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May 22, 2017

  • Valens Retools for Autos
    Israeli company Valens, developer of the PAM-based HDBaseT technology for consumer networks, is changing its focus to automotive networks using single twisted-pair cables.
  • AMS Hides Smartphone Sensors
    AMS’s “no-aperture” proximity sensors can peer through a smartphone screen bezel without requiring a hole in the cover glass, helping phone makers create a smooth-looking front surface.
  • Snapdragon 660 Upgrades to 14nm
    Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630 processors bring high-end performance and features, including 600Mbps LTE, to phones that sell for $200 to $400.

May 15, 2017

  • Andes NX25 Takes a RISC-V
    Andes has adopted RISC-V as the basis for its next-generation AndeStar V5 ISA. The company’s first 64-bit CPU, the NX26, will use the new ISA; RTL will ship next quarter.
  • Broadcom Delivers 100GbE Adapters
    The NetXtreme E-Series server NICs use the company’s new Stratus controller chip, which builds on the 25GbE family that sampled two years ago.
  • EEMBC Benchmarks IoT Power
    EEMBC’s new IoTMark-BLE benchmark suite effectively measures the energy efficiency of IoT clients that use Bluetooth Low Energy to communicate with networks, hubs, or gateways.
  • Intel Reworks FinFETs for IoT
    Intel’s 22FFL is the first FinFET-based process targeting IoT devices. It combines elements of the company’s 22nm and 14nm nodes to reduce idle power and cost.
  • Editorial: MIPS Loses Imagination
    Apple’s decision to move away from PowerVR has forced Imagination to put its MIPS business up for sale and places both the CPU and GPU product lines in a difficult position.

May 8, 2017

  • Google TPU Boosts Machine Learning
    Google released new details on the architecture of its deep-learning accelerator along with data showing that it offers at least 10x better performance than comparable CPUs and GPUs.
  • Broadcom Quartz Packs TSN Features
    Broadcom is diving into the industrial and wireless worlds of Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) with its latest StrataConnect Ethernet switch.

May 1, 2017

  • Galaxy S8 Debuts Exynos 8895
    The debut of the Galaxy S8 demonstrates the capabilities of the 10nm Exynos 8895, which integrates new connectivity functions and outperforms other flagship mobile processors.
  • AMD Bumps Clocks in Low-End GPUs
    AMD kicked off its 2017 graphics-upgrade cycle by refreshing sub-$250 Radeon GPUs. The new RX500-series offers a mild performance boost, but it also includes a new low-cost model.

April 24, 2017

  • Intel Sets Tiny 10nm Goal Posts
    Intel disclosed its 10nm node, which is far denser than the foundries’ 10nm and will ship late this year, and also described 14nm variants that boost transistor performance by 12–25%.
  • Arteris Ncore 2.0 Simplifies Safety
    Arteris combines the Ncore coherent NoC with its Resilience tools to ease SoC development for automotive and other safety-oriented applications.
  • Editorial: Qualcomm Targets Cellular PCs
    Windows 10 on ARM enables Qualcomm to enter the PC market with its Snapdragon 835 processor, but the company is targeting only a single small but fast-growing market segment.

April 17, 2017

  • Data Center Dominates OFC
    OFC’s growing attendance despite limited-volume transport and long-haul markets indicates the critical role pluggable and embedded optics will play in both short data-center links and data-center interconnects.
  • Sequans Adds CPU to IoT Modem
    The new Monarch SX processor combines an embedded controller with a low-cost LTE modem that handles Category M1 and Category NB1, cutting the cost of cellular IoT devices.

April 10, 2017

  • Intel Debuts First 3D XPoint Products
    3D XPoint reduces latency by 10x compared with NAND-based solutions. Intel’s P4800X SSD highlights the advantages and deficiencies of this new memory technology.
  • Marvell Builds Port-Extender ASSP
    Marvell’s new Prestera Pipe 98PX1012 revisits the early Ethernet era of passive bridge components by using the 802.1BR standard to extend the port configurations for top-of-rack switches.
  • Qualcomm 205 Trims LTE Cost
    The new processor brings LTE data rates to feature phones and low-cost smartphones that are popular in India and similar countries.

