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April 28, 2014

  • Netronome 100GbE NIC Targets SDN (NWR)
    New FlowNIC-6xxx offloads Open vSwitch at 200Gbps, extending the spectrum of intelligent adapters. These adapters may also become the industry’s first 100GbE NICs of any kind.
  • Vendors Tussle Over Multiuser Wi-Fi (NWR/MCR)
    Qualcomm's next wave of 802.11ac products will include multiuser MIMO to improve network throughput, but in the meantime, Broadcom is using an extra radio chip to provide similar benefits.
  • Editorial: AMD on Road to Recovery (MPR)
    AMD has stabilized its financials and is seeing growth from its semicustom business. But to gain share in PCs and servers, the company needs a new CPU microarchitecture. 

April 21, 2014

  • LS2 Tops QorIQ Lineup With ARM (MPR/NWR)
    Freescale plans to sample a new LS2 family. The LS2085A and LS2045A use ARM's Cortex-A57 CPU and autonomous packet engines to deliver leading performance in the QorIQ line.
  • Freescale Expands QorIQ T-Series (MPR/NWR)
    Five new QorIQ T-series processors go a long way toward filling out Freescale's 28nm product line and superseding older P-series chips. The most powerful new arrival is the quad-core T4080.
  • Direct3D 12 Gets More Direct (MPR)
    In preannouncing DirectX 12, Microsoft is responding to AMD's Mantle by improving efficiency and giving developers a more console-like development experience for PC-graphics programming.
  • Editorial: More Interest in In-Sourcing (MCR)
    Although several OEMs are developing or investigating in-house processor design, I don't expect these new in-sourcing efforts to take hold. The historical trend has been in the opposite direction. 

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

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