Current MPR Articles
December 5, 2016
Everspin MRAM Targets Enterprise (MPR)
Everspin’s new non-volatile memory offers DRAM-like performance as well as greater endurance and retention than flash memory, targeting embedded and enterprise storage.
November 28, 2016
Editorial: Nanometer Madness (MPR)
The foundries no longer follow traditional metrics in labeling their process nodes, making IC-manufacturing progress more difficult to accurately assess.
Mali-G51 Brings Bifrost to Mainstream (MPR/MCR)
The new Mali-G51 is ARM’s smallest GPU to support the Khronos Vulkan API. The new Mali-V61 video engine scales from 1080p HD to 4K UltraHD resolution.
November 21, 2016
New Standards Open Server Platform (MPR)
Non-Intel servers will benefit as OpenCAPI and CCIX compete to become the standard coherent interconnect while Gen-Z aims to simplify deployment of innovative memory and storage technologies.
DeepBench Measures Deep Learning (MPR)
Baidu has released a collection of over 150 neural-network kernels designed to evaluate the performance of various processors, along with performance data for Intel and Nvidia hardware.
November 14, 2016
Qualcomm-NXP: A New Goliath (MPR)
Qualcomm’s proposed $47 billion acquisition of NXP will strengthen its mobile offering while diversifying the company, giving it strong positions in automotive, embedded, and IoT.
Cortex-M23/M33 Bolster IoT Security (MPR)
ARM has rolled out the first Cortex-M CPUs to implement the ARMv8-M ISA, as well as a new CoreLink system interconnect, a security-IP core, and a complete subsystem for IoT processors.
Splashdown for Intel’s Apollo Lake (MPR)
After a big graphics boost, a new Atom processor supports low-cost PCs under the Pentium and Celeron brands as well as embedded markets using the Atom E3900 and A3900 names.
November 7, 2016
ST’s Mostly Modern Microcontroller (MPR)
STMicroelectronics’ new STM32H7-series extends the performance of the company’s high-end microcontroller line by moving to a new 40nm embedded-flash process.
October 31, 2016
Adjusting SPEC CPU2006 Scores (MPR)
Advanced compilers inflate SPEC benchmark scores by 8–23% using optimizations that are irrelevant to most server users. Adjusting these scores enables more accurate comparisons of server processors.
Ceva X1 Controls Cellular IoT Devices (MPR)
Ceva’s new X1 is a synthesizable processor core for cellular-connected IoT and wearable devices that use Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) or other low-power communications protocols.
MIPS I6500 Juices Bandwidth (MPR)
Imagination has released the I6500 CPU IP, updating its midrange MIPS design to improve bandwidth and multicluster coherence.
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.
Adapteva’s Million-Dollar Epiphany (MPR)
Adapteva’s 1,024-core Epiphany-V should deliver 2Tflop/s of double-precision performance at 30W. More remarkably, the 16nm FinFET design took less than $1 million to tape out.
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.
Cadence LX7 Enables New DSP Cores (MPR)
Cadence’s Xtensa LX7 DSP core enhances the memory subsystem and system-bus interface to support new audio, communications, sensor-fusion, and vision products.
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.
New CoreLink IP Targets Servers (MPR/MCR)
ARM’s new CoreLink CNM-600 interconnect and DMC-620 DRAM controller can join up to 128 CPUs in a memory-coherent network while vastly improving performance.
Gemini 3.0 Beefs Up NoC Automation (MPR)
NetSpeed has expanded the machine-learning capability in its Gemini 3.0 tool, enabling faster and more-automatic design of the network-on-a-chip.
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 processor—and 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
Intel Takes Baby Step to Kaby Lake (MPR)
The initial release of Kaby Lake is limited to high-end notebook PCs and ultra-low-power products. The new 14nm+ technology boosts the CPU speed by 4–11%.