April 3, 2017

  • Ceva Telegraphs 5G Intent With XC12
    The XC12 licensable DSP delivers a 2–8x performance boost over the XC4500 for important 5G tasks such as channel estimation, making it attractive for new wireless base stations.
  • NXP Airs Software-Defined Radio
    The new QorIQ LA1575 is an innovative embedded processor with a programmable baseband. It can support multiple protocols including next-generation Wi-Fi and 5G cellular.
  • Editorial: Autonomous-Car Myth-Takes
    We keep hearing that self-driving vehicles will transmit terabytes of data per day using a 5G modem and that they are years or decades from reality. Here’s why these claims are wrong.

March 27, 2017

  • Innovium Bets on High-Density 100GbE
    Ethernet startup Innovium is challenging Broadcom’s data-center dominance by offering a 12.8Tbps switch based on 50Gbps PAM4 serdes for high-port-count 50GbE and 100GbE.
  • X-Gene 3 Up and Running
    The X-Gene 3 server processor is now sampling. It already outperforms all other ARM-compatible processors and is on track to meet its frequency, feature, and schedule commitments.
  • Imagination Unleashes Furian
    Imagination’s first wholly new GPU architecture since 2012, Furian offers higher graphics performance, full cache coherence, and improved GPU-compute capability.

March 20, 2017

  • Ryzen Returns AMD to the Desktop
    Marking a potential turning point for the PC industry, AMD rolled out Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5, the first processors based on its new Zen CPU, with high hopes for regaining market share.
  • March Modem Madness
    Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon X20 modem supports 1.2Gbps LTE, while Intel’s XMM 7560 pushes to 1.0Gbps. The 3GPP agreed to accelerate the 5G standard, and Qualcomm extended its X50 roadmap for 5G modems.
  • Spreadtrum Launches First x86 Chip
    The SC9861G-IA is the first new chip from the Spreadtrum-Intel partnership. Built in Intel’s 14nm technology, it combines eight x86 Airmont CPUs with Spreadtrum’s LTE modem.
  • AMD Teases Server Renaissance
    The upcoming “Naples” processor will revitalize AMD’s server efforts, offering more CPU cores, more memory channels, and more PCIe capacity than any current Xeon product.
  • Intel Debuts 25GbE NIC
    Intel has unveiled single- and dual-port 25G Ethernet adapters based on the XL710 Fortville controller. It intends these new NICs for direct-attach twinax-copper links in servers.

March 13, 2017

  • Helio X30 Nabs Speed Lead
    MediaTek new deca-core Helio X30 brings premium features to the mainstream price tier and is the first application processor manufactured in TSMC’s 10nm process.
  • Editorial: Brace for Rising Chip Prices
    Chip buyers are accustomed to falling prices, but industry consolidation and flat transistor costs are causing the prices of some processors and other chips to rise instead.
  • Altair LTE Chip Integrates M1, NB1
    Altair Semiconductor hopes to cover the IoT waterfront with its new ALT1250, an LTE-baseband device that’s compatible with both the Category M1 and Category NB1 standards for low-data-rate communications.
  • Smaller Offspring for TI’s Sitara
    Texas Instruments is sampling the AM5706 and AM5708, which reduce power, cost, and board space while retaining most features of the Sitara AM57x embedded processors.
  • Arteris Piano Tunes Timing
    Arteris offers new coherency features to automate interconnect-timing closure in SoCs that employ the company’s network-on-a-chip (NoC) intellectual property (IP).

March 6, 2017

  • Intel Spills Coffee Lake Roadmap
    Intel has added to its plans a new 14nm CPU code-named Coffee Lake, scheduled to debut in 2H17 alongside the 10nm Cannonlake. We expect changes in both the PC and server roadmaps.
  • Kopin Audio Chip Hears Whispers
    Kopin’s Whisper is a tiny low-power speech processor that can separate spoken words from extremely loud background noise, serving as a front end in an automatic-speech-recognition (ASR) system.
  • Intel Debuts a Delayed Denverton
    Intel recently announced the Atom C3000 family, code-named Denverton, which packs up to 16 Goldmont CPU cores, two memory channels, 10GbE interfaces, configurable I/O, and optional compression and cryptographic acceleration. 

February 27, 2017

  • Qualcomm Bids for 802.11ax
    Qualcomm is promising to deliver in 1H17 samples of both an access-point chip and a client chip for the emerging 802.11ax standard, which should offer big capacity gains in dense environments.

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