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March 30, 2020

  • Intel Snow Ridge Gains 5G Wins
    The new Atom P5900 combines up to 24 Tremont CPUs, a 440Gbps Ethernet switch, and packet accelerators, making it well suited to 5G base stations and other networking equipment.
  • Versal Premium Targets Core Networks
    Xilinx is expanding its Versal family with new FPGAs for high-speed networking and communications. New features include 600G Ethernet, 400Gbps crypto, and 600G Interlaken.
  • Unisoc Joins 5G-Smartphone Race
    The Tiger T7520 is Unisoc’s first processor to integrate a 5G baseband, and it’s also the first announced product to employ 6nm EUV technology at TSMC.

March 23, 2020

  • AMD Develops Compute GPUs
    AMD won its second major supercomputer design, El Capitan, using the 5nm Genoa processor, a next-generation Infinity Fabric, and a new GPU called CDNA that’s optimized for AI and HPC.
  • Ceva XC16 Stays Ahead of 5G Rollout
    Ceva’s XC16 DSP is a dynamically configurable multicore/multithread design. At run time, users can configure it as two symmetric dual-vector processors or as a single quad-vector processor.
  • Editorial: Deep Learning Gets Small
    Google and the TinyML Foundation are encouraging the development of small neural networks that can run on microcontrollers, but even these tiny AI models benefit from deep-learning hardware.

March 16, 2020

  • Marvell Upgrades to Octeon TX2
    Marvell is shipping its first major upgrades of former Cavium products, including Octeon TX2 high-speed networking processors and Octeon Fusion processors for 5G macrocells.
  • MediaTek Brings Gamers $100 Phones
    MediaTek has repurposed its Helio P65 to create the low-cost Helio G70 and G80 processors, which target gamers using the company’s HyperEngine software.
  • Marvell Armada Reflagged as CN913x
    Marvell extended its former Armada line with a new family of Arm-compatible processors called Octeon TX2 CN913x. They feature networking accelerators and Ethernet ports.

March 9, 2020

  • Cortex-M55 Supports Tiny-AI Ethos
    Cortex-M55 is Arm’s first CPU to support the Helium vector extensions. It pairs with a new deep-learning accelerator, Ethos-U55, in IoT end points and other low-power embedded SoCs.
  • Snapdragon X60 Offers 5G in 5nm
    Qualcomm’s next-generation modem adds new band combinations while using 5nm transistors to reduce power. The company also reduced the size of its mmWave RF module for 5G smartphones.
  • Location Services Drive UWB’s Return
    High-accuracy location is propelling the resurgence of ultrawideband technology after a decade in near hibernation. Industrial applications kept impulse-radio UWB alive, and now Apple and automakers are adopting it.

March 2, 2020

  • Wi-Fi 6E Covets 6GHz Band
    A new proposal would more than double Wi-Fi’s RF spectrum by expanding into the 6GHz band. US-government approval seems likely this year; Europe and Korea may follow quickly.
  • Alibaba Uses Convolution Architecture
    At the recent ISSCC, Alibaba described the architecture of its record-setting HanGuang 800 ASIC, which is optimized for 3D convolution rather than general matrix multiplication (GEMM).
  • TI Jacinto Accelerates Level 3 ADAS
    Texas Instruments’ TDA4VM targets multiple automotive trends: ADAS, infotainment, safety, and complex in-vehicle networks. It integrates a new C71x DSP and an 8-TOPS deep-learning accelerator.

February 24, 2020

  • MediaTek Brings 5G to Mid-Premium
    The Dimensity 800 brings premium features such as four “big” CPUs and an integrated 5G modem to smartphones that sell for as little as $300.
  • Kneron Delivers Efficient AI
    Using a convolution-based architecture, Kneron’s KL520 microcontroller achieves 350 billion operations per second (GOPS) at less than half a watt, targeting low-cost camera-based systems.
  • TI Auto Gateway Manages Traffic Flow
    Texas Instruments’ Jacinto DRA829V is an automotive gateway as well as a traffic manager for digital cockpits. It manages up to 16 CAN buses, eight Ethernet ports, and four PCI interfaces.

