Current MPR Articles
July 21, 2014
Intel Customizes Server Processors (MPR)
New cloud-computing workloads are driving the need for application-specific processors. In response, Intel disclosed a semicustom processor program and a Xeon processor with an integrated FPGA.
TI Slashes Sitara Power (MPR)
Texas Instruments' new Sitara AM437x embedded processors upgrade to ARM's Cortex-A9 and consume much less power than Cortex-A8-based Sitara processors, but some compromises were required.
July 14, 2014
In Brief: Tilera Deal Expands EZchip’s Market (MPR/NWR)
EZchip's $130 million deal for Tilera combines the market leader in merchant NPUs with a pioneer in manycore technology, improving its competitive position.
July 7, 2014
In Brief: HiSilicon Pushes LTE-A, Octa-Core (MPR/MCR)
Huawei's house brand has delivered the industry's first mobile processor to integrate 300Mbps LTE-Advanced: the Kirin 920.
In Brief: Qualcomm Adds LTE to Femto Cells (MPR/NWR)
Qualcomm plans to sample FSM90xx processors in 4Q14 for residential and SMB small cells. This new line adds LTE to the company's low-power base-station products.
June 30, 2014
AMD Upgrades Embedded G-Series (MPR)
The new G-Series SoCs are more power efficient than previous models and have a better GPU as well as an ARM security coprocessor.
Editorial: Samsung Sitting Out on Servers (MPR)
Despite the large opportunity in ARM server processors, Samsung has terminated its efforts to enter this market, leaving more room for other suppliers.
June 23, 2014
MediaTek Targets Every Thing (MPR/MCR)
The highly integrated MT2502 targets smartwatches that sell for less than $30. MediaTek also rolled out two IoT processors with integrated Wi-Fi: the MT7681 and the MT7688.
June 16, 2014
Rockchip Steps Up Its Game (MPR/MCR)
The RK3288 is the first production device to integrate Cortex-A17 CPUs. Rockchip hopes the new application processor will help it move up to high-end tablets.
AMD Steamrolls PCs and Embedded (MPR)
AMD has revamped its notebook and embedded processors using its Steamroller CPU and GCN GPU, which offer significantly greater performance than their predecessors.
In Brief: Synopsys Floats New ARC DSPs (MPR)
The ARCv2DSP ISA brings more than 100 DSP instructions, complemented by optional hardware accelerators, to the ARC EM series, the tiniest licensable CPUs from Synopsys.
June 9, 2014
ThunderX Rattles Server Market (MPR)
With its forthcoming 48-core ARMv8 server processor, Cavium is ready to take on Xeon E5 at the heart of the dual-socket server market.
June 2, 2014
Marvell's Armada Reaches 28nm (MPR/NWR)
Marvell's new dual-core Armada 385 and single-core Armada 380 are the first Armada-family processors manufactured in 28nm high-k metal-gate (HKMG) technology. Their 1.6GHz ARM Cortex-A9 cores are the fastest in the Armada 300 series.
In Brief: Andes Adds Configurability (MPR/MCR)
Like Tensilica and others, Andes now offers its customers the ability to add custom instructions and logic to its licensable CPUs, delivering big performance and power-efficiency improvements.
In Brief: Altera Hardens Floating-Point DSP (MPR/NWR)
Altera is offering the FPGA industry's first hard DSP blocks with floating-point capability in both the current 20nm Arria 10 and the upcoming 14nm Stratix 10.
May 26, 2014
Transactional Memory Accelerates (MPR)
Transactional memory is a promising technique that can greatly improve performance in systems with many CPUs and threads. Initial implementations from IBM and Intel set the stage for broad adoption.
XLP Automates Packet Processing (MPR/NWR)
Offloading the main CPU cores, Broadcom's XLP processors perform fully autonomous packet processing, delivering scalability and wire-rate performance in networking and communications applications.
Kinetis Microcontrollers Climb K2 (MPR)
In the biggest expansion of its microcontroller lineup in four years, Freescale rolled out second-generation Kinetis products that add new features, expand memory capacity, and reduce power.
May 19, 2014
Beema and Mullins Reduce Power (MPR)
AMD is shipping integrated processors with improved power efficiency, performance, and security for low-cost laptops and Windows tablets.
May 12, 2014
Editorial: What's a QorIQ to Do? (MPR)
Freescale's communications processors have little connection to its microcontroller business. The company could benefit by selling its QorIQ line to another ARM vendor.
May 5, 2014
In Brief: Freescale Buys Mindspeed's Comcerto (MPR/NWR)
Freescale's acquisition of Mindspeed’s Comcerto communications processors will fill a gap in the company's QorIQ family and offer existing Comcerto customers ongoing support and a roadmap to future products.
In Brief: Actions Drops Vivante for Imagination (MPR/MCR)
The Actions ATM-7029B integrates the PowerVR SGX540 GPU instead of Vivante's GC1000, boosting Imagination's prospects in the low-end tablet market.
April 28, 2014
Editorial: AMD on Road to Recovery (MPR)
AMD has stabilized its financials and is seeing growth from its semicustom business. But to gain share in PCs and servers, the company needs a new CPU microarchitecture.