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Intel Snow Ridge Gains 5G Wins
The new Atom P5900 combines up to 24 Tremont CPUs, a 440Gbps Ethernet switch, and packet accelerators, making it well suited to 5G base stations and other networking equipment.
Unisoc Joins 5G-Smartphone Race
The Tiger T7520 is Unisoc’s first processor to integrate a 5G baseband, and it’s also the first announced product to employ 6nm EUV technology at TSMC.
Versal Premium Targets Core Networks
Xilinx is expanding its Versal family with new FPGAs for high-speed networking and communications. New features include 600G Ethernet, 400Gbps crypto, and 600G Interlaken.
AMD Develops Compute GPUs
AMD won its second major supercomputer design, El Capitan, using the 5nm Genoa processor, a next-generation Infinity Fabric, and a new GPU called CDNA that’s optimized for AI and HPC.
Ceva XC16 Stays Ahead of 5G Rollout
Ceva’s XC16 DSP is a dynamically configurable multicore/multithread design. At run time, users can configure it as two symmetric dual-vector processors or as a single quad-vector processor.
Marvell Armada Reflagged as CN913x
Marvell extended its former Armada line with a new family of Arm-compatible processors called Octeon TX2 CN913x. They feature networking accelerators and Ethernet ports.
Marvell Upgrades to Octeon TX2
Marvell is shipping its first major upgrades of former Cavium products, including Octeon TX2 high-speed networking processors and Octeon Fusion processors for 5G macrocells.
MediaTek Brings Gamers $100 Phones
MediaTek has repurposed its Helio P65 to create the low-cost Helio G70 and G80 processors, which target gamers using the company’s HyperEngine software.
Cortex-M55 Supports Tiny-AI Ethos
Cortex-M55 is Arm’s first CPU to support the Helium vector extensions. It pairs with a new deep-learning accelerator, Ethos-U55, in IoT end points and other low-power embedded SoCs.
Location Services Drive UWB’s Return
High-accuracy location is propelling the resurgence of ultrawideband technology after a decade in near hibernation. Industrial applications kept impulse-radio UWB alive, and now Apple and automakers are adopting it.
Snapdragon X60 Offers 5G in 5nm
Qualcomm’s next-generation modem adds new band combinations while using 5nm transistors to reduce power. The company also reduced the size of its mmWave RF module for 5G smartphones.
Alibaba Uses Convolution Architecture
At the recent ISSCC, Alibaba described the architecture of its record-setting HanGuang 800 ASIC, which is optimized for 3D convolution rather than general matrix multiplication (GEMM).
TI Jacinto Accelerates Level 3 ADAS
Texas Instruments’ TDA4VM targets multiple automotive trends: ADAS, infotainment, safety, and complex in-vehicle networks. It integrates a new C71x DSP and an 8-TOPS deep-learning accelerator.
Wi-Fi 6E Covets 6GHz Band
A new proposal would more than double Wi-Fi’s RF spectrum by expanding into the 6GHz band. US-government approval seems likely this year; Europe and Korea may follow quickly.
Kneron Delivers Efficient AI
Using a convolution-based architecture, Kneron’s KL520 microcontroller achieves 350 billion operations per second (GOPS) at less than half a watt, targeting low-cost camera-based systems.
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