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  October 24, 2017   GCT Combines Sigfox With NB-IoT
GCT Semiconductor’s new GDM7243i is the first single-chip modem to enable low-bit-rate IoT devices that operate on both Narrowband-LTE (NB-LTE) systems and the Sigfox low-power wide-area network (LPWAN).
  October 24, 2017   MT6739 Switches Low-End GPU
MediaTek’s newest entry-level smartphone processor bumps up the CPU performance, switches to a PowerVR GPU, and adds camera and modem features to the popular MT6737.
  October 24, 2017   Xilinx RFSoC Integrates Radio
The new UltraScale+ RFSoCs integrate high-performance ADCs and DACs for direct-RF sampling; they build on the shipping MPSoCs that already have ARM CPUs and programmable logic.
  October 17, 2017   LX2160A Is NXP’s Biggest Multicore
Targeting high-end networking, the new LX2160A is the largest and fastest QorIQ processor, sporting 16 ARM Cortex-A72 CPUs, 100GbE, a 16-port Layer 2 switch, and PCI Express Gen4.
  October 17, 2017   Ncore 3.0 Flexes Interface Chops
ArterisIP is continuing a steady pace of updates to its coherent network-on-a-chip (NoC) interconnect IP, adding Ace, Chi, and CCIX interoperability as well as optimizations that boost speed.
  October 17, 2017   NetSpeed Applies AI to SoC Design
NetSpeed’s new Turing system uses machine-learning techniques to enhance the company’s network-on-a-chip (NoC) design tools, enabling them to better optimize the SoC interconnect.
  October 17, 2017   UltraSoC Embeds Run-Time Analytics
UltraSoC’s IP includes traditional test-bench debug functions, but it also offers capabilities for in-field run-time data logging and reporting, performance optimization, and security monitoring.
  October 10, 2017   Centriq Is the King of Cache
Qualcomm’s new Centriq 2400 processor has 72MB of combined L2/L3 cache, more than the largest Xeon, and adds six DRAM channels and plenty of PCI Express.
  October 10, 2017   Imagination Adds Neural-Network IP
Imagination has joined a crowded field in the deep-learning-accelerator market by offering its PowerVR 2NX core, which provides flexible bit widths and an integrated MMU.
  October 10, 2017   RISC-V U54 Runs Linux
SiFive’s newest CPU, the Coreplex U54, is the company’s first with an FPU and first with an MMU, enabling it to run Linux and similar operating systems for low-cost embedded applications.
  October 3, 2017   Cypress Blends WICED, 28nm ULP
Cypress Semiconductor’s new 28nm wireless-combo MCU supports most 802.11ac Wi-Fi features plus Bluetooth 5. It can offload host-CPU workloads for sensor processing and streaming audio.
  October 3, 2017   NXP Drives DSRC for Connected Cars
The SAF5400 is NXP’s second-generation modem for dedicated short-range communications (DSRC), a system that enables vehicles to communicate with each other (V2V).
  October 3, 2017   Silexica’s Hardware/Software Co-design
Silexica offers performance-analysis tools that help system designers optimize their hardware and software for throughput, power consumption, memory usage, or cost.
  September 26, 2017   Inphi PAM4 PHY Aims at Systems
Inphi is reentering the system-side-PHY market with Vega, a 400Gbps PAM4 device for front-panel and backplane applications that span 50G, 100G, 200G, and 400G Ethernet rates.
  September 26, 2017   Kalray Rethinks Parallel Processing
Kalray’s third-generation “Coolidge” processors will have up to 160 general-purpose compute cores plus security, machine-learning, and computer-vision coprocessors.
  September 26, 2017   PowerVR Series9 Starts at Low End
Imagination has delivered the PowerVR Series9XE and Series9XM GPU IP cores for applications requiring area-efficient performance and low power consumption.
  September 19, 2017   Helio P30 Boosts Camera, Battery Life
MediaTek’s newest midrange smartphone processors upgrade the Helio P20 with a Mali G71 GPU, a vision processor, improved camera capabilities, and lower power.
  September 19, 2017   Qualcomm’s Falkor Targets Servers
Falkor is the brains of the new Centriq 2400 server processor, which is set for production by the end of this year. The ARMv8-compatible CPU can decode four instructions per cycle.
