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May 23, 2016

  • X-Gene 3 Performance Piques Interest (MPR)
    According to AppliedMicro’s latest simulations, the forthcoming X-Gene 3 will match the per-socket and per-thread performance of a high-end Xeon E5v4 processor at a similar power level.
  • Serdes Drive Ethernet Expansion (NWR)
    The IEEE’s 802.3 Ethernet working group is expanding 25Gbps- and 50Gbps-lane multiplexing to multiple media types and recently created the 802.3cc and 802.3cd task forces.

May 16, 2016

  • Octeon Expands Market With ARM (MPR/NWR)
    Cavium has extended its 48-core ThunderX architecture across a broad range of embedded processors, offering the new ARM-based Octeon TX alongside the MIPS-based Octeon III.
  • NXP’s Cortex-A72 Quartet (MPR/NWR)
    Four new QorIQ processors, including the octa-core LS2088A and quad-core LS2048A, combine ARM’s best CPU with NXP’s second-generation packet-processing hardware.

May 9, 2016

  • Editorial: AMD Goes to China (MPR)
    AMD is the latest chip vendor to partner with a Chinese company, but similar partnerships have not worked out well for foreign companies that share their valuable IP.
  • Convertible PCs Sail on Apollo Lake (MPR)
    Apollo Lake is Intel’s next-generation entry-level processor for PCs. The 14nm device, which integrates the new Goldmont CPU, succeeds Cherry Trail for mini PCs and 2-in-1 convertible tablets.

May 2, 2016

  • Cavendish Uses MEMS to Improve RF (MCR)
    Building on its initial success in aperture tuning, Cavendish Kinetics is announcing new SmartSwitch and SmartDiversity products based on its unique MEMS switching technology.

April 25, 2016

  • NXP Debuts QorIQ Cortex-A72 (MPR/NWR)
    The industry’s first embedded processors to use Cortex-A72, the quad-core LS1046A and dual-core LS1026A improve performance, particularly for mixed control- and data-plane networking.
  • AMD FirePro Reinvigorates HPC (MPR)
    The new FirePro S9300x2 is the industry’s highest-performance single-precision GPU. The Radeon Open Compute tool chain adds support for C/C++ and Cuda software.
  • AMS Sensors See the Light (MCR)
    The industry’s largest supplier of light sensors, AMS is adapting this technology to more advanced applications such as color correction, gesture recognition, and health monitoring. 
  • Precise-ITC Debuts 400G Mapper IP (NWR)
    Precise-ITC of Ottawa demonstrated an FPGA-based 400Gbps mapper at the recent Optical Fiber Communication conference. Callite-C4 maps 400GbE and 4x100GbE to OTUC4 optical-transport-network (OTN) rates.
  • MediaTek’s Gateways to IoT (MPR)
    The MT7697 combines ARM’s Cortex-M4F with integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The MT2511 is an analog companion chip for MediaTek’s wearable processors.

April 18, 2016

  • Qualcomm Advances in RF Front End (MCR)
    The RF360 line now covers multiple price tiers and includes new products such as aperture tuners. By striking a deal with TDK, Qualcomm will be able to offer RF filters as well.
  • MoSys Builds Smarter Search Engine (NWR)
    The new Programmable Search Engine (PSE) integrates CPUs that enable industry-first customer programmability. The PSE shares its silicon architecture with Bandwidth Engine 3 products. 

April 11, 2016

  • Inphi Melds PAM4, Silicon Photonics (NWR)
    Inphi’s Colorz optical-link technology combines two component breakthroughs: a CMOS DSP chip implementing PAM4 modulation for dual 50Gbps channels, and a silicon-photonics die integrating Mach-Zehnder modulators, photodetectors, and mux/demuxes.
  • Silicon Labs Goes Wireless (MPR)
    The new Wireless Gecko microcontrollers integrate a radio that supports Bluetooth, Thread, and ZigBee protocols, providing highly integrated solutions for low-cost IoT devices.

April 4, 2016

  • Broadwell-EP Moves Xeon E5 to 14nm (MPR)
    Intel’s new socket-compatible upgrade to the Xeon E5 server platform provides modest performance gains on general-purpose software but greater improvements for specific workloads.
  • New Intel Modems Target IoT (NWR)
    Intel is developing three modem chips for low-power 3G and 4G cellular systems. The XMM 7120M, XMM 7115, and XMM 6255M support various wireless protocols for machine-to-machine (M2M) and IoT applications.

March 28, 2016

  • Peraso Takes WiGig Outdoors (NWR)
    Peraso Technologies has begun production of the industry’s first WiGig chipset for outdoor wireless infrastructure using the 60GHz band.
  • AMD Expands Embedded G-Series (MPR)
    AMD introduced the Excavator CPU to its G-Series embedded lineup with new I and J processor families. The new low-cost LX family instead uses the Jaguar CPU.

March 21, 2016

  • Sequans Modem Goes Narrow (NWR)
    Sequans Communications has promised 2Q16 sampling of Monarch, a single-chip modem for low-bandwidth IoT applications using the new LTE Category M1 and M2 (formerly NB-IoT).
  • Xeon D Doubles Core Count (MPR)
    Intel recently released six new Xeon D server and embedded processors, packing 12–16 cores. New 65W variants offer enough compute performance to compete with the Xeon E5 line.

March 14, 2016

  • P20 Pushes Helio to 16nm (MCR)
    MediaTek is continuing to improve its Helio products, which target the upper price tiers of the smartphone market. The new Helio P20 is the company’s first chip to use a FinFET process.
  • IDT Takes RapidIO Ports to 50Gbps (NWR)
    IDT has introduced its new RXS family of RapidIO switches offering up to 24 ports operating at 50Gbps and 100ns latency, targeting LTE-A and 5G wireless infrastructure.
  • PowerVR 8XE Moves Down the Chain (MPR/MCR)
    Imagination Technologies’ new PowerVR Series8XE family offers OpenGL ES 3.2 and Vulkan compatibility, improved performance, and reduced die size compared with the previous Series7XE.
  • ARM Revs Up Cortex-R8 for 5G (MPR)
    To address the requirements of Release 13 of the LTE-Advanced specification as well as future 5G systems, ARM has added the new Cortex-R8 to its family of real-time embedded-processor cores.

March 7, 2016

  • Ceva’s New Gen-X DSPs Target 5G (MPR)
    Ceva’s new X4 DSP core for baseband processors includes features that support the new 3GPP LTE-Advanced Release 13 (LTE-Advanced Pro) as well as future 5G modems.
  • Accelerating Machine Learning (MPR)
    ISSCC papers from Intel and MIT indicate that hardware accelerators for machine-learning algorithms can deliver up to 30x better performance per watt than CPUs or GPUs.
  • Snapdragon Wear Debuts (MCR)
    The new Snapdragon Wear 2100 follows the Snapdragon 410 that already appears in most Android Wear smartwatches, reducing power and size by about 25%.

February 29, 2016

  • Snapdragon 625 Extends Midrange (MCR)
    Qualcomm extended its roadmap with three new processors due out late this year: the midrange Snapdragon 625, the low-end Snapdragon 435, and the lower-cost Snapdragon 425.
  • Sony Grabs Altair for LTE IoT (NWR)
    Sony is paying $212 million to acquire Altair Semiconductor. The Israeli company has developed LTE modems for a variety of end markets, but recently, it has focused on IoT.

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