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Ambiq Apollo 3 Boosts Wearables
Ambiq is using its initial success in Huawei wearables to improve its Apollo MCUs. Apollo 3 Blue adds features while reducing power compared with Apollo 2.
Esperanto Maxes Out RISC-V
The startup has developed a high-performance RISC-V CPU called ET-Maxion that it plans to ship in its first AI accelerator and also license to select customers.
PAM4 Drives Serdes to 100Gbps
Data centers are on the cusp of 400G Ethernet adoption enabled by 100Gbps-per-lambda optical modules, which require PHYs with sophisticated signal processing. Six vendors are now sampling such chips.
AMD Ships Industry’s First 7nm GPU
By moving its Vega GPU architecture to 7nm, AMD boosted the performance of its Radeon Instinct cards, which support AI and scientific computing but not PC graphics.
Renesas Focuses on ADAS Cameras
A computer-vision processor for camera-based automotive systems, the Renesas R-Car V3H integrates the company’s hard-wired accelerators and custom vision DSP along with a programmable AI engine.
TI Samples Its First 64-Bit Arm
Texas Instruments’ new Sitara AM65x processors combine up to four Cortex-A53 CPUs, three real-time-control subsystems, two 32-bit Cortex-R5F microcontroller cores, and an optional GPU.
NovuMind Relieves Tensor Headaches
The startup’s NovuTensor neural-network accelerator runs its compute engines at just 400MHz, but by combining hardware parallelism and time-division multiplexing, they deliver 15 trillion operations per second.
NXP’s i.MX RT600 Listens for Less
NXP’s new “crossover” processor combines an Arm Cortex-M33 CPU with a Cadence HiFi 4 DSP for audio processing and deep learning.
Arteris Upgrades NoC for AI
The new version of Arteris IP’s network-on-a-chip (NoC) intellectual property adds several upgrades, including features that help to design artificial-intelligence processors and other SoCs.
Imagination Cuts GNSS Power
A new package of synthesizable intellectual property (IP) for integrating a low-power global-navigation receiver in SoCs, the Ensigma Series 4 takes “snapshots” to save energy when determining location.
Intel, AMD Monsters Battle for HPC
SC18 brought new server-processor disclosures from Intel and AMD. The former announced its 48-core Cascade Lake Advanced Performance while the latter disclosed new details of its 64-core Rome. 
SiFive Raises RISC-V Performance
At the Linley Fall Processor Conference, SiFive revealed its 7 Series cores. The new CPU is its most complex yet, moving into the same class as Arm’s “little” Cortex-A family.
Wave Exposes Broad Roadmap
Wave Computing is offering evaluation versions of its initial AI-acceleration systems while developing a second-generation ASIC, new MIPS cores, and its first licensable AI accelerators.
AIware3 Adds Rings to Neural Engine
AImotive’s third-generation licensable engine for autonomous-vehicle neural networks employs a new configurable ring structure that can connect multiple compute units to boost performance.
Cadence HiFi 5 Is a Smart Listener
The new licensable DSP handles speech recognition in digital assistants and other devices with voice interfaces. Relative to HiFi 4, it doubles audio-DSP performance and quadruples inference-engine performance.
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