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December 22, 2014

  • Dueling Alliances Eye 2.5GbE, 5GbE (NWR)
    Two industry consortia, the NBase-T Alliance and MGBase-T Alliance, are encouraging 802.3 to set up a “Next Generation Enterprise Access Base-T” study group for 2.5Gbps and 5Gbps Ethernet standards.

December 15, 2014

  • Ingenic M200 Marks Time (MPR/MCR)
    Already shipping in the Geak Watch, Ingenic’s M200 processor is designed for Android wearables, providing two MIPS cores plus accelerators in a small and inexpensive package.
  • IEEE Forms 25GBase-T Study Group (NWR)
    The IEEE 802.3 plenary meeting approved a new study group to standardize 25Gbps Ethernet transmission over twisted-pair copper, augmenting the emerging 25G and 50G Ethernet efforts.

December 8, 2014

  • 400G Ethernet Committee Mulls CDXS (NWR)
    The IEEE’s 802.3bs task force is considering creation of an “extender sublayer,” CDXS, that would enable multiple modulation, PCS-coding, and lane-multiplexing methods under a common standard.
  • Qualcomm First With Cat10 LTE (MCR)
    The new Gobi 9245 modem pushes downlink speeds to 450Mbps and also improves the long-neglected uplink. No other vendor offers triple-carrier aggregation.

December 1, 2014

  • Opportunity NoCs, NetSpeed Answers (MPR)
    NetSpeed’s network-on-a-chip (NoC) promises to ease SoC development by offering more design automation and better optimization. Its biggest challenge, however, is winning customers away from two established competitors.
  • Marvell Extends LTE Lineup (MCR)
    Marvell will deliver an onslaught of new LTE processors over the next few quarters, including its first octa-core chip and its first processors with integrated GPS.

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 Race (NWR)
    Startup Sckipio is sampling a chipset for, the new standard for 1Gbps over 250 meters of copper. Broadcom demonstrated its 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), 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.

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