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Cadence Q6 DSP Merges AI and Vision
The new Vision Q6 core combines computer-vision, image-processing, and neural-network functions. A revamped 13-stage pipeline helps boost performance by 50% over the earlier Vision P6 design.
Efinix Samples Its First FPGAs
The FPGA startup has delivered on its promises of greater gate density and lower power. The initial products target small mobile applications, but larger chips will sample later this year.
Exynos 9810 Shows Powerful New CPU
Benchmarks verify that Samsung has delivered a massive performance boost in the Exynos 9810. The company also announced the Exynos 9610, the industry’s first 10nm processor for mainstream smartphones.
Arm Kigen Aims to Secure Cellular IoT
Arm wants to replace discrete subscriber identity modules (SIMs) in cellular IoT devices with iSIMs that designers can build directly into the main processor, reducing cost and enhancing security.
TSMC 7nm Approaches Intel’s Prowess
As Intel struggles to put its 10nm manufacturing into production, TSMC and other foundries are preparing 7nm processes that match up well against the traditional fab-technology leader.
Clockless Cortex-M3 Cuts Power
Startup Eta Compute has implemented an Arm Cortex-M3 in asynchronous logic. Licensable as a 55nm hard macro, it’s designed for low-power SoCs, and it also runs an unusual neural network.
Intel Adds Cores to Core Processors
Intel greatly expanded its lineup of 8th Generation processors with 30 new models that raise the core or thread count for nearly all Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 buyers.
Abee Adds AI to Wearables Processor
A wearables-processor startup, funded by parent Huami, has developed a unique SoC featuring a tiny AI engine that reduces power by 23x when running neural networks.
Mali-G52 Boosts Mainstream Phones
Targeting midrange and low-cost smartphones, Arm’s new cores include the Mali-G52 and Mali-G31 GPUs, the Mali-V52 video codec, and the Mali-D51 display processor.
Microsemi Pushes OTN to Terabits
Microsemi’s Digi-G5 is the industry’s first OTN framer/mapper chip to handle 400G Ethernet as well as Flex Ethernet (FlexE). It combines up to 1.2Tbps of bandwidth and unprecedented flexibility.
IC Economics Limit Performance
New process nodes no longer allow doubling of transistor budgets at the same cost, constraining designers to small increases in transistor budget and declining die sizes.
Marvell Doubles PAM4 PHY Density
Marvell is sampling its first 50Gbps PAM4 PHY, which targets systems rather than optical modules. The 88X7120 arrives at the same time as the first 400G Ethernet switch chips.
Nvidia Shares Its Deep Learning
Competing with DLA IP vendors, Nvidia has extracted the deep-learning accelerator from its Xavier autonomous-driving processor and is offering it under a royalty-free open-source license.
NXP Pushes i.MX8M Mini to 14nm
The company’s first 14nm chips, NXP’s new i.MX8M Mini products are lower-cost versions of some i.MX8 media processors, and some will supersede existing i.MX6 models. 
NXP Refits i.MX and Kinetis for IoT
NXP has unveiled two new IoT processor families: i.MX chips with package-on-package wireless modules, and Kinetis K32W0x-series microcontrollers with integrated radios.
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