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  December 18, 2018   Imagination Revs Its AI Engines
In multicore configurations, Imagination’s PowerVR Series3NX delivers up to 160 trillion AI operations per second. The new Series9XEP, XMP, and XTP GPUs increase area efficiency.
  December 18, 2018   Intel Gains Myriad Customers
Intel’s new Myriad X processor, from the former Movidius team, greatly improves AI performance while targeting smart cameras, drones, and other embedded applications.
  December 18, 2018   New MCUs Embrace Cortex-M33
NXP and STMicroelectronics are sampling the first Arm Cortex-M33 microcontrollers that implement TrustZone and other security features: NXP’s LPC5500 family and ST’s STM32L5 family.
  December 11, 2018   Ambiq Apollo 3 Boosts Wearables
Ambiq is using its initial success in Huawei wearables to improve its Apollo MCUs. Apollo 3 Blue adds features while reducing power compared with Apollo 2.
  December 11, 2018   Esperanto Maxes Out RISC-V
The startup has developed a high-performance RISC-V CPU called ET-Maxion that it plans to ship in its first AI accelerator and also license to select customers.
  December 11, 2018   PAM4 Drives Serdes to 100Gbps
Data centers are on the cusp of 400G Ethernet adoption enabled by 100Gbps-per-lambda optical modules, which require PHYs with sophisticated signal processing. Six vendors are now sampling such chips.
  December 4, 2018   AMD Ships Industry’s First 7nm GPU
By moving its Vega GPU architecture to 7nm, AMD boosted the performance of its Radeon Instinct cards, which support AI and scientific computing but not PC graphics.
  December 4, 2018   Renesas Focuses on ADAS Cameras
A computer-vision processor for camera-based automotive systems, the Renesas R-Car V3H integrates the company’s hard-wired accelerators and custom vision DSP along with a programmable AI engine.
  December 4, 2018   TI Samples Its First 64-Bit Arm
Texas Instruments’ new Sitara AM65x processors combine up to four Cortex-A53 CPUs, three real-time-control subsystems, two 32-bit Cortex-R5F microcontroller cores, and an optional GPU.
  November 27, 2018   NovuMind Relieves Tensor Headaches
The startup’s NovuTensor neural-network accelerator runs its compute engines at just 400MHz, but by combining hardware parallelism and time-division multiplexing, they deliver 15 trillion operations per second.
  November 27, 2018   NXP’s i.MX RT600 Listens for Less
NXP’s new “crossover” processor combines an Arm Cortex-M33 CPU with a Cadence HiFi 4 DSP for audio processing and deep learning.
  November 20, 2018   Arteris Upgrades NoC for AI
The new version of Arteris IP’s network-on-a-chip (NoC) intellectual property adds several upgrades, including features that help to design artificial-intelligence processors and other SoCs.
  November 20, 2018   Imagination Cuts GNSS Power
A new package of synthesizable intellectual property (IP) for integrating a low-power global-navigation receiver in SoCs, the Ensigma Series 4 takes “snapshots” to save energy when determining location.
  November 20, 2018   Intel, AMD Monsters Battle for HPC
SC18 brought new server-processor disclosures from Intel and AMD. The former announced its 48-core Cascade Lake Advanced Performance while the latter disclosed new details of its 64-core Rome. 
  November 13, 2018   SiFive Raises RISC-V Performance
At the Linley Fall Processor Conference, SiFive revealed its 7 Series cores. The new CPU is its most complex yet, moving into the same class as Arm’s “little” Cortex-A family.
  November 13, 2018   Wave Exposes Broad Roadmap
Wave Computing is offering evaluation versions of its initial AI-acceleration systems while developing a second-generation ASIC, new MIPS cores, and its first licensable AI accelerators.
  November 6, 2018   AIware3 Adds Rings to Neural Engine
AImotive’s third-generation licensable engine for autonomous-vehicle neural networks employs a new configurable ring structure that can connect multiple compute units to boost performance.
  November 6, 2018   Cadence HiFi 5 Is a Smart Listener
The new licensable DSP handles speech recognition in digital assistants and other devices with voice interfaces. Relative to HiFi 4, it doubles audio-DSP performance and quadruples inference-engine performance.
