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.
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.
Editorial: Qualcomm Targets Cars, Servers (MPR)
Facing slower smartphone growth, Qualcomm is seeking new growth in the automotive and data-center markets, but it must acquire more companies to pave the way.
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.
Marvell Enters Search-Engine Market (NWR)
Marvell is sampling a network search engine (NSE) with a unique SRAM-based design using patents from Questarium, a company it acquired in 2011.
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.
Xilinx’s SDAccel Goes Heterogeneous (MPR/NWR)
Xilinx has emphasized its interest in OpenCL by releasing new software that eases FPGA development for heterogeneous-compute environments.
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
Tabula Changes Validation Rules (NWR)
Tabula’s DesignInsight validation tool can shorten 3PLD customers’ development time by providing unprecedented access to the silicon design.
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.
Editorial: Putting the “Auto” in Automobile (MPR)
Self-driving technology will become popular quickly, driving demand for high-performance processors in automobiles. Microcontroller and microprocessor vendors are vying for this billion-dollar opportunity.
November 10, 2014
Sckipio, Broadcom in G.fast Race (NWR)
Startup Sckipio is sampling a chipset for G.fast, the new standard for 1Gbps over 250 meters of copper. Broadcom demonstrated its G.fast 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
Snapdragon 210 Slashes Cost of LTE (MCR)
As Chinese consumers move quickly to 4G, Qualcomm has announced a new LTE processor that targets smartphones selling for as little as 400 yuan.
RapidIO Gets Coherent With ARM (MPR/NWR)
RapidIO.org, 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.
ARM Stretches CoreLink at Both Ends (MPR)
ARM’s third-generation CoreLink cache-coherent-network (CCN) IP includes two products: the CCN-512 supports up to 48 CPU cores, and the CCN-502 reduces area and power.