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Most Recent | Archive: 2018   |   2017   |   2016

  July 17, 2018   Adreno 630: Small But Mighty
Our die-photo analysis of mobile GPUs reveals similarities between the “Apple-designed” A11 GPU and Imagination’s PowerVR, while Qualcomm’s Adreno continues to lead in efficiency.
  July 17, 2018   eSilicon 7nm Serdes Hits 56Gbps
ASIC provider eSilicon has developed 7nm design platforms that include hard and soft macros for networking applications along with a new architecture and IP library for building AI accelerators.
  July 17, 2018   NXP S32S Drives Autos in Lockstep
The first member of NXP’s S32S automotive processor family is also the first announced product to use Arm’s Cortex-R52. The S32S247 octa-core chip is designed for fault tolerance and ASIL D.
  July 10, 2018   Arm Dot Products Accelerate CNNs
Arm’s new dot-product instructions deliver a 4x performance boost to convolutional-neural-network (CNN) operations running on 64-bit Cortex-A CPUs, including Cortex-A55, A75, and A76.
  July 10, 2018   Arm-Compatible CPUs Get Bigger
Our die-photo analysis of mobile CPUs reveals major design changes to the initial Cortex-A75 processor while Apple maintains its lead in CPU performance and efficiency.
  July 10, 2018   Ceva Upgrades NB-IoT Platform
Ceva’s new Dragonfly NB2 intellectual property implements the latest 3GPP standard for Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) communications. It includes a CPU/DSP core and network stack.
  July 3, 2018   Intel’s First 5GHz Processor
To mark the 40th anniversary of the 8086, Intel released its first processor rated for 5GHz operation: the Core i7-8086K, an unlocked model for gamers and other overclockers.
  July 3, 2018   MIPS Catches the AI Wave
MIPS has found a new home as part of Wave Computing, an AI-system startup. The deal gives MIPS a quicker path to licensing deep-learning-acceleration (DLA) intellectual property.
  July 3, 2018   SC9863 Is First Cortex-A55 Octa-Core
Octa-core Cortex-A53 processors have been the industry standard for sub-$150 smartphones, but Unisoc (formerly Spreadtrum) is the first to build such a low-cost chip using Cortex-A55.
  July 3, 2018   Snapdragon 850 to Power Arm PCs
Qualcomm’s new Windows 10 platform uses the same Snapdragon 845 chip as Galaxy S9/S9+ smartphones, but it doesn’t solve all of the problems of these always-connected PCs.
  June 26, 2018   Arm Cortex-M35P Locks Back Doors
To help protect against side-channel attacks and tampering, Arm now licenses the Cortex-M35P CPU, CryptoCell-312P cryptography engine, and CryptoIsland-300P secure enclave.
  June 26, 2018   Arteris IP Offers Last-Level Cache
Network-on-a-chip (NoC) supplier Arteris IP licenses a last-level cache (LLC) it calls CodaCache that accelerates chips integrating multiple noncoherent blocks.
  June 26, 2018   Intel Optane Expands Server Memory
Intel is shaking up the memory-storage hierarchy with Apache Pass DIMMs, which move 3D XPoint from the I/O bus to the memory bus.
  June 26, 2018   Qualcomm Upgrades FSM for 5G-NR
Qualcomm’s new integrated FSM100xx processors target 5G small cells and remote radio heads. Scheduled to sample in 2019, they should arrive in time for OEM deployments in 2020.
  June 19, 2018   ASSPs Hold Their Own in Comms
ASSPs kept pace with processors and FPGAs in the 2017 communications market, which grew modestly to $13 billion in sales of these chips.
  June 19, 2018   Helio P22 Pushes 12nm to Lower Cost
The new P22 is the first processor to bring 12nm technology to smartphones below $250 in price, improving MediaTek’s competitiveness in this high-volume segment.
  June 19, 2018   Qualcomm Targets High-End IoT
Qualcomm’s new QCS605 and QCS603 IoT processors are powerful SoCs that derive from the Snapdragon 710. By upgrading the image-processing hardware and software, they offer superior computer-vision capabilities.
  June 12, 2018   Arm’s Project Trillium Starts to Bloom
Arm has disclosed the first details (but not the name) of its forthcoming machine-learning processor core, which adds a deep-learning accelerator (DLA) to the Project Trillium platform.
  June 12, 2018   Cannon Lake Misfires
Intel has quietly released its first 10nm product: the Core i3-8121U, a semifunctional processor that’s no better than earlier 14nm products. One PC maker has shipped laptops using the chip.
