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Most Recent | Archive: 2017   |   2016   |   2015

  May 16, 2017   Andes NX25 Takes a RISC-V
Andes has adopted RISC-V as the basis for its next-generation AndeStar V5 ISA. The company’s first 64-bit CPU, the NX26, will use the new ISA; RTL will ship next quarter.
  May 16, 2017   Broadcom Delivers 100GbE Adapters
The NetXtreme E-Series server NICs use the company’s new Stratus controller chip, which builds on the 25GbE family that sampled two years ago.
  May 16, 2017   EEMBC Benchmarks IoT Power
EEMBC’s new IoTMark-BLE benchmark suite effectively measures the energy efficiency of IoT clients that use Bluetooth Low Energy to communicate with networks, hubs, or gateways.
  May 16, 2017   Intel Reworks FinFETs for IoT
Intel’s 22FFL is the first FinFET-based process targeting IoT devices. It combines elements of the company’s 22nm and 14nm nodes to reduce idle power and cost.
  May 9, 2017   Broadcom Quartz Packs TSN Features
Broadcom is diving into the industrial and wireless worlds of Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) with its latest StrataConnect Ethernet switch.
  May 9, 2017   Google TPU Boosts Machine Learning
Google released new details on the architecture of its deep-learning accelerator along with data showing that it offers at least 10x better performance than comparable CPUs and GPUs.
  May 2, 2017   AMD Bumps Clocks in Low-End GPUs
AMD kicked off its 2017 graphics-upgrade cycle by refreshing sub-$250 Radeon GPUs. The new RX500-series offers a mild performance boost, but it also includes a new low-cost model.
  May 2, 2017   Galaxy S8 Debuts Exynos 8895
The debut of the Galaxy S8 demonstrates the capabilities of the 10nm Exynos 8895, which integrates new connectivity functions and outperforms other flagship mobile processors.
  April 25, 2017   Arteris Ncore 2.0 Simplifies Safety
Arteris combines the Ncore coherent NoC with its Resilience tools to ease SoC development for automotive and other safety-oriented applications.
  April 25, 2017   Intel Sets Tiny 10nm Goal Posts
Intel disclosed its 10nm node, which is far denser than the foundries’ 10nm and will ship late this year, and also described 14nm variants that boost transistor performance by 12–25%.
  April 18, 2017   Data Center Dominates OFC
OFC’s growing attendance despite limited-volume transport and long-haul markets indicates the critical role pluggable and embedded optics will play in both short data-center links and data-center interconnects.
  April 18, 2017   Sequans Adds CPU to IoT Modem
The new Monarch SX processor combines an embedded controller with a low-cost LTE modem that handles Category M1 and Category NB1, cutting the cost of cellular IoT devices.
  April 11, 2017   Intel Debuts First 3D XPoint Products
3D XPoint reduces latency by 10x compared with NAND-based solutions. Intel’s P4800X SSD highlights the advantages and deficiencies of this new memory technology.
  April 11, 2017   Marvell Builds Port-Extender ASSP
Marvell’s new Prestera Pipe 98PX1012 revisits the early Ethernet era of passive bridge components by using the 802.1BR standard to extend the port configurations for top-of-rack switches.
  April 11, 2017   Qualcomm 205 Trims LTE Cost
The new processor brings LTE data rates to feature phones and low-cost smartphones that are popular in India and similar countries.
  April 4, 2017   Ceva Telegraphs 5G Intent With XC12
The XC12 licensable DSP delivers a 2–8x performance boost over the XC4500 for important 5G tasks such as channel estimation, making it attractive for new wireless base stations.
  April 4, 2017   Mobileye Is Intel’s Designated Driver
Intel’s $15 billion offer to acquire Mobileye will shake up the fast-growing market for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADASs) and autonomous vehicles.
  April 4, 2017   NXP Airs Software-Defined Radio
The new QorIQ LA1575 is an innovative embedded processor with a programmable baseband. It can support multiple protocols including next-generation Wi-Fi and 5G cellular.
