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  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.
  September 18, 2018   DeePhi Accelerates Xilinx AI Strategy
Xilinx recently acquired DeePhi, a developer of FPGA-based accelerators for computer vision and speech recognition, to add to its large library of reference designs that it can offer to its FPGA customers.
  September 18, 2018   Graphcore Makes Big AI Splash
One of the best-funded AI startups is sampling its first product, an accelerator chip that packs 1,216 independent CPUs and matches the performance of Nvidia’s V100 at half the power.
  September 18, 2018   Wear 3100 Boosts Smartwatch Life
Qualcomm has added a real-time controller to its next-generation smartwatch platform, creating a big-small-tiny architecture that extends battery life for Wear OS watches.
  September 11, 2018   5G Raises Handset-RF Complexity
RF architectures will diverge between the new 3.5GHz and millimeter-wave bands being allocated for 5G New Radio. RF-module vendors are slowly disclosing their plans.
  September 11, 2018   Broadcom First With 200Gbps NIC
Broadcom is first to sample Ethernet adapters for new 50Gbps-per-lane standards, including 50GbE and 200GbE. The NICs use the new Thor controller chip, the company’s third-generation NetXtreme-E design.
  September 11, 2018   Xilinx Everest Outclimbs FPGAs
Xilinx is pitching its next-generation Everest devices as SoCs with programmable logic, not as traditional FPGAs. They’ll have ARM cores, new programmable engines, and PCI Express Gen4.
  September 4, 2018   AlphaICs Employs AI Special Agents
This small startup, fronted by “The Father of Pentium,” has developed what it calls the Real AI Processor, which employs an array of special-purpose compute “agents” to power autonomous systems.
  September 4, 2018   Cascade Lake Speeds Deep Learning
Intel’s next-generation Xeon refreshes the Purley platform, adding instruction extensions for neural networks as well as support for Optane DC persistent memory.
  September 4, 2018   Intel Pours Whiskey Lake for Laptops
The new Whiskey Lake (U-series) and Amber Lake (Y-series) processors bring greater CPU speeds and the Cannon Point south bridge to premium thin-and-light and 2-in-1 PCs.
  August 28, 2018   Broadcom, Mellanox Target NVMe-oF
Broadcom and Mellanox announced storage-controller cards for flash arrays that support the RoCE flavor of NVMe-oF. These cards employ Stingray and BlueField SoCs, respectively.
  August 28, 2018   Mythic Multiplies in a Flash
Mythic is an AI-processor startup that uses embedded flash memory to store neural-network weights as analog parameters. The technique can store a complete network on-chip.
  August 28, 2018   Threadripper 2 Grows to 32 Cores
AMD’s second-generation Ryzen Threadripper chips offer more CPUs than Intel’s best competing products at any price. The 32-core model is the most powerful PC processor available.
  August 21, 2018   Alibaba Looks to C-Sky for CPU IP
Chinese vendor C-Sky has been quietly designing 32-bit embedded CPUs since its founding in 2001, compiling a customer list that includes 70 licensees. Among them is its new parent, Alibaba.
  August 21, 2018   Snapdragon 670 Extends Midrange
Qualcomm’s newest smartphone processor brings Cortex-A75, 10nm technology, and better AI acceleration to a new low price, strengthening the company in the mid-premium segment.
  August 16, 2018   Samsung M3 Flexes Arm Muscles
Samsung’s third-generation mobile CPU nearly doubles performance using a massive microarchitecture that challenges Intel’s Skylake in complexity and throughput.
  August 14, 2018   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. 
  August 14, 2018   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.
  August 14, 2018   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.
  August 7, 2018   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.
  August 7, 2018   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.
  July 31, 2018   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.
  July 31, 2018   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.
  July 31, 2018   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.

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