Current MPR Articles
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.
November 16, 2015
Cortex-A35 Extends Low End (MPR/MCR)
The new Cortex-A35 is ARM’s smallest and most power-efficient 64-bit design. It will serve as the “little” core in smartphone processors and also in embedded and IoT applications.
ARM Dons Thicker Armor (MPR)
ARMv8-M is a new subset of the ARMv8 architecture that’s optimized for future Cortex-M CPUs. It improves TrustZone security and supports the new Amba 5 AHB5 bus.
November 9, 2015
Qualcomm Serves a Teaser (MPR)
Qualcomm’s first server processor is a prototype that includes 24 custom ARM CPUs, representing a credible first step toward mainstream server products expected in 2017.
VeriSilicon Adds Vivante to IP Mix (MPR)
The last standalone company offering GPU cores is no more, as VeriSilicon expands its IP portfolio beyond DSPs.
ARM CoreLink Snoops Six Aces (MPR)
To increase data-transfer bandwidth in high-performance processors, ARM has introduced a new CoreLink cache-coherent interconnect (CCI-500) and memory controller (DMC-500).
November 2, 2015
AMD Embeds Carrizo (MPR)
AMD’s Embedded R-Series processors improve integration and performance but still struggle to match the power efficiency of Intel’s embedded Atom processors.
October 26, 2015
Marvell MoChi Changes SoCs (MPR/NWR)
The AP806 and Armada A3700 are Marvell’s first embedded processors to implement its new MoChi scheme, which allows designers to easily add processing engines and I/O chips.
Sarda Delivers Granular Power (MPR/MCR)
After Intel removed its integrated voltage regulator from Skylake PC processors, startup Sarda hopes to capitalize by offering GaAs voltage regulators with a low profile and fast switching.
Editorial: Self-Driving Cars Accelerate (MPR)
Powerful new video processors (VPUs) support deep learning from data collected in real road tests and simulations, accelerating the development of autonomous vehicles.
Ceva Enables Deep Learning (MPR)
Ceva’s deep-learning neural-network (CDNN) framework enables designers to build embedded computer-vision applications optimized for the company’s XM4 DSP.
October 19, 2015
Skylake Scales Graphics, Fixes Media (MPR)
In an attempt to displace discrete GPUs, Intel increased the graphics performance of its Gen9 GPU by 40–50%, finally achieving 1Tflops of single-precision compute capability.
TI Sitara Chips Sprout DSPs (MPR)
Texas Instruments brings DSP cores to the Sitara family for the first time with its new AM57x processors, which also boost general-purpose performance using 1.5GHz Cortex-A15 CPUs.
October 12, 2015
Soft Machines Shows Progress (MPR)
Soft Machines disclosed a roadmap that includes both CPU cores and SoC reference designs based on its innovative VISC architecture. Initial estimates show compelling performance.
Cadence P5 Boosts Embedded Vision (MPR)
The Vision P5 video-processing unit (VPU) quadruples performance on popular vision algorithms while trimming power compared with the previous generation.
NetSpeed Gemini Adds Cache (MPR)
NetSpeed announced its second-generation Gemini coherent network-on-chip IP, improving configurability and adding a last-level-cache option called Pegasus.
Dialog Seeks to Diversify With Atmel (MPR/MCR)
Dialog Semiconductor, best known for its power-management chips, announced plans to acquire microcontroller-maker Atmel, reducing its reliance on revenue from Apple.
October 5, 2015
Cognivue Extends Freescale’s Vision (MPR)
Freescale’s acquisition of Cognivue’s vision-processing cores give it a leg up in the competition for advanced driver-assistance systems in next-generation automobiles.
Toshiba TZ1000 Targets Things (MPR)
Toshiba has turned its sights on the Internet of Things with its TZ1000 line of wireless microcontrollers. The newest model upgrades the Bluetooth subsystem to version 4.1.
September 28, 2015
Synopsys ARC Moves in XY Direction (MPR)
The Synopsys EM9D and EM11D add XY memory to the ARC DSP ISA, enabling the three-stage pipeline to sustain one 32x32-bit MAC operation per cycle.
September 21, 2015
Knights Landing Reshapes HPC (MPR)
Changing the way supercomputers are designed, Knights Landing combines an x86 processor and a high-performance (3 Tflops) floating-point accelerator in a single chip.
Omni-Path Takes On InfiniBand (MPR/NWR)
Intel offered the first details of its Omni-Path Architecture, a fabric that combines data-link technology from a Cray Aries switch and the MPI libraries from the former-QLogic InfiniBand line.
Editorial: China Accelerates Processor Push (MPR)
Announcements from Loongson and Phytium show that China’s government has placed a high priority on microprocessor development, challenging Intel, Qualcomm, and others.
Qualcomm Kryo Doubles Down (MPR/MCR)
Qualcomm says its new Kryo CPU, appearing in the Snapdragon 820, will deliver up to twice the performance of Cortex-A57, which would put it ahead of all other announced CPUs.
September 14, 2015
3D XPoint Fetches Data in a Flash (MPR)
Intel and Micron are preparing a new type of memory called 3D XPoint that offers higher performance and greater endurance than flash.
September 7, 2015
Skylake SpeedShifts to Next Gear (MPR)
In one of its largest product introductions ever, Intel completely revamped its PC-processor lineup. The Skylake chips offer several upgrades over previous generations.
Oracle Shrinks Sparc M7 (MPR)
Oracle’s new Sonoma server processor shrinks the 32-core Sparc M7 design to 8 cores while retaining the unique hardware accelerators and RAS features and adding InfiniBand.
Allwinner A64: Four 64-Bit Cores, $5 (MPR/MCR)
Allwinner has shipped its $5 A64 processor in volume, bringing 64-bit tablets to the mass market. The chip includes four Cortex-A53 CPUs and a low-end Mali GPU.