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  May 24, 2022   Alder Lake-HX Maxes Laptop Performance
Intel’s Core i9-12900HX sets performance records for laptop PCs, offering two extra “performance” cores at up to 5.0GHz for the most-demanding mobile gamers and professionals.
  May 24, 2022   AMD Adds Zen 3 to Premium Chromebooks
AMD has expanded its Chromebook-processor lineup with four products based on the Barcelo design, including the top-of-the-line Ryzen 7 5825C, that target systems priced at $600 or more.
  May 24, 2022   TimbreAI Scales Down an Octave
Expedera’s new licensable deep-learning accelerator (DLA) performs simple neural networks for audio processing in a tiny engine that draws less than one milliwatt.
  May 17, 2022   D-Matrix Transforms SRAMs for AI
The AI-processor startup has emerged from stealth mode with a chiplet-based inference engine that employs digital in-memory computing (IMC) to run Transformer models like those in Bert and GPT.
  May 17, 2022   Intel Blockscale Boosts Mining Profit
Intel has introduced a new bitcoin-mining ASIC that competes respectably where the original test chip didn’t. The company will sell the chip directly rather than building its own system for sale.
  May 17, 2022   Versal Adds AI to Premium Line
AMD has added two new FPGA products to its Versal Premium line. They combine AI engines to accelerate neural networks along with plenty of programmable logic and DSP blocks for signal processing.
  May 10, 2022   AMD Ships 3D V-Cache Processors
The Ryzen 7 5800X3D PC processor and Milan X server processor use TSMC’s chip-on-wafer (CoW) technology to stack more cache on the compute die, improving game and HPC performance.
  May 10, 2022   Chip Vendors Help Power Up 6GHz
Broadcom and Qualcomm will support a new automated-frequency-coordination (AFC) system to allow Wi-Fi and unlicensed 5G devices to use higher power in the 6GHz band, increasing performance and range.
  May 10, 2022   Intel GNA Engine Adds Vision
The Gaussian and Neural Accelerator supports always-on audio and vision workloads, reducing power and adding security. It appears on Intel PC processors, other chips, and the Clover Falls add-on chip.
  May 3, 2022   Fewer Find 3nm Worth the Wait
TSMC and Samsung have suffered lengthy delays in their 3nm processes, and the gain in density and other characteristics is smaller than in previous nodes. Intel says its future nodes are on schedule.
  May 3, 2022   GF Fotonix Unites CMOS, Photonics
The new GlobalFoundries process combines photonic and digital components on a single 45nm chip. The primary application is data-center communications, but lidar and computing will benefit as well.
  April 26, 2022   Sakura Debuts for Edge AI
EdgeCortix launched its first edge-AI inference chip by hardening its DNA IP, delivering low latency and high power efficiency for applications that fit into 5W to 20W.
  April 26, 2022   Synopsys NPX6 Expands AI Options
The new deep-learning accelerator (DLA) can scale to more than 2,000 TOPS, providing a licensable core for applications such as autonomous driving and natural-language processing.
  April 26, 2022   TetraMem Touts In-Memory DLA
The Silicon Valley startup uses a new type of memristor to perform analog math for deep-learning acceleration. It provides nonvolatile storage and performs low-power AI computations.
  April 19, 2022   Alchemist Turns Intel Into GPU Vendor
Intel’s new Arc products are its first significant discrete GPUs, using competitive performance and hardware ray tracing to bring new competition to laptop-PC graphics cards.
  April 19, 2022   Nvidia Orin Appears in MLPerf
The newest set of MLPerf Inference results showcase the same old vendors; almost all the data-center and edge accelerators came from Nvidia and Qualcomm. Orin was the notable newcomer.
  April 19, 2022   Where’s the AI Competition?
The dominant AI-chip vendor, Nvidia has raised the bar with its new Hopper and Orin accelerators. Startups, hyperscalers, and large chip vendors try to compete with the company but keep falling short.
  April 12, 2022   Merging Memory and Compute
Near-memory and in-memory compute are techniques for reducing computing power—especially for AI. But they mean different things to different companies.
  April 12, 2022   Nvidia Hopper Leaps Ahead
The next-generation AI architecture powers the H100 card and DGX-H100 system. The 700W flagship card triples peak performance over Ampere while adding FP8 support for more-efficient training.
  April 12, 2022   Nvidia Reveals 51Tbps Ethernet Switch
Due to sample late this year, Spectrum-4 will quadruple the bandwidth of Spectrum-3 by both doubling per-lane speed to 100Gbps and doubling the number of serdes lanes to 512, yielding 51.2Tbps.
