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Most Recent | Archive: 2020   |   2019   |   2018

  February 18, 2020   Intel Drops NNP-T and NNP-I
Intel has terminated its Nervana-branded AI accelerators in favor of products from its recent Habana acquisition, simplifying its software efforts and clarifying its data-center roadmap.
  February 18, 2020   Renesas and SiLabs Polish Bluetooth
Renesas and Silicon Labs introduced new microcontrollers that integrate Bluetooth radios for IoT systems: the Renesas RX23W and the Silicon Labs Wireless Gecko EFR32BG22.
  February 18, 2020   ST Debuts Wireless MCU for LoRa
The STMicroelectronics STM32WLE5 is the industry’s first microcontroller with a fully integrated LoRa radio. It grafts a modified Semtech SX126x transceiver onto an Arm-based 32-bit MCU.
  February 11, 2020   Snapdragon 460 Takes 4+4 to Low End
Qualcomm upgraded its LTE lineup by introducing the Snapdragon 460, 662, and 720G. The new chips bring important updates including faster CPUs and GPUs, AI acceleration, and the latest connectivity standards.
  February 11, 2020   Synaptics VS680 Powers Multimedia AI
The Synaptics VideoSmart VS680 is a multimedia powerhouse that combines a Qdeo 4K-video engine, an audio processor for far-field voice, and a proprietary deep-learning accelerator.
  February 4, 2020   Lattice First With FPGA in FD-SOI
CrossLink-NX is the first chip in the company’s new Nexus line developed in 28nm FD-SOI technology. It targets embedded-vision applications in IoT and automotive markets.
  February 4, 2020   Sharper Vision, Brains in i.MX8M Plus
The i.MX8M Plus is NXP’s first processor with a neural-network accelerator. It also adds a DSP core, image signal processors, PCI Express 3.0, CAN bus, and Gigabit Ethernet.
  January 28, 2020   NXP S32G Is Master of Auto Domains
The S32G vehicle-network processor offers a unique lockstep CPU architecture that supports ASIL D operations. It also has accelerators for both Ethernet and legacy automotive networks. 
  January 28, 2020   Ryzen Mobile Doubles CPU Count
AMD’s 7nm Renoir processor brings eight cores to 15W ultrathin notebooks, an industry first. It fills out the Zen 2 generation across desktop and mobile platforms.
  January 21, 2020   Analysts’ Choice Winners for 2019
The Linley Group recognizes 2019’s top products in the categories of AI, embedded, mobile, networking, server, processor IP, and related technology. And the winners are…
  January 21, 2020   Intel Extends 3D Packaging With ODI
Intel’s new Omni-Directional Interconnect builds on EMIB and Foveros to improve performance, capabilities, and flexibility for products using 3D packaging.
  January 21, 2020   Year in Review: Arm Flexes IP to Battle RISC-V
Arm was by far the most active processor-IP vendor in 2019, but the RISC-V community also surged. Licensable cores for AI acceleration joined a flood of new CPU, DSP, and GPU cores.
  January 14, 2020   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.
  January 14, 2020   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.
  January 14, 2020   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.
  January 7, 2020   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.
  January 7, 2020   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.

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