  June 12, 2018   Tachyum Targets Data Centers
Startup Tachyum has announced Prodigy, a “universal processor” for data centers, high-performance computing, and machine learning. Based on a proprietary architecture, this jack-of-all-trades remains largely under wraps but has some intriguing features.
  June 5, 2018   Cortex-A76 Revamps Core Design
Arm has developed a new microarchitecture for its latest CPU design, delivering the biggest performance boost for smartphone users in years with small transistor-budget and power increases.
  June 5, 2018   Mali 76-Series Boosts Flagship Phones
Arm has introduced two additions to its high-end Mali graphics and multimedia lineup. The Mali-G76 GPU and Mali-V76 video-processor (VPU) cores target SoCs for flagship-phone chips, VR headsets, and 8K TVs.
  June 5, 2018   TidalScale Inverts Server Virtualization
Software-startup TidalScale has created a virtual scale-up server using commodity systems. It enables one massive virtual machine running across many physical servers.
  May 29, 2018   MT3620 Runs Azure Sphere for IoT
The first processor compatible with the new Azure Sphere operating system, the MT3620 is an unusually powerful IoT chip with five CPUs, Microsoft’s Pluton security engine, and integrated Wi-Fi.
  May 29, 2018   QuickLogic Gives IoT Sensors a Brain
The QuickAI hardware-development kit combines the EOS-S3 sensor hub with two NeuroMem neural-network chips. It enables trainable pattern recognition in images, speech, text, and video, as well as complex data.
  May 29, 2018   Snapdragon 710 Jumps to Cortex-A75
Debuting the new 700-series for mid-premium smartphones, Qualcomm brings 10nm technology and its newest CPU, based on Cortex-A75, to this lower price range.
  May 22, 2018   BrainChip Aims to Spike Neural Nets
BrainChip specializes in neuromorphic processing that employs spiking neural networks. It offers the technology in an FPGA and is developing an SoC implementation called Akida.
  May 22, 2018   Innovium Delivers 12.8Tbps Switch
Innovium sampled its Teralynx 12.8Tbps data-center switch in March, and investors rewarded it with a new $77 million funding round.
  May 22, 2018   ThunderX2 Strengthens ARM Servers
Cavium’s new 32-core server processor features the most powerful ARM CPU yet to reach production, delivering plenty of performance for data centers and HPC.
  May 15, 2018   10nm Problems Slip Ice Lake to 2019
Intel has delayed its 10nm volume production until next year, pushing out Ice Lake. To fill the hole in the PC-processor roadmap, it added Whiskey Lake, a 14nm product that targets laptops.
  May 15, 2018   MIPS I7200 CPU Dons New Threads
The new MIPS I7200 is a licensable 32-bit CPU optimized for multithreaded real-time control in LTE-Advanced and 5G modems as well as Wi-Fi router and gateway chips.
  May 8, 2018   New Wireless MCUs Bolster IoT
The latest wireless microcontrollers from NXP, STMicroelectronics, and Texas Instruments integrate multiple radios and strengthen security, promising better IoT designs.
  May 8, 2018   Ryzen 2 Is First 12nm PC Processor
AMD’s first Ryzen 2 products, code-named Pinnacle Ridge, offer competitive performance and excellent value in high-end desktop PCs for gamers and content creators.
  May 8, 2018   TI Builds First Automotive-Radar SoCs
Texas Instruments is the first to reach production with automotive-radar SoCs that combine digital signal processing with the RF front end, all in a single 45nm RF-CMOS chip.
  May 1, 2018   Broadcom Switch Blends 4G/5G Radios
Broadcom is sampling Monterey, an Ethernet switch chip that uniquely enables CPRI ports for 4G-cellular fronthaul as well as new Ethernet-based protocols for 5G fronthaul.
  May 1, 2018   Ceva First to Launch 802.11ax IP
Ceva is offering 802.11ax additions to its RivieraWaves Wi-Fi family. Its new RW-AX-series targets a range of products that spans IoT/wearables, mobile devices, access points, and gateways.
  April 24, 2018   Cadence Q6 DSP Merges AI and Vision
The new Vision Q6 core combines computer-vision, image-processing, and neural-network functions. A revamped 13-stage pipeline helps boost performance by 50% over the earlier Vision P6 design.
  April 24, 2018   Efinix Samples Its First FPGAs
The FPGA startup has delivered on its promises of greater gate density and lower power. The initial products target small mobile applications, but larger chips will sample later this year.
  April 24, 2018   Exynos 9810 Shows Powerful New CPU
Benchmarks verify that Samsung has delivered a massive performance boost in the Exynos 9810. The company also announced the Exynos 9610, the industry’s first 10nm processor for mainstream smartphones.

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