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October 24, 2016

  • Editorial: Intel Unarmed in M&A Battle (MPR)
    Intel’s ARM-avoidance policy constrains its acquisition strategy, as recent purchases of Movidius, Nervana, and Soft Machines demonstrate. Qualcomm’s proposed NXP deal provides a stark contrast.

October 17, 2016

  • Apple A10 Bruises Other CPUs (MPR/MCR)
    The iPhone 7 uses two new custom ARM CPU designs to deliver better performance than any other smartphone, although the big Hurricane CPU consumes plenty of die area.
  • Nvidia Tunes Pascal for Learning (MPR)
    The Tesla P4 and P40, due to enter production in 4Q16, are second-generation machine-learning accelerators that use the new Pascal architecture for up to 10x performance gains.

October 10, 2016

  • Adesto Executes in Place (MPR)
    The new EcoXIP memory combines standard NOR flash with a custom high-speed interface designed specifically for streaming instructions in MCU-based IoT applications.
  • Flex Logix Adds 40nm for MCUs (MPR/NWR)
    Flex Logix, a startup specializing in FPGA intellectual property, has designed cores for a mature 40nm TSMC process (40ULP), even as it simultaneously characterizes its FinFET cores.
  • Ceva XM6 Accelerates Neural Nets (MPR)
    The new XM6 DSP core enables deep learning in embedded computer-vision processors, targeting self-driving cars, augmented and virtual reality, surveillance cameras, drones, and robotics.

October 3, 2016

  • Wave Accelerates Deep Learning (MPR)
    Startup Wave Computing has created an innovative dataflow architecture, implemented in a processor with 16,384 cores, that offers a 10x speedup for training neural networks.
  • Andes E830 Extends Processor IP (MPR)
    The new Andes E830 is a user-extensible CPU core with an updated and more compact instruction set. The company has also solidified its interconnect-design portfolio by adding the AE300.
  • Cortex-R52: Safer Real-Time Control (MPR)
    ARM’s new core supersedes the Cortex-R5 by adding virtualization, greater throughput, better lockstepping, and optional Neon extensions while increasing real-time deterministic performance.
  • GlobalFoundries Offers 7nm Roadmap (MPR)
    For its FinFET technology, GlobalFoundries is skipping 10nm and moving to a 7nm process targeting for 2018 production. Its new 12nm FD-SOI process offers an alternative path forward.

September 26, 2016

  • Samsung Unveils Custom M1 Core (MPR/MCR)
    Taking a page from rival Qualcomm’s book, Samsung designed a custom ARM CPU for the Exynos 8890, its first smartphone processor to forgo using a standard Cortex core.
  • Phytium Samples 64-Core ARMv8 (MPR)
    The Chinese startup is sampling its FT-2000/64—the world’s biggest ARM-compatible server processorand disclosed 4- and 16-core ARM chips that are already in production.
  • Editorial: ADAS Opportunities Expand (MPR)
    Despite the attention on self-driving cars, automotive-processor vendors will find that active-safety systems present a bigger and fast-growing opportunity over the next several years.
  • Synopsys Debuts Secure ARC Cores (MPR)
    Two new DesignWare cores improve security in IoT devices and embedded systems using features such as secure containers and countermeasures against side-channel attacks.

September 19, 2016

  • Oracle Sparc Accelerates Big Data (MPR)
    Oracle’s recent Sparc processors integrate hardware acceleration for database software, big-data analytics, and security. They also enable compression of in-memory databases.

September 12, 2016

September 5, 2016

  • IBM Power9 Scales Up and Out (MPR)
    IBM’s next-generation Power9 server processors are branching out into four initial designs. In addition to having 12 or 24 cores, the scale-up versions will use external memory buffers, and the scale-out versions will integrate DRAM controllers.

August 29, 2016

  • AMD Finds Zen in Microarchitecture (MPR)
    Providing a fresh start for AMD’s computing ambitions, Zen offers 40% better performance than the prior generation and is the company’s first CPU in a FinFET node. 

August 22, 2016

  • EEMBC Upgrades Auto Benchmarks (MPR)
    The leading provider of embedded-processor benchmarks has added multithreading, larger data sets, and other features to its popular AutoBench suite for automotive and industrial processors.

August 15, 2016

August 8, 2016

August 1, 2016

  • SiFive Offers RISC-V Platforms (MPR)
    A startup founded by the creators of the RISC-V instruction set aims to reduce the cost of ASIC development by designing and selling custom chips based on open-source CPU cores.
  • Ceva X2 Controls Multiple PHYs (MPR/MCR)
    Ceva’s new X2 DSP performs physical-layer (PHY) control in complex wireless modems such as LTE-Advanced, which requires control of multiple communications channels.

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