Current MPR Articles
January 26, 2015
Broadwell Comes to Notebooks (MPR)
Intel introduced the first mainstream Broadwell processors, targeting notebook PCs, indicating that its 14nm technology is now in full production. Cherry Trail is soon to follow.
Editorial: Broadcom Hits the Brakes (MPR/NWR)
After a decade of aggressive growth, Broadcom is retooling for a slower pace and is focusing on adjacent markets. The company will remain a leader, but it risks missing or being late to emerging markets.
Allwinner Offers More Dollar Deals (MPR)
Allwinner’s newest bargain products are two new quad-CPU devices: the Cortex-A7-powered H3 and the A64, the company’s first 64-bit processor integrating Cortex-A53.
January 19, 2015
Tegra X1 Doubles GPU Performance (MPR/MCR)
Nvidia’s first 20nm device, the new Tegra X1 mobile processor, adds a Maxwell GPU, 64-bit Cortex-A57 CPUs, and more memory bandwidth.
Analysts’ Choice Winners for 2014 (MPR/NWR/MCR)
The Linley Group recognizes 2014’s top products in the categories of embedded processors, mobile processors, PC/server processors, and processor IP. And the winners are…
January 12, 2015
Year in Review: Imagination Renews Battle With ARM (MPR/MCR)
For the processor-IP industry, the past year’s most anticipated event was the arrival of the first production devices integrating 64-bit ARM CPU cores.
January 5, 2015
Year in Review: New Competitors Challenge Xeon (MPR)
The past year saw the first 64-bit ARM server processors enter production, along with IBM’s Power8, which is now a merchant processor. Intel must fend off these new challengers to maintain its server dominance.
December 29, 2014
Year in Review: Multicore Drives Embedded Growth (MPR/NWR)
The embedded market is undergoing transitions that will force a shakeout, but multicore processors, communications processors, and base-station processors are areas of growth.
Power8 Hits the Merchant Market (MPR)
IBM’s merchant Power8 processors fare well against Intel’s best Xeon processors in raw CPU performance and in performance per dollar, presenting a new challenger for data-center servers.
December 22, 2014
Year in Review: Mobile Market Slows, LTE Grows (MPR/MCR)
LTE is becoming an option at all price points, and 64-bit processors are about to take over the market. At least one processor vendor faces a make-or-break year in 2015.
Broadcom’s “Wicked” Push Into IoT (MPR)
Broadcom’s BCM43907 integrates dual-band Wi-Fi, RF timing synchronization, and Apple’s Airplay, making it ideal for wireless speakers and a number of related IoT applications.
December 15, 2014
Ingenic M200 Marks Time (MPR/MCR)
Already shipping in the Geak Watch, Ingenic’s M200 processor is designed for Android wearables, providing two MIPS cores plus accelerators in a small and inexpensive package.
December 8, 2014
Editorial: Qualcomm Targets Cars, Servers (MPR)
Facing slower smartphone growth, Qualcomm is seeking new growth in the automotive and data-center markets, but it must acquire more companies to pave the way.
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.