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Most Recent | Archive: 2019   |   2018   |   2017

  December 3, 2019   Centaur Adds AI to Server Processor
Centaur, Via’s chip-design arm, disclosed a new deep-learning accelerator and an x86 microarchitecture that combine on a single chip to form a highly integrated server processor. 
  December 3, 2019   Exynos 990 Enables 5G Smartphones
Samsung’s newest smartphone processor and 5G modem provide a sneak preview of its next flagship Galaxy. They both use the company’s 7nm EUV process.
  December 3, 2019   Ryzen Threadripper 3 Thrashes Xeon
AMD Threadripper 3 processors for high-end desktops and workstations exceed their predecessors by upgrading their CPUs, clock speeds, caches, DRAM controllers, PCI Express interfaces, and internal designs.
  November 26, 2019   Alibaba Takes AI Performance Lead
The Chinese Internet giant has developed its first ASIC to accelerate neural networks, posting ResNet-50 throughput that’s 10x better than Nvidia’s fastest GPUs.
  November 26, 2019   MLPerf Debuts Inference Benchmarks
The MLPerf group has released a modest set of inference benchmarks and use cases. The first results include submissions from cloud-service providers (CSPs), server vendors, chip vendors, and professional-services companies.
  November 19, 2019   Arm Offers Bespoke Cortex-M CPUs
Arm is opening the Arm v8-M architecture to allow custom instructions. Cortex-M33 is the first CPU to support this new feature, but all future Arm v8-M cores will as well.
  November 19, 2019   Chiplet Technology Proliferates
Chiplets are getting lots of attention in IC-design circles, as real products are shipping in high volumes from leading vendors. Package and interface technologies are advancing chiplet-based designs.
  November 19, 2019   Renesas RA MCUs Strengthen Security
Renesas Advanced (RA) microcontrollers will include the company’s first models that implement Arm’s TrustZone technology. The 32-bit RA family comprises chips with Cortex-M23 and Cortex-M4 CPUs; future products will add Cortex-M33.
  November 12, 2019   ARC VPX5 Sports Four-Way VLIW
The new VPX5 is the first Synopsys ARC DSP to employ a VLIW architecture, combining a scalar CPU, a 512-bit vector/SIMD unit, and an optional vector floating-point engine. 
  November 12, 2019   Emerging Memories: Why Now?
How will an emerging memory technology rise to prominence? Both technology and market dynamics will lead to the replacement of today’s technologies with something altogether different.
  November 12, 2019   SiFive Secures RISC-V
SiFive recently disclosed its Shield secure-platform architecture, which includes hardware and software as well as provisioning services. Shield’s baseline capabilities are similar to those of Arm’s TrustZone.
  November 5, 2019   BittWare Puts Achronix On Board
A new partnership with BittWare gives Achronix another route to market for its Speedster7t FPGAs. The companies recently announced the VectorPath PCI Express accelerator card based on Speedster7t.
  November 5, 2019   Cornami Right-Sizes Systolic Arrays
After testing FPGA prototypes of its dynamically configurable AI processor, startup Cornami projects its first chip will run ResNet-50 at an incredible 105,000fps while burning only 30W.
  November 5, 2019   Intel’s Tremont: A Bigger Little Core
Tremont is Intel’s newest low-power x86 CPU, boosting IPC by 30%. The new core design will debut in the Lakefield processor—a heterogeneous multicore SoC for thin notebooks and tablets.
  November 5, 2019   Mythic Reveals Data-Flow Architecture
AI startup Mythic revealed more details of its first chip, which performs matrix multiplication in the analog domain. Conventional digital circuits, however, manage data flow and other tasks.
  November 5, 2019   NovuMind Launches Tensor Processor
Startup NovuMind is preparing to tape out a neural-network accelerator that it estimates will deliver 150 trillion operations per second (TOPS) while consuming just 5W, achieving impressive efficiency.
  October 29, 2019   BrainChip Akida Is a Fast Learner
BrainChip has announced a new spiking-neural-network processor called Akida, which it plans to tape out by the end of the year. It also offers Akida’s core as licensable IP.
  October 29, 2019   GrAI Matter Exploits Sparse Video
Grai One is the first chip to implement the NeuronFlow neuromorphic architecture, which can handle spiking neural networks but excels on convolutional models for streaming video.
  October 29, 2019   SiFive U8 Takes RISC-V Out of Order
SiFive has revealed its U8-series, which builds on the 64-bit superscalar U7-series by adding out-of-order (OOO) execution, a first for commercial RISC-V intellectual property. 
  October 22, 2019   i.MX RT1170: Fastest Flashless MCU
