Current MPR Articles
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.
February 1, 2016
Chipmakers Race to Drive Smart Cars (MPR)
Automobile manufacturers are looking to transform cars into seamless extensions of handheld devices. Chipmakers Nvidia, Qualcomm, and Toshiba hope to accelerate the development of next-generation vehicles.
Cavium Thunders Into Servers (MPR)
Cavium’s ThunderX, the industry’s first dual-socket ARM-based server processor, is now shipping. It can outperform Intel’s Xeon D and match even the Xeon E5 on some workloads.
Toshiba Extends Wearables Lineup (MPR)
Toshiba has expanded its App Lite processor line with the TZ1200, which boosts performance and incorporates an improved analog front end.
January 25, 2016
Editorial: RISC-V Faces Long Road (MPR)
RISC-V brings an open-source model to the CPU world, enabling free instruction sets and free cores. But commercially competitive cores will take time to emerge.
Guest Columnist: Discovering Deep Learning (MPR)
The growing use of neural networks, particularly in vision applications, has spurred several processor chip and IP vendors to develop custom hardware designs.
PowerVR Improves GPU Compute (MPR)
Imagination’s Series7XT Plus adds integer pipelines and dedicated image-processing management to improve vision-processing performance in the PowerVR GPU lineup.
January 18, 2016
Analysts’ Choice Winners for 2015 (MPR/NWR/MCR)
The Linley Group recognizes 2015’s top products in the categories of embedded, mobile, networking, PC/server, and processor IP. And the winners are…
Broadcom Ships First 28nm StrataGX (MPR)
Broadcom’s first 28nm StrataGX processors introduce several new security features for point-of-sale terminals, kiosks, and other secure systems while significantly reducing power consumption.
Cortus FPS26 Adds FPU for IoT (MPR)
Cortus has added an FPU to its minimalist embedded-processor IP for low-power applications that need more floating-point muscle.
AMD Displays Visual Leadership (MPR)
DisplayPort 1.3 is critical for UltraHD and high-dynamic-range (HDR) capability, and AMD will be one of the first silicon vendors to support it.
January 11, 2016
Year in Review: Processor IP Downshifts for IoT (MPR/MCR)
After years of racing to develop high-performance IP for mobile processors, 2015 saw vendors shift to leaner CPUs and GPUs that target IoT and wearable devices.
First Quark MCUs Target IoT (MPR)
Intel’s new Quark microcontrollers bring the x86 architecture to the 32-bit MCU market but fall short of established competitors. The Quark SE is the most unusual model.
MoChi Expands Marvell’s Armada (MPR/NWR)
In 1Q16, Marvell plans to sample the first products using its MoChi technology. These multichip devices extend the Armada family into new networking and storage applications.
January 4, 2016
Year in Review: Xeon Diversifies for New Markets (MPR)
In 2015, Intel extended its server dominance by diversifying with segment-specific products such as the Xeon D and Xeon Phi. A new wave of ARM competitors will appear in 2016.
December 28, 2015
Year in Review: Mobile Market Stalls, Qualcomm Falls (MPR/MCR)
Mobile-processor revenue fell in 2015 amid an LTE price war and a shift toward in-house processors. After years of growth, Qualcomm was hit particularly hard.
Year in Review: Wireless Restrains Embedded Growth (MPR/NWR)
Embedded processor vendors are jostling to capture market share and win SDN/NFV and ADAS designs while dealing with rising manufacturing costs and a transition to ARM.
December 21, 2015
Phytium Aims for Chinese Servers (MPR)
An ambitious Chinese startup targets Intel’s Xeon E7 with a 28nm ARMv8 processor integrating a massive 64 custom CPU cores, 16 DDR3 channels, and 256Gbps of I/O capability.
Intel Xeon D Targets Embedded (MPR/NWR)
Intel has deployed its Xeon D processor into embedded systems, offering up to 16 powerful CPU cores for networking and storage applications.
VaultIP Secures All Things (MPR)
Inside Secure’s VaultIP provides robust security, FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certification and authentication, while consuming little power and die area, making it ideal for IoT devices.
Editorial: The Transformation of Intel (MPR)
Former Qualcomm executive Murthy Renduchintala has become the most powerful Intel manager ever hired from outside and will help change the company's staid engineering culture.
December 14, 2015
X-Gene 3 Reaches for Xeon Servers (MPR)
AppliedMicro’s X-Gene 3, a 32-core ARMv8 server processor built in a TSMC 16nm process, could compete with mainstream Xeon E5 processors in 2017.
Newest SiPs Hold Many Chips (MPR/MCR)
Multidie packages, commonly referred to as SiPs, are now broadly used in mobile devices. 2D approaches dominate, but 2.5D and 3D products are now in production for high-end systems.
Ceva Optimizes DSPs for IoT (MPR)
Ceva’s new XC5 and XC8 DSP cores extend the company’s software-defined modem architecture to address the plethora of emerging standards in low-data-rate Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Xeon E3 Flies To Skylake (MPR)
The Xeon E3-1200v5 offers Intel’s first upgrade for low-end servers and workstations in two-plus years, using the new Skylake microarchitecture to boost CPU performance significantly.
December 7, 2015
MIPS Broadens Reach With New Cores (MPR)
Imagination has updated its top-end MIPS CPU cores to 64 bits and added enhanced low-end models for embedded applications.
November 30, 2015
Editorial: Server or Smartphone? (MPR)
Qualcomm and ARM will not achieve their goal of 25% server-market share using only smartphone-optimized CPU designs. New, more powerful server-class CPUs are needed.
Nvidia Brings Learning to the Server (MPR)
Nvidia’s two new Tesla GPUs and software suite target supervised machine learning and multimedia applications. The M40 and M4 GPUs will be available in the next few months.
November 23, 2015
Kirin 950 Takes Performance Lead (MPR/MCR)
HiSilicon’s latest custom processor is poised to be the first Cortex-A72 device to ship in a smartphone (the Huawei Mate 8), exceeding the performance of current-generation phones.