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July 16, 2018

  • Adreno 630: Small But Mighty
    Our die-photo analysis of mobile GPUs reveals similarities between the “Apple-designed” A11 GPU and Imagination’s PowerVR, while Qualcomm’s Adreno continues to lead in efficiency.
  • eSilicon 7nm Serdes Hits 56Gbps
    ASIC provider eSilicon has developed 7nm design platforms that include hard and soft macros for networking applications along with a new architecture and IP library for building AI accelerators.
  • NXP S32S Drives Autos in Lockstep
    The first member of NXP’s S32S automotive processor family is also the first announced product to use Arm’s Cortex-R52. The S32S247 octa-core chip is designed for fault tolerance and ASIL D.

July 9, 2018

  • Arm Dot Products Accelerate CNNs
    Arm’s new dot-product instructions deliver a 4x performance boost to convolutional-neural-network (CNN) operations running on 64-bit Cortex-A CPUs, including Cortex-A55, A75, and A76.
  • Arm-Compatible CPUs Get Bigger
    Our die-photo analysis of mobile CPUs reveals major design changes to the initial Cortex-A75 processor while Apple maintains its lead in CPU performance and efficiency.
  • Ceva Upgrades NB-IoT Platform
    Ceva’s new Dragonfly NB2 intellectual property implements the latest 3GPP standard for Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) communications. It includes a CPU/DSP core and network stack.

July 2, 2018

  • SC9863 Is First Cortex-A55 Octa-Core
    Octa-core Cortex-A53 processors have been the industry standard for sub-$150 smartphones, but Unisoc (formerly Spreadtrum) is the first to build such a low-cost chip using Cortex-A55.
  • MIPS Catches the AI Wave
    MIPS has found a new home as part of Wave Computing, an AI-system startup. The deal gives MIPS a quicker path to licensing deep-learning-acceleration (DLA) intellectual property.
  • Snapdragon 850 to Power Arm PCs
    Qualcomm’s new Windows 10 platform uses the same Snapdragon 845 chip as Galaxy S9/S9+ smartphones, but it doesn’t solve all of the problems of these always-connected PCs.
  • Intel’s First 5GHz Processor
    To mark the 40th anniversary of the 8086, Intel released its first processor rated for 5GHz operation: the Core i7-8086K, an unlocked model for gamers and other overclockers.

June 25, 2018

  • Arm Cortex-M35P Locks Back Doors
    To help protect against side-channel attacks and tampering, Arm now licenses the Cortex-M35P CPU, CryptoCell-312P cryptography engine, and CryptoIsland-300P secure enclave.
  • Qualcomm Upgrades FSM for 5G-NR
    Qualcomm’s new integrated FSM100xx processors target 5G small cells and remote radio heads. Scheduled to sample in 2019, they should arrive in time for OEM deployments in 2020.
  • Arteris IP Offers Last-Level Cache
    Network-on-a-chip (NoC) supplier Arteris IP licenses a last-level cache (LLC) it calls CodaCache that accelerates chips integrating multiple noncoherent blocks.

June 18, 2018

  • Qualcomm Targets High-End IoT
    Qualcomm’s new QCS605 and QCS603 IoT processors are powerful SoCs that derive from the Snapdragon 710. By upgrading the image-processing hardware and software, they offer superior computer-vision capabilities.
  • ASSPs Hold Their Own in Comms
    ASSPs kept pace with processors and FPGAs in the 2017 communications market, which grew modestly to $13 billion in sales of these chips.
  • Helio P22 Pushes 12nm to Lower Cost
    The new P22 is the first processor to bring 12nm technology to smartphones below $250 in price, improving MediaTek’s competitiveness in this high-volume segment.

June 11, 2018

  • Arm’s Project Trillium Starts to Bloom
    Arm has disclosed the first details (but not the name) of its forthcoming machine-learning processor core, which adds a deep-learning accelerator (DLA) to the Project Trillium platform.
  • Tachyum Targets Data Centers
    Startup Tachyum has announced Prodigy, a “universal processor” for data centers, high-performance computing, and machine learning. Based on a proprietary architecture, this jack-of-all-trades remains largely under wraps but has some intriguing features.
  • Cannon Lake Misfires
    Intel has quietly released its first 10nm product: the Core i3-8121U, a semifunctional processor that’s no better than earlier 14nm products. One PC maker has shipped laptops using the chip.

