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  December 12, 2017   Open-Silicon IP Targets Networking
Better known as an ASIC vendor, Open-Silicon is supplying new networking IP that builds on its existing Interlaken core. The new cores include Ethernet PCS, FEC, and Flex Ethernet IP.
  December 12, 2017   Qualcomm-TDK Packs RF Front Ends
Qualcomm’s joint venture (JV) with TDK has yielded a family of highly integrated RF-front-end (RFFE) products, which include devices that support the new 600MHz LTE band (band 71).
  December 12, 2017   Quantum Computing Now Available
Quantum computers will eventually pose a threat to traditional microprocessors. IBM already offers cloud-accessible prototype systems as it races Google for “quantum supremacy.”
  December 5, 2017   PLSense Advances Subthreshold MCUs
The startup’s ARC-based test chip proves subthreshold-voltage blocks for use in a forthcoming microcontroller. That MCU promises long battery life for IoT designs. 
  December 5, 2017   Synaptics SoC Targets OTT STBs
User-interface specialist Synaptics has remolded itself as a media-processor vendor. Its first new product is the VideoSmart BG5CT, designed primarily for streaming-video set-top boxes.
  December 5, 2017   X-Gene Gains New Life in Spinoff
Macom has completed a spinoff of its ARMv8 server-processor products, branded X-Gene, resulting in a standalone company called Project Denver Holdings.
  November 28, 2017   Intel Adds AMD GPU to Kaby Lake
Intel announced plans to team up with archrival AMD to build a highly integrated notebook processor, then announced it had hired that company’s top GPU architect.
  November 28, 2017   Knowles IA8508 Hears Voices
The new Knowles processor integrates three custom Tensilica DSPs to handle near- and far-field audio/speech processing in audio headsets, digital assistants, smart speakers, and voice-activated remote controls.
  November 28, 2017   Microsoft Brainwave Uses FPGAs
Microsoft’s Project Brainwave implements a soft processor in an FPGA, creating a flexible deep-learning accelerator that outperforms GPUs for some AI workloads.
  November 28, 2017   Xeon Scalable Scales Networks
Skylake-SP delivers big increases in packet-processing performance while Lewisburg multiplies the crypto-acceleration speed. Together with software improvements, the Purley platform enables high-end NFV applications such as vEPC.
  November 21, 2017   Arm Gets Assertive With 4K Displays
Arm has developed a new display-processing subsystem comprising the Mali-D71 DPU, the Assertive Display (AD-5) coprocessor, and CoreLink memory-management unit (MMU-600).
  November 21, 2017   Centriq Aces Scale-Out Performance
Qualcomm’s new Centriq 2400 products show greater efficiency in performance per thread, per watt, and per dollar than x86 server processors but fall short in per-core throughput.
  November 21, 2017   FPGAs Accelerate Deep Learning
Leading cloud-service providers are experimenting with FPGAs for deep learning, but harnessing the memory and DSP capacity of these devices requires considerable hardware and software effort.
  November 21, 2017   Mellanox Brings More Smarts to NICs
The new BlueField SmartNIC and Innova-2 adapters enable heterogeneous computing and offer dual 25G Ethernet ports. The former uses an ARMv8 SoC, whereas the latter integrates a Xilinx FPGA.
  November 14, 2017   i.MX Processor Hits 3,000 CoreMarks
NXP’s i.MX RT1050 is the fastest Cortex-M7-based processor. The company reused its i.MX 6ULL chassis, replacing the Cortex-A7 CPU but retaining most of the other subsystems.
  November 14, 2017   New Gfast Silicon Joins Gigabit Class
At Broadband World Forum, Broadcom and Sckipio introduced new chips for Gfast Amendment 3, which boosts maximum download speeds to more than 1Gbps.
  November 7, 2017   Arm Cooks Up Recipe for IoT Security
To help thwart hacker attacks and increase consumer confidence in IoT, Arm is proposing a set of industrywide specifications it calls the Platform Security Architecture (PSA).
  November 7, 2017   Nephos Attacks Data-Center Switching
The MediaTek spinoff has delivered 100G Ethernet switch chips that scale to 6.4Tbps, challenging Broadcom’s Tomahawk 2.
  November 7, 2017   Ryzen Marches Into Laptops
The first Ryzen Mobile processors, based on the Raven Ridge design, combine four Zen CPUs with a Vega GPU to deliver strong performance in ultrathin laptop PCs.
  October 31, 2017   Centec Modernizes Enterprise Ethernet
Centec has optimized its new Duet2 Ethernet switch chip for next-generation enterprise designs, delivering high integration for multigigabit switching.
  October 31, 2017   Epyc Benchmark Battle
Third-party testing shows that AMD’s new Epyc server chips offer strong competition to Intel’s Xeon Scalable Gold and even Platinum products, delivering similar or better performance at lower prices.
