Current MPR Articles
September 26, 2016
Samsung Unveils Custom M1 Core (MPR/MCR)
Taking a page from rival Qualcomm’s book, Samsung designed a custom ARM CPU for the Exynos 8890, its first smartphone processor to forgo using a standard Cortex core.
Phytium Samples 64-Core ARMv8 (MPR)
The Chinese startup is sampling its FT-2000/64—the world’s biggest ARM-compatible server processor—and disclosed 4- and 16-core ARM chips that are already in production.
Editorial: ADAS Opportunities Expand (MPR)
Despite the attention on self-driving cars, automotive-processor vendors will find that active-safety systems present a bigger and fast-growing opportunity over the next several years.
Synopsys Debuts Secure ARC Cores (MPR)
Two new DesignWare cores improve security in IoT devices and embedded systems using features such as secure containers and countermeasures against side-channel attacks.
September 19, 2016
Oracle Sparc Accelerates Big Data (MPR)
Oracle’s recent Sparc processors integrate hardware acceleration for database software, big-data analytics, and security. They also enable compression of in-memory databases.
September 12, 2016
Intel Takes Baby Step to Kaby Lake (MPR)
The initial release of Kaby Lake is limited to high-end notebook PCs and ultra-low-power products. The new 14nm+ technology boosts the CPU speed by 4–11%.
September 5, 2016
IBM Power9 Scales Up and Out (MPR)
IBM’s next-generation Power9 server processors are branching out into four initial designs. In addition to having 12 or 24 cores, the scale-up versions will use external memory buffers, and the scale-out versions will integrate DRAM controllers.
Bluetooth 5 Boosts Range, Capacity (MPR/MCR)
Bluetooth 5 will enable greater range or lower power, add improvements to beacon mode, and set the stage for inclusion of mesh networking.
August 29, 2016
AMD Finds Zen in Microarchitecture (MPR)
Providing a fresh start for AMD’s computing ambitions, Zen offers 40% better performance than the prior generation and is the company’s first CPU in a FinFET node.
Editorial: The Post-Smartphone Market (MPR/MCR)
As smartphone growth nears zero, chip companies are turning their attention, and their engineering resources, toward emerging markets such as IoT, wearables, and autonomous cars.
August 22, 2016
EEMBC Upgrades Auto Benchmarks (MPR)
The leading provider of embedded-processor benchmarks has added multithreading, larger data sets, and other features to its popular AutoBench suite for automotive and industrial processors.
August 15, 2016
FD-SOI Offers Alternative to FinFET (MPR)
A new version of SOI technology from GlobalFoundries provides an alternative to the expensive wafers and difficult design rules of advanced FinFET processes.
August 8, 2016
VeriSilicon VIP8000 Accelerates CNNs (MPR)
A licensable core for native OpenCL vision processing that is based on Vivante GPU technology, the VIP8000 targets automotive and consumer products.
August 1, 2016
SiFive Offers RISC-V Platforms (MPR)
A startup founded by the creators of the RISC-V instruction set aims to reduce the cost of ASIC development by designing and selling custom chips based on open-source CPU cores.
Ceva X2 Controls Multiple PHYs (MPR/MCR)
Ceva’s new X2 DSP performs physical-layer (PHY) control in complex wireless modems such as LTE-Advanced, which requires control of multiple communications channels.
Fusion G3 Beefs Up Floating Point (MPR/MCR)
Cadence has developed the Fusion G3 DSP to target mobile and consumer applications, offering up to four times the performance of its Fusion F1.
July 25, 2016
Polaris Revitalizes AMD GPUs (MPR)
AMD’s 14nm Polaris architecture combines intelligent rasterization, quality of service, and novel circuit designs to nearly double performance per watt in the new Radeon RX 480.
Editorial: Intel Extends Server Control (MPR)
Initiatives such as XPoint memory and RSA give Intel more control of the server platform even to the rack level, improving its profits but hobbling its customers.
Guest Commentary: Be a HW and SW Engineer (MPR)
As the slowdown in Moore’s Law constrains hardware performance, software and hardware engineers must better understand each other’s disciplines to optimize performance.
ARM Hatching 4K Video Egil (MPR/MCR)
ARM is developing a new video core, code-named Egil, that includes enhanced HEVC (H.265) support as well as the ability to encode and decode Google’s VP9 format.
July 18, 2016
Andes N650 Targets Low-Power IoT (MPR)
Andes has developed a low-power area-efficient CPU core, the 32-bit N650, that further extends the low end of its lineup to target IoT clients with very low power requirements.
July 11, 2016
Xeon Phi 7200 Boots Up for HPC (MPR)
The initial Knights Landing products are now in production, delivering 3Tflop/s of double-precision performance with up to four times the power efficiency of Xeon E5.
In Memoriam: Michael Slater, Microprocessor Guru (MPR)
Michael Slater, founder of this newsletter as well as a friend and mentor to many of our staff, has passed away at the age of 60.
July 4, 2016
Broadwell Accelerates the DPDK (MPR/NWR)
Intel Xeon processors are improving their networking performance through better hardware and better software—in particular, the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK). Other vendors are following suit by adapting the DPDK to their processors.