Current MPR Articles
April 21, 2014
LS2 Tops QorIQ Lineup With ARM (MPR/NWR)
Freescale plans to sample a new LS2 family. The LS2085A and LS2045A use ARM's Cortex-A57 CPU and autonomous packet engines to deliver leading performance in the QorIQ line.
Freescale Expands QorIQ T-Series (MPR/NWR)
Five new QorIQ T-series processors go a long way toward filling out Freescale's 28nm product line and superseding older P-series chips. The most powerful new arrival is the quad-core T4080.
Direct3D 12 Gets More Direct (MPR)
In preannouncing DirectX 12, Microsoft is responding to AMD's Mantle by improving efficiency and giving developers a more console-like development experience for PC-graphics programming.
April 14, 2014
Qualcomm Tips Cortex-A57 Plans (MPR/MCR)
The Snapdragon 810 will include four Cortex-A57 CPUs and four Cortex-A53 CPUs, a high-performance multimedia subsystem, and a leading-edge LTE baseband with three-carrier aggregation.
April 7, 2014
In Brief: PowerVR Wizard Adds Ray Tracing (MPR/MCR)
Imagination's new Wizard family of PowerVR graphics processors are the mobile industry's first GPUs to combine ray-tracing hardware with conventional rasterization.
In Brief: Exynos 5422 Boosts CPU Speed (MPR/MCR)
Samsung's new octa- and hexa-core application processors, the Exynos 5422 and 5260, improve the CPU speed and add heterogeneous multiprocessing.
March 31, 2014
Broadcom's XLP500 Raises Midrange (MPR/NWR)
Broadcom's new XLP500-series chips raise the bar for midrange communications processors by integrating up to eight CPU cores and dual 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports.
Allwinner A80 Ups the Ante (MPR/MCR)
China-based Allwinner ships more tablet processors than any other merchant supplier. Its new UltraOcta chip takes the company to new levels of performance.
March 24, 2014
In Brief: Smallest Warrior Gets Virtualization (MPR)
Imagination Technologies has accomplished a first in licensable MCU cores, bringing hardware-virtualization capability to two of the smallest M-class CPUs in its MIPS Series5 Warrior line.
March 17, 2014
Intel Makes Merry in Smartphones (MPR/MCR)
Intel's next-generation smartphone chipsets include dual-core Merrifield and quad-core Moorefield application processors, which can be combined with the new X-Gold 726 chip supporting Category 6 LTE-Advanced with dual-carrier aggregation.
March 10, 2014
Freescale Integrates Digital Front End (MPR/NWR)
Freescale's new QorIQ Qonverge B3421 is the company's first wireless base-station processor that integrates a digital front end with JEDEC-standard antenna interfaces and Serial ATA.
In Brief: Intel Refreshes Four-Socket Xeon E5 (MPR)
Intel's Xeon E5-4600 v2 family line is a socket-compatible upgrade of the previous generation that boosts core count, cache size, memory bandwidth, and performance, all while reducing power consumption by 12%.
March 3, 2014
In Brief: Cortex-A17 Grows ARM's Midsection (MPR/MCR)
ARM has launched Cortex-A17, extending the life of its older-generation 32-bit cores. It has also introduced the Mali-DP500 display controller, which uses technology acquired from Cadence in September 2013.
Editorial: Expanding Our Mobile Coverage (MPR)
Our new Mobile Chip Report covers topics such as application processors, LTE modems, Wi-Fi combo chips, mobile memory, RF, sensors, and power management.
February 24, 2014
Ivy Bridge-EX Updates Xeon E7 Line (MPR)
Intel's 22nm Xeon E7 v2 is the cornerstone of the Brickland platform, which doubles performance and memory capacity over the previous 4P and 8P server processors.
AMD to Sample First ARM Chip (MPR/NWR)
AMD will sample its Opteron A1100 processor, code-named Seattle, in March, targeting microservers with eight Cortex-A57 CPUs. These chips will compete against Intel’s Avoton processor.
In Brief: ARM Releases Server-System Spec (MPR)
ARM is attempting to head off potential fragmentation in the nascent ARMv8-based server ecosystem by releasing the Server Base System Architecture (SBSA) specification.
February 17, 2014
Micron Accelerates Automata (MPR/NWR)
Micron's newest memory device is actually a coprocessor that can perform fast pattern matching and other complex algorithms using a radically new approach.
MIPS MCUs Outrun ARM (MPR)
Microchip's new PIC32MZ family offers MIPS-based MCUs with outstanding performance, plenty of flash memory and SRAM, crypto acceleration, Ethernet, and other high-speed peripherals.
February 10, 2014
In Brief: AMD Slows Opteron (MPR)
AMD positions its new "Warsaw" server processors for customers who need less performance instead of more.
Editorial: TI Faces DSP Decision (MPR)
Another round of layoffs at Texas Instruments raises the question of whether the company will maintain its investment in its historic DSP products or exit that market.
February 3, 2014
AMD's Kaveri Bulks Up on Graphics (MPR)
AMD's newest A-series processors, code-named Kaveri, are the first production devices to support the Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) programming model.
In Brief: Imagination Extends Family of Rogues (MPR)
Imagination Technologies continues to expand its family of Series6 GPUs, known by its code-name Rogue, with new models at both the high and low ends.
January 27, 2014
Editorial: China Inc. Enters CPU Market (MPR)
The Chinese government, through the state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup, has acquired two of the country's largest processor vendors. Can it compete globally in the processor market, and will it play fair?
January 20, 2014
Analysts' Choice Winners for 2013 (MPR)
The Linley Group recognizes 2013's top products in the categories of embedded processors, mobile processors, PC/server processors, and processor IP. And the winners are…