Current MPR Articles
December 1, 2014
Opportunity NoCs, NetSpeed Answers (MPR)
NetSpeed’s network-on-a-chip (NoC) promises to ease SoC development by offering more design automation and better optimization. Its biggest challenge, however, is winning customers away from two established competitors.
November 24, 2014
7 New GPUs in PowerVR Series7 (MPR/MCR)
With its most ambitious architecture launch since the Series5, Imagination has completely revamped its PowerVR mobile GPU lineup, boosting performance and efficiency.
Xilinx’s SDAccel Goes Heterogeneous (MPR/NWR)
Xilinx has emphasized its interest in OpenCL by releasing new software that eases FPGA development for heterogeneous-compute environments.
Mali-T800 Boosts ARM GPUs (MPR/MCR)
ARM’s new T800 GPU extends the performance of its popular Mali line. The company also updated its video codec and display IP as part of its broad portfolio of multimedia cores.
November 17, 2014
NAND Goes Vertical for Density (MPR/MCR)
Flash memory is critical for devices ranging from smartphones to servers, but to deliver chips with greater capacity, NAND designers have been forced to look in a new direction: up.
Editorial: Putting the “Auto” in Automobile (MPR)
Self-driving technology will become popular quickly, driving demand for high-performance processors in automobiles. Microcontroller and microprocessor vendors are vying for this billion-dollar opportunity.
November 10, 2014
Casting Off the Pipeline (MPR)
Targeting wearables and IoT, Cast offers a modern 32-bit RISC core without a pipeline, enabling greater power and execution efficiency.
November 3, 2014
RapidIO Gets Coherent With ARM (MPR/NWR)
RapidIO.org, along with ARM and a list of leading embedded-processor vendors, has commissioned a task force to update the RapidIO protocol to support coherent processing in ARMv8 processor clusters.
ARM Stretches CoreLink at Both Ends (MPR)
ARM’s third-generation CoreLink cache-coherent-network (CCN) IP includes two products: the CCN-512 supports up to 48 CPU cores, and the CCN-502 reduces area and power.
October 27, 2014
Soft Machines Targets IPC Bottleneck (MPR)
A new technology called VISC promises greater performance by breaking down a single thread and executing it on multiple cores. The technology works in hardware on any program and any instruction set.
AppliedMicro ARMs for Embedded (MPR/NWR)
AppliedMicro’s new Helix family of ARMv8-compatible embedded processors is based on the company’s X-Gene server chips and also inherits DNA from its older PacketPro communications chips.
Freescale’s LS1 Gets 64 Bits (MPR/NWR)
Sporting 10G Ethernet and TDPs of 8W or less, the new QorIQ LS1043A and LS1023A are the first 64-bit ARM processors in Freescale’s low-cost LS1 series.
Editorial: Long Road for ARM in Servers (MPR)
HP has launched its first ARM cartridges for its Moonshot server, but the specs show that these products exceed Intel’s performance only for certain workloads.
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.