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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

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.
  • 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.

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

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. 

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