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September 25, 2017

  • Kalray Rethinks Parallel Processing
    Kalray’s third-generation “Coolidge” processors will have up to 160 general-purpose compute cores plus security, machine-learning, and computer-vision coprocessors.
  • Inphi PAM4 PHY Aims at Systems
    Inphi is reentering the system-side-PHY market with Vega, a 400Gbps PAM4 device for front-panel and backplane applications that span 50G, 100G, 200G, and 400G Ethernet rates.
  • Editorial: x86 Knocks Out RISC Servers
    AMD’s Epyc announcement has taken the wind out of the sales of competing server processors. Oracle has stopped investing in its SPARC chips, and Macom has yet to find a new home for X-Gene.
  • PowerVR Series9 Starts at Low End
    Imagination has delivered the PowerVR Series9XE and Series9XM GPU IP cores for applications requiring area-efficient performance and low power consumption.

September 18, 2017

  • Qualcomm’s Falkor Targets Servers
    Falkor is the brains of the new Centriq 2400 server processor, which is set for production by the end of this year. The ARMv8-compatible CPU can decode four instructions per cycle.
  • Threadripper Tops Multithread Tests
    Our benchmark testing showed AMD’s Threadripper scores well on high thread-count applications, but it lags Intel’s high-end Core i9 processor on most other workloads.
  • Helio P30 Boosts Camera, Battery Life
    MediaTek’s newest midrange smartphone processors upgrade the Helio P20 with a Mali G71 GPU, a vision processor, improved camera capabilities, and lower power.

September 11, 2017

  • Intel 8th Gen Spans Architectures
    Although the first 8th generation Core processors for laptops use Kaby Lake R, other models will use six-core Coffee Lake designs for desktop PCs and even 10nm Cannonlake designs.
  • AImotive Accelerates Deep Learning
    Known for its ADAS software, AImotive has introduced licensable hardware IP to accelerate neural-network algorithms with performance of up to 5 trillion MAC/s.
  • Kandou 500Gbps Serdes IP Targets 2.5D
    Kandou’s new 16nm Glasswing hard macro enables 500Gbps interfaces between die in a 2.5D package. The IP core implements the company’s unique protocol for 5-bit over 6-wire signaling.

September 4, 2017

  • Microsemi Extends PCIe Into Fabrics
    Microsemi has introduced PAX, the third switch-chip family in the Switchtec PCI Express line. The new family adds support for multiple hosts and SR-IOV end points.
  • CommSolid IP Simplifies NB-IoT
    CommSolid has created the first complete NB-IoT baseband IP, using a proven Xtensa architecture with custom extensions, a digital baseband, and Layer 1–3 firmware.

August 28, 2017

  • AMD Vega Shoots for GPU Stars
    Vega returns AMD to the high end of the PC GPU market. The new GPU matches Nvidia’s leading products in performance.
  • Pushing CMOS Beyond 7nm
    Gate-all-around (GAA) transistors and tantalum-nitride (TaN) barriers could replace FinFETs and copper interconnects, extending process scaling but adding manufacturing cost.

August 21, 2017

  • Mellanox Accelerates BlueField SoC
    Having 16 ARMv8 cores, two 100GbE ports, PCI Express Gen4, and NVMe-oF acceleration, Mellanox’s new BlueField processor is well equipped for high-speed networking and storage.
  • Qualcomm Makes Play for Audiophiles
    Two new Qualcomm chips improve audio quality over wireless connections. The CSR8675 targets wireless headphones, and the high-end CSRA68100 is well suited to wireless speakers.
  • Marvell Targets Automotive Networks
    Marvell is challenging the automotive-networking leaders by offering two new chips: the 88W8987xA combines 802.11p, 802.11ac, and Bluetooth 5 wireless, and the 88Q5050 is a secure eight-port switch for intra-auto Gigabit Ethernet.

August 14, 2017

  • Broadcom Hits Smart NICs and Storage
    Broadcom’s new BCM58800 processor family combines eight high-end ARM CPUs and accelerators to enable 100Gbps of throughput in smart NICs. It also targets NVMe Over Fabrics in storage appliances.
  • SPEC CPU2017 Updates Benchmarks
    CPU2017 updates the rules, subtests, and scoring of the widely reported SPEC CPU2006 benchmark to reduce run times and more accurately measure the performance of modern processors.
  • Exynos iT200 Targets Wi-Fi IoT Client
    The new iT200 is the first Samsung Exynos chip purpose-built for wireless IoT clients. It integrates two ARM Cortex CPUs and a complete 802.11b/g/n single-band Wi-Fi radio.

