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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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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

June 6, 2016

  • 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

May 23, 2016

  • 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.
  • 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.

May 9, 2016

  • 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.

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. 

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.
  • 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.

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