Current NWR Articles
December 9, 2013
Qualcomm Unveils Comms Processors
Qualcomm is entering the communications-processor market with two new ARM-compatible products, the IPQ8064 and IPQ8032. They target home networking, Internet gateways, and home automation.
In Brief: Interconnects at Supercomputing 2013
Ethernet vendors made a strong showing at the recent Supercomputing Conference (SC13), hoping to displace InfiniBand, which has been aided by its superior interprocessor communications.
December 2, 2013
Editorial: OpenCL Eases FPGA Design
The OpenCL platform encompasses CPUs, GPUs, DSP blocks, and specialized processors such as packet-analysis engines. It could lead to SoC designs with logic blocks reserved solely for high-level programming.
November 25, 2013
Broadcom Drives 100Mbps DSL
The new BCM65500 vector processor combines with an XLP processor running vectoring software to enable 100Mbps VDSL2 for DSLAMs with up to 384 lines.
November 18, 2013
Qualcomm Brings MIMO to Power Lines
The newest HomePlug AV2 chip from Qualcomm Atheros enables gigabit PHY rates for hybrid home networks. The QCA7500 adds multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) support using multiple wire pairs.
November 11, 2013
First SoC FPGA With 64-Bit ARM
Altera's Stratix 10 SoC is the first FPGA to embed quad Cortex-A53 CPU cores, which should allow customers to develop more-powerful applications without an external processor.
In Brief: Marvell Joins 200Gbps NPU Club
Sharpnose can double or quadruple throughput compared with Marvell’s HX3xx NPUs. Using the next-generation design, the company will upgrade both its HX line of NPUs and its AX line of programmable Ethernet switch chips.
November 4, 2013
In Brief: Ceva Targets Wireless Infrastructure
At the recent Linley Tech Processor Conference, Ceva disclosed details of its XC4500 licensable DSP architecture, which integrates features that the company optimized for wireless-infrastructure applications.
In Brief: Tilera Adapters Scale to 72 CPUs
Tilera has extended its TILEncore-Gx line of intelligent NICs to include a 72-core PCI Express adapter with eight 10G Ethernet ports. The company promises 40G and 100G Ethernet NICs in 2014.
October 28, 2013
In Brief: Lattice MachXO3: A New CPLD Breed
Lattice has launched its third-generation MachXO3 CPLD for high-speed communications, featuring the lowest cost per I/O of any of its devices.
October 21, 2013
Broadcom Bares Muscular ARM
Broadcom is developing a high-end ARMv8 CPU to follow its current MIPS-based XLP design. This new core could allow the company to target servers as well as networking, storage, and security.
LS1 Is Freescale's First ARM QorIQ
The first three Layerscape devices, due to sample next year, will include dual Cortex-A7 cores and offer ECC protection of all caches as well as virtualized Gigabit Ethernet controllers.
October 14, 2013
RapidIO Reaches for the Clouds
After achieving success in embedded applications, the RapidIO Trade Association is targeting the data center to accelerate growth and adoption of the interconnect.
October 7, 2013
In Brief: Cisco NCS 6000 Packs 100G Punch
Cisco is shipping the industry’s first terabit line card, which is built around the company’s new nPower X1 in-house network processor and Cpak optical modules using silicon photonics.
September 30, 2013
Comm-IC Market Remains Bumpy
Some market segments are growing, while others are suffering a multiyear slump. Vendor results are similarly mixed owing primarily to end-market exposure rather than competition.
September 23, 2013
In Brief: AMD Tips 2014 Embedded Plans
AMD is developing two new embedded x86 processors code-named Steppe Eagle and Bald Eagle, along with a high-end ARM processor called Hierofalcon. These products will compete against Intel's Rangeley.
In Brief: Marvell’s Bobcat Leaps Katana
Bobcat 2 represents a major update to the Prestera-DX line of Ethernet switch chips. The addition of a traffic manager places the 98DX4251 in direct competition with Broadcom's Katana 2.
September 16, 2013
XeL Ships Search Coprocessors
XeL is aiming to challenge Broadcom's KBPs with a family of search coprocessors that promises lower power and lower cost for similar performance.