Current MPR Articles
May 27, 2013
How Cortex-A15 Measures Up
Now that Cortex-A15 is shipping in a smartphone (Galaxy S4), we can analyze its performance, power, and die area while comparing it with other A15-class CPUs from Apple and Qualcomm.
AMD Ships First Jaguar Processors
With a TDP of 4W, Temash targets Windows 8 tablets and hybrid devices. For traditional laptops and entry-level desktop PCs, AMD also offers the more powerful Kabini.
In Brief: Armada 375 Has Dual Cortex-A9s
Marvell's newest Armada chip targets storage control, media servers, and networking. It is the first Armada processor to use licensed ARM cores instead of Marvell’s own ARM-compatible CPUs.
In Brief: ARM Buys Patent Peace With Sonics
By licensing Sonics' portfolio of patents for network-on-a-chip interconnect IP, ARM has protected its customers from costly litigation that threatens to disrupt the processor-design ecosystem.
May 20, 2013
Silvermont Energizes Atom
Intel's 22nm Atom has received its first major CPU redesign in five years. Silvermont improves single-thread performance and scales to eight-core designs. It will appear in smartphones, tablets, embedded systems, and servers.
In Brief: Embedded Atoms Target Storage
Intel's new Atom S1200 storage processors ("Briarwood") extend the company's reach into the low-cost networked-storage market. They are much lower priced and use much less power than Xeon E5 storage processors.
May 13, 2013
Editorial: After 28nm, No Moore?
We now face a mountain of progressively more expensive technologies that are required to deliver continued transistor improvements. These costs will prevent some chip vendors from following Moore’s Law.
May 6, 2013
MediaTek Blankets Low End
By introducing a dual-core processor for entry-level smartphones, as well as new quad-core Cortex-A7 versions for the market’s midrange and high end, MediaTek has left no low-cost niche for competitors to exploit.
April 29, 2013
Foundries Stretch for FinFETs
GlobalFoundries, TSMC, and other foundries are scrambling to catch up with Intel’s FinFET technology, and their processes are growing more complex and costly at 20nm and below.
Intel Beats ARM to Microservers
Intel has updated its server roadmap and disclosed new Atom processors targeting storage and networking applications. Although the company is already sampling Avoton, opportunities remain for ARM vendors.
In Brief: Ceva Releases Android Framework
Ceva's newest innovation is not a new DSP core, but a high-level software framework that eases software development for DSP acceleration in heterogeneous systems.
April 22, 2013
Andes Offers Low-Power CPU Cores
Customers have already shipped more than 200 million chips using Andes Technology's CPU cores. These cores offer an alternative to ARM’s Cortex-M series.
April 15, 2013
Spreadtrum Scores in TD Smartphones
While the rest of the world struggles to break into China, Spreadtrum is already there. The new SC8825 is the company's first dual-core smartphone processor.
Oracle Says SPARC Is Tops
Oracle introduced its new Sparc T5 and Sparc M5 processors in a new line of servers, claiming that Sparc T5 is the world's fastest microprocessor.
Editorial: It's Not Just About the Apps
Although ARM continues to hold the application CPU, opportunities for other processor-IP vendors are emerging as more CPU and DSP cores are embedded in various mobile chips.
April 8, 2013
Nvidia Puts Denver on Its Roadmap
Nvidia has updated its Tegra roadmap, adding details for its next two processors: Logan and Parker. Logan brings Cuda to Tegra, and Parker provides a home for Denver, the company's ARMv8 CPU.
In Brief: AMD's Richland Bridges Gap
AMD is now shipping Richland, its newest integrated processor for notebooks. Richland offers significant improvements that will hold AMD over until its next-generation processor, Kaveri, ships in late 2013.
April 1, 2013
Imagination's GPUs Go Rogue
Imagination Technologies' Series6 (Rogue) GPU uses a unified-shader architecture to deliver OpenGL ES 3.0 compliance with improved performance per watt for mobile processors.
March 25, 2013
Small Cells Surge at MWC
New processors from Broadcom and Mindspeed are expanding the options for cellular base-station designers, and other announcements from this year’s Mobile World Congress reaffirm the industry's interest in small-cell technology.
Editorial: Altera Fuels Intel’s Foundry
Intel has signed Altera as a customer for its foundry business at a time of reduced fab utilization. This big step in establishing the business will allow Intel to increase revenue and defray fab costs.
In Brief: Cadence Buys Tensilica for CPU IP
Cadence is paying $380 million to purchase Tensilica. With chip companies facing soaring design costs, this acquisition shows the advantages of a business model focused on intellectual-property (IP) cores.
In Brief: Marvell Joins the Quad Parade
The PXA1088 tackles the low-cost smartphone market with four Cortex-A7 CPU cores, upgrading Marvell’s earlier dual-core chips.
From the Publisher: Birth of a New Report
The Linley Group has launched a new publication, Networking Report, that extends our weekly coverage to Ethernet, broadband, optical, and similar topics.
March 18, 2013
Processors for the Internet of Things
This article examines the processors and wireless chips that will connect billions of "smart objects" to the Internet.
March 11, 2013
Tegra 4 Outperforms Snapdragon
Nvidia released benchmark scores for its new Tegra 4 processor, along with detailed information about the chip's design that help explain its outstanding performance. But power could be a limiting factor.
Tegra 4i Expands Market
Tegra 4i is Nvidia's first mobile processor with an integrated cellular baseband. Sporting an improved version of Cortex-A9 and a beefed-up GPU, the chip delivers impressive performance.
In Brief: Qualcomm Extends 2013 Roadmap
Qualcomm has filled in its Snapdragon Series 200 and Series 400, adding the new 8x30AB processor. The company also announced its first RF module and a new Quick Charge chip.
March 4, 2013
In Brief: Tensilica Sets Its Sights on Vision
To address the next big market for licensable DSP cores, Tensilica introduced the IVP family of specialized CPUs optimized for imaging and video processing.
In Brief: Ceva Extends XC DSPs
The battle for the wireless baseband heated up again as Ceva announced new features for its flagship XC family of licensable DSPs.