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 Please note that, because these articles are several months old, some of the information and opinions may be out of date.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.

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.

LX2160A Is NXP’s Biggest Multicore  — October 16, 2017
Targeting high-end networking, the new LX2160A is the largest and fastest QorIQ processor, sporting 16 ARM Cortex-A72 CPUs, 100GbE, a 16-port Layer 2 switch, and PCI Express Gen4.

Ncore 3.0 Flexes Interface Chops  — October 16, 2017
ArterisIP is continuing a steady pace of updates to its coherent network-on-a-chip (NoC) interconnect IP, adding Ace, Chi, and CCIX interoperability as well as optimizations that boost speed.

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.

Silexica’s Hardware/Software Co-design  — October 2, 2017
Silexica offers performance-analysis tools that help system designers optimize their hardware and software for throughput, power consumption, memory usage, or cost.

Intel 8th Gen Spans Architectures  — September 11, 2017
Although the first 8th generation Core processors for laptops use Kaby Lake R, other models will use six-core Coffee Lake designs for desktop PCs and even 10nm Cannonlake designs.

Think Silicon Shrinks the GPU  — June 12, 2017
Think Silicon designed its Nema GPUs for IoT and embedded applications requiring graphical user interfaces. The licensable cores come in Pico, Tiny, and Small sizes.

Google TPU Boosts Machine Learning  — May 8, 2017
Google released new details on the architecture of its deep-learning accelerator along with data showing that it offers at least 10x better performance than comparable CPUs and GPUs.

NXP Airs Software-Defined Radio  — April 3, 2017
The new QorIQ LA1575 is an innovative embedded processor with a programmable baseband. It can support multiple protocols including next-generation Wi-Fi and 5G cellular.

Helio X30 Nabs Speed Lead  — March 13, 2017
MediaTek new deca-core Helio X30 brings premium features to the mainstream price tier and is the first application processor manufactured in TSMC’s 10nm process.

10Gbps PONs Follow Two Paths  — February 6, 2017
The International Telecommunication Union has defined two distinct paths for passive optical networks that deliver 10Gbps or greater: the symmetric XGS-PON and the more complex NG-PON2.

ARM Chooses Variable-Length Vectors  — January 30, 2017
The Scalable Vector Extension (SVE), a novel 128- to 2,048-bit vector extension with a vector-length-agnostic programming model, will help ARM enter the HPC market.

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