  October 31, 2017   Lidar Points the Way for Self-Driving
Lidar is a critical component that will be required to deliver Level 4/5 autonomy. In these vehicles, advanced processors will fuse data from the lidar, radar, and image sensors.
  October 24, 2017   GCT Combines Sigfox With NB-IoT
GCT Semiconductor’s new GDM7243i is the first single-chip modem to enable low-bit-rate IoT devices that operate on both Narrowband-LTE (NB-LTE) systems and the Sigfox low-power wide-area network (LPWAN).
  October 24, 2017   MT6739 Switches Low-End GPU
MediaTek’s newest entry-level smartphone processor bumps up the CPU performance, switches to a PowerVR GPU, and adds camera and modem features to the popular MT6737.
  October 24, 2017   Xilinx RFSoC Integrates Radio
The new UltraScale+ RFSoCs integrate high-performance ADCs and DACs for direct-RF sampling; they build on the shipping MPSoCs that already have ARM CPUs and programmable logic.
  October 17, 2017   LX2160A Is NXP’s Biggest Multicore
Targeting high-end networking, the new LX2160A is the largest and fastest QorIQ processor, sporting 16 ARM Cortex-A72 CPUs, 100GbE, a 16-port Layer 2 switch, and PCI Express Gen4.
  October 17, 2017   Ncore 3.0 Flexes Interface Chops
ArterisIP is continuing a steady pace of updates to its coherent network-on-a-chip (NoC) interconnect IP, adding Ace, Chi, and CCIX interoperability as well as optimizations that boost speed.
  October 17, 2017   NetSpeed Applies AI to SoC Design
NetSpeed’s new Turing system uses machine-learning techniques to enhance the company’s network-on-a-chip (NoC) design tools, enabling them to better optimize the SoC interconnect.
  October 17, 2017   UltraSoC Embeds Run-Time Analytics
UltraSoC’s IP includes traditional test-bench debug functions, but it also offers capabilities for in-field run-time data logging and reporting, performance optimization, and security monitoring.
  October 10, 2017   Centriq Is the King of Cache
Qualcomm’s new Centriq 2400 processor has 72MB of combined L2/L3 cache, more than the largest Xeon, and adds six DRAM channels and plenty of PCI Express.
  October 10, 2017   Imagination Adds Neural-Network IP
Imagination has joined a crowded field in the deep-learning-accelerator market by offering its PowerVR 2NX core, which provides flexible bit widths and an integrated MMU.
  October 10, 2017   RISC-V U54 Runs Linux
SiFive’s newest CPU, the Coreplex U54, is the company’s first with an FPU and first with an MMU, enabling it to run Linux and similar operating systems for low-cost embedded applications.
  October 3, 2017   Cypress Blends WICED, 28nm ULP
Cypress Semiconductor’s new 28nm wireless-combo MCU supports most 802.11ac Wi-Fi features plus Bluetooth 5. It can offload host-CPU workloads for sensor processing and streaming audio.
  October 3, 2017   NXP Drives DSRC for Connected Cars
The SAF5400 is NXP’s second-generation modem for dedicated short-range communications (DSRC), a system that enables vehicles to communicate with each other (V2V).
  October 3, 2017   Silexica’s Hardware/Software Co-design
Silexica offers performance-analysis tools that help system designers optimize their hardware and software for throughput, power consumption, memory usage, or cost.
  September 26, 2017   Inphi PAM4 PHY Aims at Systems
Inphi is reentering the system-side-PHY market with Vega, a 400Gbps PAM4 device for front-panel and backplane applications that span 50G, 100G, 200G, and 400G Ethernet rates.
  September 26, 2017   Kalray Rethinks Parallel Processing
Kalray’s third-generation “Coolidge” processors will have up to 160 general-purpose compute cores plus security, machine-learning, and computer-vision coprocessors.
  September 26, 2017   PowerVR Series9 Starts at Low End
Imagination has delivered the PowerVR Series9XE and Series9XM GPU IP cores for applications requiring area-efficient performance and low power consumption.
  September 19, 2017   Helio P30 Boosts Camera, Battery Life
MediaTek’s newest midrange smartphone processors upgrade the Helio P20 with a Mali G71 GPU, a vision processor, improved camera capabilities, and lower power.
  September 19, 2017   Qualcomm’s Falkor Targets Servers
Falkor is the brains of the new Centriq 2400 server processor, which is set for production by the end of this year. The ARMv8-compatible CPU can decode four instructions per cycle.
  September 19, 2017   Threadripper Tops Multithread Tests
Our benchmark testing showed AMD’s Threadripper scores well on high thread-count applications, but it lags Intel’s high-end Core i9 processor on most other workloads.

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