Processor Conference 2015
Focused on processors for networking and communications applications
October 6 - 7, 2015 - Registration Opens August 26
Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA
July 6, 2015
Interview: NetSpeed CEO Rethinks SoC Design (MPR)
Sundari Mitra discusses her ideas on improving the design of complex chips and how she founded a company that does so using network-on-a-chip (NoC) IP.
Mellanox Bets on 25G, 50G Ethernet (NWR)
Spectrum is the follow-on to Mellanox’s Switch-X family, supporting a variety of Ethernet speeds up to 100Gbps. The company claims Spectrum is the only true nonblocking 100GbE switch.
Qualcomm Partners With Allwinner (MCR)
Chinese chip vendor Allwinner will resell Snapdragon processors to its local customers for use in low-cost cellular-enabled tablets, boosting Qualcomm in China and beyond.
June 29, 2015
Marvell Switches Enable New Markets (NWR)
Marvell has added 2.5Gbps and 5Gbps port speeds to its Prestera DX family of Ethernet switches. It has also added the 802.1Q suite of Time-Sensitive Networking standards to its LinkStreet switches.
Cavium Completes Octeon III Line (MPR/NWR)
Cavium plans to sample its midrange Octeon III processors next month. The CN72xx and CN73xx series include MIPS64-compatible processors that have 4 to 16 CPU cores.
Ceva Makes Waves in Wearables (MCR)
Ceva’s family of licensable digital basebands now combine with RF/AFEs from Catena and Maxscend. These cores target wireless applications ranging from wearables to routers.
June 22, 2015
Breaking Down Broadcom (MPR/NWR)
Avago’s acquisition of larger Broadcom means big changes ahead for Broadcom’s customers and employees. Counterintuitively, the deal should be good for competition.
Intel Grabs Altera for the Data Center (MPR/NWR)
Intel has offered to buy FPGA specialist Altera for $16.7 billion to augment its data-center presence. But the company must take FPGAs seriously if it is to make this deal work.
Imagination Whispers to Wearables (MPR/MCR)
Ensigma Whisper is Imagination’s new wireless-connectivity IP for IoT and wearable devices. The Whisper C5300 supports Bluetooth 4.1 and the C5400 supports 802.11n Wi-Fi.
Editorial: Consolidation or Innovation? (MPR)
The recent wave of semiconductor acquisitions assumes that growth is hard to find, but in most chip markets, innovation still leads to higher margins and expanding markets.
June 15, 2015
Sonics Offers Power-Management IP (MPR)
Sonics’ Ice-Grain is the industry’s first licensable power-management subsystem for SoC integration. The synthesizable intellectual property (IP) is scheduled for release later this year.
Stratix 10 Reimagines Registers (NWR)
Altera announced its Stratix 10 architecture on the heels of Intel’s acquisition bid, but the new FPGA family relies on more than Intel’s 14nm process to enable its unique features.
Hello Helio P10 (MCR)
An octa-core chip targeting midrange smartphones, MediaTek’s new Helio P10 is the industry’s first mobile processor to use TSMC’s 28nm HPC+ technology.
MediaTek Delivers Wi-Fi for IoT (MPR)
The MT7623 and MT7683 are quad-core processors designed for IoT gateways, whereas the MT7687 is a low-cost microcontroller for IoT clients.
June 8, 2015
HBM Stacks the Bandwidth Deck (MPR)
AMD’s upcoming high-end graphics cards incorporate high-bandwidth memory (HBM), codeveloped with SK Hynix, to improve power efficiency and graphics-memory bandwidth.
Microchip Powers Embedded Ethernet (NWR)
Microchip’s $839 million offer to acquire Micrel could create a leader in industrial Ethernet, challenging Texas Instruments’ dominance in 10/100 Ethernet for the factory floor.
InvenSense Adds Sensors to Hub (MCR)
The InvenSense Firefly combines a customer-programmable Cortex-M0 CPU with the company’s in-house DMP core and a complete six-axis sensor to form an integrated sensor hub.
June 1, 2015
Samsung Develops Artik for IoT (MPR/MCR)
Artik includes three different wireless processor modules for Internet of Things devices as well as APIs for aggregating sensor data and accessing secure cloud services.
Interview: Sutardja Sees Simpler SoCs (MPR)
Marvell CEO Sehat Sutardja discusses how Moore’s Law is increasing design cost, how MoChi is helping Marvell address this problem, and a new memory architecture called FLC.
Altera’s Spectra-Q Powers Quartus II (NWR)
Altera’s Spectra-Q engine, a new addition to the Quartus II design environment, supports a hierarchical database and distributed compilation.
May 25, 2015
MT6797 Is a Perfect Ten (MCR)
Combining 10 CPUs in three clusters, MediaTek’s Helio X20 offers the industry’s best CPU performance in a smartphone processor, plus integrated Category 6 LTE and other high-end features.
Arteris FlexNoC Gets Physical (MPR)
Arteris is introducing FlexNoC Physical, a new version of its network-on-a-chip that strives to eliminate timing-closure problems. Using automated tools, it can insert pipeline stages in critical data paths between IP blocks.
Spreadtrum Crashes LTE Party (MCR)
Spreadtrum may be late to the LTE party with its SC9830A, but the new chip’s high level of integration and performance may give it an edge over other low-cost quad-core processors.
