Sample Articles from Microprocessor Report

Microprocessor Report articles are available only to paid subscribers. The following articles are available as samples to show the breadth and depth of our coverage. Please note that, because these articles are several months old, some of the information and opinions may be out of date. Subscribers get access to these articles as soon as they are posted.

Tom Halfhill Retires, Aakash Jani Joins  — June 29, 2020
After 20 years, Tom is retiring from his senior editor role at Microprocessor Report but will join the editorial board. New senior editor Aakash Jani is joining Microprocessor Report from AMD.

Editorial: Publishing Under a Quarantine  — April 20, 2020
Many technology companies are struggling to develop new products during the unprecedented lockdowns, but The Linley Group delivers online articles and a virtual conference.

Groq Rocks Neural Networks  — January 6, 2020
The startup has created a new AI architecture that implements a single massive programmable engine rated at an industry-leading 1,000 TOPS. It runs ResNet-50 with extremely low latency.

Tomahawk 4 Switch First to 25.6Tbps  — December 16, 2019
Broadcom is sampling a 400Gbps Ethernet switch that packs an unprecedented 512 serdes to double bandwidth relative to the shipping Tomahawk 3. 

BrainChip Akida Is a Fast Learner  — October 28, 2019
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.

SiFive U8 Takes RISC-V Out of Order  — October 28, 2019
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. 

Ceva and Synopsys Spin More TOPS  — October 7, 2019
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.

Silicon Labs Upgrades Wireless MCUs  — June 17, 2019
New Wireless Gecko Series 2 microcontrollers for IoT offer stronger security, enhanced radios, and Arm Cortex-A33 CPUs. These EFR32-series chips also feature the smallest packages in their class.

Syntiant Knows All the Best Words  — March 18, 2019
The NDP10x processors can recognize a 64-word vocabulary while consuming less than a milliwatt of active power. They target always-on keyword and speaker recognition in battery-powered devices.

Habana Wins Cigar for AI Inference  — February 18, 2019
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...

Intel Turns Graphics up to (Gen) 11  — January 21, 2019
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.

Mythic Multiplies in a Flash  — August 27, 2018
Mythic is an AI-processor startup that uses embedded flash memory to store neural-network weights as analog parameters. The technique can store a complete network on-chip.

General Processor Commands IP Unity  — July 30, 2018
General Processor has developed a heterogeneous processor-IP platform it calls Unity. This Sino-American platform includes a configurable deep-learning accelerator (DLA), a 64-bit CPU, and a vector DSP.

eSilicon 7nm Serdes Hits 56Gbps  — July 16, 2018
ASIC provider eSilicon has developed 7nm design platforms that include hard and soft macros for networking applications along with a new architecture and IP library for building AI accelerators.

Nvidia Shares Its Deep Learning  — March 26, 2018
Competing with DLA IP vendors, Nvidia has extracted the deep-learning accelerator from its Xavier autonomous-driving processor and is offering it under a royalty-free open-source license.

Ceva PentaG Adds AI to 5G Baseband  — March 12, 2018
Ceva’s new PentaG DSP comprises a set of configurable processing blocks that allow designers to build digital basebands implementing the recently ratified 3GPP 5G-NR specification.

Videantis IP Cores Pack Lots of MACs  — February 5, 2018
The Videantis v-MP6000UDX handles computer vision as well as image and video processing, but it’s the company’s first design that can also serve as a programmable neural-network accelerator.

SecureRF Locks Up the Keys  — December 18, 2017
SecureRF offers licensable cryptographic intellectual property (IP) that’s resistant to quantum-computing attacks. It delivers the IP as synthesizable RTL cores as well as in a software tool kit.

Editorial: Intel Hides Behind ICC  — October 30, 2017
Intel’s published SPEC CPU scores lead the industry, but much of this lead comes from its proprietary compiler. For customers that use GCC, the performance story is quite different.

UltraSoC Embeds Run-Time Analytics  — October 16, 2017
UltraSoC’s IP includes traditional test-bench debug functions, but it also offers capabilities for in-field run-time data logging and reporting, performance optimization, and security monitoring.

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