August 7, 2017

  • Andes Dual Issues New CPU Cores
    Andes has delivered the N15 high-end CPU intellectual property based on the AndeStar V3 instruction set and expanded its lineup of RISC-V cores by introducing the 32-bit N25.
  • Synopsys EV6x Serves Up Big MACs
    The upgraded DesignWare EV6x family of embedded-vision processor cores adds new configurations that enable designers to include up to four neural-network accelerators.
  • Cavium Scales Down Xpliant Switch
    The second-generation XP60 and XP70 target 10GbE and 25GbE applications while expanding Cavium’s addressable markets to include enterprise and carrier-access networks.
  • HiFi 3z Handles Advanced Audio
    Cadence’s newest licensable DSP core is well suited to the latest audio codecs for cellular voice and home entertainment as well as for voice processing in smart speakers.

July 31, 2017

  • Spectrum-2 Debuts 200GbE
    The second-generation Mellanox Ethernet switch offers advanced QoS capability and strongly supports the emerging IEEE 802.3bs 200GbE and 400GbE standards.
  • Editorial: Intel’s New IoT Strategy
    A wave of cancellations and discontinuation notices indicates that Intel is leaving the IoT client market while focusing its efforts on higher-value processors in gateways and the cloud.

July 24, 2017

  • Embedded Skylake Speeds Networking
    Intel’s new embedded Xeon Scalable processors derive from the recently introduced Skylake-SP, but the new Lewisburg south bridge is an even bigger improvement to the platform.
  • Skylake X Scales Extreme PCs
    Targeting high-end gamers and content creators, AMD and Intel have launched desktop processors that blow away earlier generations by offering much higher performance at lower prices.
  • MediaTek Offers Cat-NB2 Modem
    MediaTek is the first company to bring a Release 14 NB-IoT modem to market, reducing cost by integrating the RF filters, power-management unit, and flash memory.

July 17, 2017

  • Xeon Scalable Reshapes Server Line
    Skylake-SP and the Purley platform replace both Xeon E5 and Xeon E7 with new processors that offer more cores and better performance, but often with higher power and prices as well.
  • Skylake-SP Scales Server Systems
    Intel’s newest server-processor design modifies the Skylake client with greater AVX-512 capabilities and a new cache architecture while greatly improving the memory and I/O bandwidth.
  • Achronix Turns to Embedded FPGAs
    Even as revenue from its high-performance Speedster FPGAs ramps, Achronix is focusing on its new Speedcore embedded-FPGA intellectual property and anticipates launching FPGA “chiplets” for 2.5D packages next year. 
  • Snapdragon 450 Moves to 14nm
    Qualcomm’s first low-cost 14nm processor, the Snapdragon 450 offers 25% faster CPUs, twice the video speed, greater camera resolution, and other improvements over its predecessor.

July 10, 2017

  • After 400GbE, IEEE Studies PHYs
    The IEEE could ratify the 802.3bs standard as early as September, but an 800GbE follow-on will await detailed studies on new PHYs, including those for distances beyond 10km.
  • Dialog Charges Into Bluetooth 5 Fray
    Dialog’s entry-level DA14586 adds Bluetooth 5, making it the lowest-cost MCU to implement that technology, improving its prospects for low-cost IoT applications.
  • MT8516 Enables Google Assistant
    Purpose-built for voice-enabled digital assistants, the MediaTek MT8516 integrates four Cortex-A35 CPUs along with 2.4GHz Bluetooth and Wi-Fi transceivers.

July 3, 2017

  • Cavium NIC Supports iWARP, RoCE
    Cavium has delivered the first performance tweak to the FastLinq family since it acquired QLogic. The new 25GbE NICs can serve in “universal RDMA” systems that run iWARP and RoCE concurrently.
  • Cypress PSoC 6 Broadens MCU Lineup
    Cypress is taking on the IoT market by offering a broad family of high-performance Cortex-M4F MCUs that include Bluetooth 5 connectivity and improved security.
  • MIPS I6500-F Drives Functional Safety
    Imagination has enhanced the licensable MIPS I6500 CPU core to include features for ISO 26262 and other functional-safety standards, aiding automotive designers.

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