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  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.
  June 23, 2020   EnSilica Drives Automotive Radar
EnSilica has delivered its eSI-ADAS intellectual property for radar-signal processors. It also offers eSi-Medisense, an IP platform that enables wireless vital-sign monitoring in ultra-low-power wearables.
  June 23, 2020   Pliops Makes Storage Computational
Computational storage uses new system architectures to move some processing closer to storage. Startup Pliops is shifting more of the stack into its storage processor, multiplying SSD performance.
  June 16, 2020   Dimensity 820 Shows True Colors
Just a month after releasing the Dimensity 800, MediaTek has upgraded most of the design’s capabilities to create a new processor that appears in smartphones selling for as little as $225.
  June 16, 2020   Pensando, Xilinx Debut Smart NICs
Seeking to increase demand for merchant smart NICs, two new entrants plan to serve the broader market beyond hyperscale data centers.
  June 9, 2020   Kirin 985 Upgrades AI Performance
The Kirin 985 gives Huawei a competitive edge in the 5G mid-premium segment while maintaining a healthy distinction from the premium segment, which the Kirin 990 5G occupies.
  June 9, 2020   Nvidia A100 Tops in AI Performance
The first GPU to implement the Ampere architecture, the A100 delivers huge performance increases to data centers running AI, data analytics, and high-performance computing (HPC) workloads.
  June 9, 2020   Nvidia Ampere Delivers AI Innovation
This deep dive into Nvidia’s latest data-center GPU architecture explains the new training data types, structured sparsity, cache compression, GPU virtualization, and other features.
  June 2, 2020   Cortex-X1: A Bigger Arm
Cortex-X1 debuts a series of Arm CPUs that provide a new level of smartphone performance. The company also released Cortex-A78, which increases efficiency for the mainstream line.
  June 2, 2020   Ethos-N78 Boosts AI Efficiency
The new Ethos-N78 is Arm’s second-generation deep-learning accelerator (DLA). In its largest configuration, the N78 can deliver peak performance of 10 trillion operations per second (TOPS).
  June 2, 2020   Mali-G78 Raises Premium Performance
The new Mali-G78 GPU strengthens Arm’s hold on licensable IP for premium phones. It outperforms the Mali-G77 by about 15%, and its larger maximum core count enables even greater performance gains.
  May 26, 2020   Andes Plots RISC-V Vector Heading
Andes has delivered the first CPU core to support the new RISC-V vector extensions (RVV), even though RISC-V International (formerly the RISC-V Foundation) won’t freeze the v1.0 specifications until August. 
  May 26, 2020   Innovium Debuts 25.6Tbps Switch
Startup Innovium is first to announce a 25.6Tbps Ethernet switch chip using next-generation 100Gbps PAM4 serdes. Teralynx 8 doubles the per-lane data rate of its predecessor, yielding up to 64x400G Ethernet ports.
  May 19, 2020   Intel Takes Desktop PCs to 10th Gen
New 14nm processors based on Comet Lake-S offer 10 cores at the high end, clock speeds up to 5.3GHz, and Hyper-Threading for all models, delivering greater value for most customers.
  May 19, 2020   Prophesee Detects Rapid Movement
Prophesee is a French startup developing event-based image sensors. It’s working with Sony on its fourth-generation device that delivers one-microsecond temporal resolution with HD spatial resolution. 
  May 19, 2020   Sima Seeks Greener AI
To bring a new level of power efficiency to embedded systems that require neural networks, Sima is designing a chip called the MLSoC that it expects will deliver an impressive 10 TOPS/W.
  May 12, 2020   Helio P95 Boosts AI and Graphics
MediaTek is offering a slight upgrade to last year’s octa-core P90 for mid-premium smartphones. It barely stays competitive with similar chips from Huawei and Qualcomm.
  May 12, 2020   LeapMind Jumps on Binary Networks
A Japanese startup is licensing a hardware design that runs binary neural networks (BNNs) at 28 TOPS per watt. It also offers software tools that greatly improve the accuracy of BNN models.
  May 12, 2020   Perceive Reduces AI to a Math Problem
Two-year-old startup Perceive has shattered power-efficiency benchmarks for edge-AI processors. Its first chip, Ergo, needs just 70mW to deliver 250fps on Yolo v3, all without connecting to DRAM.
  May 5, 2020   AMD Targets HPC With Faster Epyc
AMD introduced three new models in its Epyc processor line that demonstrate industry-leading per-core performance. Some also provide more cache memory than previous versions.
  May 5, 2020   MaxLinear Disconnects Intel’s Home
MaxLinear is acquiring Intel’s Home Gateway Platform Division, separating well-hidden assets from the behemoth’s Client Computing Group (CCG). It’s getting a mixed bag of goodies from past Intel broadband acquisitions.
  May 5, 2020   XMOS Xcore.ai Adds Vector Unit
XMOS enhanced its third-generation Xcore design to include neural-network acceleration, enabling smart-home and industrial devices to add AI capability at a chip price of just $1. 
  April 28, 2020   Flex Logix Accelerates DSP
On the basis of customer input, the embedded-FPGA developer has applied its NNMax deep-learning accelerators (DLAs) to finite-impulse-response (FIR) filters, achieving strong performance. 
  April 28, 2020   RISC-V Vectors Know No Limits
New vector extensions for the open-source RISC-V architecture are nearing formal adoption. They support almost unlimited register widths, data lanes, and data types to fit any design.
  April 21, 2020   Ceva SensPro Fuses AI and Vector DSP
Ceva’s new SensPro gives designers a versatile and highly configurable set of licensable intellectual-property (IP) cores for scalar and vector signal processing as well as neural-network acceleration.
  April 21, 2020   Comet Lake-H Maxes Out Clock Speed
Intel has refreshed its Core H-series with what should be its final Skylake design. The 10th Generation processor lines up against AMD’s new Ryzen 9 4900H.
  April 14, 2020   Synopsys Launches 64-Bit ARC
Synopsys has developed its first 64-bit ARC CPU cores, called the HS6x family, implementing its new ARCv3 ISA. The ISA also adds instructions that the new 32-bit HS5x family supports as well.
  April 14, 2020   Tenstorrent Scales AI Performance
Startup Tenstorrent is sampling an AI-inference accelerator that exceeds the performance of all other data-center inference chips while using just 65W, a fraction of their power.
  April 14, 2020   ThunderX3’s Cloudburst of Threads
Marvell’s new ThunderX3 server processor has more cores and threads per socket than any competitor. The Arm-compatible 96-core CN110xx can execute 384 threads for highly parallel applications in hyperscale cloud data centers.

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