  November 6, 2018   Flex Logix Spins Neural Accelerator
Known for its embedded-FPGA IP, the startup is developing the NMax inference engine, a licensable core that scales from 512GMAC/s to 74TMAC/s or more.
  November 6, 2018   LS1028A Targets Cars and Factories
NXP’s Layerscape LS1028A adds IEEE 802.1 Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) and a graphics unit to its Ethernet controllers for mission-critical industrial and automotive applications.
  November 6, 2018   PowerVR Halves GPU-Memory Needs
Imagination’s new PVRIC4 compression guarantees bandwidth savings of at least 50%, enabling designers to optimize their memory subsystem.
  October 30, 2018   Eta Compute MCU Puts AI in IoT
The startup’s new Tensai chip combines an MCU with a DSP for machine learning. Eta completes its solution with optimized neural-network software for machine learning.
  October 25, 2018   Tachyum Tries for Hyperscale Servers
The startup is developing a 64-core server processor, targeting tapeout late next year. The 7nm design implements a VLIW instruction set with custom vector and matrix instructions and a custom fabric.
  October 23, 2018   Arm Frees FPGAs to Use Cortex-M
Arm is enabling free use of certain Cortex-M CPUs in Xilinx FPGAs, even for volume production. The new DesignStart FPGA program offers Cortex-M1 and Cortex-M3.
  October 23, 2018   IBM Power9 Scales Up in Servers
IBM’s Power9 processor for scale-up servers, now available on the merchant market, employs external memory buffers to offer leading bandwidth and capacity, plus up to 16-socket configurations.
  October 23, 2018   Intel 9th Generation Adds Little
Intel’s newest processors for gamers and content creators, Basin Falls and Coffee Lake-S Refresh, jump to eight cores in the Core i9-9900K but offer few other upgrades over the previous generation.
  October 16, 2018   Cadence Mutates Its DNA to Boost AI
Cadence’s new DNA 100 IP core integrates a sparse-compute engine that supports applications ranging from low-power IoT devices to high-performance video surveillance and autonomous vehicles.
  October 16, 2018   Titan IC Floats 100Gbps Reg-Ex Engine
The company’s RXP core delivers leading regular-expression-search throughput for SoC designs and FPGAs. The primary application is in network-security appliances such as intrusion-detection systems and next-generation firewalls.
  October 16, 2018   Turing T4 Targets AI Inference
Nvidia’s new Turing architecture boosts AI inferencing performance by adding integer capability to its tensor cores. The Tesla T4 accelerator brings Turing to data centers as a 70W PCIe card.
  October 9, 2018   Turing Accelerates Ray Tracing
An upgrade to the two-year-old Pascal, Nvidia’s new Turing architecture delivers a big performance boost, AI-enhanced imaging, and real-time ray tracing for PC and professional graphics.
  October 9, 2018   Xilinx Versal Surpasses UltraScale+
Scheduled to sample in mid-2019, Versal chips will combine Arm Cortex-A72 CPUs and new AI Engines with field-programmable logic, redefining FPGAs as full-fledged SoCs.
  October 2, 2018   NetSpeed Disappears Into Intel
Network-on-a-chip (NoC) vendor NetSpeed Systems is now part of Intel, giving it a good exit but leaving its customers without a roadmap and consolidating the NoC market.
  October 2, 2018   NRAM Brings Nanotubes to Silicon
NRAM uses carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in silicon to offer DRAM-like performance and density with nearly unlimited endurance and retention. Products could reach production in 2020.
  October 1, 2018   Marvell Reveals Post-Cavium Roadmap
As Marvell works to integrate its Cavium acquisition, it’s paring unneeded and overlapping product lines. The changes affect both Cavium and Marvell roadmaps.
  September 25, 2018   CPU Performance for the Next Decade
A comprehensive analysis of a decade’s worth of processor data reveals the approaches that have enabled CPU and GPU performance to double every two years and how they will change over time.
  September 25, 2018   Fujitsu Raises Arm Over SPARC
Fujitsu’s Post-K exascale supercomputer will bring Arm into the HPC world with its new 52-core A64FX, an extreme processor for an extreme machine.
  September 25, 2018   Marvell Connects SSDs to Ethernet
Marvell is sampling the 88SN2400, a unique controller chip that connects an SSD to Ethernet, enabling a new storage-array architecture based on Ethernet instead of PCI Express.

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