Current MPR Articles
May 2, 2016
HBM2 Doubles Bandwidth, Capacity (MPR)
The second-generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) increases memory capacity and bandwidth, adds ECC support, and improves memory-controller efficiency.
April 25, 2016
NXP Debuts QorIQ Cortex-A72 (MPR/NWR)
The industry’s first embedded processors to use Cortex-A72, the quad-core LS1046A and dual-core LS1026A improve performance, particularly for mixed control- and data-plane networking.
AMD FirePro Reinvigorates HPC (MPR)
The new FirePro S9300x2 is the industry’s highest-performance single-precision GPU. The Radeon Open Compute tool chain adds support for C/C++ and Cuda software.
MediaTek’s Gateways to IoT (MPR)
The MT7697 combines ARM’s Cortex-M4F with integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The MT2511 is an analog companion chip for MediaTek’s wearable processors.
April 18, 2016
Baikal Aims for Desktops, Microservers (MPR)
Russian semiconductor startup Baikal recently announced its second design, a 28nm ARMv8 processor for desktop computers, communications equipment, and microservers.
April 11, 2016
Editorial: Cost Will Hamper 5G Rollout (MPR/NWR/MCR)
Without Moore’s Law to help, ultrafast 5G handsets will remain expensive, slowing the rollout of the next-generation cellular technology and diluting its potential benefits.
Silicon Labs Goes Wireless (MPR)
The new Wireless Gecko microcontrollers integrate a radio that supports Bluetooth, Thread, and ZigBee protocols, providing highly integrated solutions for low-cost IoT devices.
April 4, 2016
Broadwell-EP Moves Xeon E5 to 14nm (MPR)
Intel’s new socket-compatible upgrade to the Xeon E5 server platform provides modest performance gains on general-purpose software but greater improvements for specific workloads.
March 28, 2016
RISC-V Offers Simple, Modular ISA (MPR)
RISC-V is a new general-purpose instruction-set architecture that can be configured with a 32-, 64-, or 128-bit integer base and optional extensions.
New Intel SoCs Target Autos and IoT (MPR)
The Atom x3-M7272 and the Quark-based XMM 7315 are two new Intel processors with integrated modems for connected cars and cellular IoT applications.
Cortex-A32 Is First 32-Bit ARMv8 CPU (MPR/MCR)
The new Cortex-A32 is ARM’s first 32-bit CPU core to use the ARMv8 ISA, providing an upgrade path from the older Cortex-A5 and Cortex-A7 designs.
AMD Expands Embedded G-Series (MPR)
AMD introduced the Excavator CPU to its G-Series embedded lineup with new I and J processor families. The new low-cost LX family instead uses the Jaguar CPU.
March 21, 2016
Editorial: Clouds Part for ARM (MPR)
Microservices and hyperconvergence will lead data centers to adopt SoCs that are power efficient and that offer hardware acceleration.
Xeon D Doubles Core Count (MPR)
Intel recently released six new Xeon D server and embedded processors, packing 12–16 cores. New 65W variants offer enough compute performance to compete with the Xeon E5 line.
March 14, 2016
NXP’s Lowest-Power 64-Bit ARM (MPR)
NXP will soon sample the QorIQ LS1012A, which appears to be the world’s smallest, lowest-power embedded processor using the 64-bit ARMv8 architecture.
PowerVR 8XE Moves Down the Chain (MPR/MCR)
Imagination Technologies’ new PowerVR Series8XE family offers OpenGL ES 3.2 and Vulkan compatibility, improved performance, and reduced die size compared with the previous Series7XE.
ARM Revs Up Cortex-R8 for 5G (MPR)
To address the requirements of Release 13 of the LTE-Advanced specification as well as future 5G systems, ARM has added the new Cortex-R8 to its family of real-time embedded-processor cores.
March 7, 2016
Ceva’s New Gen-X DSPs Target 5G (MPR)
Ceva’s new X4 DSP core for baseband processors includes features that support the new 3GPP LTE-Advanced Release 13 (LTE-Advanced Pro) as well as future 5G modems.
Accelerating Machine Learning (MPR)
ISSCC papers from Intel and MIT indicate that hardware accelerators for machine-learning algorithms can deliver up to 30x better performance per watt than CPUs or GPUs.
February 29, 2016
Editorial: What If Intel Loses 10nm Race? (MPR)
Samsung and TSMC could reach 10nm production before Intel, putting their foundry customers on a more even footing with the x86 giant, particularly in server and networking processors.
February 22, 2016
Adesto Targets IoT Using CBRAM (MPR/MCR)
Targeting embedded and IoT designs, Adesto’s new Moneta products improve its conductive-bridge RAM (CBRAM) nonvolatile memory to further reduce power relative to EEPROMs.
February 15, 2016
Broadcom Samples First ARMv8 Chip (MPR/NWR)
Broadcom’s new BCM4908 communications processor has the CPU horsepower and feature integration required for 802.11ac Wave 2 routers in homes and small businesses.
Atmel Deal Challenges Microchip (MPR)
The Atmel acquisition expands Microchip’s microcontroller business, but the MCU supplier must now juggle four different instruction sets, including MIPS and ARM.
February 8, 2016
Amazon Exposes Annapurna Chips (MPR)
Last year, Amazon acquired Annapurna. It has now formally disclosed products that the silicon startup has been shipping for a year, possibly marking the first step in divesting its purchase.