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June 26, 2017

  • Epyc Relaunches AMD Into Servers
    AMD new Epyc processor boosts IPC by 52% compared with the company’s previous generation and provides more memory and I/O bandwidth than Intel Xeon E5 processors.
  • Trident 3 Adopts Programmability
    Broadcom’s future enterprise-switch portfolio will revolve around the new Trident 3 architecture, which brings both programmability and 25G Ethernet to the company’s mainstream switch family.
  • Cortus APS3V Plays the RISC-V Card
    Cortus has unveiled its first CPU core to use the RISC-V instruction set. The APS3V is the smallest commercial RISC-V core available for deeply embedded applications.

June 19, 2017

  • Xavier Simplifies Self-Driving Cars
    Nvidia has revealed details of its next-generation Xavier SoC, the first chip to integrate all the processor cores that a complete Level 4/5 autonomous-driving system needs.
  • Intel Bridges Gap to 2.5D Packaging
    Intel’s Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB) packaging is less expensive than silicon interposers. It appears in an FPGA and likely in future server processors as well.
  • Nordic Tackles Multiprotocol IoT
    Nordic Semiconductor has beefed up its wireless-MCU lineup by delivering the NRF52840, which adds more SRAM and flash memory plus enhanced security features.
  • Editorial: Neural Networks Going Local
    Cloud servers execute most neural networks today, but an increasing number of chips enable neural networks for client devices. This approach will ultimately make these devices more intelligent.
  • Marvell First With Octal 5GBase-T PHY
    Marvell is sampling the industry’s first eight-port PHY for 5GBase-T, as well as an optimized single-port device. The new chips meet full 802.3bz and NBase-T specifications.

June 12, 2017

  • Nvidia’s Volta Upgrades HPC, Training
    The first product using the Volta architecture, the Tesla V100 upgrades the previous P100 with 50% more flop/s, 20% more memory bandwidth, and up to 12x better machine-learning performance.
  • Think Silicon Shrinks the GPU
    Think Silicon designed its Nema GPUs for IoT and embedded applications requiring graphical user interfaces. The licensable cores come in Pico, Tiny, and Small sizes.
  • Aquantia Brings NBase-T to PCs
    Aquantia is entering the Ethernet-adapter market with network interface cards, based on its Aqtion controller chip, that support the 802.3bz standard for 2.5GbE and 5GbE.
  • Dual-Issue ARC Boosts Performance
    The new Synopsys HS4x/4xD adds dual-issue capability to the architecture. The CPUs run the same software as previous HS models but deliver a 25% boost in CoreMarks per megahertz.

June 5, 2017

  • Cortex-A55 Improves Memory
    A new “little” core that pairs with Cortex-A75, Cortex-A55 offers many upgrades from its predecessor, including more data-cache bandwidth and neural branch prediction.
  • SiFive Begins Licensing Cores
    SiFive has extended its business model to include core licensing, offering customers a validated, supported RISC-V CPU with a simpler approach to licensing.

May 29, 2017

  • Cortex-A75 Has DynamIQ Debut
    ARM’s new high-end CPU uses a more powerful microarchitecture and a new cluster design called DynamIQ to boost performance in mobile and embedded processors.
  • Mali-G72 Targets Virtual Reality
    ARM’s new Mali-G72 GPU raises the graphics-performance bar for high-end mobile devices. Its new Cetus display processor (DPU) supports 90fps 4K displays for virtual-reality applications.
  • Cadence C5 Flexes for Neural Networks
    Enlarging the Tensilica Vision DSP IP family, Cadence’s new C5 targets convolutional neural networks (CNNs) and can execute more than one trillion 8-bit MACs per second.

May 22, 2017

  • Valens Retools for Autos
    Israeli company Valens, developer of the PAM-based HDBaseT technology for consumer networks, is changing its focus to automotive networks using single twisted-pair cables.
  • AMS Hides Smartphone Sensors
    AMS’s “no-aperture” proximity sensors can peer through a smartphone screen bezel without requiring a hole in the cover glass, helping phone makers create a smooth-looking front surface.
  • Snapdragon 660 Upgrades to 14nm
    Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630 processors bring high-end performance and features, including 600Mbps LTE, to phones that sell for $200 to $400.

