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A Guide to Processors for Deep Learning
Covers processors for accelerating deep learning, neural networks, and vision processing for AI training and inference in data centers, autonomous vehicles, and client devices.
Communications Semiconductor Market Forecast 2019-2024
Provides five-year revenue forecasts for many categories of communications semiconductors, including Ethernet products, embedded and server processors, and FPGAs.
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Provides market share data for many categories of communications semiconductors, including Ethernet products, processors, and FPGAs.

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Growing AI Diversity and Complexity Demands Flexible Data-Center Accelerators
AI applications are becoming more diverse, even as models for specific applications rapidly advance. CPUs and GPUs offer the flexibility to handle new models, but they deliver poor throughput or efficiency for real-time inferencing. Purpose-built deep-learning accelerators excel for CNNs but often fare poorly on other model types. SimpleMachines developed a unique “composable computing” architecture that provides both programmability and efficiency.
Mach-NX: The Root of Trusted Systems
Robust system security requires a layered approach, and the root of trust must begin with a secure boot process. Building on its leadership position, Lattice advanced its secure-control platform by introducing the next-generation Mach-NX family. These new devices keep platform security one step ahead of emerging threats while easing customer designs.
Building Better AI Chips
As progressing to 7nm and beyond becomes ever more complex and expensive, GlobalFoundries is taking a different approach to improving performance by enhancing its 12nm node with lower operating voltages and new IP blocks. The changes are particularly effective for AI (neural-network) accelerators. The new 12LP+ technology builds on the success that the foundry’s customers have already achieved in AI acceleration.
Unified Inference and Training at the Edge
As more edge devices add AI capabilities, some applications are becoming increasingly complex. Wearables and other IoT devices often have multiple sensors, requiring different neural networks for each sensor, or they may use a single complex network to combine all the input data, a technique called sensor fusion. Others implement on-device training to customize the application. The GPX-10 processor can handle these advanced AI applications while keeping power to a minimum.
Deterministic Processing for Mission-Critical Applications
Time-sensitive applications such as automotive and robotics require fast and consistent response times. Features such as caches and branch prediction hamper responsiveness. SiFive CPUs can disable these features to deliver deterministic responses. They also combine Linux and RTOS CPUs in the same cluster to enhance responsiveness while offering smaller die area than competitors.
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April 19, 2021

Ice Lake-SP Leaps to 40 Cores
Intel’s 3rd Generation Xeon Scalable processor offers up to 40 cores while upgrading memory and I/O bandwidth, resulting in a big performance gain at the top of the line but modest benefits for mainstream models.
Expedera Tops DLA-IP Charts
The startup’s Origin deep-learning accelerator provides industry-leading performance per watt for mobile, smart-home, and other camera-based devices. Now available for licensing, the design scales to 100 TOPS.
Arm Aims to Secure Its Realm
The next-generation Arm v9-A ISA is the company’s first full architecture increment in a decade. It includes previously announced Arm v8-A features along with Realm, the successor to TrustZone.

April 12, 2021

Syntiant NDP120 Sharpens Its Hearing
Although mainly for speech recognition, Syntiant’s second-generation chip adds audio processing and can even handle simple object detection. In always-on mode, it consumes less than 500 microwatts.
Snapdragon 780G Doubles AI Speed
Compared with last year’s Snapdragon 765G, Qualcomm’s latest mid-premium smartphone processor doubles AI performance and integrates a new CPU cluster that boosts multicore processing by 78%.
Editorial: Chip Shortage Worsens
A fire and frozen fabs have exacerbated the recent chip shortage, particularly for carmakers. In the meantime, Intel relaunched its foundry business but faces familiar pitfalls.

April 5, 2021

IBM Demonstrates New AI Data Types
An IBM test chip can train and inference neural networks with impressive efficiency. It uses smaller data types (8-bit FP and 4-bit integer) than most other AI accelerators yet maintains the same output accuracy.
MediaTek Sets the Smart-TV Standard
A powerhouse in the Android-TV segment, MediaTek has again raised the bar by releasing the MT9638, which features an AI accelerator. The chip can also be used in streaming dongles.
Ceva Bluebud Streams Wireless Stereo
Bluebud is a turnkey solution for implementing true-wireless-stereo earbuds. It includes several of the company’s licensable cores along with software that supports Bluetooth Classic and the new Low Energy Audio.

March 29, 2021

Rocket Lake Lifts Off From Sunny Cove
Intel’s new 11th generation desktop-PC processor finally replaces the Skylake CPU with the Sunny Cove microarchitecture, delivering a greater gain in single-core performance than its three predecessors combined.
Lightmatter Shines in Data-Center AI
Lightmatter aims to deliver the industry’s first photonic AI processor. After successfully testing the prototype it introduced last year, the startup is scaling the architecture by 16x for its production system.

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