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Most Recent | Archive: 2020   |   2019   |   2018

  September 22, 2020   Ambiq Doubles CPU Frequency
The Apollo 4 microcontroller delivers industry-leading energy efficiency while adding a graphics subsystem. Ambiq’s new part also adds location support to its low-power Bluetooth subsystem.
  September 22, 2020   Lightmatter Realizes Photonic AI
Lightmatter emerged from stealth by presenting details of its Mars test chip. The 3D chip stacks photonic and digital die, and it shows that a complete product could quickly follow.
  September 22, 2020   Quantum Computing Seeks Supremacy
Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and other companies are pushing the frontiers of quantum computing, but researchers must reduce the qubit error rate before quantum processors can perform useful tasks.
  September 15, 2020   Baidu Debuts First AI Accelerator
Joining other cloud-service providers (CSPs), Baidu is taking a shot at AI mastery by offering the Kunlun K200 SoC. The Chinese company designed the 256-TOPS accelerator for its internal deep-learning workloads.
  September 15, 2020   Jericho2c+ Brings 7nm to Routers
Broadcom is sampling its first 7nm router chip, the Jericho2c+ packet processor. The new product serves in line cards for chassis-based routers, pairing with the shipping Ramon fabric chip.
  September 15, 2020   SuperFin Rescues Intel’s 10nm Node
After last year’s disappointing debut, Intel’s 10nm technology received a much needed performance boost from a new improvement branded SuperFin, now shipping in the company’s Tiger Lake processors.
  September 8, 2020   Blaize Ignites Edge-AI Performance
Edge-AI startup Blaize is sampling modules that integrate its El Cano inference processor. The chip can run Yolo v3 on five separate HD-video streams, delivering results at 10fps.
  September 8, 2020   Ice Lake-SP Boosts Memory and I/O
The new Whitley platform boosts memory bandwidth and brings PCI Express Gen4, but Ice Lake’s 10nm process will hold back compute performance relative to Cascade Lake.
  September 8, 2020   Tiger Lake Debuts 10nm SuperFin
Intel’s 11th Generation Core processors for laptop PCs offer significant improvements in performance and battery life, thanks to the powerful Xe-LP GPU and a more advanced manufacturing process.
  September 8, 2020   Xbox Series X Doubles GPU Speed
The semicustom Xbox Series X processor from Microsoft outpaces its predecessor Xbox One X design by offering a 3x CPU-performance boost and 2x GPU-performance boost.
  September 1, 2020   Alibaba Designs Fastest RISC-V CPU
The Xuantie-910 is Alibaba’s first RISC-V CPU core, targeting the network edge. It includes custom arithmetic and memory instruction to provide a new alternative to midrange Arm cores.
  September 1, 2020   Google Details TPUv3 Architecture
Google’s TPU chips implement a flexible VLIW microarchitecture comprising scalar, vector, and matrix units to efficiently accelerate neural-network training and inference workloads.
  September 1, 2020   Intel Xe Targets Multiple Tiers
Intel’s new GPU architecture promises to double graphics performance compared with the previous Gen11 design. It will appear in a number of products from laptop processors to discrete graphics cards.
  August 25, 2020   Fungible Ups Data-Center Efficiency
After raising more than $300 million before shipping its first product, Fungible has revealed its grand vision for data-center disaggregation. At Hot Chips, the startup disclosed its F1 data-processing unit (DPU).
  August 25, 2020   ThunderX3 Brings the Boom
ThunderX3 is Marvell’s newest high-end server CPU, delivering x86-class performance in a custom Arm core. It offers 30% more single-thread performance than its predecessor at a similar clock speed.
  August 19, 2020   IBM Power10 Triples Efficiency
While delivering impressive upgrades in performance and connectivity, IBM’s new Power10 server processor also drops the CPU power by half, targeting both data centers and enterprises.
  August 18, 2020   Gamers Welcome Snapdragon 865+
The Snapdragon 865+ is a midyear refresh of Qualcomm’s premium-smartphone SoC, improving CPU speed, GPU speed, and wireless technology compared with the earlier Snapdragon 865.