May 15, 2017

  • Andes NX25 Takes a RISC-V
    Andes has adopted RISC-V as the basis for its next-generation AndeStar V5 ISA. The company’s first 64-bit CPU, the NX26, will use the new ISA; RTL will ship next quarter.
  • Broadcom Delivers 100GbE Adapters
    The NetXtreme E-Series server NICs use the company’s new Stratus controller chip, which builds on the 25GbE family that sampled two years ago.
  • EEMBC Benchmarks IoT Power
    EEMBC’s new IoTMark-BLE benchmark suite effectively measures the energy efficiency of IoT clients that use Bluetooth Low Energy to communicate with networks, hubs, or gateways.
  • Intel Reworks FinFETs for IoT
    Intel’s 22FFL is the first FinFET-based process targeting IoT devices. It combines elements of the company’s 22nm and 14nm nodes to reduce idle power and cost.
  • Editorial: MIPS Loses Imagination
    Apple’s decision to move away from PowerVR has forced Imagination to put its MIPS business up for sale and places both the CPU and GPU product lines in a difficult position.

May 8, 2017

  • Google TPU Boosts Machine Learning
    Google released new details on the architecture of its deep-learning accelerator along with data showing that it offers at least 10x better performance than comparable CPUs and GPUs.
  • Broadcom Quartz Packs TSN Features
    Broadcom is diving into the industrial and wireless worlds of Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) with its latest StrataConnect Ethernet switch.

May 1, 2017

  • Galaxy S8 Debuts Exynos 8895
    The debut of the Galaxy S8 demonstrates the capabilities of the 10nm Exynos 8895, which integrates new connectivity functions and outperforms other flagship mobile processors.
  • AMD Bumps Clocks in Low-End GPUs
    AMD kicked off its 2017 graphics-upgrade cycle by refreshing sub-$250 Radeon GPUs. The new RX500-series offers a mild performance boost, but it also includes a new low-cost model.

April 24, 2017

  • Intel Sets Tiny 10nm Goal Posts
    Intel disclosed its 10nm node, which is far denser than the foundries’ 10nm and will ship late this year, and also described 14nm variants that boost transistor performance by 12–25%.
  • Arteris Ncore 2.0 Simplifies Safety
    Arteris combines the Ncore coherent NoC with its Resilience tools to ease SoC development for automotive and other safety-oriented applications.
  • Editorial: Qualcomm Targets Cellular PCs
    Windows 10 on ARM enables Qualcomm to enter the PC market with its Snapdragon 835 processor, but the company is targeting only a single small but fast-growing market segment.

April 17, 2017

  • Data Center Dominates OFC
    OFC’s growing attendance despite limited-volume transport and long-haul markets indicates the critical role pluggable and embedded optics will play in both short data-center links and data-center interconnects.
  • Sequans Adds CPU to IoT Modem
    The new Monarch SX processor combines an embedded controller with a low-cost LTE modem that handles Category M1 and Category NB1, cutting the cost of cellular IoT devices.

April 10, 2017

  • Intel Debuts First 3D XPoint Products
    3D XPoint reduces latency by 10x compared with NAND-based solutions. Intel’s P4800X SSD highlights the advantages and deficiencies of this new memory technology.
  • Marvell Builds Port-Extender ASSP
    Marvell’s new Prestera Pipe 98PX1012 revisits the early Ethernet era of passive bridge components by using the 802.1BR standard to extend the port configurations for top-of-rack switches.
  • Qualcomm 205 Trims LTE Cost
    The new processor brings LTE data rates to feature phones and low-cost smartphones that are popular in India and similar countries.

April 3, 2017

  • Ceva Telegraphs 5G Intent With XC12
    The XC12 licensable DSP delivers a 2–8x performance boost over the XC4500 for important 5G tasks such as channel estimation, making it attractive for new wireless base stations.
  • NXP Airs Software-Defined Radio
    The new QorIQ LA1575 is an innovative embedded processor with a programmable baseband. It can support multiple protocols including next-generation Wi-Fi and 5G cellular.
  • Editorial: Autonomous-Car Myth-Takes
    We keep hearing that self-driving vehicles will transmit terabytes of data per day using a 5G modem and that they are years or decades from reality. Here’s why these claims are wrong.

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