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 Please note that, because these articles are several months old, some of the information and opinions may be out of date.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.


Editorial: Intel Hides Behind ICC  — October 30, 2017
Intel’s published SPEC CPU scores lead the industry, but much of this lead comes from its proprietary compiler. For customers that use GCC, the performance story is quite different.

LX2160A Is NXP’s Biggest Multicore  — October 16, 2017
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.

Ncore 3.0 Flexes Interface Chops  — October 16, 2017
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.

UltraSoC Embeds Run-Time Analytics  — October 16, 2017
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.

Intel 8th Gen Spans Architectures  — September 11, 2017
Although the first 8th generation Core processors for laptops use Kaby Lake R, other models will use six-core Coffee Lake designs for desktop PCs and even 10nm Cannonlake designs.

Think Silicon Shrinks the GPU  — June 12, 2017
Think Silicon designed its Nema GPUs for IoT and embedded applications requiring graphical user interfaces. The licensable cores come in Pico, Tiny, and Small sizes.

Google TPU Boosts Machine Learning  — May 8, 2017
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.

Ceva Telegraphs 5G Intent With XC12  — April 3, 2017
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.

NXP Airs Software-Defined Radio  — April 3, 2017
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.

Helio X30 Nabs Speed Lead  — March 13, 2017
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.

10Gbps PONs Follow Two Paths  — February 6, 2017
The International Telecommunication Union has defined two distinct paths for passive optical networks that deliver 10Gbps or greater: the symmetric XGS-PON and the more complex NG-PON2.

ARM Chooses Variable-Length Vectors  — January 30, 2017
The Scalable Vector Extension (SVE), a novel 128- to 2,048-bit vector extension with a vector-length-agnostic programming model, will help ARM enter the HPC market.

Adesto Executes in Place  — October 10, 2016
The new EcoXIP memory combines standard NOR flash with a custom high-speed interface designed specifically for streaming instructions in MCU-based IoT applications.

Wave Accelerates Deep Learning  — October 3, 2016
Startup Wave Computing has created an innovative dataflow architecture, implemented in a processor with 16,384 cores, that offers a 10x speedup for training neural networks.

Vesper Mic Drops Under Water  — September 12, 2016
Using piezoelectric materials in a MEMS microphone, startup Vesper offers immunity from dust and liquids and better power consumption than traditional capacitive MEMS mics.

AMD Finds Zen in Microarchitecture  — August 29, 2016
Providing a fresh start for AMD’s computing ambitions, Zen offers 40% better performance than the prior generation and is the company’s first CPU in a FinFET node. 

FD-SOI Offers Alternative to FinFET  — August 15, 2016
A new version of SOI technology from GlobalFoundries provides an alternative to the expensive wafers and difficult design rules of advanced FinFET processes.

Mali-G71 Enables Coherent Computing  — May 30, 2016
ARM’s Mali-G71 enables full hardware cache-coherent operation for tightly coupled CPU/GPU workloads as well as TrustZone support for content protection.

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.

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.


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