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Xsight Samples Leading-Edge Switch
Led by a highly successful team, the Israeli startup emerged from stealth last month and announced its first chip, called the X1.
Year in Review: Smartphone Chips Get Bigger GPUs
Smartphone shipments cratered in 2020, but 5G was a bright spot. The popularity of inexpensive 5G phones pushed MediaTek to the top position in processor sales. GPUs and AI grew in importance.
Apple Ships Its First PC Processor
The M1 processor sets new standards for laptop performance and battery life. The chip shares much of its design with the A14 smartphone processor, including its powerful Firestorm and Icestorm CPUs.
Broadcom SmartToR Ups Flow Scale
Broadcom announced three new data-center switch chips in December as well as production of its original Tomahawk 4. The new Trident SmartToR is an 8.0Tbps switch that builds on the 7nm Trident 4 architecture.
Year in Review: PC Processors Bounce Back
In 2020, PC shipments surged, AMD topped PC performance, Nvidia’s Ampere GPU impressed, Intel revived its laptop lineup, Apple’s M1 doubled battery life, and two new game consoles debuted.
SiFive Brings Vectors to S-Series
SiFive’s newest RISC-V vector core, the VIS7, can perform 64 gigaflop/s and is designed for deterministic operations. In addition, the new 20G1 release improves 7-series performance and frequency.
SimpleMachines Enables Flexible AI
Startup SimpleMachines received first silicon of its Mozart inference chip, which approaches the flexibility of a GPU while promising the performance of a purpose-built deep-learning accelerator (DLA).
Year in Review: IP Adapts to Automotive Roadmap
The latest CPU, deep-learning-accelerator (DLA), DSP, and GPU cores improve safety and performance in vehicles. IP vendors also launched new DLAs that address a broad range of applications.
Exynos 1080 Doubles GPU Throughput
The Exynos 1080 is Samsung’s newest mid-premium smartphone SoC. By shifting to the company’s 5nm LP technology, it boosts performance across the board relative to the older Exynos 980.
Year in Review: Data-Center Silicon Diversifies
Following a difficult 2019, the data-center-chip market had a surprisingly great 2020. AMD and Nvidia delivered important new devices, whereas Intel struggled to execute. More AI startups released products, and Qualcomm’s looming entry could upset the market.
Esperanto Minions Excel at AI
Startup Esperanto Technologies has designed a chip with a thousand tiny RISC-V cores based on its ET-Minion design. The power-efficient chip offers strong AI performance on a 20W M.2 module.
Qualcomm Reveals 5G-RAN Roadmap
Qualcomm recently disclosed a family of 5G-infrastructure chips it plans to sample in 1H22. The forthcoming products will mark its entry into macrocells and virtual baseband units.
Snapdragon 888 Delivers 26 TOPS
Qualcomm’s next-generation Snapdragon 888 provides upgrades in every aspect, besting the premium Snapdragon 865. It delivers an industry-leading 26 TOPS for AI applications.
Apple M1 Exposes Intel Gap
Using a custom Arm-compatible processor, Apple has achieved tremendous performance and battery-life gains. Intel must redesign its CPUs to keep pace in thin-and-light laptops.
Kirin 9000 Is Huawei’s First 5nm Chip
Huawei’s new Kirin 9000, a flagship-smartphone processor, uses an Arm Mali-G78 to provide industry-leading graphics performance. The chip is Huawei’s first 5nm product.
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