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Comet Lake Walks Over Ice Lake
The 14nm Comet Lake is a 10th Generation alternative to the 10nm Ice Lake processor for ultrathin and hybrid laptops, offering up to six CPU cores and faster Wi-Fi than last year’s models.
Cypress Tracks Indoor Locations
Cypress’s new CYW5459 is a multimode Bluetooth+Wi-Fi combo chip that’s especially well suited to indoor asset tracking for consumer electronics, IoT, smart-home devices, and automotive.
Mellanox Right-Sizes Smart-NIC SoC
Although it expects to become part of Nvidia by year-end, Mellanox is pressing forward with its server-connectivity roadmap, announcing second-generation BlueField processors as well as a new Ethernet controller optimized for cloud data centers.
Unisoc Hits Mid-Premium Segment
Raising its sights, Unisoc disclosed two new smartphone processors. The Tiger T710 offers industry-leading AI performance, while the Tiger T618 focuses on improved image processing.
Ayar Labs Realizes In-Package Optics
The startup hopes to commercialize silicon-photonic chiplets next year, enabling customer MCMs with in-package optics. It’s working with GlobalFoundries for process technology and with Intel for MCM technology and product prototypes.
Cerebras Breaks the Reticle Barrier
Designed for training neural networks, the startup’s first processor is by far the largest integrated circuit ever manufactured, measuring 215mm on a side and encompassing 1.2 trillion transistors.
Spring Hill Sets AI Efficiency Mark
Intel’s Nervana NNP-I accelerator is rated at 4.8 TOPS per watt and is 5x more power efficient than Nvidia’s best products for ResNet-50 inference. It fits into a tiny OCP-compliant M.2 card.
Alibaba’s Ouroboros Is a Fast Talker
To provide improve voice interfaces in embedded devices, Alibaba is developing an AI-enabled speech-synthesizer chip that can run DeepMind’s WaveNet model using as little as 200mW. 
Intel Spring Crest Achieves Nervana
The Nervana NNP-T is the company’s first dedicated accelerator for neural-network training, offering 119 TOPS using the emerging Bfloat16 format. Intel plans to announce products later this year.
Upmem Embeds Processors in DRAM
French startup Upmem is tackling the processor-memory bottleneck by integrating processor cores into DRAM chips. The custom memory modules fit into standard DIMM slots.
MediaTek Helio G90 Ups Its Game
To target gamers, the new Helio G90 and the performance-binned Helio G90T improve the CPU, display, graphics, and wireless-connectivity performance compared with the Helio P90.
Snapdragon 855+ Aims at Gaming
In a midyear upgrade, Qualcomm rolled out a new version of its flagship processor that provides greater CPU performance and faster graphics. It debuts in the Asus ROG Phone 2 for mobile gamers.
AMD Rome Ruins Intel Hegemony
The second-generation Epyc processors have more cores, more memory, faster I/O, and smaller transistors than Intel’s newest Xeons. The 64-core Rome outperforms the fastest Xeons and sells for less.
Ice Lake Debuts 10nm, New Cores
Intel has debuted its long-delayed 10nm technology in the new U- and Y-series notebook processors. Clock speeds suffer, but the new Sunny Cove CPU and expanded Gen11 GPU boost performance.
Intel's Loihi Mimics Biological Neurons
Intel’s Loihi is a spiking-neural-network processor comprising 128 programmable cores arranged in an 8x16 mesh-connected array. Each core can model up to 1,024 biological neurons and 128 million synapse connections.
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