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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 processorand 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

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.

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. 

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

August 8, 2016

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.

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.
  • 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.

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.

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