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IBM Weaves New 25G Link
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10/14/2016   5 comments
IBM announced OpenCAPI, a 25G interconnect for processors, accelerators and memories with backing from seven partners.
Specs Pave Roads Around Xeon
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10/11/2016   3 comments
Two groups – CCIX and Gen-Z—announced chip interconnects meant to provide open alternatives for the data center to Intel’s Xeon interfaces.
Why 2016 Is a Little Like 1984
10/7/2016   2 comments
The vision of artificial intelligence is becoming a reality in a different and more nuanced way than technologists once imagined.
NXP Pushes Hardware Isolation in i.MX8
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10/5/2016   4 comments
In response to the growing demand for advanced HMI, NXP launches new apps processors dubbed i.MX8. Its beauty lies in the safety and reliability inherent in its architecture. It comes with built-in hardware-based virtualization and domain protection.
NXP Rides Growing Motor Control MCUs
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10/5/2016   Post a comment
Carmakers are eager to squeeze more comfort and convenience into their cars. Inevitably, they will have to install more motor control chips into their vehicles. NXP is launching new motor control MCUs along with software and new tools.
EE Slashes CPU Design Cost
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10/5/2016   21 comments
An engineer taped out a massively multicore processor in a 16nm process for less than $1 million in under a year.
Google Does Consumer Electronics
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10/4/2016   2 comments
Google rolled out its new hardware group and its first products—two smartphones, an Amazon Echo-alike, a VR headset and Wi-Fi access point.
Ethernet Flexes Network Muscles
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10/3/2016   2 comments
Chip vendors are designing a new class of Flexible Ethernet DSPs and ASICs that will let users dial in desired data rates.
Microsoft Puts Stamp on Private Cloud
10/3/2016   2 comments
In a one-two punch of private cloud hardware and software, Microsoft showed insight and innovation in cloud computing at its Ignite event.
Samsung Calls for New CPU Design
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9/28/2016   6 comments
Samsung is working on a new processor architecture that leverages its dominance in memory, said a corporate strategist.
GE Plugs into Industrial Internet
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9/27/2016   1 comment
GE provided a look under the hood of its first major systems geared for the Industrial Internet of Things.
Baidu Releases AI Benchmark
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9/26/2016   2 comments
Calling for 100x faster processors, Baidu released DeepBench, a benchmark for how fast processors train neural networks.
Imagination 2.0 Update Ships
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9/26/2016   Post a comment
Imagination Technologies predicts profits this year with streamlined operations under a new CEO and thoughts of new core IP licensing models.
TSMC Expands its 3D Menu
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9/22/2016   14 comments
TSMC showed an expanding array of foundry process technologies, packaging options and applications-specific platforms at an event.
Amazon Echo & How It Resonates
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9/22/2016   4 comments
Amazon’s Echo-like smart speakers are on the rise. The voice interface is emerging as one of the most natural interface to control IoT devices. Analysts expect the voice interface in home automation hubs, TVs, set-top boxes, HVAC/environmental control hubs and more.
Startup Tips Machine Learning Chip
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9/21/2016   3 comments
Wave Computing will describe a machine-learning chip at an event showing increasing specialization in microprocessor designs.
ARM Raises Bar for Safety, Determinism
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9/19/2016   4 comments
ARM is rolling out what the company describes as its “most advanced processor for safety.” The new processor, dubbed Cortex-R52, is aimed at automotive, industrial and healthcare applications that demand functional safety.
GF Debuts 7nm, Embedded MRAM
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9/15/2016   18 comments
Globalfoundries described its 7nm FinFET process for 2018 and an embedded MRAM option for its 22nm FD-SOI process.
Apple Debuts Three Custom Chips
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9/7/2016   16 comments
Apple described three new chips powering its iPhone 7, Apple Watch 2 and a new family of wireless earbuds and headphones.
LTE IoT: Sequans Claims 'Big Lead' over Rivals
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9/6/2016   3 comments
With the recent ratification of the Cat M1 and Cat NB1 standards, Cellular IoT is getting hot. Sequans claims it’s the first to sample CAT M1/NB1 chips, 9 months ahead of its rivals including Qualcomm, Intel and Altair.
Intel Buys Movidius: Automotive Vision in Play?
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9/6/2016   Post a comment
The Movidius deal is a big win for Intel. Where analysts’ opinions diverge is whether Intel has a long-term ambition to extend Movidius’ technology to autonomous cars, and if Movidius is equally hungry for the automotive market.