February 17, 2020

  • ST Debuts Wireless MCU for LoRa
    The STMicroelectronics STM32WLE5 is the industry’s first microcontroller with a fully integrated LoRa radio. It grafts a modified Semtech SX126x transceiver onto an Arm-based 32-bit MCU.
  • Renesas and SiLabs Polish Bluetooth
    Renesas and Silicon Labs introduced new microcontrollers that integrate Bluetooth radios for IoT systems: the Renesas RX23W and the Silicon Labs Wireless Gecko EFR32BG22.
  • Intel Drops NNP-T and NNP-I
    Intel has terminated its Nervana-branded AI accelerators in favor of products from its recent Habana acquisition, simplifying its software efforts and clarifying its data-center roadmap.

February 10, 2020

  • Snapdragon 460 Takes 4+4 to Low End
    Qualcomm upgraded its LTE lineup by introducing the Snapdragon 460, 662, and 720G. The new chips bring important updates including faster CPUs and GPUs, AI acceleration, and the latest connectivity standards.
  • Synaptics VS680 Powers Multimedia AI
    The Synaptics VideoSmart VS680 is a multimedia powerhouse that combines a Qdeo 4K-video engine, an audio processor for far-field voice, and a proprietary deep-learning accelerator.
  • Editorial: Self-Driving Hits Slow Traffic
    Although autonomous mainstream cars may be a decade away, robotaxis and other self-driving commercial vehicles will arrive much sooner, building demand for processors and sensors.

February 3, 2020

  • Sharper Vision, Brains in i.MX8M Plus
    The i.MX8M Plus is NXP’s first processor with a neural-network accelerator. It also adds a DSP core, image signal processors, PCI Express 3.0, CAN bus, and Gigabit Ethernet.
  • Lattice First With FPGA in FD-SOI
    CrossLink-NX is the first chip in the company’s new Nexus line developed in 28nm FD-SOI technology. It targets embedded-vision applications in IoT and automotive markets.

January 27, 2020

  • Ryzen Mobile Doubles CPU Count
    AMD’s 7nm Renoir processor brings eight cores to 15W ultrathin notebooks, an industry first. It fills out the Zen 2 generation across desktop and mobile platforms.
  • Editorial: Nvidia AI Software Hard to Beat
    Several new deep-learning accelerators offer sizable advantages over the best GPUs on a particular benchmark or metric, but many customers still prefer Nvidia for its software stack.
  • NXP S32G Is Master of Auto Domains
    The S32G vehicle-network processor offers a unique lockstep CPU architecture that supports ASIL D operations. It also has accelerators for both Ethernet and legacy automotive networks. 

January 20, 2020

  • Analysts’ Choice Winners for 2019
    The Linley Group recognizes 2019’s top products in the categories of AI, embedded, mobile, networking, server, processor IP, and related technology. And the winners are…
  • Intel Extends 3D Packaging With ODI
    Intel’s new Omni-Directional Interconnect builds on EMIB and Foveros to improve performance, capabilities, and flexibility for products using 3D packaging.

January 13, 2020

  • Marvell Accelerates In-Car Networks
    Marvell is sampling the second generation of its purpose-built automotive switch chips. It also bought Aquantia, adding PHYs to its multigigabit automotive-Ethernet portfolio.
  • GreenWaves GAP9 Goes Faster
    GreenWaves’ new low-power RISC-V microcontroller uses FD-SOI and a second-generation deep-learning accelerator to increase power efficiency on AI workloads by 5x.

January 6, 2020

  • Groq Rocks Neural Networks
    The startup has created a new AI architecture that implements a single massive programmable engine rated at an industry-leading 1,000 TOPS. It runs ResNet-50 with extremely low latency.
  • Year in Review: AI Is Livin’ on the Edge
    Embedded-processor trends include adding AI acceleration, stronger chip-level security, multidie packaging, advanced driver-assistance systems (ADASs), and microcontrollers that either omit flash memory or replace it.

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