Sample Articles from Microprocessor Report

Microprocessor Report articles are available only to paid subscribers. The following articles are available as samples to show the breadth and depth of our coverage. Please note that, because these articles are several months old, some of the information and opinions may be out of date. Subscribers get access to these articles as soon as they are posted.

New AI Engines Give Versal an Edge  — June 28, 2021
Xilinx introduced the AI Edge line for automotive and industrial applications. An updated AI Engine doubles compute capacity relative to the previous generation.

Syntiant NDP120 Sharpens Its Hearing  — April 12, 2021
Although mainly for speech recognition, Syntiant’s second-generation chip adds audio processing and can even handle simple object detection. In always-on mode, it consumes less than 500 microwatts.

R-Car V3U Runs Lockstep Neural Nets  — March 22, 2021
The new Renesas R-Car V3U delivers 66 TOPS for Level 2 and Level 3 ADASs. To support ASIL D functional safety, it employs hardware redundancy in all compute subsystems, including its DLAs.

Intel’s Jasper Lake Lifts GPU by 5x  — March 8, 2021
Intel’s Jasper Lake brings a 5x GPU-performance increase to the traditionally underserved low-end segment. Relative to its predecessor, Gemini Lake, the new chip also raises single-core and multicore CPU performance.

Ceva SensPro2 Doubles AI Throughput  — February 8, 2021
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.

Exynos 2100 Delivers Big GPU Gain  — February 1, 2021
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.

Xsight Samples Leading-Edge Switch  — January 18, 2021
Led by a highly successful team, the Israeli startup emerged from stealth last month and announced its first chip, called the X1.

Esperanto Minions Excel at AI  — December 21, 2020
Startup Esperanto Technologies has designed a chip with a thousand tiny RISC-V cores based on its ET-Minion design. The power-efficient chip offers strong AI performance on a 20W M.2 module.

Untether Delivers At-Memory AI  — November 2, 2020
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.

Jericho2c+ Brings 7nm to Routers  — September 14, 2020
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.

Blaize Ignites Edge-AI Performance  — September 7, 2020
Edge-AI startup Blaize is sampling modules that integrate its El Cano inference processor. The chip can run Yolo v3 on five separate HD-video streams, delivering results at 10fps.

MediaTek Adds Midrange Dimensity  — August 17, 2020
The new Dimensity 700-series represents the third (and lowest) tier in MediaTek’s lineup of 5G-smartphone processors. The first product is the Dimensity 720, which targets phones selling for less than $300.

GlobalFoundries Wins AI Chips  — July 27, 2020
Even as its 12nm customers deliver industry-leading AI accelerators, GF has created new 12LP+ technology with ultra-low-voltage operation as well as optimized SRAM and MAC-unit designs.

Tom Halfhill Retires, Aakash Jani Joins  — June 29, 2020
After 20 years, Tom is retiring from his senior editor role at Microprocessor Report but will join the editorial board. New senior editor Aakash Jani is joining Microprocessor Report from AMD.

Pensando, Xilinx Debut Smart NICs  — June 15, 2020
Seeking to increase demand for merchant smart NICs, two new entrants plan to serve the broader market beyond hyperscale data centers.

Editorial: Publishing Under a Quarantine  — April 20, 2020
Many technology companies are struggling to develop new products during the unprecedented lockdowns, but The Linley Group delivers online articles and a virtual conference.

Tenstorrent Scales AI Performance  — April 13, 2020
Startup Tenstorrent is sampling an AI-inference accelerator that exceeds the performance of all other data-center inference chips while using just 65W, a fraction of their power.

Lattice First With FPGA in FD-SOI  — February 3, 2020
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.

Groq Rocks Neural Networks  — January 6, 2020
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.

Tomahawk 4 Switch First to 25.6Tbps  — December 16, 2019
Broadcom is sampling a 400Gbps Ethernet switch that packs an unprecedented 512 serdes to double bandwidth relative to the shipping Tomahawk 3. 

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