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GreenWaves GAP9 Goes Faster
GreenWaves’ new low-power RISC-V microcontroller uses FD-SOI and a second-generation deep-learning accelerator to increase power efficiency on AI workloads by 5x.
Marvell Accelerates In-Car Networks
Marvell is sampling the second generation of its purpose-built automotive switch chips. It also bought Aquantia, adding PHYs to its multigigabit automotive-Ethernet portfolio.
Year in Review: 5G Smartphones Ready to Boom
After an initial launch in 2019, 5G smartphone shipments are set to soar in 2020. The new year will also see greater use of AI, the first 5nm processors, and more gaming phones.
Groq Rocks Neural Networks
The startup has created a new AI architecture that implements a single massive programmable engine rated at an industry-leading 1,000 TOPS. It runs ResNet-50 with extremely low latency.
Year in Review: AI Is Livin’ on the Edge
Embedded-processor trends include adding AI acceleration, stronger chip-level security, multidie packaging, advanced driver-assistance systems (ADASs), and microcontrollers that either omit flash memory or replace it.
Snapdragon 765 Enables 5G Roaming
Qualcomm’s new mid-premium platform, the Snapdragon 765, is the industry’s first to integrate a 5G mmWave and sub-6GHz capability. The first phones using it should arrive in 1Q20.
MediaTek Rides 5G to Flagship Phones
The Dimensity 1000 is MediaTek’s first 5G processor and allows it to target premium smartphones with the latest CPU and GPU cores plus strong AI performance.
Snapdragon 865 Dis-Integrates
Qualcomm’s newest flagship smartphone processor requires separate 5G and Wi-Fi chips but delivers leading-edge performance and works with millimeter-wave networks.
Year In Review: Competition Heats Up Data Centers
Many new server processors, AI accelerators, and 400G Ethernet chips are headed for production in 2020. Hyperscale-data-center operators are also developing their own processors and accelerators.
PowerVR Readies Ray Tracing
Imagination Technologies has overhauled its PowerVR GPU architecture and is introducing new GPU cores that address all levels of graphics performance. The new A-Series also delivers AI throughput that competes well with other licensable GPUs.
Tomahawk 4 Switch First to 25.6Tbps
Broadcom is sampling a 400Gbps Ethernet switch that packs an unprecedented 512 serdes to double bandwidth relative to the shipping Tomahawk 3. 
Graphcore Up and Running
After taking nearly a year to tune its software, Graphcore is finally taking the wraps off its C2 deep-learning accelerator, which will be available through Azure Cloud and in some Dell EMC systems.
Mobileye Expands Into Robotaxis
The company announced plans to expand beyond EyeQ processors, including lidar sensors, complete self-driving systems, and robotaxi services, along with greater licensing of map data.
Photonic Computing Finds Fit in AI
Optical neural networks are moving closer to commercialization as photonic computing moves out of university labs. A few startups are leading the charge and starting to attract funding.
Centaur Adds AI to Server Processor
Centaur, Via’s chip-design arm, disclosed a new deep-learning accelerator and an x86 microarchitecture that combine on a single chip to form a highly integrated server processor. 
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