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Certus-NX Extends Lattice Lineup
The second member of Lattice’s Nexus FPGA family brings the benefits of 28nm FD-SOI technology to a broader range of applications, adding hard cores for Ethernet, encryption, and A/D conversion.
Lakefield Shrinks x86 SoCs
Intel’s Core Hybrid processors (Lakefield) are the first x86 chips to employ Foveros die-stacking technology and a cluster of large and small CPU cores. Targeting slim notebooks and tablets, they compete mainly with Arm-based processors.
Qualcomm Delivers 6GHz Wi-Fi
Qualcomm added 6GHz support to its Networking Pro chipsets for Wi-Fi access points and to its FastConnect 6700 and 6900 combo chips for next-generation smartphones.
Snapdragon 690 Lowers 5G Entry Price
Qualcomm’s newest mid-premium 5G processor brings 7-series features to the top of the 6-series lineup. It’s the first 6-series chip with Cortex-A77 CPUs, replacing both the Snapdragon 675 and 720G.
EnSilica Drives Automotive Radar
EnSilica has delivered its eSI-ADAS intellectual property for radar-signal processors. It also offers eSi-Medisense, an IP platform that enables wireless vital-sign monitoring in ultra-low-power wearables.
Pliops Makes Storage Computational
Computational storage uses new system architectures to move some processing closer to storage. Startup Pliops is shifting more of the stack into its storage processor, multiplying SSD performance.
Dimensity 820 Shows True Colors
Just a month after releasing the Dimensity 800, MediaTek has upgraded most of the design’s capabilities to create a new processor that appears in smartphones selling for as little as $225.
Pensando, Xilinx Debut Smart NICs
Seeking to increase demand for merchant smart NICs, two new entrants plan to serve the broader market beyond hyperscale data centers.
Kirin 985 Upgrades AI Performance
The Kirin 985 gives Huawei a competitive edge in the 5G mid-premium segment while maintaining a healthy distinction from the premium segment, which the Kirin 990 5G occupies.
Nvidia A100 Tops in AI Performance
The first GPU to implement the Ampere architecture, the A100 delivers huge performance increases to data centers running AI, data analytics, and high-performance computing (HPC) workloads.
Nvidia Ampere Delivers AI Innovation
This deep dive into Nvidia’s latest data-center GPU architecture explains the new training data types, structured sparsity, cache compression, GPU virtualization, and other features.
Cortex-X1: A Bigger Arm
Cortex-X1 debuts a series of Arm CPUs that provide a new level of smartphone performance. The company also released Cortex-A78, which increases efficiency for the mainstream line.
Ethos-N78 Boosts AI Efficiency
The new Ethos-N78 is Arm’s second-generation deep-learning accelerator (DLA). In its largest configuration, the N78 can deliver peak performance of 10 trillion operations per second (TOPS).
Mali-G78 Raises Premium Performance
The new Mali-G78 GPU strengthens Arm’s hold on licensable IP for premium phones. It outperforms the Mali-G77 by about 15%, and its larger maximum core count enables even greater performance gains.
Andes Plots RISC-V Vector Heading
Andes has delivered the first CPU core to support the new RISC-V vector extensions (RVV), even though RISC-V International (formerly the RISC-V Foundation) won’t freeze the v1.0 specifications until August. 
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