Current MPR 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.
December 2, 2013
Snapdragon 805 Enables 4K Phones
Qualcomm's next high-end processor will enable smartphones and tablets with UltraHD displays while improving CPU, GPU, and memory speeds to support this higher resolution.
MediaTek Rolls an Eight
MediaTek's MT6592 is the first mobile processor with eight simultaneously available cores. The processor sets a speed record by running its eight ARM Cortex-A7 CPUs at up to 2.0GHz.
In Brief: AMD Reveals First Puma Chips
AMD's 1H14 PC processor lineup features two new low-power SoCs code-named Beema and Mullins along with Kaveri for the mainstream market.
November 25, 2013
ARM Mali-T700 Expands GPU Range
ARM has refreshed its Midgard GPU architecture by extending its performance and die-area range. The Mali-T760 reaches new heights with up to 16 shader cores, and the T720 brings Midgard to low-cost SoCs.
Editorial: Watch This Space
Smartwatches are emerging as a new category for low-power microprocessors. Different design approaches set differing requirements for these processors.
November 18, 2013
ARM Enhances Cortex-R ISA
ARM has released a variation of its ARMv8 instruction set for real-time embedded processors that includes a new privilege-execution model for hypervisor support.
XMOS Adds an ARM
XMOS is bringing ARM compatibility to some of its xCore microcontrollers by combining an xCore and a Silicon Labs MCU in the same multidie package.
In Brief: Calxeda Upgrades to Cortex-A15
Calxeda's new Midway processor uses quad Cortex-A15 CPUs running at 1.8GHz to boost performance, matching up against Intel's Avoton in microservers.
In Brief: Qualcomm Scores a NoC-Out
Qualcomm has acquired network-on-a-chip (NoC) IP from Arteris, potentially blocking competitors from using future versions of this IP.
November 11, 2013
Intel’s Quark Harks Back to 486
The small, synthesizable Quark design allows Intel to quickly develop application-specific SoCs for consumer and IoT applications. The CPU uses a modernized version of the 486 pipeline.
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.
Synopsys Accelerates ARC CPUs
Synopsys is expanding its DesignWare IP library with two new CPU cores: the ARC HS34 and ARC HS36. Both are high-performance low-power CPUs for real-time embedded systems.
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: ARM Doubles Up on CoreLink
At the recent Linley Tech Processor Conference, ARM announced its second-generation CoreLink cache-coherent network, the CCN-508, which increases capacity compared with its predecessor to support up to 32 CPUs.
October 28, 2013
P5600 Extends MIPS Performance
Imagination Technologies' first new MIPS core, the P5600, is the first member of the Series5 Warrior family and introduces the MIPS Release 5 architecture and SIMD extensions.
Xtensa 10 Plays Well With ARM
Cadence disclosed a tenth-generation Tensilica Xtensa CPU core that includes new SIMD/VLIW extensions (LX5), improved memory performance, and better integration with ARM-based SoCs.
Andes Climbs to 1GHz
IP vendor Andes revealed the N1337, its highest performing CPU core to date. The company also continues to improve its low-end cores with features called FlashFetch and PowerBrake.
Editorial: The Empire Strikes Back
Last year, ARM vendors were lauded as a strong challenger to Intel’s server hegemony, but this year, the plot has turned, and Intel has set a cunning trap in microserver market.
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
Inside the Xbox One Mega-SoC
Microsoft revealed more details of its Xbox One to MPR, allowing us to take a deeper look inside the SoC that the company co-developed with AMD.
October 7, 2013
In Brief: Fujitsu, Oracle Processors Evolve
The two remaining designers of SPARC server chips continue to advance their processors, but the new Sparc X+ and Sparc M6 processors represent an incremental improvement over their predecessors.
September 30, 2013
Editorial: Mobile Churn Continues
Nokia’s sale of its handset business to Microsoft puts 200 million baseband processors in play. Broadcom’s acquisition of Renesas technology reshuffles the LTE processor market. Both deals weaken Intel.
September 23, 2013
Intel's Bay Trail Challenges ARM
Using the new 22nm Silvermont core, Bay Trail-T (for "tablet") doubles the CPU performance of its predecessor, matching Intel against the fastest ARM-based mobile processors.
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: Broadcom Accelerates LTE Plans
By acquiring portions of Renesas Mobile, Broadcom gained a carrier-certified LTE baseband and an integrated LTE processor due early next year, boosting its smartphone efforts.
In Brief: Sub-Atomic Quark Targets MCUs
Intel has created a new x86 CPU that is even smaller than Atom. Aptly named Quark, the new core is synthesizeable and designed for microcontroller duty.
September 16, 2013
Xeon E5 Gets 22nm Refresh
Ivytown upgrades Xeon E5 with 50% more cores and improved performance per watt while maintaining Socket R compatibility. The new Avoton, however, is Intel’s most power-efficient server processor.