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August 1, 2016

  • SiFive Offers RISC-V Platforms (MPR)
    A startup founded by the creators of the RISC-V instruction set aims to reduce the cost of ASIC development by designing and selling custom chips based on open-source CPU cores.
  • Ceva X2 Controls Multiple PHYs (MPR/MCR)
    Ceva’s new X2 DSP performs physical-layer (PHY) control in complex wireless modems such as LTE-Advanced, which requires control of multiple communications channels.

July 25, 2016

  • Polaris Revitalizes AMD GPUs (MPR)
    AMD’s 14nm Polaris architecture combines intelligent rasterization, quality of service, and novel circuit designs to nearly double performance per watt in the new Radeon RX 480.
  • ARM Hatching 4K Video Egil (MPR/MCR)
    ARM is developing a new video core, code-named Egil, that includes enhanced HEVC (H.265) support as well as the ability to encode and decode Google’s VP9 format.

July 18, 2016

  • Andes N650 Targets Low-Power IoT (MPR)
    Andes has developed a low-power area-efficient CPU core, the 32-bit N650, that further extends the low end of its lineup to target IoT clients with very low power requirements.

July 11, 2016

  • Xeon Phi 7200 Boots Up for HPC (MPR)
    The initial Knights Landing products are now in production, delivering 3Tflop/s of double-precision performance with up to four times the power efficiency of Xeon E5.

July 4, 2016

  • Broadwell Accelerates the DPDK (MPR/NWR)
    Intel Xeon processors are improving their networking performance through better hardware and better software—in particular, the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK). Other vendors are following suit by adapting the DPDK to their processors.

June 27, 2016

  • IBM TrueNorth Tackles Deep Learning (MPR)
    IBM’s neuromorphic processor tremendously improves power efficiency for certain machine-learning problems by eschewing the traditional memory model and relying on fixed-function computation.

June 20, 2016

  • 14nm Broadwell-EX Boosts Brickland (MPR)
    The third socket-compatible processor in Intel’s Xeon E7 platform known as Brickland, Broadwell-EX boosts performance and power efficiency by up to 30% and doubles memory capacity.
  • Sonics Ice-G1 Simplifies the PMU (MPR)
    Sonics’ new power-management IP replaces the traditional microcontroller with a set of state machines that provide much faster and more-localized control, reducing energy consumption.

June 13, 2016

June 6, 2016

  • Cavium Beefs Up ThunderX2 CPU (MPR)
    After falling short of its promises regarding ThunderX, Cavium is doubling down on performance for its next-generation ThunderX2, which it expects to sample this year.
  • CCIX: Coherent Interconnect for All (MPR)
    The new CCIX Consortium is developing an open standard for connecting processors with coherent GPUs, FPGAs, NICs, and other accelerators, particularly in the data center and for HPC.

May 30, 2016

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.

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.

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