Current MPR Articles
April 27, 2015
Ceva Sharpens Computer Vision (MPR/MCR)
The new Ceva-XM4 vision-processor core improves on the performance and power efficiency of its fixed-point predecessor, the Ceva-MM3101, through new FPUs, wider VLIW instructions, and other enhancements.
Freescale Upgrades Automotive Vision (MPR)
Freescale’s S32V234 is the first member of a new processor family for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). It integrates four ARM Cortex-A53 CPUs and two Cognivue Apex computer-vision cores.
IoT-Specific Processors Emerge (MPR/MCR)
A new class of processors is emerging that targets the Internet of Things and wearables. These markets are growing rapidly; we are bullish on wearables, but our forecast for IoT is more conservative than most.
April 20, 2015
Editorial: Moore’s Law Turns 50 (MPR)
Gordon Moore’s prediction has had a good run, but nothing lasts forever. Transistor progress is slowing and has even halted at some price points. The industry must adapt.
April 13, 2015
Synopsys Embeds Vision Processing (MPR)
The new DesignWare EV licensable IP combines ARC CPUs with programmable accelerators to boost the performance of computer-vision algorithms. It includes an object-detection engine optimized for convolutional neural networks.
April 6, 2015
Graphics APIs Reach a New Low (MPR)
The Khronos Group is attempting to bring console-style graphics programming to new platforms. Its Vulkan is a new low-level graphics API that will run on multiple GPUs and operating systems.
March 30, 2015
14nm Xeon D Secures the Data Center (MPR)
Intel’s first 14nm server processor, Xeon D integrates eight Broadwell CPUs and achieves up to 3.4x greater performance than Atom microserver processors, blocking potential ARM-based competitors.
March 23, 2015
Editorial: NXP Deal Builds Auto Giant (MPR)
NXP’s pending acquisition of Freescale will shake up the microcontroller market, particularly in the automotive segment, but Freescale’s networking processors could be up for grabs.
March 16, 2015
Intel Sofia Targets Low-Cost Phones (MPR/MCR)
The newly branded Atom x3 is Intel’s first integrated smartphone processor. The Atom x7 (Cherry Trail) for tablets improves graphics performance, but its CPU speed falls flat.
March 9, 2015
Octeon Fusion-M Goes Macro (MPR/NWR)
Cavium has launched a new Octeon Fusion lineup that extends its integrated wireless-base-station processors to macrocells and supports more users than competing products.
MT8173 Brings Cortex-A72 to Tablets (MPR/MCR)
MediaTek is sampling one of the industry’s first Cortex-A72 processors, plus it added CDMA to extend its smartphone lineup for 2015.
Cadence HiFi 4 Creates 3D Sound (MPR)
Extending Cadence’s family of licensable audio DSP cores, HiFi 4 can process complex object-based surround-sound algorithms such as Dolby Atmos and DTS-X.
March 2, 2015
EZchip’s Tile-MX Grows 100 ARMs (MPR/NWR)
The Tile-Mx100 is an ARMv8 processor with 100 coherent CPU cores as well as packet accelerators and high-speed I/O interfaces for 100Gbps networking applications.
February 23, 2015
AMD Unearths Excavator CPU (MPR)
Using the new Excavator CPU, AMD’s Carrizo processor delivers more performance and features than its predecessor, despite sticking with 28nm technology. Carrizo-L extends the line downward.
CoreMark-Pro Tests Embedded Mettle (MPR)
EEMBC’s new CoreMark-Pro effectively characterizes the performance of CPU cores that serve in general-purpose embedded systems and run mostly C-based applications.
February 16, 2015
Cortex-A72 Takes Big Step Forward (MPR)
ARM has taken some of the wraps off its next-generation 64-bit CPU, code-named Maia. The new Cortex-A72 outperforms Cortex-A57 by about 30%.
GC7000 Goes for GPU Gold (MPR/MCR)
Vivante is making its strongest push into the big leagues by introducing the GC7000 line, a complete top-to-bottom upgrade of its GPU lineup.
Editorial: PCs Get Thinner, Dumber (MPR)
Intel is pushing PC makers toward its premium low-power processors, but instead of spending more money, they are choosing slower processors.
February 9, 2015
Kalray Clusters Calculate Quickly (MPR/NWR)
A little-known company has packed 256 VLIW CPUs onto a chip to deliver industry-leading performance per watt and impressive packet-processing performance.
MT2601 Targets Android Wear (MPR)
The MT2601 is MediaTek’s first processor targeted at wearable devices that run Google’s Android Wear operating system.
February 2, 2015
Cortex-A57 Is Most Efficient CPU (MPR/MCR)
Tearing down the leading mobile processors shows that Cortex-A57 is on target, Cortex-A53 is not, and brawny CPUs from Apple and Nvidia cost more but lead in performance.
Foundries Find FinFETs at 14nm (MPR/NWR/MCR)
Everything changes at 14nm, including the transistor architecture and which foundries are leading the way in this technology transition. Hint: TSMC is not.