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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 
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.
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.
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.
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