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AMS Hides Smartphone Sensors
AMS’s “no-aperture” proximity sensors can peer through a smartphone screen bezel without requiring a hole in the cover glass, helping phone makers create a smooth-looking front surface.
Snapdragon 660 Upgrades to 14nm
Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630 processors bring high-end performance and features, including 600Mbps LTE, to phones that sell for $200 to $400.
Valens Retools for Autos
Israeli company Valens, developer of the PAM-based HDBaseT technology for consumer networks, is changing its focus to automotive networks using single twisted-pair cables.
Andes NX25 Takes a RISC-V
Andes has adopted RISC-V as the basis for its next-generation AndeStar V5 ISA. The company’s first 64-bit CPU, the NX26, will use the new ISA; RTL will ship next quarter.
Broadcom Delivers 100GbE Adapters
The NetXtreme E-Series server NICs use the company’s new Stratus controller chip, which builds on the 25GbE family that sampled two years ago.
EEMBC Benchmarks IoT Power
EEMBC’s new IoTMark-BLE benchmark suite effectively measures the energy efficiency of IoT clients that use Bluetooth Low Energy to communicate with networks, hubs, or gateways.
Intel Reworks FinFETs for IoT
Intel’s 22FFL is the first FinFET-based process targeting IoT devices. It combines elements of the company’s 22nm and 14nm nodes to reduce idle power and cost.
Broadcom Quartz Packs TSN Features
Broadcom is diving into the industrial and wireless worlds of Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) with its latest StrataConnect Ethernet switch.
Google TPU Boosts Machine Learning
Google released new details on the architecture of its deep-learning accelerator along with data showing that it offers at least 10x better performance than comparable CPUs and GPUs.
AMD Bumps Clocks in Low-End GPUs
AMD kicked off its 2017 graphics-upgrade cycle by refreshing sub-$250 Radeon GPUs. The new RX500-series offers a mild performance boost, but it also includes a new low-cost model.
Galaxy S8 Debuts Exynos 8895
The debut of the Galaxy S8 demonstrates the capabilities of the 10nm Exynos 8895, which integrates new connectivity functions and outperforms other flagship mobile processors.
Arteris Ncore 2.0 Simplifies Safety
Arteris combines the Ncore coherent NoC with its Resilience tools to ease SoC development for automotive and other safety-oriented applications.
Intel Sets Tiny 10nm Goal Posts
Intel disclosed its 10nm node, which is far denser than the foundries’ 10nm and will ship late this year, and also described 14nm variants that boost transistor performance by 12–25%.
Data Center Dominates OFC
OFC’s growing attendance despite limited-volume transport and long-haul markets indicates the critical role pluggable and embedded optics will play in both short data-center links and data-center interconnects.
Sequans Adds CPU to IoT Modem
The new Monarch SX processor combines an embedded controller with a low-cost LTE modem that handles Category M1 and Category NB1, cutting the cost of cellular IoT devices.
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