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Open-Silicon IP Targets Networking
Better known as an ASIC vendor, Open-Silicon is supplying new networking IP that builds on its existing Interlaken core. The new cores include Ethernet PCS, FEC, and Flex Ethernet IP.
Qualcomm-TDK Packs RF Front Ends
Qualcomm’s joint venture (JV) with TDK has yielded a family of highly integrated RF-front-end (RFFE) products, which include devices that support the new 600MHz LTE band (band 71).
Quantum Computing Now Available
Quantum computers will eventually pose a threat to traditional microprocessors. IBM already offers cloud-accessible prototype systems as it races Google for “quantum supremacy.”
PLSense Advances Subthreshold MCUs
The startup’s ARC-based test chip proves subthreshold-voltage blocks for use in a forthcoming microcontroller. That MCU promises long battery life for IoT designs. 
Synaptics SoC Targets OTT STBs
User-interface specialist Synaptics has remolded itself as a media-processor vendor. Its first new product is the VideoSmart BG5CT, designed primarily for streaming-video set-top boxes.
X-Gene Gains New Life in Spinoff
Macom has completed a spinoff of its ARMv8 server-processor products, branded X-Gene, resulting in a standalone company called Project Denver Holdings.
Intel Adds AMD GPU to Kaby Lake
Intel announced plans to team up with archrival AMD to build a highly integrated notebook processor, then announced it had hired that company’s top GPU architect.
Knowles IA8508 Hears Voices
The new Knowles processor integrates three custom Tensilica DSPs to handle near- and far-field audio/speech processing in audio headsets, digital assistants, smart speakers, and voice-activated remote controls.
Microsoft Brainwave Uses FPGAs
Microsoft’s Project Brainwave implements a soft processor in an FPGA, creating a flexible deep-learning accelerator that outperforms GPUs for some AI workloads.
Xeon Scalable Scales Networks
Skylake-SP delivers big increases in packet-processing performance while Lewisburg multiplies the crypto-acceleration speed. Together with software improvements, the Purley platform enables high-end NFV applications such as vEPC.
Arm Gets Assertive With 4K Displays
Arm has developed a new display-processing subsystem comprising the Mali-D71 DPU, the Assertive Display (AD-5) coprocessor, and CoreLink memory-management unit (MMU-600).
Centriq Aces Scale-Out Performance
Qualcomm’s new Centriq 2400 products show greater efficiency in performance per thread, per watt, and per dollar than x86 server processors but fall short in per-core throughput.
FPGAs Accelerate Deep Learning
Leading cloud-service providers are experimenting with FPGAs for deep learning, but harnessing the memory and DSP capacity of these devices requires considerable hardware and software effort.
Mellanox Brings More Smarts to NICs
The new BlueField SmartNIC and Innova-2 adapters enable heterogeneous computing and offer dual 25G Ethernet ports. The former uses an ARMv8 SoC, whereas the latter integrates a Xilinx FPGA.
i.MX Processor Hits 3,000 CoreMarks
NXP’s i.MX RT1050 is the fastest Cortex-M7-based processor. The company reused its i.MX 6ULL chassis, replacing the Cortex-A7 CPU but retaining most of the other subsystems.
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