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Most Recent | Archive: 2021   |   2020   |   2019

  April 13, 2021   Snapdragon 780G Doubles AI Speed
Compared with last year’s Snapdragon 765G, Qualcomm’s latest mid-premium smartphone processor doubles AI performance and integrates a new CPU cluster that boosts multicore processing by 78%.
  April 13, 2021   Syntiant NDP120 Sharpens Its Hearing
Although mainly for speech recognition, Syntiant’s second-generation chip adds audio processing and can even handle simple object detection. In always-on mode, it consumes less than 500 microwatts.
  April 6, 2021   Ceva Bluebud Streams Wireless Stereo
Bluebud is a turnkey solution for implementing true-wireless-stereo earbuds. It includes several of the company’s licensable cores along with software that supports Bluetooth Classic and the new Low Energy Audio.
  April 6, 2021   IBM Demonstrates New AI Data Types
An IBM test chip can train and inference neural networks with impressive efficiency. It uses smaller data types (8-bit FP and 4-bit integer) than most other AI accelerators yet maintains the same output accuracy.
  April 6, 2021   MediaTek Sets the Smart-TV Standard
A powerhouse in the Android-TV segment, MediaTek has again raised the bar by releasing the MT9638, which features an AI accelerator. The chip can also be used in streaming dongles.
  March 30, 2021   Lightmatter Shines in Data-Center AI
Lightmatter aims to deliver the industry’s first photonic AI processor. After successfully testing the prototype it introduced last year, the startup is scaling the architecture by 16x for its production system.
  March 30, 2021   Rocket Lake Lifts Off From Sunny Cove
Intel’s new 11th generation desktop-PC processor finally replaces the Skylake CPU with the Sunny Cove microarchitecture, delivering a greater gain in single-core performance than its three predecessors combined.
  March 30, 2021   ST Raises IoT Power Efficiency
STMicroelectronics’ new STM32U5 microcontroller is a fast, power-efficient chip for consumer and industrial-IoT systems. Its 160MHz Cortex-M33 CPU, large memories, and integrated peripherals set it apart.
  March 23, 2021   i.MX8ULP Uses FD-SOI to Cut Power
NXP has extended its i.MX8 series to serve battery-powered devices by replacing the i.MX7ULP. The new model upgrades to more modern CPUs including Cortex-A35 and Cortex-M33.
  March 23, 2021   R-Car V3U Runs Lockstep Neural Nets
The new Renesas R-Car V3U delivers 66 TOPS for Level 2 and Level 3 ADASs. To support ASIL D functional safety, it employs hardware redundancy in all compute subsystems, including its DLAs.
  March 23, 2021   Sunway Gives China HPC Independence
Jiangnan Computing Lab recently disclosed details of Sunway, a made-in-China architecture that powers some of the world’s fastest supercomputers, including a next-generation exascale design.
  March 16, 2021   AMD Milan Extends Server Lead
The third-generation Epyc processors get a big boost from the new Zen 3 CPU, enabling AMD to, for the first time, surpass Intel Xeon processors in both single- and multithread performance.
  March 16, 2021   Driver Monitoring Makes ADAS Safer
A driver-monitoring system is essential for Level 2+ autonomous vehicles and can save lives in any car. With shipments set to soar in the next few years, chipmakers are focusing on this new application.
  March 16, 2021   MediaTek’s M80 Delivers mmWave
The new 5G modem provides the first real millimeter-wave competition for Qualcomm. It brings an extensive upgrade by offering faster downlinks and uplinks with support for 3GPP Release 16.
  March 9, 2021   Deep Vision Optimizes AI Data Flow
The startup has developed the ARA-1 inference coprocessor for edge applications along with a broad software stack. The chip delivers strong performance on ResNet-50 and MobileNet at just 2W.
  March 9, 2021   Intel’s Jasper Lake Lifts GPU by 5x
Intel’s Jasper Lake brings a 5x GPU-performance increase to the traditionally underserved low-end segment. Relative to its predecessor, Gemini Lake, the new chip also raises single-core and multicore CPU performance.
  March 9, 2021   Microchip Enables PCIe Gen5 for AI
Microchip is sampling Switchtec PFX PCIe 5.0 switch chips to support Intel’s forthcoming Sapphire Rapids, doubling the bandwidth of its earlier Gen4 chips.
