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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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