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November 24, 2014

  • 7 New GPUs in PowerVR Series7 (MPR/MCR)
    With its most ambitious architecture launch since the Series5, Imagination has completely revamped its PowerVR mobile GPU lineup, boosting performance and efficiency.
  • Second-Gen RF360 Still Unmatched (MCR)
    Qualcomm’s second-generation RF360 chips provide a complete solution for the complexities of LTE RF design. The chips are gaining designs wins, particularly the envelope tracker (ET).
  • Mali-T800 Boosts ARM GPUs (MPR/MCR)
    ARM’s new T800 GPU extends the performance of its popular Mali line. The company also updated its video codec and display IP as part of its broad portfolio of multimedia cores.

November 17, 2014

  • NAND Goes Vertical for Density (MPR/MCR)
    Flash memory is critical for devices ranging from smartphones to servers, but to deliver chips with greater capacity, NAND designers have been forced to look in a new direction: up.

November 10, 2014

  • Sckipio, Broadcom in G.fast Race (NWR)
    Startup Sckipio is sampling a chipset for G.fast, the new standard for 1Gbps over 250 meters of copper. Broadcom demonstrated its G.fast chipset at the recent Broadband World Forum.
  • Casting Off the Pipeline (MPR)
    Targeting wearables and IoT, Cast offers a modern 32-bit RISC core without a pipeline, enabling greater power and execution efficiency.
  • MediaTek Adds CDMA (MCR)
    By announcing the MT6735, its first smartphone processor with integrated CDMA capability, MediaTek joins a very exclusive club. The chip targets several large operators around the world.

November 3, 2014

  • RapidIO Gets Coherent With ARM (MPR/NWR)
    RapidIO.org, along with ARM and a list of leading embedded-processor vendors, has commissioned a task force to update the RapidIO protocol to support coherent processing in ARMv8 processor clusters.

October 27, 2014

  • Soft Machines Targets IPC Bottleneck (MPR)
    A new technology called VISC promises greater performance by breaking down a single thread and executing it on multiple cores. The technology works in hardware on any program and any instruction set.
  • AppliedMicro ARMs for Embedded (MPR/NWR)
    AppliedMicro’s new Helix family of ARMv8-compatible embedded processors is based on the company’s X-Gene server chips and also inherits DNA from its older PacketPro communications chips.
  • LTE Release 12 Evolves Before the Leap (NWR/MCR)
    Release 12, the third LTE-Advanced iteration, enhances existing techniques that improve wireless coverage, capacity, and data rates. It also unlocks new capabilities and foreshadows major changes in Release 13.

October 20, 2014

  • ARC HS38 Can Run High-Level OS (MPR)
    The new HS38 CPU core from Synopsys can run full versions of embedded Linux using its MMU, cache-coherent SMP, optional L2 cache, and other new features.
  • Aquantia Enables 2.5GbE Over UTP (NWR)
    Aquantia has extended the capability of its 28nm AQ2xxx PHYs from three speeds to five by using proprietary signal-processing capabilities to add 2.5Gbps and 5Gbps modes.

October 13, 2014

  • Tomahawk Delivers 32x100G Ports (NWR)
    Broadcom sampled its long-rumored Tomahawk switch to lead customers, becoming the first vendor to offer 32 ports of 100Gbps Ethernet in a single 3.2Tbps switch.
  • Wi-Fi Moves From Combo to Baseband (MCR)
    According to our new forecast, mobile processors with integrated Wi-Fi will outsell Wi-Fi combo chips by 2018, helping MediaTek and Qualcomm take share from market leader Broadcom.

October 6, 2014

  • Cavium Touts Revolutionary Switch (NWR)
    Mere weeks after acquiring Xpliant, Cavium launched the first chip from the Xpliant developers. The CNX880xx Xpliant Packet Architecture (XPA) scales from 880Gbps to 3.2Tbps and offers up to 32x100Gbps Ethernet ports.
  • Cortex-M7 Doubles Up on DSP (MPR/MCR)
    ARM's new 32-bit Cortex-M7 aims to bring higher-performance digital signal processing to MCUs for high-end embedded applications. The new architecture delivers 47% better compute performance than Cortex-M4.

September 29, 2014

  • MIPS Warrior Joins 64-Bit Battle (MPR/MCR)
    The I6400 CPU is the first licensable core in Imagination Technologies’ Warrior family to implement a 64-bit architecture. As an interAptiv core, it fits in the middle of the MIPS lineup.
  • Kodo Pumps Up Network Bandwidth (NWR)
    A simple yet powerful data-encoding scheme, Random Linear Network Coding, can improve network throughput by 2x to 10x, depending on its network layer and vertical application.

September 22, 2014

  • Intel Takes 40G Ethernet Mainstream (NWR)
    Part of the new Grantley server platform, the Intel Ethernet Controller XL710 (Fortville) also serves high-volume 10GbE designs, replacing the venerable 82599 (Niantic) and associated X520 NICs.
  • Sparc64 XIfx Uses Memory Cubes (MPR)
    Fujitsu’s new Sparc64 XIfx supercomputer processor uses Micron’s Hybrid Memory Cubes and numerous other improvements to push system-level performance toward 100 petaflops.
  • Intel Embeds x86 Into Telco Networks (NWR)
    Intel's Open Network Platform reference architecture provides a validated set of SDN and NFV ingredients that are helping push x86 servers deeper into telecom infrastructure. 
  • Broadcom Advances 11ac MIMO (MCR)
    Broadcom has delivered its second 2x2 MIMO 802.11ac chip for smartphones, adding a separate Bluetooth antenna, but this product may not be enough to spark interest in the new Wi-Fi standard.

September 15, 2014

  • Broadwell-Y Launches 14nm Era (MPR)
    Core M targets 2-in-1 PCs and tablets, fitting into a thermal envelope of just 4.5W TDP while offering a preview of mainstream 14nm Broadwell products.
  • Intel’s 14nm Graphics Broadside (MPR/MCR)
    Broadwell delivers a next-generation GPU with 20% better compute performance, 50% more texturing, and OpenCL 2.0 compatibility. This GPU will scale from high-end PCs to low-cost tablets.
  • Movidius Eyes Computational Vision (MCR)
    Movidius intends to add panoramic 3D visual awareness to mobile devices. Its Myriad 2 SoC performs real-time computational photography on image streams from up to six high-definition cameras.
  • The Big Get Bigger in Comm ICs (NWR)
    Although the communications-semiconductor industry declined modestly in 2013, the overall market for application-specific standard products was relatively healthy, with segment-specific issues cre­ating a drag on broader growth.

September 8, 2014

  • Tradeoffs Abound for 56Gbps I/O (NWR)
    As the OIF and the IEEE 802.3bs task force develop new specifications for 56Gbps serial interfaces, proponents of traditional NRZ coding are battling PAM4 backers for mindshare.

September 1, 2014

  • X-Gene 2 Aims Above Microservers (MPR)
    AppliedMicro's 28nm X-Gene 2, which is currently sampling, delivers Xeon E3–class compute performance, Xeon E5–class memory bandwidth, and highly integrated, low latency 10GbE networking.
  • Intel Buys Axxia for Base Stations (MPR/NWR)
    Intel is aiming to make a bigger splash in wireless infrastructure by acquiring the former LSI networking business. It faces many execution challenges that could hinder ongoing success, however. 
  • Samsung First With 20nm Processor (MPR/MCR)
    The Exynos 5430 and 5433 are the first application processors in 20nm, providing power and performance advantages over 28nm products. Samsung also announced its first LTE-Advanced modem chip.

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