  March 28, 2017   Imagination Unleashes Furian
Imagination’s first wholly new GPU architecture since 2012, Furian offers higher graphics performance, full cache coherence, and improved GPU-compute capability.
  March 28, 2017   Innovium Bets on High-Density 100GbE
Ethernet startup Innovium is challenging Broadcom’s data-center dominance by offering a 12.8Tbps switch based on 50Gbps PAM4 serdes for high-port-count 50GbE and 100GbE.
  March 28, 2017   X-Gene 3 Up and Running
The X-Gene 3 server processor is now sampling. It already outperforms all other ARM-compatible processors and is on track to meet its frequency, feature, and schedule commitments.
  March 21, 2017   AMD Teases Server Renaissance
The upcoming “Naples” processor will revitalize AMD’s server efforts, offering more CPU cores, more memory channels, and more PCIe capacity than any current Xeon product.
  March 21, 2017   Intel Debuts 25GbE NIC
Intel has unveiled single- and dual-port 25G Ethernet adapters based on the XL710 Fortville controller. It intends these new NICs for direct-attach twinax-copper links in servers.
  March 21, 2017   March Modem Madness
Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon X20 modem supports 1.2Gbps LTE, while Intel’s XMM 7560 pushes to 1.0Gbps. The 3GPP agreed to accelerate the 5G standard, and Qualcomm extended its X50 roadmap for 5G modems.
  March 21, 2017   Ryzen Returns AMD to the Desktop
Marking a potential turning point for the PC industry, AMD rolled out Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5, the first processors based on its new Zen CPU, with high hopes for regaining market share.
  March 21, 2017   Spreadtrum Launches First x86 Chip
The SC9861G-IA is the first new chip from the Spreadtrum-Intel partnership. Built in Intel’s 14nm technology, it combines eight x86 Airmont CPUs with Spreadtrum’s LTE modem.
  March 14, 2017   Altair LTE Chip Integrates M1, NB1
Altair Semiconductor hopes to cover the IoT waterfront with its new ALT1250, an LTE-baseband device that’s compatible with both the Category M1 and Category NB1 standards for low-data-rate communications.
  March 14, 2017   Arteris Piano Tunes Timing
Arteris offers new coherency features to automate interconnect-timing closure in SoCs that employ the company’s network-on-a-chip (NoC) intellectual property (IP).
  March 14, 2017   Helio X30 Nabs Speed Lead
MediaTek new deca-core Helio X30 brings premium features to the mainstream price tier and is the first application processor manufactured in TSMC’s 10nm process.
  March 14, 2017   Smaller Offspring for TI’s Sitara
Texas Instruments is sampling the AM5706 and AM5708, which reduce power, cost, and board space while retaining most features of the Sitara AM57x embedded processors.
  March 7, 2017   Intel Debuts a Delayed Denverton
Intel recently announced the Atom C3000 family, code-named Denverton, which packs up to 16 Goldmont CPU cores, two memory channels, 10GbE interfaces, configurable I/O, and optional compression and cryptographic acceleration. 
  March 7, 2017   Intel Spills Coffee Lake Roadmap
Intel has added to its plans a new 14nm CPU code-named Coffee Lake, scheduled to debut in 2H17 alongside the 10nm Cannonlake. We expect changes in both the PC and server roadmaps.
  March 7, 2017   Kopin Audio Chip Hears Whispers
Kopin’s Whisper is a tiny low-power speech processor that can separate spoken words from extremely loud background noise, serving as a front end in an automatic-speech-recognition (ASR) system.
  February 28, 2017   Broadcom-Avago One Year Later
The new Broadcom is more profitable and largely intact, but long-term growth remains a concern.
  February 28, 2017   Qualcomm Bids for 802.11ax
Qualcomm is promising to deliver in 1H17 samples of both an access-point chip and a client chip for the emerging 802.11ax standard, which should offer big capacity gains in dense environments.

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