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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

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

July 28, 2014

  • 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.

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

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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.
  • 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

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