NXP’s new i.MX RT1170 combines microcontroller features with high performance. Its 1.0GHz Cortex-M7 is the fastest CPU in its class, and its 400MHz Cortex-M4 coprocessor is also swift for its breed.
  October 22, 2019   Innovium Moves Down Market
Teralynx 5 line ranges from 1.2Tbps to 6.4Tbps, extending the company’s portfolio to lower-cost and lower-power systems. It follows the 12.8Tbps Teralynx 7, which reached production in 1Q19.
  October 22, 2019   Intel Slashes Pricing on X-Series
Intel recently updated its Core X-series for high-end desktops and its related Xeon W for workstations. The big news, however, is dramatically reduced prices, a response to increased competitive pressure from AMD.
  October 15, 2019   Arm Joins Bfloat Parade
To accelerate neural-network training, Arm will support the Bfloat16 data format, which doubles throughput for the matrix-multiplication operations at the heart of most AI models.
  October 15, 2019   Everspin Raises MRAM Density
The leader in discrete MRAM is shipping a 1Gb device, narrowing the density gap to DRAM. GlobalFoundries offers the Everspin technology for embedded MRAM.
  October 8, 2019   Ceva and Synopsys Spin More TOPS
To support neural-network inference in autonomous vehicles and other high-performance edge devices, new multicore deep-learning accelerators can generate 100 TOPS or more.
  October 8, 2019   Exynos 980 Integrates 5G Modem
The Exynos 980 5G is Samsung’s first smartphone processor to integrate a 5G modem. The first processor to use Arm’s Cortex-A77, it also features Samsung’s fastest deep-learning accelerator.
  October 8, 2019   Huawei Delivers Powerful AI Training
The company’s new Ascend 910 takes its DaVinci architecture into the top performance tier in AI training. Huawei will deliver accelerator cards, servers, and clusters incorporating the chip.
  October 1, 2019   Kirin 990 First to Integrate 5G
Huawei is the first company to fully announce a processor with an integrated 5G modem. The new flagship processor also leads in smartphone AI performance.
  October 1, 2019   Prepare for Copackaged Optics
Electrical-I/O pin bandwidths are almost out of runway, and chips will soon hit the serdes wall. Copackaged optics provide a path forward by reducing reach, but they present a new set of challenges.
  September 24, 2019   Broadcom Ships PCIe Gen4 Switches
The PCI-SIG has completed its first compliance tests for PCI Express 4.0. The integrator’s list includes Broadcom’s PEX88000 PCIe Gen4 switch chip, which is now in production.
  September 24, 2019   Power9 AIO Boosts DRAM Bandwidth
IBM’s new Power9 AIO (Advanced I/O) server processor introduces the Open Memory Interface (OMI)—a superfast alternative to DDR4. Special DIMMs boost the peak bandwidth to 410GB/s, making Power9 ideal for memory-intensive applications.
  September 24, 2019   Qualcomm Updates Wi-Fi 6 Portfolio
Qualcomm updated its Wi-Fi 6 products for both infrastructure and smartphones, also rebranding those respective lines as Networking Pro Series and FastConnect. Both achieved Wi-Fi Certified 6 status in the Wi-Fi Alliance’s new certification program.
  September 24, 2019   Tsinghua Pedals Hybrid AI Processor
Tianjic’s novel hybrid architecture can concurrently run convolutional neural networks, multilayer perceptrons, recurrent neural networks, and other deep neural networks, as well as biologically inspired continuous-attractor and spiking neural networks.
  September 17, 2019   HPE Reveals Gen-Z Fabric Chipset
At Hot Chips, HPE disclosed industry-first Gen-Z bridge and switch chips with copackaged optics. They target exascale systems rather than mainstream servers.
  September 17, 2019   Unisoc Hits Mid-Premium Segment
Raising its sights, Unisoc disclosed two new smartphone processors. The Tiger T710 offers industry-leading AI performance, while the Tiger T618 focuses on improved image processing.
  September 10, 2019   Comet Lake Walks Over Ice Lake
The 14nm Comet Lake is a 10th Generation alternative to the 10nm Ice Lake processor for ultrathin and hybrid laptops, offering up to six CPU cores and faster Wi-Fi than last year’s models.
  September 10, 2019   Cypress Tracks Indoor Locations
Cypress’s new CYW5459 is a multimode Bluetooth+Wi-Fi combo chip that’s especially well suited to indoor asset tracking for consumer electronics, IoT, smart-home devices, and automotive.
  September 10, 2019   Mellanox Right-Sizes Smart-NIC SoC
Although it expects to become part of Nvidia by year-end, Mellanox is pressing forward with its server-connectivity roadmap, announcing second-generation BlueField processors as well as a new Ethernet controller optimized for cloud data centers.

Most Recent | Archive: 2019   |   2018   |   2017

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