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  February 19, 2019   Habana Wins Cigar for AI Inference
The Goya accelerator from Habana Labs offers industry-leading AI performance on ResNet-50 inference, but the company won’t disclose its architecture. We try to discern its secrets...
  February 19, 2019   Xilinx Delivers Server Acceleration
Xilinx is shipping complete solutions for AI inference acceleration. They comprise Alveo FPGA-based PCI Express cards, programmable-logic configurations, and software that works with common neural-network frameworks.
  February 14, 2019   Exynos 7904 Boosts Low-Cost Phones
Samsung’s Exynos 7904 powers the $150 Galaxy M20 smartphones that recently launched in India. It brings some higher-end features, like Cortex-A73 and face unlock, to this low price tier. 
  February 12, 2019   AMD Brings 7nm GPUs to PCs
AMD’s new Radeon VII is the first 7nm GPU for gamers and high-end PC users. It’s a slightly defeatured version of the Radeon Instinct MI60 announced last year for data center and HPC.
  February 12, 2019   Bitmain SoC Brings AI to the Edge
Better known for cryptocurrency-mining ASICs, Bitmain is shipping several AI chips under its Sophon brand. Its latest is the BM1880 SoC for smart cameras and other edge systems.
  February 12, 2019   Intel Zaps Some Coffee Lake GPUs
Intel’s new F-model Coffee Lake processors disable the integrated GPU, effectively boosting output from the company’s overtaxed fabs. But they don't reduce the TDP or even the list price.
  February 5, 2019   Ceva’s BX Hybrid Boosts DSP Engine
Ceva’s new BX DSP cores employ a hybrid architecture that combines multicore scalar CPUs for control functions with a highly configurable five-way SIMD/VLIW DSP engine for signal processing.
  February 5, 2019   Intel’s Sunny Cove Sits on an Icy Lake
The heart of Intel’s forthcoming 10nm Ice Lake family, the Sunny Cove CPU boasts nine specialized ISA extensions and greater per-core performance with up to 33% more cache bandwidth.
  February 5, 2019   WD Rolls Its Own RISC-V Core
Western Digital (WD) developed its own RISC-V core, which it has also made available as open source. The Swerv CPU employs a dual-issue pipeline to deliver 5.0 CoreMarks per megahertz.
  January 29, 2019   AI Benchmarks Remain Immature
As deep-learning workloads become more common, new benchmarks are emerging, including MLPerf for data-center training and AI-Benchmark for smartphone inference.
  January 29, 2019   Helio P90 Raises Mid-Premium Bar
MediaTek’s new Helio P90 is a high-performance processor for mid-premium smartphones. Packing two Arm Cortex-A75 cores and six Cortex-A55s, plus a new GPU and AI engine, it’s a big leap over existing Helio chips.
  January 22, 2019   Analysts’ Choice Winners for 2018
The Linley Group recognizes 2018’s top products in the categories of embedded, mobile, networking, server, processor IP, and related technology. And the winners are…
  January 22, 2019   Intel Turns Graphics up to (Gen) 11
The upcoming 10nm Ice Lake processors will employ Intel’s first mainstream GPU with 1Tflop/s of single-precision compute capability. The Gen11 graphics architecture also boosts power efficiency.
  January 22, 2019   Microchip Previews RISC-V FPGAs
Due to sample in 2H19, the SoC FPGAs combine the PolarFire FPGA design with SiFive’s U54-MC complex, comprising quad 64-bit application cores, a 64-bit monitor core, and an L2 cache. 
  January 15, 2019   Achronix eFPGA Serves AI Two Ways
The next-generation Speedcore IP targets leading-edge 7nm technology while adding a machine-learning-processor block for AI. Speedster 7nm FPGA chips are scheduled to follow in 1H19.
  January 15, 2019   Ryzen Mobile Rises to 12nm
AMD’s new Ryzen Mobile processors boost CPU and GPU clock speeds for mainstream laptop PCs and entry-level gaming notebooks. They match up well with Intel’s Whiskey Lake products.
  January 15, 2019   Year in Review: Mobile Vendors Prepare for 5G
In 2018, premium processors adopted three-tier CPU configurations even as more customers bought mid-premium phones. AI and 5G will drive upgrades in 2019.
  January 8, 2019   Barefoot Joins 400GbE-Switch Club
The startup plans to bring programmability to 400G Ethernet, with samples of its Tofino 2 switch chip due in 1H19. Employing 50Gbps PAM4 serdes, the new product delivers 12.8Tbps of bandwidth.
  January 8, 2019   Qualcomm Gets Serious About PCs
The Snapdragon 8cx boosts CPU, GPU, memory, and I/O capabilities well beyond smartphone levels, enabling more-powerful Arm-based PCs beginning in mid-2019.
  January 8, 2019   Year in Review: IP Suppliers Push AI Accelerators
In 2018, intellectual-property vendors launched a range of deep-learning accelerators while open-source CPUs gained ground. Arm will launch its first new Neoverse core in 2019.
  January 1, 2019   Year in Review: Embedded Processors Embrace AI
Artificial intelligence, Industry 4.0, edge computing, IoT, autonomous vehicles, functional safety, and security trended in 2018. New chips for 5G infrastructure are coming in 2019.

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