leia 3D Aims to Change User Interface (MCR)
Startup Leia offers a new display technology that delivers a 3D effect across a broad range of viewing conditions, providing HD-quality 3D images at an affordable price.
Mellanox Marries ConnectX to Tile-Mx (MPR/NWR)
The new Mellanox BlueField SoCs integrate the company’s ConnectX Ethernet adapter design with ARM Cortex-A72 CPUs and the Tilera multicore technology acquired with EZchip.
June 6, 2016
Cortex-A73 Improves Mobile Efficiency (MPR/MCR)
The new Cortex-A73 focuses on power and sustainable performance instead of benchmark scores, reducing power by 20% and die area by 25% compared with its predecessor
Cavium Beefs Up ThunderX2 CPU (MPR)
After falling short of its promises regarding ThunderX, Cavium is doubling down on performance for its next-generation ThunderX2, which it expects to sample this year.
Startup Enters 50Gbps PHY Market (NWR)
Startup Etopus Technology has introduced a family of PHY devices that scale from 50Gbps to 400Gbps using the PAM4 encoding that the IEEE specifies for 50Gbps lanes.
CCIX: Coherent Interconnect for All (MPR)
The new CCIX Consortium is developing an open standard for connecting processors with coherent GPUs, FPGAs, NICs, and other accelerators, particularly in the data center and for HPC.
May 30, 2016
Mali-G71 Enables Coherent Computing (MPR/MCR)
ARM’s Mali-G71 enables full hardware cache-coherent operation for tightly coupled CPU/GPU workloads as well as TrustZone support for content protection.
Xilinx First to Sample 16nm FPGAs (NWR)
Xilinx is sampling six members of the 16nm UltraScale+ Virtex, Kintex, and Zynq MPSoC families, offering three separate FPGA/SoC generations from TSMC.
Ncore Makes FlexNoC Coherent (MPR)
The new Ncore NoC intellectual property from Arteris enables easy creation of fully heterogeneous cache-coherent SoCs.
Nvidia Brings Pascal to the Masses (MPR)
Nvidia has launched the GTX 1080, its first consumer GPU based on the Pascal graphics architecture.
Cypress Adds WICED to IoT Lineup (MPR)
To expand its IoT efforts beyond microcontrollers, Cypress has acquired Broadcom’s line of integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and ZigBee processors.
May 23, 2016
Intel Exits Mobile as Atom Bombs (MPR/MCR)
Intel has canceled all future Sofia products as well as the Broxton processor, officially ending its efforts to become a leader in the smartphone and Android tablet markets.
X-Gene 3 Performance Piques Interest (MPR)
According to AppliedMicro’s latest simulations, the forthcoming X-Gene 3 will match the per-socket and per-thread performance of a high-end Xeon E5v4 processor at a similar power level.
Serdes Drive Ethernet Expansion (NWR)
The IEEE’s 802.3 Ethernet working group is expanding 25Gbps- and 50Gbps-lane multiplexing to multiple media types and recently created the 802.3cc and 802.3cd task forces.
May 16, 2016
Octeon Expands Market With ARM (MPR/NWR)
Cavium has extended its 48-core ThunderX architecture across a broad range of embedded processors, offering the new ARM-based Octeon TX alongside the MIPS-based Octeon III.
Broadcom Offers First 64-Bit StrataGX (MPR/NWR)
Broadcom has launched its first 64-bit StrataGX SoCs, which offer four Cortex-A57 CPUs and a host of accelerators for realizing virtual network functions.
NXP’s Cortex-A72 Quartet (MPR/NWR)
Four new QorIQ processors, including the octa-core LS2088A and quad-core LS2048A, combine ARM’s best CPU with NXP’s second-generation packet-processing hardware.
Smartphones Shift to Universal Flash (MCR)
Universal Flash Storage (UFS) offers higher capacity and greater speed than the eMMC memories that most smartphones currently employ. Samsung now offers UFS at up to 256GB.
May 9, 2016
Nvidia Hits HPC First With Pascal (MPR)
Based on the Pascal architecture, the 16nm Tesla P100 GPU uses 56 cores to deliver 5.3Tflops double-precision or 21.1Tflops half-precision while burning 300W.
