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Most Recent | Archive: 2018   |   2017   |   2016

  June 19, 2018   ASSPs Hold Their Own in Comms
ASSPs kept pace with processors and FPGAs in the 2017 communications market, which grew modestly to $13 billion in sales of these chips.
  June 19, 2018   Helio P22 Pushes 12nm to Lower Cost
The new P22 is the first processor to bring 12nm technology to smartphones below $250 in price, improving MediaTek’s competitiveness in this high-volume segment.
  June 19, 2018   Qualcomm Targets High-End IoT
Qualcomm’s new QCS605 and QCS603 IoT processors are powerful SoCs that derive from the Snapdragon 710. By upgrading the image-processing hardware and software, they offer superior computer-vision capabilities.
  June 12, 2018   Arm’s Project Trillium Starts to Bloom
Arm has disclosed the first details (but not the name) of its forthcoming machine-learning processor core, which adds a deep-learning accelerator (DLA) to the Project Trillium platform.
  June 12, 2018   Cannon Lake Misfires
Intel has quietly released its first 10nm product: the Core i3-8121U, a semifunctional processor that’s no better than earlier 14nm products. One PC maker has shipped laptops using the chip.
  June 12, 2018   Tachyum Targets Data Centers
Startup Tachyum has announced Prodigy, a “universal processor” for data centers, high-performance computing, and machine learning. Based on a proprietary architecture, this jack-of-all-trades remains largely under wraps but has some intriguing features.
  June 5, 2018   Cortex-A76 Revamps Core Design
Arm has developed a new microarchitecture for its latest CPU design, delivering the biggest performance boost for smartphone users in years with small transistor-budget and power increases.
  June 5, 2018   Mali 76-Series Boosts Flagship Phones
Arm has introduced two additions to its high-end Mali graphics and multimedia lineup. The Mali-G76 GPU and Mali-V76 video-processor (VPU) cores target SoCs for flagship-phone chips, VR headsets, and 8K TVs.
  June 5, 2018   TidalScale Inverts Server Virtualization
Software-startup TidalScale has created a virtual scale-up server using commodity systems. It enables one massive virtual machine running across many physical servers.
  May 29, 2018   MT3620 Runs Azure Sphere for IoT
The first processor compatible with the new Azure Sphere operating system, the MT3620 is an unusually powerful IoT chip with five CPUs, Microsoft’s Pluton security engine, and integrated Wi-Fi.
  May 29, 2018   QuickLogic Gives IoT Sensors a Brain
The QuickAI hardware-development kit combines the EOS-S3 sensor hub with two NeuroMem neural-network chips. It enables trainable pattern recognition in images, speech, text, and video, as well as complex data.
  May 29, 2018   Snapdragon 710 Jumps to Cortex-A75
Debuting the new 700-series for mid-premium smartphones, Qualcomm brings 10nm technology and its newest CPU, based on Cortex-A75, to this lower price range.
  May 22, 2018   BrainChip Aims to Spike Neural Nets
BrainChip specializes in neuromorphic processing that employs spiking neural networks. It offers the technology in an FPGA and is developing an SoC implementation called Akida.
  May 22, 2018   Innovium Delivers 12.8Tbps Switch
Innovium sampled its Teralynx 12.8Tbps data-center switch in March, and investors rewarded it with a new $77 million funding round.
  May 22, 2018   ThunderX2 Strengthens ARM Servers
Cavium’s new 32-core server processor features the most powerful ARM CPU yet to reach production, delivering plenty of performance for data centers and HPC.
  May 15, 2018   10nm Problems Slip Ice Lake to 2019
Intel has delayed its 10nm volume production until next year, pushing out Ice Lake. To fill the hole in the PC-processor roadmap, it added Whiskey Lake, a 14nm product that targets laptops.
  May 15, 2018   MIPS I7200 CPU Dons New Threads
The new MIPS I7200 is a licensable 32-bit CPU optimized for multithreaded real-time control in LTE-Advanced and 5G modems as well as Wi-Fi router and gateway chips.
  May 8, 2018   New Wireless MCUs Bolster IoT
The latest wireless microcontrollers from NXP, STMicroelectronics, and Texas Instruments integrate multiple radios and strengthen security, promising better IoT designs.
  May 8, 2018   Ryzen 2 Is First 12nm PC Processor
AMD’s first Ryzen 2 products, code-named Pinnacle Ridge, offer competitive performance and excellent value in high-end desktop PCs for gamers and content creators.
  May 8, 2018   TI Builds First Automotive-Radar SoCs
Texas Instruments is the first to reach production with automotive-radar SoCs that combine digital signal processing with the RF front end, all in a single 45nm RF-CMOS chip.
  May 1, 2018   Broadcom Switch Blends 4G/5G Radios
Broadcom is sampling Monterey, an Ethernet switch chip that uniquely enables CPRI ports for 4G-cellular fronthaul as well as new Ethernet-based protocols for 5G fronthaul.
  May 1, 2018   Ceva First to Launch 802.11ax IP
Ceva is offering 802.11ax additions to its RivieraWaves Wi-Fi family. Its new RW-AX-series targets a range of products that spans IoT/wearables, mobile devices, access points, and gateways.
  April 24, 2018   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.
  April 24, 2018   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.
  April 24, 2018   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.
  April 17, 2018   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.
  April 17, 2018   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.
  April 10, 2018   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.
  April 10, 2018   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.
  April 3, 2018   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.
  April 3, 2018   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.
  April 3, 2018   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.
  March 27, 2018   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.
  March 27, 2018   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.
  March 27, 2018   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.
  March 27, 2018   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. 
  March 27, 2018   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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