Current MPR Articles
September 15, 2014
Broadwell-Y Launches 14nm Era (MPR)
Core M targets 2-in-1 PCs and tablets, fitting into a thermal envelope of just 4.5W TDP while offering a preview of mainstream 14nm Broadwell products.
Intel’s 14nm Graphics Broadside (MPR/MCR)
Broadwell delivers a next-generation GPU with 20% better compute performance, 50% more texturing, and OpenCL 2.0 compatibility. This GPU will scale from high-end PCs to low-cost tablets.
September 8, 2014
Sparc M7 Tops 10 Billion Transistors (MPR)
Sporting 32 cores and more than 10 billion transistors, Oracle’s Sparc M7 server processor is the largest microprocessor ever—and one of the most powerful.
September 1, 2014
X-Gene 2 Aims Above Microservers (MPR)
AppliedMicro's 28nm X-Gene 2, which is currently sampling, delivers Xeon E3–class compute performance, Xeon E5–class memory bandwidth, and highly integrated, low latency 10GbE networking.
Intel Buys Axxia for Base Stations (MPR/NWR)
Intel is aiming to make a bigger splash in wireless infrastructure by acquiring the former LSI networking business. It faces many execution challenges that could hinder ongoing success, however.
Samsung First With 20nm Processor (MPR/MCR)
The Exynos 5430 and 5433 are the first application processors in 20nm, providing power and performance advantages over 28nm products. Samsung also announced its first LTE-Advanced modem chip.
August 25, 2014
Editorial: Who Ordered All This Pi? (MPR)
Raspberry Pi and Arduino are often used for prototypes and one-off projects, but some companies are now planning to enter production using a new Pi design.
August 18, 2014
Nvidia’s First CPU Is a Winner (MPR/MCR)
Nvidia's 64-bit Denver CPU uses dynamic instruction translation to outperform other mobile processors while offering full ARMv8 compatibility. It will appear in Tegra K1-64 later this year.
The Case for Open Instruction Sets (MPR)
Two UC Berkeley professors make the case that an open instruction-set architecture would enable free competition in CPU design and that RISC-V is the best open ISA available.
The Case for Licensed Instruction Sets (MPR)
ARM makes the counterargument that a licensed instruction set fills a commercial need for support, reliability, and compatibility, enabling a robust ecosystem that provides value for an ISA.
August 11, 2014
Broadcom Boosts Small Cells (MPR/NWR)
Broadcom's new BCM617x5 wireless base-station processors add crest-factor reduction, better carrier aggregation, more-powerful CPUs and DSPs, and support for China Mobile’s Zuc.
Marvell Puts IoT on a Chip (MPR)
Marvell has combined a basic ARM microcontroller with Zigbee, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi radios to create a family of processors for the Internet of Things.
August 4, 2014
MT6795 Improves Visual Experience (MPR/MCR)
As people watch more video on their smartphones, MediaTek wants to make these devices more like high-end televisions by adding new video features to its processors.
July 28, 2014
New Foundries Vying for 20nm Wafers (MPR/NWR/MCR)
The 20nm node promises to be an inflection point, offering two new foundry options and incurring a host of new technical challenges, such as the need for double patterning.
GPGPU Benchmarks Still Evolving (MPR)
Current GPU-compute benchmarks are often limited in scope and niche oriented, but the benchmarking landscape is improving.
Editorial: MHz Isn’t a Number Anymore (MPR)
In a power-constrained era, frequency is a variable and no longer a simple number. SoC vendors should adapt by providing frequency-versus-power curves for critical components like CPUs and GPUs.
July 21, 2014
Intel Customizes Server Processors (MPR)
New cloud-computing workloads are driving the need for application-specific processors. In response, Intel disclosed a semicustom processor program and a Xeon processor with an integrated FPGA.
TI Slashes Sitara Power (MPR)
Texas Instruments' new Sitara AM437x embedded processors upgrade to ARM's Cortex-A9 and consume much less power than Cortex-A8-based Sitara processors, but some compromises were required.
July 14, 2014
Tilera Deal Expands EZchip’s Market (MPR/NWR)
EZchip's $130 million deal for Tilera combines the market leader in merchant NPUs with a pioneer in manycore technology, improving its competitive position.
July 7, 2014
HiSilicon Pushes LTE-A, Octa-Core (MPR/MCR)
Huawei's house brand has delivered the industry's first mobile processor to integrate 300Mbps LTE-Advanced: the Kirin 920.
Qualcomm Adds LTE to Femtocells (MPR/NWR)
Qualcomm plans to sample FSM90xx processors in 4Q14 for residential and SMB small cells. This new line adds LTE to the company's low-power base-station products.
June 30, 2014
AMD Upgrades Embedded G-Series (MPR)
The new G-Series SoCs are more power efficient than previous models and have a better GPU as well as an ARM security coprocessor.
Editorial: Samsung Sitting Out on Servers (MPR)
Despite the large opportunity in ARM server processors, Samsung has terminated its efforts to enter this market, leaving more room for other suppliers.
June 23, 2014
MediaTek Targets Every Thing (MPR/MCR)
The highly integrated MT2502 targets smartwatches that sell for less than $30. MediaTek also rolled out two IoT processors with integrated Wi-Fi: the MT7681 and the MT7688.