Current MPR Articles
March 10, 2014
Freescale Integrates Digital Front End (MPR/NWR)
Freescale's new QorIQ Qonverge B3421 is the company's first wireless base-station processor that integrates a digital front end with JEDEC-standard antenna interfaces and Serial ATA.
In Brief: Intel Refreshes Four-Socket Xeon E5 (MPR)
Intel's Xeon E5-4600 v2 family line is a socket-compatible upgrade of the previous generation that boosts core count, cache size, memory bandwidth, and performance, all while reducing power consumption by 12%.
March 3, 2014
In Brief: Cortex-A17 Grows ARM's Midsection (MPR/MCR)
ARM has launched Cortex-A17, extending the life of its older-generation 32-bit cores. It has also introduced the Mali-DP500 display controller, which uses technology acquired from Cadence in September 2013.
Editorial: Expanding Our Mobile Coverage (MPR)
Our new Mobile Chip Report covers topics such as application processors, LTE modems, Wi-Fi combo chips, mobile memory, RF, sensors, and power management.
February 24, 2014
Ivy Bridge-EX Updates Xeon E7 Line (MPR)
Intel's 22nm Xeon E7 v2 is the cornerstone of the Brickland platform, which doubles performance and memory capacity over the previous 4P and 8P server processors.
AMD to Sample First ARM Chip (MPR/NWR)
AMD will sample its Opteron A1100 processor, code-named Seattle, in March, targeting microservers with eight Cortex-A57 CPUs. These chips will compete against Intel’s Avoton processor.
In Brief: ARM Releases Server-System Spec (MPR)
ARM is attempting to head off potential fragmentation in the nascent ARMv8-based server ecosystem by releasing the Server Base System Architecture (SBSA) specification.
February 17, 2014
Micron Accelerates Automata (MPR/NWR)
Micron's newest memory device is actually a coprocessor that can perform fast pattern matching and other complex algorithms using a radically new approach.
MIPS MCUs Outrun ARM (MPR)
Microchip's new PIC32MZ family offers MIPS-based MCUs with outstanding performance, plenty of flash memory and SRAM, crypto acceleration, Ethernet, and other high-speed peripherals.
February 10, 2014
In Brief: AMD Slows Opteron (MPR)
AMD positions its new "Warsaw" server processors for customers who need less performance instead of more.
Editorial: TI Faces DSP Decision (MPR)
Another round of layoffs at Texas Instruments raises the question of whether the company will maintain its investment in its historic DSP products or exit that market.
February 3, 2014
AMD's Kaveri Bulks Up on Graphics (MPR)
AMD's newest A-series processors, code-named Kaveri, are the first production devices to support the Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) programming model.
In Brief: Imagination Extends Family of Rogues (MPR)
Imagination Technologies continues to expand its family of Series6 GPUs, known by its code-name Rogue, with new models at both the high and low ends.
January 27, 2014
Editorial: China Inc. Enters CPU Market (MPR)
The Chinese government, through the state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup, has acquired two of the country's largest processor vendors. Can it compete globally in the processor market, and will it play fair?
January 20, 2014
Analysts' Choice Winners for 2013 (MPR)
The Linley Group recognizes 2013's top products in the categories of embedded processors, mobile processors, PC/server processors, and processor IP. And the winners are…
January 13, 2014
Tegra K1 Adds PC Graphics to Mobile (MPR)
Nvidia has unveiled its next-generation Tegra processor, previously code-named Logan. The new device, called Tegra K1, is the company’s first application processor integrating a mobile version of the Kepler desktop GPU.
Year In Review: Embedded Processors Thrive at 28nm (MPR/NWR)
In 2013, embedded processors began moving to 28nm production, enabling higher core counts and clock speeds. Greater integration led to integrated base-station processors and chips incorporating Ethernet switches.
AMD's Hawaii GPU Gets Big (MPR)
AMD has refreshed its GPU architecture with better scaling and power management. The new architecture appears in its Hawaii GPU and Kaveri processor.
In Brief: Intel Saves Mindspeed's Wireless Chips (MPR/NWR)
Intel's acquisition of Mindspeed's wireless-infrastructure business saves the existing base-station processors and will fulfill the announced roadmap. It also brings Intel valuable signal-processing expertise and intellectual property.
In Brief: MediaTek Enters LTE Era (MPR)
Now approaching the highest tier of cellular performance, MediaTek formally disclosed its first LTE processor, the MT6290, and a plan for further LTE developments.
January 6, 2014
Highland Forest Pumps More Packets (MPR/NWR)
Intel’s new communications platform delivers strong encryption performance using the Coleto Creek chipset. Ivy Bridge-EP processors running the company’s DPDK software handle packet processing at staggering rates.
Year in Review: Cloud Open to More Server CPUs (MPR)
In 2013, Intel took the microserver lead with Avoton, and AppliedMicro began shipping the first 64-bit ARM processor. Fewer new 2P and 4P processors launched, but microserver competition heated up following Broadcom's entry.
December 30, 2013
Year in Review: Mobile Market Shifts to Low End (MPR)
Inexpensive smartphones and tablets built and often consumed in China are tilting the mobile-chip market toward highly integrated, low-cost processors, causing shifts in technology and market share.
December 23, 2013
Year in Review: Processors Fill Up on IP for 64-bit Era (MPR)
One of 2013's hottest stories was the beginning of the 64-bit ARM era. Industry consolidation led to Tensilica and MIPS being acquired, and new 32-bit CPU cores emerged from Andes, Synopsys (ARC), and others.
Broxton Extends Atom Roadmap (MPR)
Intel disclosed new 14nm Atom processors for smartphones and tablets, including the next-generation Broxton. It is also developing processors known as Sofia that have integrated cellular functions.
In Brief: Snapdragon 410 Uses Cortex-A53 (MPR)
Qualcomm's new low-end smartphone processor is the first announced chip using the 64-bit Cortex-A53 CPU. It also features an LTE baseband and integrated connectivity.
December 16, 2013
Spreadtrum Joins Quad-Core Club (MPR)
Targeting low-cost smartphones, Spreadtrum's SC8735S is the company's first quad-core processor and its first with Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi, reducing system cost.
Startup Taps OpenRisc for Booster (MPR/NWR)
Nextivity has designed a signal booster to compete with residential femtocell base stations. The design is based on a custom processor integrating six OpenRisc CPUs.
Haswell ULT Integrates PC Platform (MPR)
Intel's low-power Haswell (U/Y series) uses a different package and a different south bridge (PCH) and offers features not available in mainstream Haswell products.
Editorial: Fab Delays Deflate 2014 Hopes (MPR)
New processors will be stuck on 28nm well into 2014, missing key consumer shopping windows and potentially dampening sales for next year.