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Pixelworks’ i6 Renews Phone Displays
Pixelworks brings premium features to midrange phones by continuously improving images and video to high dynamic range (HDR) and reducing power consumption in certain applications.
Qualcomm Pushes 5G to 10Gbps
The Snapdragon X65 modem increases the top data rate by 33% relative to the older Snapdragon X60. The 4nm design offers a preview of the 5G capabilities in Qualcomm’s next-generation flagship-smartphone processor.
Snapdragon Shifts to Self-Driving Cars
Building on its leadership in automotive connectivity chips (cellular modems and Bluetooth+Wi-Fi combos), Qualcomm is developing Snapdragon-based systems that target ADASs, autonomous vehicles, and cockpit monitoring.
Horizon Robotics Plots ADAS Journey
In 2Q21, Horizon Robotics plans to start volume production of its Journey 3 ADAS processor. At the same time, it intends to sample Journey 5, which targets Level 4 autonomous vehicles.
Maxim Showcases Efficient Custom AI
The top-10 microcontroller vendor has hopped on the AI bus with its ultra-low-power MAX78000. The device combines a complete Arm-based MCU with the company’s first deep-learning accelerator (DLA).
Enflame Stokes AI Acceleration
Enflame Technology closed a 1.8-billion-yuan ($280 million) Series C round last month that includes backing from Tencent. The Shanghai startup now offers a series of AI accelerators for both training and inference.
MT8192 Creates Chromebook Buzz
Hoping to steal share from Intel, MediaTek raised its sights in the Chromebook market by delivering the MT8192, doubling CPU performance and tripling GPU performance compared with its predecessor.
Qualcomm Acquires Nuvia for CPUs
Although the startup was developing a custom Arm-compatible CPU core for a new server processor, Qualcomm will redirect this power-efficient core to serve in flagship smartphones and other products.
Ceva SensPro2 Doubles AI Throughput
SensoPro2 is a configurable sensor hub, fusing elements from Ceva’s DSPs, computer-vision engines, and deep-learning accelerators. The second-generation design delivers up to 6x faster DSP performance.
MediaTek Redefines Premium Phones
The Dimensity 1100 and 1200 target an emerging class of devices for customers who want a great smartphone but don’t want to spend $1,000. The D1200 offers industry-leading multicore performance.
SambaNova Takes On Nvidia’s DGX
The well-funded startup has developed a custom AI-accelerator chip, called the Cardinal SN10, that implements a coarse-grained reconfigurable architecture (CGRA) to handle training and inference.
Andes Scales Up Its RISC-V
Andes converged its superscalar RISC-V CPU with multicore scaling to create its most powerful cluster to date. The AX45MP targets high-performance applications across diverse markets.
Exynos 2100 Delivers Big GPU Gain
Samsung’s new Galaxy S21 smartphone sports the Exynos 2100 SoC, which delivers industry-leading AI throughput and an integrated 5G modem. The company’s 5nm technology helps to reduce power.
Ryzen 5000 Boosts Laptop Performance
AMD’s new PC processors, based on its Cezanne design, target ultrathin and gaming laptops. Using the Zen 3 core, they top Intel’s Tiger Lake products in CPU and graphics performance.
Analysts’ Choice Winners for 2020
The Linley Group recognizes 2020’s top products in the categories of data center, PC, embedded, mobile, networking, processor IP, and related technology. And the winners are…
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