  August 18, 2020   Marvell Stacks Up Enterprise Switches
Marvell has introduced a plethora of new Prestera switches and Alaska PHYs optimized for multigigabit enterprise networks. The new products update network interfaces across access, aggregation, and core layers.
  August 18, 2020   MediaTek Adds Midrange Dimensity
The new Dimensity 700-series represents the third (and lowest) tier in MediaTek’s lineup of 5G-smartphone processors. The first product is the Dimensity 720, which targets phones selling for less than $300.
  August 11, 2020   Chipmakers Expand Die for AI
An inside look at deep-learning accelerators (DLAs) shows smartphone vendors are increasing area size to increase performance, adding cores and introducing new architectures to gain an advantage.
  August 11, 2020   Efinix FPGAs Leap to 16nm
Now that it’s shipping its initial FPGAs in volume, the startup announced its second generation. Trion Titanium will reduce power, boost performance, and more than quadruple maximum logic density.
  August 11, 2020   TSMC Ships First 5nm Processors
Even as TSMC ramps production of 5nm chips for Apple and Huawei, Samsung has delayed its 5nm technology until late this year, and Intel’s similar 7nm process has slipped out to 2022.
  August 4, 2020   Apple A13 GPU Outpaces Competition
A big generational improvement boosted Apple into the graphics-performance lead while increasing the GPU die area by only 10%. Intel’s Gen11 GPU shows a new subslice design.
  August 4, 2020   Graphcore Doubles IPU Performance
The well-funded startup is now sampling its second-generation AI accelerator, delivering twice the peak performance and three times the memory capacity of its initial design.
  August 4, 2020   Synaptics, Broadcom Deal on IoT
Synaptics is paying $250 million for licenses to use Broadcom Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS technology in the IoT market. This technology comes from Broadcom’s combo chips, which primarily target smartphones.
  July 28, 2020   CPU Size Leads Apple to Drop Intel
Our analysis of CPU die photos discloses why Apple is moving away from Intel and why Samsung is abandoning its custom CPU development in favor of Arm Cortex designs.
  July 28, 2020   GlobalFoundries Wins AI Chips
Even as its 12nm customers deliver industry-leading AI accelerators, GF has created new 12LP+ technology with ultra-low-voltage operation as well as optimized SRAM and MAC-unit designs.
  July 21, 2020   5G Release 16 Targets Factories
The newest 3GPP standard reduces latency and improves reliability for private industrial networks and automotive applications while enabling 5G operators to use unlicensed spectrum.
  July 21, 2020   Ampere Maxes Out at 128 Cores
Startup Ampere Computing disclosed its 128-core Altra Max, scheduled to sample in 4Q20. The new model follows sampling of the initial Altra lineup based on Arm’s Neoverse N1.
  July 21, 2020   GSI Offers In-Memory Computing
Long known for its specialty memories, GSI Technology created a data-center accelerator called Gemini that can perform 840 trillion Boolean operations per second on 12MB of data.
  July 14, 2020   Stratix 10 NX Adds AI Blocks
Intel has redesigned the Stratix 10 DSP block to focus on neural-network inference, adding 15x more multipliers to greatly boost performance for custom AI accelerators.
  July 14, 2020   Wear 4100+ Gets 12nm Upgrade
The Wear 4100 is a strong upgrade from the Wear 3100, increasing performance while decreasing power consumption. It also adds a new feature: support for a 16MP camera.
  July 7, 2020   Cooper Lake Limps to Market
Intel’s 3rd Generation Xeon Scalable processors target high-end systems, particularly those that perform AI training, but offer few other advantages relative to current Xeon products.
  July 7, 2020   Qualcomm Equips AI-Powered Robots
The RB5 is a configurable developer kit powered by a Snapdragon 865–based QRB5165 processor. It comes with mezzanine cards that include cameras, motor controllers, sensors, and cellular radios.
  July 7, 2020   Xilinx Alveo Makes Video Zoom
Xilinx has developed two new real-time-server reference architectures based on its Alveo U30 and U50 accelerator cards. Both designs target live-video transcoding using adaptive-bit-rate technology.
  June 30, 2020   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.
  June 30, 2020   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.
  June 30, 2020   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.
  June 30, 2020   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.

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