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Most Recent | Archive: 2021   |   2020   |   2019

  October 19, 2021   Google Builds Video-Transcoder Chip
To better support its massive YouTube business, Google has created its own video-transcoding chip. The VCU design offers a 40x performance gain compared with CPUs.
  October 19, 2021   Loihi 2 Advances Spiking R&D
Intel Labs has developed a second-generation neuromorphic processor using the Intel 4 process. It’s also offering the open-source Lava framework to advance neuromorphic software.
  October 12, 2021   Anton 3 Cracks Molecular Dynamics
Billionaire David E. Shaw has spent two decades quietly building highly specialized supercomputers. Anton 3 is his newest ASIC for accelerating molecular-dynamics simulations.
  October 12, 2021   Cadence Takes Tensilica AI to the Max
The new Tensilica AI lineup comprises three product tiers that Cadence calls AI Base, AI Boost, and AI Max, along with a new accelerator and a multicore model that can deliver up to 32 TOPS.
  October 12, 2021   Samsung Demos In-Memory Processing
The company disclosed architecture and performance details for the processor-in-memory (PIM) version of its popular Aquabolt HBM2. The HBM-PIM, dubbed Aquabolt-XL, adds compute to a drop-in HBM2 stack.
  October 5, 2021   Dimensity 810 Trims Phone Power
The new Dimensity 810 boosts the single-thread CPU throughput by 17% compared with the Dimensity 800 while reducing power consumption, while the Dimensity 920 upgrades gaming performance.
  October 5, 2021   Enflame Lifts Veil on Training Chip
The well-funded Chinese AI startup revealed architectural details of its first chip shortly after announcing its T20 second-generation design with 4x better inference performance plus TF32 for training.
  October 5, 2021   Kompanio Powers 5G Tablets
MediaTek has added a new brand to its portfolio by introducing two tablet processors, refreshing its Arm compute strategy by reusing its latest Dimensity smartphone chips.
  September 28, 2021   Qualcomm Spills Cloud AI 100 Guts
Shortly after demonstrating outstanding performance per watt in recent MLPerf Inference results, Qualcomm revealed internal-architecture details of its Cloud AI 100 accelerator at last month’s Hot Chips.
  September 28, 2021   SOT MRAM Improves Access Speed
Startup Antaios is leading the commercialization of spin-orbit-torque (SOT) magnetoresistive RAM (MRAM), which promises greater longevity and faster access times than previous MRAMs.
  September 21, 2021   Cerebras Performs Extreme Training
The company hopes to meet the demands of huge neural networks by offering its new MemoryX and SwarmX systems, which aim to reduce GPT-3 training time to less than one day.
  September 21, 2021   Tesla D1 Tackles AI Training
In a surprising move, Tesla has developed its own AI training accelerator. The D1 design crams 25 chips into an enormous wafer-scale package that generates an industry-leading 9 petaflop/s.
  September 14, 2021   Alder Lake Extends Battery Life
Alder Lake is Intel’s first mainstream PC processor with a hybrid architecture, combining big and small cores to increase both performance and battery life.
  September 14, 2021   Mount Evans Puts Intel in DPU Range
The company recently disclosed architectural details of its first data-processing unit, combining a control plane and a programmable data plane to handle Ethernet speeds up to 200Gbps.
  September 14, 2021   Sapphire Rapids Spans Tiles
The next-generation Xeon processor is Intel’s biggest leap forward in years, delivering greater core counts, more per-core performance, integrated accelerators, and the latest memory and I/O interfaces.
  September 7, 2021   Golden Cove Adds Matrix Units
Intel’s new flagship CPU microarchitecture delivers a big performance boost for general-purpose code while AI operations increase 8x using the new Advanced Matrix Extensions (AMX).
  September 7, 2021   Gracemont Bulks Up in Performance
Intel’s family of “little” CPUs hits a bold new performance level by doubling the execution width and making other changes, offering a 20% jump in per-clock performance over its predecessor.
  September 7, 2021   Intel Stacks Tiles on Ponte Vecchio
The new high-performance GPU is an engineering marvel, using Intel’s EMIB and Foveros technologies to create a heterogeneous processor combining 47 discrete die (tiles) built in five different process nodes.
  August 31, 2021   AI-Camera Chips Sharpen Surveillance
Ambarella is sampling the CV5S and CV52S, which support 8K and 6K resolution, respectively. Realtek’s RT3916N handles 5 megapixels at 30fps, targeting lower-cost smart-camera systems.
  August 31, 2021   ArchiTek Offers Virtual Engines
A Japanese startup has developed a configurable architecture that uses multiple fixed-function engines to increase power efficiency for a broad range of workloads in AI-based edge systems.
  August 31, 2021   Telum Adds AI Accelerator to IBM Z
IBM’s new Z-series mainframe processor sets an industry record with more than 512MB of on-die memory and is the first high-end processor to ship with an integrated deep-learning accelerator (DLA).
  August 24, 2021   Chipmakers Boost AI Efficiency by 5x
As wafer costs rise sharply, chip designers are working to boost area efficiency and performance. Our analysis of the newest flagship smartphone processors reveals that efficiency increased by up to 5x from generation to generation.
  August 24, 2021   Marvell Adds Innovium Cloud Switches
Hot on the heels of closing its Inphi acquisition, Marvell announced an agreement to buy switch-chip startup Innovium. The deal will give it a leading position in data-center switching.
  August 24, 2021   Renesas R-Car Drives Digital Cockpits
The R-Car Gen3e line offers new cost-saving configurations along with performance and functional-safety improvements for digital-instrument clusters and infotainment systems in entry-level and midrange vehicles.
  August 17, 2021   Mali-G78 Catches Up to Apple GPU
Apple’s new A14 GPU is blurring the line between PC and mobile performance, but the design offers less of a performance increase than previous generations, allowing competitors to regain ground.
  August 17, 2021   PsiQuantum Develops Optical Qubits
A new startup is using a different approach in hopes of building the first quantum computer that can run for millions of cycles, enough to solve real-world problems, but it faces many challenges.
  August 17, 2021   Unisantis Memory Mixes DRAM, Flash
The company has revealed details of its unique DRAM/flash hybrid memory technology, along with ambitious plans to overturn the global memory market.
  August 10, 2021   Edged.AI Offers Low-Latency IP
A new startup offers deep-learning-accelerator intellectual property (IP) for high-performance edge SoCs aimed at autonomous systems that require low-latency inference.
  August 10, 2021   Intel Extends Process Roadmap to 20A
The company unveiled an ambitious plan to regain the fab-technology lead by 2025 with a rapid-fire series of renumbered process nodes that include its first with gate-all-around (GAA) transistors.
  August 3, 2021   DXOmark Measures Phone Cameras
Smartphone reviewers often quote DXOmark ratings. Little wonder, because the testing is rigorous and thorough. Here’s how DXOmark evaluates phone cameras—and why critics fault the scores.
  August 3, 2021   MLPerf Gets Tiny
The newest AI benchmark from MLCommons targets microcontrollers and ultra-low-power accelerators for smartphones, smart speakers, doorbell cameras, and similar edge systems.

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