  March 2, 2021   Pixelworks’ i6 Renews Phone Displays
Pixelworks brings premium features to midrange phones by continuously improving images and video to high dynamic range (HDR) and reducing power consumption in certain applications.
  March 2, 2021   Qualcomm Pushes 5G to 10Gbps
The Snapdragon X65 modem increases the top data rate by 33% relative to the older Snapdragon X60. The 4nm design offers a preview of the 5G capabilities in Qualcomm’s next-generation flagship-smartphone processor.
  March 2, 2021   Snapdragon Shifts to Self-Driving Cars
Building on its leadership in automotive connectivity chips (cellular modems and Bluetooth+Wi-Fi combos), Qualcomm is developing Snapdragon-based systems that target ADASs, autonomous vehicles, and cockpit monitoring.
  February 23, 2021   Horizon Robotics Plots ADAS Journey
In 2Q21, Horizon Robotics plans to start volume production of its Journey 3 ADAS processor. At the same time, it intends to sample Journey 5, which targets Level 4 autonomous vehicles.
  February 23, 2021   Maxim Showcases Efficient Custom AI
The top-10 microcontroller vendor has hopped on the AI bus with its ultra-low-power MAX78000. The device combines a complete Arm-based MCU with the company’s first deep-learning accelerator (DLA).
  February 16, 2021   Enflame Stokes AI Acceleration
Enflame Technology closed a 1.8-billion-yuan ($280 million) Series C round last month that includes backing from Tencent. The Shanghai startup now offers a series of AI accelerators for both training and inference.
  February 16, 2021   MT8192 Creates Chromebook Buzz
Hoping to steal share from Intel, MediaTek raised its sights in the Chromebook market by delivering the MT8192, doubling CPU performance and tripling GPU performance compared with its predecessor.
  February 16, 2021   Qualcomm Acquires Nuvia for CPUs
Although the startup was developing a custom Arm-compatible CPU core for a new server processor, Qualcomm will redirect this power-efficient core to serve in flagship smartphones and other products.
  February 9, 2021   Ceva SensPro2 Doubles AI Throughput
SensoPro2 is a configurable sensor hub, fusing elements from Ceva’s DSPs, computer-vision engines, and deep-learning accelerators. The second-generation design delivers up to 6x faster DSP performance.
  February 9, 2021   MediaTek Redefines Premium Phones
The Dimensity 1100 and 1200 target an emerging class of devices for customers who want a great smartphone but don’t want to spend $1,000. The D1200 offers industry-leading multicore performance.
  February 9, 2021   SambaNova Takes On Nvidia’s DGX
The well-funded startup has developed a custom AI-accelerator chip, called the Cardinal SN10, that implements a coarse-grained reconfigurable architecture (CGRA) to handle training and inference.
  February 2, 2021   Andes Scales Up Its RISC-V
Andes converged its superscalar RISC-V CPU with multicore scaling to create its most powerful cluster to date. The AX45MP targets high-performance applications across diverse markets.
  February 2, 2021   Exynos 2100 Delivers Big GPU Gain
Samsung’s new Galaxy S21 smartphone sports the Exynos 2100 SoC, which delivers industry-leading AI throughput and an integrated 5G modem. The company’s 5nm technology helps to reduce power.
  February 2, 2021   Ryzen 5000 Boosts Laptop Performance
AMD’s new PC processors, based on its Cezanne design, target ultrathin and gaming laptops. Using the Zen 3 core, they top Intel’s Tiger Lake products in CPU and graphics performance.
  January 26, 2021   Analysts’ Choice Winners for 2020
The Linley Group recognizes 2020’s top products in the categories of data center, PC, embedded, mobile, networking, processor IP, and related technology. And the winners are…
  January 26, 2021   Snapdragon 480 Moves 5G to Low End
Qualcomm is augmenting its 2021 Snapdragon portfolio with new 5G processors in the 8- and 4-series and new LTE processors in the 6-series for shipment later this quarter.
  January 19, 2021   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.
  January 19, 2021   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.

Most Recent | Archive: 2021   |   2020   |   2019


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