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AMD Teases Server Renaissance
The upcoming “Naples” processor will revitalize AMD’s server efforts, offering more CPU cores, more memory channels, and more PCIe capacity than any current Xeon product.
Intel Debuts 25GbE NIC
Intel has unveiled single- and dual-port 25G Ethernet adapters based on the XL710 Fortville controller. It intends these new NICs for direct-attach twinax-copper links in servers.
March Modem Madness
Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon X20 modem supports 1.2Gbps LTE, while Intel’s XMM 7560 pushes to 1.0Gbps. The 3GPP agreed to accelerate the 5G standard, and Qualcomm extended its X50 roadmap for 5G modems.
Ryzen Returns AMD to the Desktop
Marking a potential turning point for the PC industry, AMD rolled out Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5, the first processors based on its new Zen CPU, with high hopes for regaining market share.
Spreadtrum Launches First x86 Chip
The SC9861G-IA is the first new chip from the Spreadtrum-Intel partnership. Built in Intel’s 14nm technology, it combines eight x86 Airmont CPUs with Spreadtrum’s LTE modem.
Altair LTE Chip Integrates M1, NB1
Altair Semiconductor hopes to cover the IoT waterfront with its new ALT1250, an LTE-baseband device that’s compatible with both the Category M1 and Category NB1 standards for low-data-rate communications.
Arteris Piano Tunes Timing
Arteris offers new coherency features to automate interconnect-timing closure in SoCs that employ the company’s network-on-a-chip (NoC) intellectual property (IP).
Helio X30 Nabs Speed Lead
MediaTek new deca-core Helio X30 brings premium features to the mainstream price tier and is the first application processor manufactured in TSMC’s 10nm process.
Smaller Offspring for TI’s Sitara
Texas Instruments is sampling the AM5706 and AM5708, which reduce power, cost, and board space while retaining most features of the Sitara AM57x embedded processors.
Intel Debuts a Delayed Denverton
Intel recently announced the Atom C3000 family, code-named Denverton, which packs up to 16 Goldmont CPU cores, two memory channels, 10GbE interfaces, configurable I/O, and optional compression and cryptographic acceleration. 
Intel Spills Coffee Lake Roadmap
Intel has added to its plans a new 14nm CPU code-named Coffee Lake, scheduled to debut in 2H17 alongside the 10nm Cannonlake. We expect changes in both the PC and server roadmaps.
Kopin Audio Chip Hears Whispers
Kopin’s Whisper is a tiny low-power speech processor that can separate spoken words from extremely loud background noise, serving as a front end in an automatic-speech-recognition (ASR) system.
Broadcom-Avago One Year Later
The new Broadcom is more profitable and largely intact, but long-term growth remains a concern.
Qualcomm Bids for 802.11ax
Qualcomm is promising to deliver in 1H17 samples of both an access-point chip and a client chip for the emerging 802.11ax standard, which should offer big capacity gains in dense environments.
Ambarella Enhances Automotive Video
Ambarella has improved its automotive-product line by adding AEC-Q100 compliance to the A9AQ video processor. Its new H3 and H22 SoCs target drone and action-camera video.
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