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April 14, 2014

  • Qualcomm Tips Cortex-A57 Plans (MPR/MCR)
    The Snapdragon 810 will include four Cortex-A57 CPUs and four Cortex-A53 CPUs, a high-performance multimedia subsystem, and a leading-edge LTE baseband with three-carrier aggregation.
  • Spreadtrum Goes Bottom Fishing (MCR)
    Spreadtrum is refreshing the bottom of its line of single-core smartphone processors, replacing the Cortex-A5 CPU with a faster Cortex-A7 and integrating Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi connectivity.
  • Xilinx, Altera Unveil 400G Plans (NWR)
    Xilinx and Altera focused on 400Gbps links at OFC, and Huawei demonstrated a 400Gbps Ethernet line card, based on a Xilinx reference design, for its NE5000E router.

April 7, 2014

  • Audience Is Always On (MCR)
    The new ES700 series from Audience combines the company's powerful voice-processing technology with a sensor hub, an analog codec, and low-power "always listening" capability.
  • MSAs Proliferate at OFC (NWR)
    Multisource agreements (MSAs) for optical components have played an important role in defining pluggable modules. At OFC, MSA complexity and diversity expanded, with new coalitions being abundant.

March 31, 2014

  • New Products Level LTE Playing Field (MCR)
    LTE is ramping faster than any previous mobile technology, allowing modem designers to chip away at the leader, Qualcomm, as the industry moves to next-generation LTE-Advanced.
  • Allwinner A80 Ups the Ante (MPR/MCR)
    China-based Allwinner ships more tablet processors than any other merchant supplier. Its new UltraOcta chip takes the company to new levels of performance.

March 24, 2014

  • Next-Gen 100G PHYs Debut at OFC (NWR)
    At the recent Optical Fiber Communications conference, AppliedMicro, Avago, and Broadcom introduced 100G Ethernet PHYs that enable new port-side and backplane applications.

March 17, 2014

  • Intel Makes Merry in Smartphones (MPR/MCR)
    Intel's next-generation smartphone chipsets include dual-core Merrifield and quad-core Moorefield application processors, which can be combined with the new X-Gold 726 chip supporting Category 6 LTE-Advanced with dual-carrier aggregation.
  • In Brief: Snapdragon 615 Octs Up (MCR)
    Qualcomm has extended its Snapdragon 600 line for LTE smartphones with the quad-core MSM8936 and the octa-core MSM8939, both using Cortex-A53 to deliver 64-bit ARM capability.

March 10, 2014

  • MediaTek Hits a High Note (MCR)
    The new MT6595 offers high-end features like Cortex-A17 and 4K video. The quad-core MT6732 and octa-core MT6752 are MediaTek's first 64-bit processors. All three integrate LTE.

March 3, 2014

  • Broadcom Ships First LTE Processor (MCR)
    Broadcom's first integrated LTE processor, the M320, is not only in production but is shipping in a Samsung phone. Technology from the Renesas deal helped accelerate this product.

February 24, 2014

  • AMD to Sample First ARM Chip (MPR/NWR)
    AMD will sample its Opteron A1100 processor, code-named Seattle, in March, targeting microservers with eight Cortex-A57 CPUs. These chips will compete against Intel’s Avoton processor.

February 17, 2014

  • Micron Accelerates Automata (MPR/NWR)
    Micron's newest memory device is actually a coprocessor that can perform fast pattern matching and other complex algorithms using a radically new approach.
  • MIPS MCUs Outrun ARM (MPR)
    Microchip's new PIC32MZ family offers MIPS-based MCUs with outstanding performance, plenty of flash memory and SRAM, crypto acceleration, Ethernet, and other high-speed peripherals.
  • Editorial: Reducing Network TCO (NWR)
    Although custom routers and protocol stacks help cloud-service providers reduce network-equipment costs, photonics holds even greater promise for reducing total cost of ownership (TCO).

February 10, 2014

  • In Brief: MoSys Memory Adds Search (NWR)
    Compared with its predecessor, Bandwidth Engine 3 will increase capacity, speed, and intelligence. It adds forwarding lookups to the long list of applications for this serial memory.
  • Editorial: TI Faces DSP Decision (MPR)
    Another round of layoffs at Texas Instruments raises the question of whether the company will maintain its investment in its historic DSP products or exit that market.

February 3, 2014

January 27, 2014

  • Year in Review: Data Centers Lead Growth (NWR)
    Semiconductor markets experienced mixed returns, seeing growth in some areas such as data centers and declines in others such as the enterprise. At the same time, new technologies like silicon photonics are emerging.
  • In Brief: Avago Snaps up LSI (NWR)
    Avago's pending acquisition of LSI will merge two complementary product lines that serve largely the same markets and customers, giving the combined company a more complete solution.
  • Editorial: China Inc. Enters CPU Market (MPR)
    The Chinese government, through the state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup, has acquired two of the country's largest processor vendors. Can it compete globally in the processor market, and will it play fair?

January 20, 2014

  • Analysts' Choice Winners for 2013 (MPR)
    The Linley Group recognizes 2013's top products in the categories of embedded processors, mobile processors, PC/server processors, and processor IP. And the winners are…
  • G.fast Boosts Copper to 1Gbps (NWR)
    The ITU-T has approved a very short-reach standard for 1Gbps broadband over copper, informally dubbed G.fast. An Israeli startup hopes to be first with silicon.

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