Current MPR Articles
June 27, 2016
IBM TrueNorth Tackles Deep Learning (MPR)
IBM’s neuromorphic processor tremendously improves power efficiency for certain machine-learning problems by eschewing the traditional memory model and relying on fixed-function computation.
Editorial: Learning Chips Hit the Market (MPR)
Google and IBM have already deployed custom chips optimized for deep learning, and several startups are also taking this approach, creating a new wave of microarchitecture design.
GPUs Stream Into Data-Center Xeons (MPR)
Intel’s new Xeon E3-1500v5 server processors accelerate video and graphics workloads, pairing four Skylake CPUs with a powerful GPU and a co-packaged eDRAM cache.
June 20, 2016
14nm Broadwell-EX Boosts Brickland (MPR)
The third socket-compatible processor in Intel’s Xeon E7 platform known as Brickland, Broadwell-EX boosts performance and power efficiency by up to 30% and doubles memory capacity.
High-End Mali Takes Bifrost Bridge (MPR/MCR)
ARM’s newest GPU architecture addresses the requirements of high-performance graphics and enables cache-coherent CPU/GPU operation for general-purpose-GPU (GPGPU) computing.
Marvell IAP220 Targets Smart Home (MPR)
The new IAP220 combines dual Cortex-A7 CPUs with a low-power sensor hub, making it well suited to Android-based IoT devices. It can also serve in smartwatches.
Sonics Ice-G1 Simplifies the PMU (MPR)
Sonics’ new power-management IP replaces the traditional microcontroller with a set of state machines that provide much faster and more-localized control, reducing energy consumption.
June 13, 2016
Mellanox Marries ConnectX to Tile-Mx (MPR/NWR)
The new Mellanox BlueField SoCs integrate the company’s ConnectX Ethernet adapter design with ARM Cortex-A72 CPUs and the Tilera multicore technology acquired with EZchip.
June 6, 2016
Cortex-A73 Improves Mobile Efficiency (MPR/MCR)
The new Cortex-A73 focuses on power and sustainable performance instead of benchmark scores, reducing power by 20% and die area by 25% compared with its predecessor
Cavium Beefs Up ThunderX2 CPU (MPR)
After falling short of its promises regarding ThunderX, Cavium is doubling down on performance for its next-generation ThunderX2, which it expects to sample this year.
CCIX: Coherent Interconnect for All (MPR)
The new CCIX Consortium is developing an open standard for connecting processors with coherent GPUs, FPGAs, NICs, and other accelerators, particularly in the data center and for HPC.
May 30, 2016
Mali-G71 Enables Coherent Computing (MPR/MCR)
ARM’s Mali-G71 enables full hardware cache-coherent operation for tightly coupled CPU/GPU workloads as well as TrustZone support for content protection.
Ncore Makes FlexNoC Coherent (MPR)
The new Ncore NoC intellectual property from Arteris enables easy creation of fully heterogeneous cache-coherent SoCs.
Nvidia Brings Pascal to the Masses (MPR)
Nvidia has launched the GTX 1080, its first consumer GPU based on the Pascal graphics architecture.
Cypress Adds WICED to IoT Lineup (MPR)
To expand its IoT efforts beyond microcontrollers, Cypress has acquired Broadcom’s line of integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and ZigBee processors.
May 23, 2016
Intel Exits Mobile as Atom Bombs (MPR/MCR)
Intel has canceled all future Sofia products as well as the Broxton processor, officially ending its efforts to become a leader in the smartphone and Android tablet markets.
X-Gene 3 Performance Piques Interest (MPR)
According to AppliedMicro’s latest simulations, the forthcoming X-Gene 3 will match the per-socket and per-thread performance of a high-end Xeon E5v4 processor at a similar power level.
May 16, 2016
Octeon Expands Market With ARM (MPR/NWR)
Cavium has extended its 48-core ThunderX architecture across a broad range of embedded processors, offering the new ARM-based Octeon TX alongside the MIPS-based Octeon III.
Broadcom Offers First 64-Bit StrataGX (MPR/NWR)
Broadcom has launched its first 64-bit StrataGX SoCs, which offer four Cortex-A57 CPUs and a host of accelerators for realizing virtual network functions.
NXP’s Cortex-A72 Quartet (MPR/NWR)
Four new QorIQ processors, including the octa-core LS2088A and quad-core LS2048A, combine ARM’s best CPU with NXP’s second-generation packet-processing hardware.
May 9, 2016
Nvidia Hits HPC First With Pascal (MPR)
Based on the Pascal architecture, the 16nm Tesla P100 GPU uses 56 cores to deliver 5.3Tflops double-precision or 21.1Tflops half-precision while burning 300W.
NXP Economizes With LS2080A (MPR/NWR)
NXP’s newest QorIQ processors, the octa-core LS2080A and quad-core LS2040A, bring lower-power and lower-cost options to the ARMv8-based LS2-series.
Editorial: AMD Goes to China (MPR)
AMD is the latest chip vendor to partner with a Chinese company, but similar partnerships have not worked out well for foreign companies that share their valuable IP.
Convertible PCs Sail on Apollo Lake (MPR)
Apollo Lake is Intel’s next-generation entry-level processor for PCs. The 14nm device, which integrates the new Goldmont CPU, succeeds Cherry Trail for mini PCs and 2-in-1 convertible tablets.
May 2, 2016
HBM2 Doubles Bandwidth, Capacity (MPR)
The second-generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) increases memory capacity and bandwidth, adds ECC support, and improves memory-controller efficiency.
April 25, 2016
NXP Debuts QorIQ Cortex-A72 (MPR/NWR)
The industry’s first embedded processors to use Cortex-A72, the quad-core LS1046A and dual-core LS1026A improve performance, particularly for mixed control- and data-plane networking.
AMD FirePro Reinvigorates HPC (MPR)
The new FirePro S9300x2 is the industry’s highest-performance single-precision GPU. The Radeon Open Compute tool chain adds support for C/C++ and Cuda software.
MediaTek’s Gateways to IoT (MPR)
The MT7697 combines ARM’s Cortex-M4F with integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The MT2511 is an analog companion chip for MediaTek’s wearable processors.
April 18, 2016
Baikal Aims for Desktops, Microservers (MPR)
Russian semiconductor startup Baikal recently announced its second design, a 28nm ARMv8 processor for desktop computers, communications equipment, and microservers.
April 11, 2016
Editorial: Cost Will Hamper 5G Rollout (MPR/NWR/MCR)
Without Moore’s Law to help, ultrafast 5G handsets will remain expensive, slowing the rollout of the next-generation cellular technology and diluting its potential benefits.
Silicon Labs Goes Wireless (MPR)
The new Wireless Gecko microcontrollers integrate a radio that supports Bluetooth, Thread, and ZigBee protocols, providing highly integrated solutions for low-cost IoT devices.
April 4, 2016
Broadwell-EP Moves Xeon E5 to 14nm (MPR)
Intel’s new socket-compatible upgrade to the Xeon E5 server platform provides modest performance gains on general-purpose software but greater improvements for specific workloads.