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November 30, 2020

  • AMD Steps Up to 4K Gaming
    The new Radeon RX6000 cards, based on the Big Navi chip, double compute power and add a huge cache as well as ray-tracing acceleration, vaulting AMD into the high end of the graphics market.
  • Mythic Unveils Analog-AI Product
    Mythic’s first chip, the M1108, is rated at 35 TOPS with an impressive power efficiency of 6 TOPS per watt. The image-processing accelerator stores up to 113 million weights in its 108 cores.
  • Imagination Serves Up B-Series GPUs
    The top-of-the-line BXT GPUs target Imagination’s traditional premium-smartphone customers, but the lineup can serve everything from consumer products to PC graphics cards and cloud servers.

November 23, 2020

  • Cisco Debuts 12.8Tbps Switch Chips
    Just 10 months after entering the merchant switch-chip market, Cisco announced its Silicon One 7nm family for data-center and service-provider networks.
  • Intel Takes First Step in Discrete GPUs
    The Xe Max, code-named DG1, is Intel’s first discrete-graphics product in two decades. It will debut later this quarter and targets laptop PCs using Tiger Lake processors.
  • Editorial: Qualcomm Bounces Back
    After a bad 2019, Qualcomm has recently seen a run of good news, including legal victories, a market-share uptick, approval to sell to Huawei, and booming RF revenue.

November 16, 2020

  • SiFive VIU7-256 Takes Vector Lead
    The VIU7-256 is SiFive’s first vector CPU. The new 64-bit core, which processes 512-bit vectors, is built on the newest RISC-V standard. Preliminary RTL is shipping now.
  • Imagination Series4 Tiles Tensors
    Imagination Technologies’ new IMG Series4 deep-learning accelerators reduce DRAM bandwidth by splitting tensor operations into multilayer groups, keeping most intermediate data on chip.
  • Flex Logix Shows First AI Chip
    At the recent Linley Fall Processor Conference, the startup revealed that its InferX X1 chip is running in its lab, and it announced the X1P1 PCI Express accelerator card.

November 9, 2020

  • Ryzen 5000 Rides Zen 3 to the Top
    AMD’s second-generation 7nm CPU drives leadership desktop-PC performance. The Zen 3 microarchitecture increases both single-thread performance and power efficiency.
  • Cortex-A78C Improves Security
    Arm’s newest CPU for the PC market boosts the core count, expands the L3 cache, and improves security. These system-level changes target the CPU for the midrange PCs and mobile gaming.
  • Groq Gets Connected
    Advancing toward production, the startup disclosed additional details about its TSP chip, focusing on the high-speed-I/O subsystem and the initial products, a PCIe accelerator card and a complete server.

November 2, 2020

  • Untether Delivers At-Memory AI
    Using what it calls an at-memory architecture, Untether AI has created a highly power-efficient PCIe card that can achieve a stunning two petaop/s for neural-network inferencing using nearly 800MB of SRAM.
  • Deep AI Retrains Networks at the Edge
    Startup Deep AI is enabling infrastructure-edge hardware to perform both retraining and inference. The company licenses its software and RTL for use with FPGA-based accelerator cards from Xilinx.
  • Ambient’s Analog Cuts AI Power
    Startup Ambient Scientific uses analog technology to reduce power for AI inference and training in IoT devices. Its GPX-10 SoC delivers 510 billion operations per second (GOPS) while consuming only 120mW.

October 26, 2020

  • Arm’s SVE2 Enables Shift From Neon
    Arm’s second-generation Scalable Vector Extension (SVE2) will enable a transition from the decade-old Neon technology, lifting SIMD performance in smartphones.
  • Think Silicon Spins AI Accelerator
    Think Silicon’s licensable Neox cores combine RISC-V with nonstandard extensions that accelerate graphics and neural-network inference. Customers can add their own instructions.
  • Editorial: Shopping for Chip Companies
    AMD is reportedly negotiating a $30 billion bid for Xilinx, the leading FPGA vendor. The two companies have little product or end-market synergy; the deal seems driven more by financial concerns.

