Sample Articles from Microprocessor Report

Microprocessor Report articles are available only to paid subscribers. The following articles are available as samples to show the breadth and depth of our coverage. Please note that, because these articles are several months old, some of the information and opinions may be out of date. Subscribers get access to these articles as soon as they are posted.

Accelerating Machine Learning  — March 7, 2016
ISSCC papers from Intel and MIT indicate that hardware accelerators for machine-learning algorithms can deliver up to 30x better performance per watt than CPUs or GPUs.

VaultIP Secures All Things  — December 21, 2015
Inside Secure’s VaultIP provides robust security, FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certification and authentication, while consuming little power and die area, making it ideal for IoT devices.

Year in Review: Consolidation Rocks Networking Chips  — December 21, 2015
The 2015 acquisition wave hit both market leaders and niche vendors. Following this flurry of activity, many companies will focus on integration and execution in 2016.

FBAR Gets Excellent Reception  — July 27, 2015
Avago’s FBAR products appear in almost all premium smartphones, providing superior RF filtering that optimizes LTE data rates and reduces interference with GPS and Wi-Fi.

Mobileye Increases Car EyeQ  — July 20, 2015
Mobileye’s fourth-generation EyeQ4 computer-vision processor for advanced driver-assistance systems offers new capabilities that will make self-driving cars a reality.

Interview: NetSpeed CEO Rethinks SoC Design  — July 6, 2015
Sundari Mitra discusses her ideas on improving the design of complex chips and how she founded a company that does so using network-on-a-chip (NoC) IP.

Interview: Sutardja Sees Simpler SoCs  — June 1, 2015
Marvell CEO Sehat Sutardja discusses how Moore’s Law is increasing design cost, how MoChi is helping Marvell address this problem, and a new memory architecture called FLC.

Ceva Sharpens Computer Vision  — April 27, 2015
The new Ceva-XM4 vision-processor core improves on the performance and power efficiency of its fixed-point predecessor, the Ceva-MM3101, through new FPUs, wider VLIW instructions, and other enhancements.

Editorial: Moore’s Law Turns 50  — April 20, 2015
Gordon Moore’s prediction has had a good run, but nothing lasts forever. Transistor progress is slowing and has even halted at some price points. The industry must adapt.

Octeon Fusion-M Goes Macro  — March 9, 2015
Cavium has launched a new Octeon Fusion lineup that extends its integrated wireless-base-station processors to macrocells and supports more users than competing products.

Honey, I Shrunk the FPGA  — February 23, 2015
Lattice’s new Ice40 UltraLite FPGA competes with QuickLogic’s PolarPro 3, providing a tiny, inexpensive programmable-logic chip for smartphones and other mobile devices.

Kalray Clusters Calculate Quickly  — February 9, 2015
A little-known company has packed 256 VLIW CPUs onto a chip to deliver industry-leading performance per watt and impressive packet-processing performance.

CES Sees New MU-MIMO Chipsets  — February 2, 2015
Anticipating OEMs’ rush to offer 802.11ac Wave 2 access points, Wi-Fi chipset vendors touted their next-generation MU-MIMO platforms at the recent Consumer Electronics Show.

Year in Review: Data-Center Networks Outpace Others  — January 12, 2015
Last year saw 28nm technology finally reach Ethernet chips, whereas the first 20nm FPGAs reached production. Intel will be the vendor to watch in 2015 as it introduces several new products targeting data centers.

Google Develops 3D Vision for Tablets  — December 29, 2014
Google’s Project Tango aims to enable mobile devices to map a user’s physical environment and movement in 3D by employing depth-sensing cameras synchronized with nine-axis motion sensors.

Power8 Hits the Merchant Market  — December 29, 2014
IBM’s merchant Power8 processors fare well against Intel’s best Xeon processors in raw CPU performance and in performance per dollar, presenting a new challenger for data-center servers.

Sckipio, Broadcom in Race  — November 10, 2014
Startup Sckipio is sampling a chipset for, the new standard for 1Gbps over 250 meters of copper. Broadcom demonstrated its chipset at the recent Broadband World Forum.

Soft Machines Targets IPC Bottleneck  — October 27, 2014
A new technology called VISC promises greater performance by breaking down a single thread and executing it on multiple cores. The technology works in hardware on any program and any instruction set.

Intel Embeds x86 Into Telco Networks  — September 22, 2014
Intel's Open Network Platform reference architecture provides a validated set of SDN and NFV ingredients that are helping push x86 servers deeper into telecom infrastructure. 

The Big Get Bigger in Comm ICs  — September 15, 2014
Although the communications-semiconductor industry declined modestly in 2013, the overall market for application-specific standard products was relatively healthy, with segment-specific issues cre­ating a drag on broader growth.

The Case for Open Instruction Sets  — August 18, 2014
Two UC Berkeley professors make the case that an open instruction-set architecture would enable free competition in CPU design and that RISC-V is the best open ISA available.

The Case for Licensed Instruction Sets  — August 18, 2014
ARM makes the counterargument that a licensed instruction set fills a commercial need for support, reliability, and compatibility, enabling a robust ecosystem that provides value for an ISA. 

Nvidia’s First CPU Is a Winner  — August 18, 2014
Nvidia's 64-bit Denver CPU uses dynamic instruction translation to outperform other mobile processors while offering full ARMv8 compatibility. It will appear in Tegra K1-64 later this year.

ThunderX Rattles Server Market  — June 9, 2014
With its forthcoming 48-core ARMv8 server processor, Cavium is ready to take on Xeon E5 at the heart of the dual-socket server market.

Millimeter Wave Seeks Best Home  — May 19, 2014
Qualcomm's reported $300 million offer to acquire Wilocity underscores the excitement surrounding IEEE 802.11ad. The 60GHz millimeter-wave standard now has applications in serial links and small-cell backhaul, as well as high-throughput wireless LANs.

Netronome 100GbE NIC Targets SDN  — April 28, 2014
New FlowNIC-6xxx offloads Open vSwitch at 200Gbps, extending the spectrum of intelligent adapters. These adapters may also become the industry’s first 100GbE NICs of any kind.

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