NXP Economizes With LS2080A (MPR/NWR)
NXP’s newest QorIQ processors, the octa-core LS2080A and quad-core LS2040A, bring lower-power and lower-cost options to the ARMv8-based LS2-series.
Ethertronics Steers Smarter Antennas (MCR)
The EC459, a smart antenna chip, actively steers the antenna’s sensitivity to the received signal. Ethertronics also launched the EC686 and EC486 RF switch chips.
Editorial: AMD Goes to China (MPR)
AMD is the latest chip vendor to partner with a Chinese company, but similar partnerships have not worked out well for foreign companies that share their valuable IP.
Convertible PCs Sail on Apollo Lake (MPR)
Apollo Lake is Intel’s next-generation entry-level processor for PCs. The 14nm device, which integrates the new Goldmont CPU, succeeds Cherry Trail for mini PCs and 2-in-1 convertible tablets.
May 2, 2016
Cavendish Uses MEMS to Improve RF (MCR)
Building on its initial success in aperture tuning, Cavendish Kinetics is announcing new SmartSwitch and SmartDiversity products based on its unique MEMS switching technology.
Marvell NBase-T PHY Removes 10G (NWR)
Marvell is spinning off 2.5Gbps/5Gbps PHY devices from the 10GBase-T Alaska X, its first product to support NBase-T specifications.
HBM2 Doubles Bandwidth, Capacity (MPR)
The second-generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) increases memory capacity and bandwidth, adds ECC support, and improves memory-controller efficiency.
April 25, 2016
NXP Debuts QorIQ Cortex-A72 (MPR/NWR)
The industry’s first embedded processors to use Cortex-A72, the quad-core LS1046A and dual-core LS1026A improve performance, particularly for mixed control- and data-plane networking.
AMD FirePro Reinvigorates HPC (MPR)
The new FirePro S9300x2 is the industry’s highest-performance single-precision GPU. The Radeon Open Compute tool chain adds support for C/C++ and Cuda software.
AMS Sensors See the Light (MCR)
The industry’s largest supplier of light sensors, AMS is adapting this technology to more advanced applications such as color correction, gesture recognition, and health monitoring.
Precise-ITC Debuts 400G Mapper IP (NWR)
Precise-ITC of Ottawa demonstrated an FPGA-based 400Gbps mapper at the recent Optical Fiber Communication conference. Callite-C4 maps 400GbE and 4x100GbE to OTUC4 optical-transport-network (OTN) rates.
MediaTek’s Gateways to IoT (MPR)
The MT7697 combines ARM’s Cortex-M4F with integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The MT2511 is an analog companion chip for MediaTek’s wearable processors.
April 18, 2016
Qualcomm Advances in RF Front End (MCR)
The RF360 line now covers multiple price tiers and includes new products such as aperture tuners. By striking a deal with TDK, Qualcomm will be able to offer RF filters as well.
MoSys Builds Smarter Search Engine (NWR)
The new Programmable Search Engine (PSE) integrates CPUs that enable industry-first customer programmability. The PSE shares its silicon architecture with Bandwidth Engine 3 products.
Baikal Aims for Desktops, Microservers (MPR)
Russian semiconductor startup Baikal recently announced its second design, a 28nm ARMv8 processor for desktop computers, communications equipment, and microservers.
April 11, 2016
Inphi Melds PAM4, Silicon Photonics (NWR)
Inphi’s Colorz optical-link technology combines two component breakthroughs: a CMOS DSP chip implementing PAM4 modulation for dual 50Gbps channels, and a silicon-photonics die integrating Mach-Zehnder modulators, photodetectors, and mux/demuxes.
Editorial: Cost Will Hamper 5G Rollout (MPR/NWR/MCR)
Without Moore’s Law to help, ultrafast 5G handsets will remain expensive, slowing the rollout of the next-generation cellular technology and diluting its potential benefits.
Silicon Labs Goes Wireless (MPR)
The new Wireless Gecko microcontrollers integrate a radio that supports Bluetooth, Thread, and ZigBee protocols, providing highly integrated solutions for low-cost IoT devices.