March 2, 2015
EZchip’s Tile-MX Grows 100 ARMs (MPR/NWR)
The Tile-Mx100 is an ARMv8 processor with 100 coherent CPU cores as well as packet accelerators and high-speed I/O interfaces for 100Gbps networking applications.
Spreadtrum Nears RDA Merger (MCR)
Rising low-end shipments helped boost Spreadtrum’s revenue as it prepares to merge with RDA, but the company hopes new LTE chips will improve its average selling price.
February 23, 2015
AMD Unearths Excavator CPU (MPR)
Using the new Excavator CPU, AMD’s Carrizo processor delivers more performance and features than its predecessor, despite sticking with 28nm technology. Carrizo-L extends the line downward.
CoreMark-Pro Tests Embedded Mettle (MPR)
EEMBC’s new CoreMark-Pro effectively characterizes the performance of CPU cores that serve in general-purpose embedded systems and run mostly C-based applications.
Honey, I Shrunk the FPGA (MCR)
Lattice’s new Ice40 UltraLite FPGA competes with QuickLogic’s PolarPro 3, providing a tiny, inexpensive programmable-logic chip for smartphones and other mobile devices.
Intel Becomes #2 in Broadband ICs (NWR)
The pending acquisition of Lantiq will scale Intel’s broadband business primarily by adding DSL chipsets. It also signals that Intel views home gateways as strategic.
February 16, 2015
Cortex-A72 Takes Big Step Forward (MPR)
ARM has taken some of the wraps off its next-generation 64-bit CPU, code-named Maia. The new Cortex-A72 outperforms Cortex-A57 by about 30%.
FPGAs Target Remote Radio Heads (NWR)
Remote radio heads, already a favored implementation for macrocells, are finding a new role in small cells as part of the cloud RAN. FPGAs could play an important part.
GC7000 Goes for GPU Gold (MPR/MCR)
Vivante is making its strongest push into the big leagues by introducing the GC7000 line, a complete top-to-bottom upgrade of its GPU lineup.
Editorial: PCs Get Thinner, Dumber (MPR)
Intel is pushing PC makers toward its premium low-power processors, but instead of spending more money, they are choosing slower processors.
February 9, 2015
Kalray Clusters Calculate Quickly (MPR/NWR)
A little-known company has packed 256 VLIW CPUs onto a chip to deliver industry-leading performance per watt and impressive packet-processing performance.
Huawei Aims for Midrange Phones (MCR)
Huawei’s first 64-bit processor, the Kirin 620, targets smartphones costing as little as $130. The chip combines eight Cortex-A53 CPUs with a Category 4 LTE baseband.
MT2601 Targets Android Wear (MPR)
The MT2601 is MediaTek’s first processor targeted at wearable devices that run Google’s Android Wear operating system.
February 2, 2015
Cortex-A57 Is Most Efficient CPU (MPR/MCR)
Tearing down the leading mobile processors shows that Cortex-A57 is on target, Cortex-A53 is not, and brawny CPUs from Apple and Nvidia cost more but lead in performance.
CES Sees New MU-MIMO Chipsets (NWR)
Anticipating OEMs’ rush to offer 802.11ac Wave 2 access points, Wi-Fi chipset vendors touted their next-generation MU-MIMO platforms at the recent Consumer Electronics Show.
Foundries Find FinFETs at 14nm (MPR/NWR/MCR)
Everything changes at 14nm, including the transistor architecture and which foundries are leading the way in this technology transition. Hint: TSMC is not.
January 26, 2015
Broadwell Comes to Notebooks (MPR)
Intel introduced the first mainstream Broadwell processors, targeting notebook PCs, indicating that its 14nm technology is now in full production. Cherry Trail is soon to follow.
Tegra Tops Mobile-GPU Teardowns (MCR)
We tear down some leading application processors to find out which mobile GPU offers the best blend of performance and efficiency.
Editorial: Broadcom Hits the Brakes (MPR/NWR)
After a decade of aggressive growth, Broadcom is retooling for a slower pace and is focusing on adjacent markets. The company will remain a leader, but it risks missing or being late to emerging markets.
Allwinner Offers More Dollar Deals (MPR)
Allwinner’s newest bargain products are two new quad-CPU devices: the Cortex-A7-powered H3 and the A64, the company’s first 64-bit processor integrating Cortex-A53.
January 19, 2015
Tegra X1 Doubles GPU Performance (MPR/MCR)
Nvidia’s first 20nm device, the new Tegra X1 mobile processor, adds a Maxwell GPU, 64-bit Cortex-A57 CPUs, and more memory bandwidth.
Analysts’ Choice Winners for 2014 (MPR/NWR/MCR)
The Linley Group recognizes 2014’s top products in the categories of embedded processors, mobile processors, PC/server processors, and processor IP. And the winners are…
Broadcom Releases OpenFlow Software (NWR)
The newest release of Broadcom’s OpenFlow Data Path Abstraction (OF-DPA) software uses the Open Networking Foundation’s table-type patterns to ease application development on Broadcom switches.
January 12, 2015
Year in Review: Imagination Renews Battle With ARM (MPR/MCR)
For the processor-IP industry, the past year’s most anticipated event was the arrival of the first production devices integrating 64-bit ARM CPU cores.
Year in Review: Data-Center Networks Outpace Others (NWR)
Last year saw 28nm technology finally reach Ethernet chips, whereas the first 20nm FPGAs reached production. Intel will be the vendor to watch in 2015 as it introduces several new products targeting data centers.
January 5, 2015
Year in Review: New Competitors Challenge Xeon (MPR)
The past year saw the first 64-bit ARM server processors enter production, along with IBM’s Power8, which is now a merchant processor. Intel must fend off these new challengers to maintain its server dominance.
Packet Architects Synthesizes Switches (NWR)
A Swedish startup has developed a high-level synthesis tool paired with a configurable switch intellectual-property (IP) core targeted at FPGAs and ASIC/SoC designs.
Broadcom Merges GNSS, Sensor Hub (MCR)
Targeting smartphones and fitness bands, Broadcom adds Galileo satellite support and sensor-hub capability to its popular GPS chip.
December 29, 2014
Year in Review: Multicore Drives Embedded Growth (MPR/NWR)
The embedded market is undergoing transitions that will force a shakeout, but multicore processors, communications processors, and base-station processors are areas of growth.
Power8 Hits the Merchant Market (MPR)
IBM’s merchant Power8 processors fare well against Intel’s best Xeon processors in raw CPU performance and in performance per dollar, presenting a new challenger for data-center servers.
Google Develops 3D Vision for Tablets (MCR)
Google’s Project Tango aims to enable mobile devices to map a user’s physical environment and movement in 3D by employing depth-sensing cameras synchronized with nine-axis motion sensors.
Mellanox Brings 100Gbps to Servers (NWR)
The new ConnectX-4 controllers and host channel adapters support InfiniBand (IB) and Ethernet protocols to 100Gbps. They offer Virtual Protocol Interconnect technology for converged environments.
December 22, 2014
Year in Review: Mobile Market Slows, LTE Grows (MPR/MCR)
LTE is becoming an option at all price points, and 64-bit processors are about to take over the market. At least one processor vendor faces a make-or-break year in 2015.
Broadcom’s “Wicked” Push Into IoT (MPR)
Broadcom’s BCM43907 integrates dual-band Wi-Fi, RF timing synchronization, and Apple’s Airplay, making it ideal for wireless speakers and a number of related IoT applications.
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.
USB Type-C Adds Video in Alt Mode (MCR)
Both the MHL and DisplayPort standards route video through the USB Type-C connector, enabling new mobile use cases.