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February 15, 2016

  • Atmel Deal Challenges Microchip (MPR)
    The Atmel acquisition expands Microchip’s microcontroller business, but the MCU supplier must now juggle four different instruction sets, including MIPS and ARM.

February 8, 2016

  • Amazon Exposes Annapurna Chips (MPR)
    Last year, Amazon acquired Annapurna. It has now formally disclosed products that the silicon startup has been shipping for a year, possibly marking the first step in divesting its purchase. 

February 1, 2016

  • Chipmakers Race to Drive Smart Cars (MPR)
    Automobile manufacturers are looking to transform cars into seamless extensions of handheld devices. Chipmakers Nvidia, Qualcomm, and Toshiba hope to accelerate the development of next-generation vehicles.
  • Cavium Thunders Into Servers (MPR)
    Cavium’s ThunderX, the industry’s first dual-socket ARM-based server processor, is now shipping. It can outperform Intel’s Xeon D and match even the Xeon E5 on some workloads.

January 25, 2016

  • PowerVR Improves GPU Compute (MPR)
    Imagination’s Series7XT Plus adds integer pipelines and dedicated image-processing management to improve vision-processing performance in the PowerVR GPU lineup.

January 18, 2016

  • Broadcom Ships First 28nm StrataGX (MPR)
    Broadcom’s first 28nm StrataGX processors introduce several new security features for point-of-sale terminals, kiosks, and other secure systems while significantly reducing power consumption.

January 11, 2016

  • First Quark MCUs Target IoT (MPR)
    Intel’s new Quark microcontrollers bring the x86 architecture to the 32-bit MCU market but fall short of established competitors. The Quark SE is the most unusual model.

January 4, 2016

December 28, 2015

December 21, 2015

  • Phytium Aims for Chinese Servers (MPR)
    An ambitious  Chinese startup targets Intel’s Xeon E7 with a 28nm ARMv8 processor integrating a massive 64 custom CPU cores, 16 DDR3 channels, and 256Gbps of I/O capability.
  • VaultIP Secures All Things (MPR)
    Inside Secure’s VaultIP provides robust security, FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certification and authentication, while consuming little power and die area, making it ideal for IoT devices.

December 14, 2015

  • Newest SiPs Hold Many Chips (MPR/MCR)
    Multidie packages, commonly referred to as SiPs, are now broadly used in mobile devices. 2D approaches dominate, but 2.5D and 3D products are now in production for high-end systems.
  • Ceva Optimizes DSPs for IoT (MPR)
    Ceva’s new XC5 and XC8 DSP cores extend the company’s software-defined modem architecture to address the plethora of emerging standards in low-data-rate Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
  • Xeon E3 Flies To Skylake (MPR)
    The Xeon E3-1200v5 offers Intel’s first upgrade for low-end servers and workstations in two-plus years, using the new Skylake microarchitecture to boost CPU performance significantly.

December 7, 2015

November 30, 2015

  • Editorial: Server or Smartphone? (MPR)
    Qualcomm and ARM will not achieve their goal of 25% server-market share using only smartphone-optimized CPU designs. New, more powerful server-class CPUs are needed.
  • Nvidia Brings Learning to the Server (MPR)
    Nvidia’s two new Tesla GPUs and software suite target supervised machine learning and multimedia applications. The M40 and M4 GPUs will be available in the next few months.

November 23, 2015

  • Kirin 950 Takes Performance Lead (MPR/MCR)
    HiSilicon’s latest custom processor is poised to be the first Cortex-A72 device to ship in a smartphone (the Huawei Mate 8), exceeding the performance of current-generation phones.

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