Intel Debuts 14nm+ Processors
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8/30/2016   3 comments
Intel announced its Kaby Lake PC chips using an enhanced 14nm process and media engine to deliver a 12% overall boost and improved 4K video.
19 Views of Hot Chips
8/26/2016   1 comment
Machine learning, self-driving cars and novel sensors commanded significant attention at this year’s Hot Chips, reflecting a semiconductor industry moving fast in many directions.
Power9 Opens IBM to Partners
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8/24/2016   3 comments
IBM’s Power9 processor reaches out to new OEMs and partners with multiple interconnects and variants of the chip, according to a talk at Hot Chips.
AMD Reveals Zen of X86
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8/24/2016   Post a comment
AMD detailed Zen at Hot Chips, its next-generation x86 core aimed at head-to head competition with Intel in everything from notebooks to servers.
ARM Reaches for Supercomputers
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8/22/2016   1 comment
New vector extensions for 64-bit ARM cores aim to take the company into the highest reaches of supercomputer performance with partners including Fujitsu.
19 Views of IDF16
8/19/2016   Post a comment
This year’s Intel Developer Forum showed how the x86 giant is seeking ways to pump up and go beyond the PC with new platforms for machine vision, virtual reality, robots, drones and more.
Intel to Accelerate Altera, Says CEO
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8/18/2016   8 comments
Intel will support Altera's base FPGA business including use of ARM cores and long lifetime products, said Intel's CEO.
AMD’s Zen Takes on Intel
8/18/2016   9 comments
Last night, AMD demonstrated an eight-core, dual threaded 3 GHz desktop chip using its new Zen core narrowly edging out a similar high-end desktop CPU from archrival Intel.
Wintel Reunites in Mixed Reality
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8/16/2016   Post a comment
Microsoft and Intel will release a specification in December for headsets and PCs running Windows 10 that support virtual and augmented reality.
14 Views from the Flash Summit
8/12/2016   11 comments
The Flash Memory Summit showed shifts NAND flash and other persistent memories including 3D XPoint are making in arrays, accelerators and solid-state drives.
Stanford’s Hennessy: STEM to CPU
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8/1/2016   20 comments
Stanford President John Hennessy shared his views on education, Silicon Valley, the tech industry, microprocessors and the EE profession.
Smartwatches Give Mobile Uptick
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7/26/2016   Post a comment
Smartwatches will dominate wearables which are driving growth and excitement in mobile amid a slowing smartphone market, said analyst Linley Gwennap.
Startup’s IoT SoC Packs a Punch
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7/25/2016   1 comment
Startup Greenwaves is working on a high performance SoC to make nodes on the Internet of Things capable of machine learning and high data rates.
Intel a Bear on PCs, a Bull on Flash
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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.
ARM, Softbank and 1,500 Engineers
7/18/2016   5 comments
What jobs should ARM give the 1,500 engineers it hopes to hire over the next five years with its new investment from sugar Daddy Softbank?
Virtual Nets Pave Road to Acceleration
7/12/2016   1 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
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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
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.
Startup Aims to Simplify Networks
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7/5/2016   1 comment
Startup Barefoot Networks will sample its Tofino chips late this year to enable software-defined networks using the P4 language.
Researchers Claim First 1,000-core Processor
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6/22/2016   2 comments
A team of researchers from the University of California-Davis has reported designing a 1,000 core processor said to be the most energy efficient many-core processor ever reported.
Security Practices for Smart Homes
6/22/2016   Post a comment
By leveraging proven security mechanisms and protocols, engineers can significantly enhance the security of connected devices in the home.
FCC Will Vote on 5G Spectrum on July 14
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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.
Michael Slater Brought Clarity to CPU Complexity
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6/20/2016   6 comments
The founder of the Microprocessor Report died of cancer Saturday at his home of Sebastopol, Calif.
China Tops U.S. in Supercomputers
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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
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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.
Chip Makers Grapple with Self-Driving Cars
6/15/2016   Post a comment
Self-driving cars and device-level security pose challenges for chip makers that will be discussed at the annual Semicon West event in July.
ARM-Based Server Processors Finally Hitting Stride
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6/2/2016   2 comments
After years of ecosystem development and processor designs that didn't go far, vendors of ARM-based server microprocessors are finally starting to garner design wins.
Cavium Flexes ARM Server Upgrade
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5/30/2016   Post a comment
With its first-generation still not in high volume use, Cavium detailed ThunderX2, a 14nm 54-core ARM server SoC sampling in early 2017.
Moore on his Law and More
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5/24/2016   14 comments
Imec celebrated Gordon Moore with a lifetime achievement award and a video interview from his home in Hawaii.
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