Freescale Equips QorIQ for SDN/NFV (NWR)
Freescale is offering pre-integrated software and reference designs for SDN and NFV. Partner Advantech provides a network-services switching platform that is OpenFlow 1.3 compliant.
May 18, 2015
Silicon Photonics Converge on QSFP28 (NWR)
The small-form-factor QSFP28 package has recently emerged as the ideal 100Gbps data-center module for high faceplate density, spurring new efforts at silicon-photonics integration.
N100 is Audience's Final Applause (MCR)
Audience has launched the N100, combining sensor-fusion algorithms with speech detection. The recent Knowles acquisition should boost the struggling company.
Editorial: Bigger and Better Than Ever (MPR)
It's been five years since The Linley Group acquired Microprocessor Report. During that time, the processor industry has changed, and we have changed along with it.
May 11, 2015
ARM Optimizes Cortex-A72 for Phones (MPR/MCR)
ARM’s newest microarchitecture refines Cortex-A57, improving performance while reducing die area and power, while preparing for a bigger jump in the next generation.
Haswell-EX Brings TSX to Servers (MPR)
Intel’s 22nm Haswell-EX is a socket-compatible update to the Xeon E7 platform that significantly boosts performance and power efficiency while upgrading to DDR4 memory.
Broadcom Fills Switch-Roadmap Gaps (NWR)
Broadcom has sampled Trident II+ (BCM56860), which it intends as a 28nm midlife kicker to the popular 40nm Trident II. The new switch adds support for 100GbE uplinks.
ARM Tunes Into Radio IP (MPR/MCR)
ARM has acquired two suppliers of Bluetooth intellectual property. Sunrise developed the Cordio hard macro for Bluetooth LE, and Wicentric provides a Bluetooth protocol stack.
TI Samples New KeyStone II DSP (MPR/NWR)
Texas Instruments’ KeyStone II 66AK2L06 targets high-speed data acquisition and signal processing using dual Cortex-A15 CPUs and four DSP cores.
May 4, 2015
Centec Bridges to Data Center (NWR)
Offering 10G, 40G, and 100G Ethernet ports, Centec’s new GoldenGate switch IC targets top-of-rack (ToR) and leaf /spine applications in data centers, where it will face Broadcom’s Trident family.
Interview: Samueli Sees New Focus on Design Skill (MPR)
Broadcom CTO Henry Samueli discusses how the slowdown in Moore’s Law will give processor designers more freedom to implement new architectures and new designs.
Cadence Fuses IP for IoT, Wearables (MCR)
Cadence’s new Fusion IP combines elements from its Xtensa RISC CPUs, HiFi 3 audio DSPs, and ConnX bit-stream processors into a complete subsystem for wireless sensor nodes.
Titan X: 50% More Maxwell (MPR)
Nvidia’s Titan X, a GPU based on its Maxwell architecture, uses a monster-sized 600mm2 die with 3,072 shaders to deliver 40% more performance than its predecessor.
April 27, 2015
Ceva Sharpens Computer Vision (MPR/MCR)
The new Ceva-XM4 vision-processor core improves on the performance and power efficiency of its fixed-point predecessor, the Ceva-MM3101, through new FPUs, wider VLIW instructions, and other enhancements.
Freescale Upgrades Automotive Vision (MPR)
Freescale’s S32V234 is the first member of a new processor family for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). It integrates four ARM Cortex-A53 CPUs and two Cognivue Apex computer-vision cores.
Operators Prepare to Deploy LTE-U (NWR/MCR)
Qualcomm is set to receive a boost from planned LTE-U deployment by Verizon and T-Mobile. But other operators, such as AT&T, are more cautious, preferring instead to wait for 3GPP standards.
IoT-Specific Processors Emerge (MPR/MCR)
A new class of processors is emerging that targets the Internet of Things and wearables. These markets are growing rapidly; we are bullish on wearables, but our forecast for IoT is more conservative than most.
April 20, 2015
PMC Mapper Drives OTN Density (NWR)
PMC-Sierra’s new Digi-G4 is the industry’s first 400Gbps OTN processor, overtaking products from AppliedMicro and Inphi (Cortina). But Altera and Xilinx offer alternatives using multiple FPGA generations.
Editorial: Moore’s Law Turns 50 (MPR)
Gordon Moore’s prediction has had a good run, but nothing lasts forever. Transistor progress is slowing and has even halted at some price points. The industry must adapt.
Allwinner V3 Targets Action Cams (MCR)
The Allwinner V3 processor combines a Cortex-A7 CPU and the company’s HawkView ISP to target helmet-mounted action cameras from vendors like GoPro.
April 13, 2015
Synopsys Embeds Vision Processing (MPR)
The new DesignWare EV licensable IP combines ARC CPUs with programmable accelerators to boost the performance of computer-vision algorithms. It includes an object-detection engine optimized for convolutional neural networks.
Qualcomm Scans Fingerprints in 3D (MCR)
Qualcomm’s new Sense ID technology is the first fingerprint sensor for smartphones that uses ultrasonics to reduce false negatives and improve security over capacitive technologies.
Timing Vital to Microsemi’s Vitesse Bid (NWR)
Microsemi’s $389 million cash offer to acquire Vitesse Semiconductor will bring precision network timing as well as Intellisec extensions to MACSec.