June 4, 2018

  • Cortex-A76 Revamps Core Design
    Arm has developed a new microarchitecture for its latest CPU design, delivering the biggest performance boost for smartphone users in years with small transistor-budget and power increases.
  • Mali 76-Series Boosts Flagship Phones
    Arm has introduced two additions to its high-end Mali graphics and multimedia lineup. The Mali-G76 GPU and Mali-V76 video-processor (VPU) cores target SoCs for flagship phones, VR headsets, and 8K TVs.
  • TidalScale Inverts Server Virtualization
    Software-startup TidalScale has created a virtual scale-up server using commodity systems. It enables one massive virtual machine running across many physical servers.
  • Editorial: Another Shuffle in ARM Servers
    Qualcomm’s anticipated exit from server processors underscores the difficulty of competing in this market. Server buyers want more choices, but few are willing to adopt non-Intel products.

May 28, 2018

  • Snapdragon 710 Jumps to Cortex-A75
    Debuting the new 700-series for mid-premium smartphones, Qualcomm brings 10nm technology and its newest CPU, based on Cortex-A75, to this lower price range.
  • MT3620 Runs Azure Sphere for IoT
    The first processor compatible with the new Azure Sphere operating system, the MT3620 is an unusually powerful IoT chip with five CPUs, Microsoft’s Pluton security engine, and integrated Wi-Fi.
  • QuickLogic Gives IoT Sensors a Brain
    The QuickAI hardware-development kit combines the EOS-S3 sensor hub with two NeuroMem neural-network chips. It enables trainable pattern recognition in images, speech, text, and video, as well as complex data.

May 21, 2018

  • ThunderX2 Strengthens ARM Servers
    Cavium’s new 32-core server processor features the most powerful ARM CPU yet to reach production, delivering plenty of performance for data centers and HPC.
  • BrainChip Aims to Spike Neural Nets
    BrainChip specializes in neuromorphic processing that employs spiking neural networks. It offers the technology in an FPGA and is developing an SoC implementation called Akida.

May 14, 2018

  • MIPS I7200 CPU Dons New Threads
    The new MIPS I7200 is a licensable 32-bit CPU optimized for multithreaded real-time control in LTE-Advanced and 5G modems as well as Wi-Fi router and gateway chips.
  • 10nm Problems Slip Ice Lake to 2019
    Intel has delayed its 10nm volume production until next year, pushing out Ice Lake. To fill the hole in the PC-processor roadmap, it added Whiskey Lake, a 14nm product that targets laptops.
  • Editorial: Intel Foundry Flounders
    Intel launched a third-party manufacturing business in 2010 with great expectations of challenging TSMC, but the ongoing delays in its 10nm process may kill this business.

May 7, 2018

  • Ryzen 2 Is First 12nm PC Processor
    AMD’s first Ryzen 2 products, code-named Pinnacle Ridge, offer competitive performance and excellent value in high-end desktop PCs for gamers and content creators.
  • New Wireless MCUs Bolster IoT
    The latest wireless microcontrollers from NXP, STMicroelectronics, and Texas Instruments integrate multiple radios and strengthen security, promising better IoT designs.
  • TI Builds First Automotive-Radar SoCs
    Texas Instruments is the first to reach production with automotive-radar SoCs that combine digital signal processing with the RF front end, all in a single 45nm RF-CMOS chip.

April 30, 2018

  • Broadcom Switch Blends 4G/5G Radios
    Broadcom is sampling Monterey, an Ethernet switch chip that uniquely enables CPRI ports for 4G-cellular fronthaul as well as new Ethernet-based protocols for 5G fronthaul.
  • Editorial: China’s AI Dream
    The AI-accelerator market is wide open, but to achieve its plan to dominate the world in this technology, China needs more than just government-funded startups selling to other domestic companies.
  • Ceva First to Launch 802.11ax IP
    Ceva is offering 802.11ax additions to its RivieraWaves Wi-Fi family. Its new RW-AX-series targets a range of products that spans IoT/wearables, mobile devices, access points, and gateways.

April 23, 2018

  • Efinix Samples Its First FPGAs
    The FPGA startup has delivered on its promises of greater gate density and lower power. The initial products target small mobile applications, but larger chips will sample later this year.
  • Cadence Q6 DSP Merges AI and Vision
    The new Vision Q6 core combines computer-vision, image-processing, and neural-network functions. A revamped 13-stage pipeline helps boost performance by 50% over the earlier Vision P6 design.

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