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March 2, 2015

  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.

February 9, 2015

  • 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.

February 2, 2015

  • 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.

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.

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