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GCT Combines Sigfox With NB-IoT
GCT Semiconductor’s new GDM7243i is the first single-chip modem to enable low-bit-rate IoT devices that operate on both Narrowband-LTE (NB-LTE) systems and the Sigfox low-power wide-area network (LPWAN).
MT6739 Switches Low-End GPU
MediaTek’s newest entry-level smartphone processor bumps up the CPU performance, switches to a PowerVR GPU, and adds camera and modem features to the popular MT6737.
Xilinx RFSoC Integrates Radio
The new UltraScale+ RFSoCs integrate high-performance ADCs and DACs for direct-RF sampling; they build on the shipping MPSoCs that already have ARM CPUs and programmable logic.
LX2160A Is NXP’s Biggest Multicore
Targeting high-end networking, the new LX2160A is the largest and fastest QorIQ processor, sporting 16 ARM Cortex-A72 CPUs, 100GbE, a 16-port Layer 2 switch, and PCI Express Gen4.
Ncore 3.0 Flexes Interface Chops
ArterisIP is continuing a steady pace of updates to its coherent network-on-a-chip (NoC) interconnect IP, adding Ace, Chi, and CCIX interoperability as well as optimizations that boost speed.
NetSpeed Applies AI to SoC Design
NetSpeed’s new Turing system uses machine-learning techniques to enhance the company’s network-on-a-chip (NoC) design tools, enabling them to better optimize the SoC interconnect.
UltraSoC Embeds Run-Time Analytics
UltraSoC’s IP includes traditional test-bench debug functions, but it also offers capabilities for in-field run-time data logging and reporting, performance optimization, and security monitoring.
Centriq Is the King of Cache
Qualcomm’s new Centriq 2400 processor has 72MB of combined L2/L3 cache, more than the largest Xeon, and adds six DRAM channels and plenty of PCI Express.
Imagination Adds Neural-Network IP
Imagination has joined a crowded field in the deep-learning-accelerator market by offering its PowerVR 2NX core, which provides flexible bit widths and an integrated MMU.
RISC-V U54 Runs Linux
SiFive’s newest CPU, the Coreplex U54, is the company’s first with an FPU and first with an MMU, enabling it to run Linux and similar operating systems for low-cost embedded applications.
Cypress Blends WICED, 28nm ULP
Cypress Semiconductor’s new 28nm wireless-combo MCU supports most 802.11ac Wi-Fi features plus Bluetooth 5. It can offload host-CPU workloads for sensor processing and streaming audio.
NXP Drives DSRC for Connected Cars
The SAF5400 is NXP’s second-generation modem for dedicated short-range communications (DSRC), a system that enables vehicles to communicate with each other (V2V).
Silexica’s Hardware/Software Co-design
Silexica offers performance-analysis tools that help system designers optimize their hardware and software for throughput, power consumption, memory usage, or cost.
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.
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.
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