  September 19, 2017   Threadripper Tops Multithread Tests
Our benchmark testing showed AMD’s Threadripper scores well on high thread-count applications, but it lags Intel’s high-end Core i9 processor on most other workloads.
  September 12, 2017   AImotive Accelerates Deep Learning
Known for its ADAS software, AImotive has introduced licensable hardware IP to accelerate neural-network algorithms with performance of up to 5 trillion MAC/s.
  September 12, 2017   Intel 8th Gen Spans Architectures
Although the first 8th generation Core processors for laptops use Kaby Lake R, other models will use six-core Coffee Lake designs for desktop PCs and even 10nm Cannonlake designs.
  September 12, 2017   Kandou 500Gbps Serdes IP Targets 2.5D
Kandou’s new 16nm Glasswing hard macro enables 500Gbps interfaces between die in a 2.5D package. The IP core implements the company’s unique protocol for 5-bit over 6-wire signaling.
  September 5, 2017   CommSolid IP Simplifies NB-IoT
CommSolid has created the first complete NB-IoT baseband IP, using a proven Xtensa architecture with custom extensions, a digital baseband, and Layer 1–3 firmware.
  September 5, 2017   Microsemi Extends PCIe Into Fabrics
Microsemi has introduced PAX, the third switch-chip family in the Switchtec PCI Express line. The new family adds support for multiple hosts and SR-IOV end points.
  August 29, 2017   AMD Vega Shoots for GPU Stars
Vega returns AMD to the high end of the PC GPU market. The new GPU matches Nvidia’s leading products in performance.
  August 29, 2017   Pushing CMOS Beyond 7nm
Gate-all-around (GAA) transistors and tantalum-nitride (TaN) barriers could replace FinFETs and copper interconnects, extending process scaling but adding manufacturing cost.
  August 22, 2017   Marvell Targets Automotive Networks
Marvell is challenging the automotive-networking leaders by offering two new chips: the 88W8987xA combines 802.11p, 802.11ac, and Bluetooth 5 wireless, and the 88Q5050 is a secure eight-port switch for intra-auto Gigabit Ethernet.
  August 22, 2017   Mellanox Accelerates BlueField SoC
Having 16 ARMv8 cores, two 100GbE ports, PCI Express Gen4, and NVMe-oF acceleration, Mellanox’s new BlueField processor is well equipped for high-speed networking and storage.
  August 22, 2017   Qualcomm Makes Play for Audiophiles
Two new Qualcomm chips improve audio quality over wireless connections. The CSR8675 targets wireless headphones, and the high-end CSRA68100 is well suited to wireless speakers.
  August 15, 2017   Broadcom Hits Smart NICs and Storage
Broadcom’s new BCM58800 processor family combines eight high-end ARM CPUs and accelerators to enable 100Gbps of throughput in smart NICs. It also targets NVMe Over Fabrics in storage appliances.
  August 15, 2017   Exynos iT200 Targets Wi-Fi IoT Client
The new iT200 is the first Samsung Exynos chip purpose-built for wireless IoT clients. It integrates two ARM Cortex CPUs and a complete 802.11b/g/n single-band Wi-Fi radio.
  August 15, 2017   SPEC CPU2017 Updates Benchmarks
CPU2017 updates the rules, subtests, and scoring of the widely reported SPEC CPU2006 benchmark to reduce run times and more accurately measure the performance of modern processors.
  August 8, 2017   Andes Dual Issues New CPU Cores
Andes has delivered the N15 high-end CPU intellectual property based on the AndeStar V3 instruction set and expanded its lineup of RISC-V cores by introducing the 32-bit N25.
  August 8, 2017   Cavium Scales Down Xpliant Switch
The second-generation XP60 and XP70 target 10GbE and 25GbE applications while expanding Cavium’s addressable markets to include enterprise and carrier-access networks.
  August 8, 2017   HiFi 3z Handles Advanced Audio
Cadence’s newest licensable DSP core is well suited to the latest audio codecs for cellular voice and home entertainment as well as for voice processing in smart speakers.
  August 8, 2017   Synopsys EV6x Serves Up Big MACs
The upgraded DesignWare EV6x family of embedded-vision processor cores adds new configurations that enable designers to include up to four neural-network accelerators.
  July 31, 2017   Spectrum-2 Debuts 200GbE
The second-generation Mellanox Ethernet switch offers advanced QoS capability and strongly supports the emerging IEEE 802.3bs 200GbE and 400GbE standards.

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