Intel a Bear on PCs, a Bull on Flash
News & Analysis 7/20/2016 1 comment
Amid second-quarter results, Intel said it expects a double-digit PC decline this year but sees flash picking up as it continues a 14nm rollout and starts a 10nm ramp.
Virtual Nets Pave Road to Acceleration
Blog 7/12/2016 Post a comment
Standards groups are defining a role for hardware accelerators to implement network functions virtualization with help from chip vendors including Broadcom, Cavium, EZchip, Huawei, Intel, Netronome and NXP.
Startup Debuts Open Source SoCs
News & Analysis 7/11/2016 2 comments
Startup SiFive aims to use the open source RISC-V core as the heart of two SoC platforms, enabling a broader set of engineers to build custom processors.
Why Networks Need ASICs
Blog 7/7/2016 3 comments
Tomorrow’s networks are driving price and performance requirements that call for custom silicon, according to a senior manager for a company using ASICs.
FCC Will Vote on 5G Spectrum on July 14
News & Analysis 6/21/2016 Post a comment
FCC will vote July 14 on new rules to open up high-band spectrum for high-speed, low-latency 5G wireless applications. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler vowed US will be “first out of gate” with 5G.
China Tops U.S. in Supercomputers
News & Analysis 6/20/2016 5 comments
China built the world’s most powerful supercomputer with chips it designed itself and topped the U.S. for the first time in the number and performance of installed systems.
Cavium Buys QLogic for $1B
News & Analysis 6/15/2016 3 comments
Cavium will expand from a range of security, comms and server processors and switches into storage and networking with the acquisition for $1 billion of Qlogic.
Forces Clash over Auto Cyber Security
News & Analysis 5/24/2016 6 comments
With a growing number of connected cars and autonomous cars planned for rollout, automakers know they have a bulls-eye on their back. The question now is how best to deal with this imminent threat.
Accelerators Unite ARM, IBM, X86
News & Analysis 5/23/2016 2 comments
Seven chip companies will define a cache-coherent interface between accelerators and server processors spanning ARM, IBM Power and x86 architectures.
Google’s TPU Hit a Tight Sked
News & Analysis 5/19/2016 6 comments
Norman Jouppi, a veteran processor and server engineering manager, shares some of the story behind Google’s custom accelerator for machine learning.
Google Designing AI Processors
News & Analysis 5/18/2016 23 comments
Google has developed and is running in its data centers a custom accelerator for artificial intelligence its calls a tensor processing unit.
Intel Reorg Shows Clouds Ahead
News & Analysis 4/20/2016 11 comments
Intel's $1.2 billion plan to cut 12,000 employees amid an accelerating PC decline got a mixed reception from market watchers noting issues in memory, IoT and data center markets.
Data Centers Hit the Accelerator
News & Analysis 4/15/2016 12 comments
Engineers need to re-invent the server to better handle emerging jobs such as machine learning, said an executive with Microsoft’s cloud computing group.
Sayonara, Japan Semiconductor Inc.
News & Analysis 4/12/2016 20 comments
The Japanese semiconductor industry’s downfall is undeniable. EE Times went back to Japan and explored what remains of Japanese chip vendors, how Japan Inc. has crumbled and if we grade recent restructuring programs, who comes out on top.
Google Preps for IBM, ARM Shift
Slideshow 4/7/2016 3 comments
Google has ported much of its data center code to IBM Power and ARM server architectures and will co-design a server on the upcoming Power9 chip which will sport 24 cores and a new interconnect.
Intel Disrupts Client Management
News & Analysis 4/4/2016 5 comments
Two, possibly three, top managers have left Intel in the aftershock of Intel’s CEO hiring a Qualcomm executive as his number two in client systems.
TSMC Details Silicon Road Map
News & Analysis 3/16/2016 22 comments
TSMC described its 7nm plans, likely the last stop for FinFETs, as well as its progress on 16 and 10nm nodes, and gave a glimpse at the unknown beyond it for semiconductors.
Facebook Likes Intel's 3D XPoint
Slideshow 3/10/2016 7 comments
Facebook endorsed Intel’s 3D XPoint memories and got Google to join its Open Compute Project at its annual event that included new processors from Intel and networking code from Microsoft.
Mars and Other Challenges
Slideshow 2/19/2016 Post a comment
NASA's Ames center director talked about the challenges getting to Mars at a Fujitsu Labs event that showcased its work on everything from Bluetooth and RFID tags to a self-driving wheelchair.
Qualcomm, CEVA, ARM Race to Next-Gen Modem
News & Analysis 2/17/2016 2 comments
Qualcomm, CEVA and ARM are all racing to meet a host of new demands of the next-gen baseband modems. The three-way race is morphing into a competition for new processing cores, hardware acceleration and DSPs.
Soft Machines: Promising, Not Proven
Blog 2/12/2016 11 comments
Veteran microprocessor analyst Kevin Krewell plumbs startup Soft Machines’ VISC technology following a recent release of updated simulation data of its promising multicore architecture.
Red Hat Drives FPGAs, ARM Servers
News & Analysis 2/12/2016 3 comments
Red Hat’s chief ARM architect is rallying FPGA makers to set a software standard for accelerators in between trying to get ARM servers ready for the market.
LinkedIn Refines its Network
News & Analysis 2/11/2016 4 comments
Web giant LinkedIn has defined its own top-of-rack switch for its first mega data center and is studying use of alternative processors for a distributed point-of-presence network.
Data Centers Tap ARM, 100GE
News & Analysis 2/9/2016 13 comments
Growing cloud service providers are driving server and networking technologies, opening small but significant opportunities for non-x86 processors.
Moore’s Law Goes Post-CMOS
News & Analysis 2/1/2016 8 comments
Moore's Law can continue if engineers focus on cost per transistor and adopt challenging post-CMOS techniques, Intel's top fav executive said at ISSCC.
16 Insights on ICs
Slideshow 1/29/2016 5 comments
At a talk in Silicon Valley semiconductor market guru Bill McClean predicted 4% growth in 2016 for the consolidating industry, but said China is a wild card.