October 19, 2020

  • Neoverse Advances SIMD for HPC
    Arm’s Neoverse V1 core adopts the Scalable Vector Extension, replacing the venerable Neon core. It’s the company’s first CPU purpose built for high-performance computing.
  • SiPearl Develops Arm HPC Chip
    SiPearl is a little company with a big goal: helping Europe wean itself off of x86-based supercomputers and reduce its dependence of foreign silicon. Its first chip, Rhea, uses Arm’s Neoverse V1 CPU.
  • Coherent Logix Configures Edge AI
    The niche embedded-processor supplier is expanding into the commercial edge-AI market. By the end of the year, it plans to tape out its fourth-generation HyperX processor, delivering 6.6 TOPS.

October 12, 2020

  • Elkhart Lake Has Industrial Aims
    Intel’s Atom x6000E moves to 10nm technology and adds embedded features, serving applications beyond those available to its PC-derived predecessors.
  • Kneron KL720 Boosts Efficiency
    Kneron has quickly rolled out its second product, offering a big performance boost to 1.5 TOPS with a power of about 1W, making it well suited to smart cameras and other vision-based edge systems.
  • Qualcomm Samples First AI Chip
    The Cloud AI 100 accelerator provides more than 4x the ResNet-50 inference throughput of an Nvidia T4 card at about the same power. Most initial customers plan to deploy it at the network edge.

October 5, 2020

  • Ampere Delivers Big Graphics Boost
    The new Ampere graphics cards deliver one of Nvidia’s largest generational performance increases ever and offer a second-generation ray-tracing engine that doubles throughput and improves motion blur.
  • Qualcomm Rolls More Snapdragon 7s
    Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 750G reduces the entry price for mmWave 5G phones. Although it offers greater performance than all 7-series chips other than the 768G, it targets phones that sell for just $400.
  • Xilinx T1 Enables Open RAN for 5G
    The T1 Telco Accelerator card uses a pair of UltraScale+ FPGAs to handle fronthaul termination and Layer 1 acceleration in virtualized 5G baseband units.

September 28, 2020

  • Cortex-R82 Brings Linux to SSDs
    Arm’s first 64-bit Cortex-R adds a memory-management unit for high-level operating systems, enabling computational-storage drives to run Linux. It inherits classic real-time features from the predecessor Cortex-R8.
  • IBM z15: A Modern Mainframe Chip
    The z15 is IBM’s next-generation Z-series processor for mainframes, operating at a 5.2GHz base frequency. Relative to the z14, the company added two CPU cores and a handful of on-die accelerators.
  • Editorial: Nvidia Grabs Arm for AI
    Nvidia aims to become the world’s leading computing company with its $40 billion acquisition of Arm, but the mismatch between the two businesses will make it a challenge to pull off.

September 21, 2020

  • Quantum Computing Seeks Supremacy
    Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and other companies are pushing the frontiers of quantum computing, but researchers must reduce the qubit error rate before quantum processors can perform useful tasks.
  • Lightmatter Realizes Photonic AI
    Lightmatter emerged from stealth by presenting details of its Mars test chip. The 3D chip stacks photonic and digital die, and it shows that a complete product could quickly follow.
  • Ambiq Doubles CPU Frequency
    The Apollo 4 microcontroller delivers industry-leading energy efficiency while adding a graphics subsystem. Ambiq’s new part also adds location support to its low-power Bluetooth subsystem.

September 14, 2020

  • Jericho2c+ Brings 7nm to Routers
    Broadcom is sampling its first 7nm router chip, the Jericho2c+ packet processor. The new product serves in line cards for chassis-based routers, pairing with the shipping Ramon fabric chip.
  • SuperFin Rescues Intel’s 10nm Node
    After last year’s disappointing debut, Intel’s 10nm technology received a much needed performance boost from a new improvement branded SuperFin, now shipping in the company’s Tiger Lake processors.
  • Baidu Debuts First AI Accelerator
    Joining other cloud-service providers (CSPs), Baidu is taking a shot at AI mastery by offering the Kunlun K200 SoC. The Chinese company designed the 256-TOPS accelerator for its internal deep-learning workloads.

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