Current MPR Articles
October 20, 2014
ARC HS38 Can Run High-Level OS (MPR)
The new HS38 CPU core from Synopsys can run full versions of embedded Linux using its MMU, cache-coherent SMP, optional L2 cache, and other new features.
October 13, 2014
Cortus Targets IoT With New Cores (MPR)
Cortus's new APS23 and APS25 cores offer small die sizes and low power consumption, tailoring them for Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
KeyStone Targets Industrial Apps (MPR)
Texas Instruments has revised the specifications of some KeyStone II processors and added support for industrial and extended temperature ranges.
October 6, 2014
Maxwell Illuminates the Masses (MPR/MCR)
Nvidia's new GTX 980 GPU delivers full Direct3D 12 support and enables global illumination by implementing the first real-time path-tracing rendering capability.
Cortex-M7 Doubles Up on DSP (MPR/MCR)
ARM's new 32-bit Cortex-M7 aims to bring higher-performance digital signal processing to MCUs for high-end embedded applications. The new architecture delivers 47% better compute performance than Cortex-M4.
September 29, 2014
MIPS Warrior Joins 64-Bit Battle (MPR/MCR)
The I6400 CPU is the first licensable core in Imagination Technologies’ Warrior family to implement a 64-bit architecture. As an interAptiv core, it fits in the middle of the MIPS lineup.
Editorial: Intel Delays Jeopardize Growth (MPR)
Surprising delays in Intel’s 14nm roadmap could reduce revenue during the PC selling season and affect other markets in 2015.
September 22, 2014
Haswell Crams 18 Cores Into Xeon E5 (MPR)
Intel's newest server processor, code-named Haswell-EP, provides a top-to-bottom upgrade of the company's popular Xeon E5 line as part of the new Grantley platform.
Sparc64 XIfx Uses Memory Cubes (MPR)
Fujitsu’s new Sparc64 XIfx supercomputer processor uses Micron’s Hybrid Memory Cubes and numerous other improvements to push system-level performance toward 100 petaflops.
September 15, 2014
Broadwell-Y Launches 14nm Era (MPR)
Core M targets 2-in-1 PCs and tablets, fitting into a thermal envelope of just 4.5W TDP while offering a preview of mainstream 14nm Broadwell products.
Intel’s 14nm Graphics Broadside (MPR/MCR)
Broadwell delivers a next-generation GPU with 20% better compute performance, 50% more texturing, and OpenCL 2.0 compatibility. This GPU will scale from high-end PCs to low-cost tablets.
September 8, 2014
Sparc M7 Tops 10 Billion Transistors (MPR)
Sporting 32 cores and more than 10 billion transistors, Oracle’s Sparc M7 server processor is the largest microprocessor ever—and one of the most powerful.
September 1, 2014
X-Gene 2 Aims Above Microservers (MPR)
AppliedMicro's 28nm X-Gene 2, which is currently sampling, delivers Xeon E3–class compute performance, Xeon E5–class memory bandwidth, and highly integrated, low latency 10GbE networking.
Intel Buys Axxia for Base Stations (MPR/NWR)
Intel is aiming to make a bigger splash in wireless infrastructure by acquiring the former LSI networking business. It faces many execution challenges that could hinder ongoing success, however.
Samsung First With 20nm Processor (MPR/MCR)
The Exynos 5430 and 5433 are the first application processors in 20nm, providing power and performance advantages over 28nm products. Samsung also announced its first LTE-Advanced modem chip.
August 25, 2014
Editorial: Who Ordered All This Pi? (MPR)
Raspberry Pi and Arduino are often used for prototypes and one-off projects, but some companies are now planning to enter production using a new Pi design.
August 18, 2014
Nvidia’s First CPU Is a Winner (MPR/MCR)
Nvidia's 64-bit Denver CPU uses dynamic instruction translation to outperform other mobile processors while offering full ARMv8 compatibility. It will appear in Tegra K1-64 later this year.
The Case for Open Instruction Sets (MPR)
Two UC Berkeley professors make the case that an open instruction-set architecture would enable free competition in CPU design and that RISC-V is the best open ISA available.
The Case for Licensed Instruction Sets (MPR)
ARM makes the counterargument that a licensed instruction set fills a commercial need for support, reliability, and compatibility, enabling a robust ecosystem that provides value for an ISA.
August 11, 2014
Broadcom Boosts Small Cells (MPR/NWR)
Broadcom's new BCM617x5 wireless base-station processors add crest-factor reduction, better carrier aggregation, more-powerful CPUs and DSPs, and support for China Mobile’s Zuc.
Marvell Puts IoT on a Chip (MPR)
Marvell has combined a basic ARM microcontroller with Zigbee, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi radios to create a family of processors for the Internet of Things.
August 4, 2014
MT6795 Improves Visual Experience (MPR/MCR)
As people watch more video on their smartphones, MediaTek wants to make these devices more like high-end televisions by adding new video features to its processors.
July 28, 2014
New Foundries Vying for 20nm Wafers (MPR/NWR/MCR)
The 20nm node promises to be an inflection point, offering two new foundry options and incurring a host of new technical challenges, such as the need for double patterning.
GPGPU Benchmarks Still Evolving (MPR)
Current GPU-compute benchmarks are often limited in scope and niche oriented, but the benchmarking landscape is improving.
Editorial: MHz Isn’t a Number Anymore (MPR)
In a power-constrained era, frequency is a variable and no longer a simple number. SoC vendors should adapt by providing frequency-versus-power curves for critical components like CPUs and GPUs.