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Ampere Reboots X-Gene as eMAG
Former Intel executive Renee James leads Ampere Computing as it relaunches the former X-Gene 3 processor into the server market with a new name and a new roadmap.
Cellular Moves Into Unlicensed Bands
After years of development and regulatory battles, operators are finally deploying LTE in the 5GHz band. Most skipped the LTE-U specification in favor of the 3GPP’s LAA standardized in Release 13.
Gyrfalcon Shrinks AI Accelerator
In one year, a Silicon Valley startup has designed and delivered a convolutional-neural-network (CNN) accelerator chip that can achieve 2.8 teraflop/s while burning just 300mW.
Nvidia Xavier Drives to Carmel
Nvidia’s next-generation autonomous-driving SoC integrates eight of its new Carmel CPUs, a Volta GPU, two deep-learning accelerators (DLAs), and a programmable vision accelerator (PVA).
Broadcom Opens New Switch SDK
Broadcom is publishing the source code of its new software-development kit for switch chips. The SDKLT employs a logical-table approach, and the associated API carries an Apache 2.0 license.
Imagination GPUs Shift to Automotive
The new PowerVR GT8540 doubles the performance of the GT8525, the first GPU in the Furian Series8XT line. It supports applications with up to eight virtual machines.
Nordic Expands Into Cellular IoT
Following its success in Bluetooth 5 MCUs, Nordic has entered the cellular market with new products for LTE-M and NB-IoT. Rather than introduce an SoC, it worked with Qorvo to develop a SiP.
Qualcomm QCC5100 Hits Hearables
The new Bluetooth audio chip from the former CSR team can triple battery life compared with the previous generation using a new design based on the Kalimba architecture.
Startup Develops Near-Threshold CPUs
Aiming to reduce active power, Minima is modifying Arm’s Cortex-M3 using a novel approach to near-threshold design. It plans to offer its first hard core in 1H18.
Videantis IP Cores Pack Lots of MACs
The Videantis v-MP6000UDX handles computer vision as well as image and video processing, but it’s the company’s first design that can also serve as a programmable neural-network accelerator.
AMD Unfolds PC Roadmap for 2018
AMD’s plans for new PC processors and graphics chips include 12nm and 7nm products using the Zen+ and Zen 2 CPU designs as well as 7nm Navi-based GPUs.
Ceva NeuPro Accelerates Neural Nets
Ceva has extended its line of neural-network-processor intellectual property (IP) by launching NeuPro, which comprises a family of cores optimized for general-purpose machine learning.
Semtech IoT Radios Go the Distance
The second-generation Semtech LoRa chips ease system design while reducing power, but the LPWAN technology faces increasing competition from the 3GPP’s NB-IoT.
Snapdragon 845 Is a DynamIQ Force
Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 processor delivers a 25–30% CPU and GPU performance gain, which combines with a redesigned Hexagon DSP to accelerate neural networks.
Neural Engines Rev Up Mobile AI
New mobile processors integrating neural-network engines can directly run machine-learning tasks ranging from keyword-spotting for voice UIs to complex biometrics such as face, iris, and voice identification.
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