Current MPR Articles
August 31, 2015
Intel, Foundries Diverge at 10nm (MPR/NWR/MCR)
Intel’s transistor cost continue to fall with each new node, but the leading foundries no longer see this cost reduction. A close examination of each company’s technology explains this contradiction.
August 24, 2015
Lithography Woes Raise Chip Costs (MPR/NWR/MCR)
EUV delays have forced the development of several new techniques to extend optical lithography, but the added cost of these techniques is changing the economics of Moore’s Law.
August 17, 2015
Snapdragon 820 Upgrades Multimedia (MPR/MCR)
Qualcomm has designed a powerful visual-computing pipeline, including a speedy new GPU, superb ISP, and high-resolution-display engine.
Rambus Becomes a Chip Vendor (MPR)
Rambus has shipped its first chip-level product, the RB26 buffer controller for DDR4 LRDIMMs.
August 10, 2015
Editorial: Qualcomm Falls to Earth (MPR)
Despite a recent drop in revenue caused by declining Snapdragon shipments, Qualcomm should not let a 15% reduction in spending jeopardize its long-term growth plan.
August 3, 2015
Imagination Raises OmniShields (MPR)
OmniShield enables processors to run multiple secure computing environments using Imagination’s MIPS CPUs, PowerVR GPUs, and Ensigma wireless connectivity.
July 27, 2015
Fiji Boosts Performance With HBM (MPR)
AMD’s Fiji GPU uses a tweaked architecture and the new High Bandwidth Memory to deliver a 20–30% performance boost on DX11 games and promises greater benefits for DX12.
Kinetis Integrates Bluetooth for IoT (MPR)
Freescale is adding Bluetooth Low Energy to the Kinetis lineup, including the KW30Z BLE SoC, and to the dual-mode KW40Z, which offers concurrent BLE and IEEE 802.15.4 capability.
Cavium Secures the Cloud (MPR/NWR)
The market leader for security coprocessors is protecting its turf by introducing its next-generation Nitrox V design. The new chip blunts the threat from Intel’s Coleto Creek.
July 20, 2015
i.MX7 Improves Power Efficiency (MPR/MCR)
Combining Cortex-A7 and Cortex-M4 CPUs, Freescale’s new i.MX7 processors deliver power efficiency for e-readers, wearables, IoT clients, and similar devices.
Mobileye Increases Car EyeQ (MPR)
Mobileye’s fourth-generation EyeQ4 computer-vision processor for advanced driver-assistance systems offers new capabilities that will make self-driving cars a reality.
July 13, 2015
QorIQ Chips Add More ARMs (MPR/NWR)
Freescale’s new eight-core LS1088A and quad-core LS1048A bring higher performance, improved packet acceleration, and dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports to the entry-level QorIQ LS1 series.
Editorial: Tick, Tock…Boom! (MPR)
The slowing of Moore’s Law hinders Intel’s famous tick-tock model and could cause the company to abandon it by adding a new product to the cycle as early as next year.
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.