Current MPR Articles
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.
June 29, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 25, 2015
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.
May 18, 2015
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.