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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.
  • 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

  • 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

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December 29, 2014

  • 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

  • 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.

December 8, 2014

  • 400G Ethernet Committee Mulls CDXS (NWR)
    The IEEE’s 802.3bs task force is considering creation of an “extender sublayer,” CDXS, that would enable multiple modulation, PCS-coding, and lane-multiplexing methods under a common standard.
  • Qualcomm First With Cat10 LTE (MCR)
    The new Gobi 9245 modem pushes downlink speeds to 450Mbps and also improves the long-neglected uplink. No other vendor offers triple-carrier aggregation.

December 1, 2014

  • Opportunity NoCs, NetSpeed Answers (MPR)
    NetSpeed’s network-on-a-chip (NoC) promises to ease SoC development by offering more design automation and better optimization. Its biggest challenge, however, is winning customers away from two established competitors.
  • Marvell Extends LTE Lineup (MCR)
    Marvell will deliver an onslaught of new LTE processors over the next few quarters, including its first octa-core chip and its first processors with integrated GPS.

November 24, 2014

  • 7 New GPUs in PowerVR Series7 (MPR/MCR)
    With its most ambitious architecture launch since the Series5, Imagination has completely revamped its PowerVR mobile GPU lineup, boosting performance and efficiency.
  • Second-Gen RF360 Still Unmatched (MCR)
    Qualcomm’s second-generation RF360 chips provide a complete solution for the complexities of LTE RF design. The chips are gaining designs wins, particularly the envelope tracker (ET).
  • Mali-T800 Boosts ARM GPUs (MPR/MCR)
    ARM’s new T800 GPU extends the performance of its popular Mali line. The company also updated its video codec and display IP as part of its broad portfolio of multimedia cores.

November 17, 2014

  • NAND Goes Vertical for Density (MPR/MCR)
    Flash memory is critical for devices ranging from smartphones to servers, but to deliver chips with greater capacity, NAND designers have been forced to look in a new direction: up.

November 10, 2014

  • Sckipio, Broadcom in Race (NWR)
    Startup Sckipio is sampling a chipset for, the new standard for 1Gbps over 250 meters of copper. Broadcom demonstrated its chipset at the recent Broadband World Forum.
  • Casting Off the Pipeline (MPR)
    Targeting wearables and IoT, Cast offers a modern 32-bit RISC core without a pipeline, enabling greater power and execution efficiency.
  • MediaTek Adds CDMA (MCR)
    By announcing the MT6735, its first smartphone processor with integrated CDMA capability, MediaTek joins a very exclusive club. The chip targets several large operators around the world.

November 3, 2014

  • RapidIO Gets Coherent With ARM (MPR/NWR), along with ARM and a list of leading embedded-processor vendors, has commissioned a task force to update the RapidIO protocol to support coherent processing in ARMv8 processor clusters.

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