Current MPR Articles
May 25, 2015
Arteris FlexNoC Gets Physical (MPR)
Arteris is introducing FlexNoC Physical, a new version of its network-on-a-chip that strives to eliminate timing-closure problems. Using automated tools, it can insert pipeline stages in critical data paths between IP blocks.
May 18, 2015
Editorial: Bigger and Better Than Ever (MPR)
It's been five years since The Linley Group acquired Microprocessor Report. During that time, the processor industry has changed, and we have changed along with it.
May 11, 2015
ARM Optimizes Cortex-A72 for Phones (MPR/MCR)
ARM’s newest microarchitecture refines Cortex-A57, improving performance while reducing die area and power, while preparing for a bigger jump in the next generation.
Haswell-EX Brings TSX to Servers (MPR)
Intel’s 22nm Haswell-EX is a socket-compatible update to the Xeon E7 platform that significantly boosts performance and power efficiency while upgrading to DDR4 memory.
ARM Tunes Into Radio IP (MPR/MCR)
ARM has acquired two suppliers of Bluetooth intellectual property. Sunrise developed the Cordio hard macro for Bluetooth LE, and Wicentric provides a Bluetooth protocol stack.
TI Samples New KeyStone II DSP (MPR/NWR)
Texas Instruments’ KeyStone II 66AK2L06 targets high-speed data acquisition and signal processing using dual Cortex-A15 CPUs and four DSP cores.
May 4, 2015
Interview: Samueli Sees New Focus on Design Skill (MPR)
Broadcom CTO Henry Samueli discusses how the slowdown in Moore’s Law will give processor designers more freedom to implement new architectures and new designs.
Titan X: 50% More Maxwell (MPR)
Nvidia’s Titan X, a GPU based on its Maxwell architecture, uses a monster-sized 600mm2 die with 3,072 shaders to deliver 40% more performance than its predecessor.
April 27, 2015
Ceva Sharpens Computer Vision (MPR/MCR)
The new Ceva-XM4 vision-processor core improves on the performance and power efficiency of its fixed-point predecessor, the Ceva-MM3101, through new FPUs, wider VLIW instructions, and other enhancements.
Freescale Upgrades Automotive Vision (MPR)
Freescale’s S32V234 is the first member of a new processor family for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). It integrates four ARM Cortex-A53 CPUs and two Cognivue Apex computer-vision cores.
IoT-Specific Processors Emerge (MPR/MCR)
A new class of processors is emerging that targets the Internet of Things and wearables. These markets are growing rapidly; we are bullish on wearables, but our forecast for IoT is more conservative than most.
April 20, 2015
Editorial: Moore’s Law Turns 50 (MPR)
Gordon Moore’s prediction has had a good run, but nothing lasts forever. Transistor progress is slowing and has even halted at some price points. The industry must adapt.
April 13, 2015
Synopsys Embeds Vision Processing (MPR)
The new DesignWare EV licensable IP combines ARC CPUs with programmable accelerators to boost the performance of computer-vision algorithms. It includes an object-detection engine optimized for convolutional neural networks.
April 6, 2015
Graphics APIs Reach a New Low (MPR)
The Khronos Group is attempting to bring console-style graphics programming to new platforms. Its Vulkan is a new low-level graphics API that will run on multiple GPUs and operating systems.
March 30, 2015
14nm Xeon D Secures the Data Center (MPR)
Intel’s first 14nm server processor, Xeon D integrates eight Broadwell CPUs and achieves up to 3.4x greater performance than Atom microserver processors, blocking potential ARM-based competitors.
March 23, 2015
Editorial: NXP Deal Builds Auto Giant (MPR)
NXP’s pending acquisition of Freescale will shake up the microcontroller market, particularly in the automotive segment, but Freescale’s networking processors could be up for grabs.
March 16, 2015
Intel Sofia Targets Low-Cost Phones (MPR/MCR)
The newly branded Atom x3 is Intel’s first integrated smartphone processor. The Atom x7 (Cherry Trail) for tablets improves graphics performance, but its CPU speed falls flat.
March 9, 2015
Octeon Fusion-M Goes Macro (MPR/NWR)
Cavium has launched a new Octeon Fusion lineup that extends its integrated wireless-base-station processors to macrocells and supports more users than competing products.
MT8173 Brings Cortex-A72 to Tablets (MPR/MCR)
MediaTek is sampling one of the industry’s first Cortex-A72 processors, plus it added CDMA to extend its smartphone lineup for 2015.
Cadence HiFi 4 Creates 3D Sound (MPR)
Extending Cadence’s family of licensable audio DSP cores, HiFi 4 can process complex object-based surround-sound algorithms such as Dolby Atmos and DTS-X.
March 2, 2015
EZchip’s Tile-MX Grows 100 ARMs (MPR/NWR)
The Tile-Mx100 is an ARMv8 processor with 100 coherent CPU cores as well as packet accelerators and high-speed I/O interfaces for 100Gbps networking applications.