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IBM Trains in Analog to Save AI Power
IBM is using phase-change memories to build analog neural networks. The architecture enables area- and power-efficient in-memory computing, which is suitable for training as well as low-power inference engines. 
Intel to Offer Structured ASICs
Intel’s FPGA group (formerly Altera) has acquired eASIC, a small vendor of structured ASICs, to expand its portfolio and offer its customers a path to “harden” their FPGA designs.
Microchip Debuts Dual-Core DSC
The dsPIC33CH combines the functions of a 16-bit microcontroller and digital signal controller (DSC). This dual-core design competes with 32-bit DSCs that use Arm’s Cortex-M4F CPU.
Foundries Head to 5nm and Beyond
Even as the first 7nm chips reach production, TSMC and Samsung have a roadmap to 3nm that includes EUV, new materials such as cobalt, and gate-all-around (GAA) transistors.
Helio A-Series Targets Low End
The Helio brand started as MediaTek’s premium smartphone-processor line, but with the introduction of the Helio A22, it now covers all price tiers. This new chip runs four Cortex-A53 CPUs at up to 2.0GHz.
General Processor Commands IP Unity
General Processor has developed a heterogeneous processor-IP platform it calls Unity. This Sino-American platform includes a configurable deep-learning accelerator (DLA), a 64-bit CPU, and a vector DSP.
Microchip L10/L11 Bolster Security
The Microchip SAM L10 and SAM L11 are the first microcontrollers to use Arm’s Cortex-M23, which supersedes the popular Cortex-M0+. With its TrustZone isolation and other features, the L11 is an unusually secure MCU.
Wear 2500 Targets Kid Watches
After a two-year hiatus, Qualcomm announced the first of two new smartwatch chipsets. The Snapdragon Wear 2500 targets the emerging kid-watch segment of the rapidly growing smartwatch market.
Flex Logix Diversifies eFPGA
OEMs and chip vendors are adopting embedded FPGAs in a variety of applications. Flex Logix has responded to this demand with improved cores and new process nodes.
MediaTek Advances in 5G
The Helio M70, MediaTek’s first 5G chip, is a multimode modem that should enter production next year. The company plans to follow quickly with an integrated processor for 5G smartphones.
Snapdragon 400-Series Shrinks to 12nm
Qualcomm is bringing advanced 12nm FinFET technology to its low-cost Snapdragon 400-series. It also announced the Snapdragon 632, offering OEMs a Big.Little upgrade for midrange smartphones.
Adreno 630: Small But Mighty
Our die-photo analysis of mobile GPUs reveals similarities between the “Apple-designed” A11 GPU and Imagination’s PowerVR, while Qualcomm’s Adreno continues to lead in efficiency.
eSilicon 7nm Serdes Hits 56Gbps
ASIC provider eSilicon has developed 7nm design platforms that include hard and soft macros for networking applications along with a new architecture and IP library for building AI accelerators.
NXP S32S Drives Autos in Lockstep
The first member of NXP’s S32S automotive processor family is also the first announced product to use Arm’s Cortex-R52. The S32S247 octa-core chip is designed for fault tolerance and ASIL D.
Arm Dot Products Accelerate CNNs
Arm’s new dot-product instructions deliver a 4x performance boost to convolutional-neural-network (CNN) operations running on 64-bit Cortex-A CPUs, including Cortex-A55, A75, and A76.
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