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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.
Goldmont Takes Atom to 14nm
The Goldmont CPU employs a wider microarchitecture and Intel’s 14nm technology to boost performance by 30–60% for most workloads compared with the 22nm Silvermont.
Microsemi Adds Midrange FPGAs
Microsemi is parlaying a long-standing advantage of its flash-based FPGAs by making power dissipation a differentiating feature in the new PolarFire family, which offers up to 500,000 logic elements.
Intel Has a Go at Self-Driving Cars
The Intel Go platform uses Atom- or Xeon-based in-car systems accelerated by Altera FPGAs and includes cloud-based software for training and updating of autonomous vehicles. 
Qorvo Adds Bluetooth to IoT Mix
After its acquisition of GreenPeak, Qorvo has delivered the GP695 IoT microcontroller, which supports Bluetooth Low Energy, Thread, ZigBee, and IEEE 802.15.4 protocols.
10Gbps PONs Follow Two Paths
The International Telecommunication Union has defined two distinct paths for passive optical networks that deliver 10Gbps or greater: the symmetric XGS-PON and the more complex NG-PON2.
Intel Pushes 5G With New Modem
Intel has entered the race to 5G with an advanced modem chip code-named Goldridge that operates in the 28GHz and 3GHz bands. The new modem is due to sample late this year.
Kaby Lake Bumps Up PC Performance
Intel has delivered 57 Kaby Lake processors that target everything from tablets and notebooks to desktop PCs, but the performance improvements are modest and unevenly distributed.
ARM Chooses Variable-Length Vectors
The Scalable Vector Extension (SVE), a novel 128- to 2,048-bit vector extension with a vector-length-agnostic programming model, will help ARM enter the HPC market.
MediaTek Aims to Cut Audio Cords
MediaTek has launched the MT2533 processor for wearables, targeting wireless headphones and other hands-free audio applications.
Ambiq Rides Quadratic Power Curve
Ambiq has developed an ultra-low-power microcontroller using subthreshold-voltage circuits, extending battery life without sacrificing performance.
AMD Hones Learning Instincts
Leaping into the hot machine-learning market, AMD unveiled the Radeon Instinct GPU line, topped by the MI25 training accelerator and the MI6 and MI8 inference accelerators.
i.MX8 Masters Multimedia
NXP’s new i.MX8/8M processors combine up to three different types of ARM cores and various multimedia blocks to address consumer, industrial, and automotive applications. 
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