  April 5, 2022   Agilex Dials M for Memory
Intel announced its first Agilex to copackage DRAM, sporting a pair of HBM2e stacks that deliver up to 32GB. It’s also using the Intel 7 process to further cut power dissipation.
  April 5, 2022   AMD Adds DPUs With Pensando Buy
By acquiring Pensando, AMD will instantly offer DPUs alongside its CPUs and GPUs. Although it principally sells smart NICs, the startup recently announced a design win for its 7nm second-generation chip.
  April 5, 2022   Renesas Refocuses on Enhanced ADAS
The R-Car V4H is a new automotive system-on-chip for vehicles with extended ADAS capabilities. It addresses functional safety and the greater AI performance for Level 2+ driving.
  April 5, 2022   Snapdragon X70 Modem Trims Power
Qualcomm’s next 5G modem uses AI to reduce power and improve performance while maintaining the data rates of its predecessor.
  March 29, 2022   Ceva’s PentaG2 Reduces 5G Power
The new 5G baseband design adds hardware accelerators that can completely offload data-plane processing from the DSP, reducing energy per bit. Ceva is licensing it for mobile and IoT applications.
  March 29, 2022   FuriosaAI Seeks Data-Center Efficiency
The startup’s first product, Warboy, offers a flexible architecture that excels on single-stream workloads and depthwise-convolution models such as SSD. It’s more power efficient than Nvidia’s low-end A2.
  March 29, 2022   M1 Ultra Sports 20 CPU Cores
For Apple’s new desktop processor, two die are better than one. The company has finished its move from x86 by connecting two M1 Max die in one package to create a huge product for its highest-end desktops.
  March 29, 2022   UCIe Addresses Chiplet Interconnect
The new Universal Chiplet Interconnect Express (UCIe) specification provides a way to connect chiplets in a package at the physical and protocol level with very high data rates.
  March 22, 2022   Dimensity 8100 Raises AI Bar
MediaTek is doubling AI performance for mid-premium smartphones with its Dimensity 8100 and 8000. The new processors include features from the premium Dimensity 9000 but at a lower price.
  March 22, 2022   Graphcore First With WoW
The lead customer for TSMC’s wafer-on-wafer technology achieved a 40% clock-speed boost by applying deep-trench capacitors, creating the new Bow accelerator for data-center AI training.
  March 22, 2022   Mythic Enables Smaller PCIe Card
The startup’s new M1076 replaces the previous M1108 while adopting a smaller package and lower performance. The company is now on track to ship its first production products in September.
  March 15, 2022   Wi-Fi 7 Quadruples Peak Data Rates
Wi-Fi 7 will bring higher data rates and lower latency to home networks in the 6GHz band. Qualcomm, MediaTek, and others are already developing chips, aiming for products on shelves early next year.
  March 15, 2022   Xeon D Gets Major Network Upgrade
Intel’s Xeon D-2700 family, based on the 10nm Ice Lake D, delivers fresh networking features that first appeared in Snow Ridge, such as an integrated Ethernet switch and in-line IPSec processing.
  March 8, 2022   AMD Powers Steam Deck Console
Valve, the company that operates the Steam platform for online gaming, has introduced a PC-compatible handheld console using a semicustom AMD processor with Zen 2 CPUs and an RDNA2 GPU.
  March 8, 2022   Intel’s Bitcoin-Mining Bonanza
Gold miners helped California boom in the nineteenth century, but in the twenty-first century, cryptocurrency mining is the new mania. Intel is tapping this vein with its new Bonanza Mine product.
  March 7, 2022   Xeon Roadmap Shows Delays
General availability of Sapphire Rapids has slipped, creating a ripple effect on future generations. But Intel plans a new line of power-efficient server processors beginning with Sierra Forest in 2024.
  March 1, 2022   Exynos 2200 First With AMD GPU
Samsung’s flagship processor features a PC GPU architecture with hardware ray tracing, a first for smartphones. It also upgrades to Arm v9 CPUs for a big performance gain while doubling AI TOPS.
  March 1, 2022   Intel Pushes Foundry Service
To aid its IDM 2.0 strategy, Intel acquired Tower Semiconductor, launched a $1 billion fund to invest in companies that support its foundry (IFS), announced two foundry customers, and joined RISC-V International.
  March 1, 2022   Picocom Thinks Big for Small Cells
Picocom’s new PC802 is a Layer 1 baseband SoC for the emerging 5G small-cell market. One chip can handle up to 2,000 users, and it typically consumes only 4W.
  March 1, 2022   Seeing Machines Eyes Unsafe Drivers
For more than 20 years, the Australian company has developed computer-vision algorithms that can track a person’s eyes, and it introduced one of the first driver-monitoring systems (DMSs).

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