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Most Recent | Archive: 2018   |   2017   |   2016

  March 20, 2018   AMD Embeds Graphics in Ryzen
The four Ryzen Embedded V1000 chips are AMD’s first Zen-based embedded processors with integrated graphics. Their Vega GPU cores offer an upgrade over previous products.
  March 20, 2018   Huawei Joins 5G Modem Race
Huawei may be the first to production with a 5G modem, the Balong 5G01. That ASIC, due out later this year, targets fixed-wireless broadband and similar devices.
  March 20, 2018   Spreadtrum Extends Intel Alliance
China’s leading mobile-processor supplier, with help from Intel, plans to develop a 5G chipset for next-generation smartphones, targeting production in 2H19.
  March 13, 2018   Broadcom Router Chips Aim at ASICs
As the 16nm StrataDNX generation, Jericho2 and Ramon deliver 400G Ethernet support and unprecedented port density using 50Gbps PAM4 serdes as well as in-package HBM.
  March 13, 2018   Ceva PentaG Adds AI to 5G Baseband
Ceva’s new PentaG DSP comprises a set of configurable processing blocks that allow designers to build digital basebands implementing the recently ratified 3GPP 5G-NR specification.
  March 13, 2018   Helio P60 Targets “New Premium”
MediaTek is entering the emerging mid-premium smartphone segment with a powerful but affordable new processor that includes four Cortex-A73 CPUs and a Cadence AI accelerator.
  March 13, 2018   Xeon D Soars With Skylake
Intel’s new Xeon D-2100 SoCs have upgraded to the Skylake-SP CPU. They also double the DRAM bandwidth and the 10GbE port count, and some have QuickAssist cryptography acceleration.
  March 6, 2018   Cambricon Leads China Into AI Chips
A government-funded Beijing startup, Cambricon develops IP cores and processors for deep-learning acceleration. Among its first design wins is Huawei’s Kirin 970 smartphone processor.
  March 6, 2018   Silicon Fingerprints From eMemory
NeoPUF Entropy IP, from Taiwanese NVM vendor eMemory, enables chip designers to integrate a physical unclonable function (PUF) comprising 64K random nonvolatile bits.
  March 6, 2018   Snapdragon 820 Tapped for Embedded
Qualcomm has added the Snapdragon 820E to an embedded lineup that already includes the 410E and 600E, offering a powerful yet low-power processor for demanding consumer and industrial designs.
  February 27, 2018   AMD Embeds Epyc 3000
AMD’s new Epyc Embedded SoCs introduce the Zen CPU to the embedded market. They integrate 4–16 cores, 10GbE MACs, south-bridge I/Os, and server-class security features.
  February 27, 2018   RISC-V Enables IoT Edge Processor
Startup Greenwaves has used a RISC-V CPU with DSP extensions to create a unique microcontroller plus parallel processor. It targets image and signal processing in battery-powered IoT nodes.
  February 27, 2018   Snapdragon X24 Doubles Gigabit LTE
Laying a path to 5G, Qualcomm’s X24 modem uses 7nm technology and unlicensed spectrum to reach a peak LTE download rate of 2.0Gbps, nearly double the speed of today’s X20.
  February 20, 2018   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.
  February 20, 2018   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.
  February 20, 2018   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.
  February 20, 2018   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).
  February 13, 2018   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.
  February 13, 2018   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.
  February 13, 2018   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.
  February 6, 2018   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.
  February 6, 2018   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.
  February 6, 2018   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.
  January 30, 2018   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.
  January 30, 2018   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.
  January 30, 2018   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.
  January 30, 2018   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.
  January 23, 2018   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.
  January 16, 2018   Analysts’ Choice Winners for 2017
The Linley Group recognizes 2017’s top products in the categories of embedded, mobile, networking, server, processor IP, and related technology. And the winners are…
  January 16, 2018   Marvell Delivers 802.11ax Powerhouse
Targeting access points and residential gateways, the company’s new Wi-Fi chips include a 5.0GHz 8x8 radio plus a dual-band 4x4 radio with integrated Bluetooth 5.
  January 9, 2018   Redpine Scores IoT Triple Play
The RS14100, the company’s first microprocessor, combines a Cortex-M4 CPU with a complete radio subsystem for three IoT protocols: 802.15.4, Bluetooth 5, and Wi-Fi.
  January 9, 2018   Synaptics Takes Fingerprints to Infinity
A new fingerprint sensor is the first to operate through the display, enabling phones with so-called infinity displays to place the sensor behind the display instead of on the phone’s back.
  January 9, 2018   Year in Review: Data Centers Drive Networking
Massive Ethernet investment led to a crowded market that includes startups as well as incumbents. Meanwhile, the wireless world focused on developing next-generation standards.
  January 2, 2018   Gemini Lake Targets Tiny PCs
Intel’s new Pentium Silver processor offers modest upgrades to the earlier Apollo Lake while attempting to fight off Qualcomm in Windows tablets and 2-in-1 PCs.
  January 2, 2018   Year in Review: Embedded Chips Soar to 100GbE
In 2017, vendors announced embedded processors that have 100G Ethernet interfaces, as well as media processors that support 4K UltraHD and HDR. Also, corporate mergers continue to shrink the field of major processor vendors.
  January 2, 2018   Year in Review: IP Suppliers Take More RISC-V
In 2017, the open-source movement picked up momentum as new RISC-V CPUs came to market, but the leading CPU-IP vendors delivered higher-performance cores that address lucrative growth segments in automotive, deep learning, and virtual reality.

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