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Virtual Reality Group to Define APIs
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12/6/2016   Post a comment
A new Khronos working group will define APIs for virtual reality products to ease writing and optimizing applications and device drivers.
Will China Grab ARM Servers?
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12/1/2016   2 comments
China’s data center giants have become the next big hope to give traction to ARM’s server initiative.
RISC-V Expands its Audience
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12/1/2016   2 comments
RISC-V attracted a stellar list of chip architects and executives to its latest workshop, but the effort to grow an open-source instruction set has a big to-do list.
Intel Snags Exec from ARM to Run IoT
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11/29/2016   7 comments
Intel will separate its nascent automotive team from the company’s IoT group. Previously, Intel’s IoT and automotive teams were bundled together under one big IoT tent. Intel also named ex-ARM executive Tom Lantzsch to head the company’s IoT branch.
Open Source SoC Debuts
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11/29/2016   Post a comment
Startup SiFive released its first open-source SoC based on the RISC-V instruction set and an Arduino development board to go with it.
Renesas Bounces Back, But How High?
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11/22/2016   Post a comment
Japan’s once ailing Renesas Electronics has been blessed -- unintentionally -- by NXP’s recent acquisition of Freescale. In an exclusive interview, Renesas executive explained the company’s recent rise, its plan for a new embedded vision SoC billed as Mobileye alternative
Macom Buys Applied for Comms
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11/21/2016   1 comment
Macom has bid $770 million for Applied with plans to sell off its X-Gene ARM server SoC unit but cherish its "gold nugget" of networking chips.
Intel’s Nervana Attacks GPUs
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11/17/2016   5 comments
Intel will ship AI accelerators from Nervana next year as part of a broad machine learning strategy that is still waiting on its acquisition of Movidius to close.
Virtual Reality Will Stay Hot
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11/17/2016   Post a comment
Virtual reality could be a killer app in more ways than one.
Samsung Makes 10nm Q’comm SoC
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11/17/2016   6 comments
Qualcomm announced it is in production with its next generation mobile SoC, the Snapdragon 835, in Samsung’s 10nm process.
Intel Preps its AI Strategy
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11/15/2016   3 comments
Intel will lay out what one rival said may be a bet the company” strategy on AI this week, spanning Xeon, FPGA, Movidius processors and more.
Xilinx to Dive in Hyperscale Race
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11/14/2016   Post a comment
Xilinx is pursuing Altera (Intel), who took an early lead in the hyperscale computing by getting designed into Microsoft’s hyperscale acceleration fabric. Xilinx also goes after the inference side of machine learning where it believes it can beat Nvidia.
7nm SRAMs, 10nm SoC at ISSCC
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11/14/2016   3 comments
The annual International Solid State Circuits Conference will showcase advanced work on 7nm SRAMs, a 10nm SoC and an efficient AI SoC.
Supercomputer Aims for Exascale
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11/10/2016   Post a comment
U.S. researchers announced $34 million in software projects as part of their plan to build exascale supercomputers that may include new memory and programming technologies.
AI Chip Startup Shares Insights
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11/1/2016   1 comment
After announcing funding, startup Graphcore executives talked about their plans in machine learning and building a company.
Microsoft Speeds Open Hardware
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11/1/2016   2 comments
Microsoft revealed early specs of ts next-generation data center server and said work on open hardware needs to become as fast and flexible as open source software.
Samsung, Bosch Bet on AI Chip Startup
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10/31/2016   Post a comment
Startup Graphcore announced a $30 million investment from partners including Samsung and Bosch for its processor designed for machine learning.
MediaTek May Be Among First with 10nm SoCs
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10/31/2016   Post a comment
MediaTek, Qualcomm’s largest rival in the smartphone silicon business, said it aims to be among the chip industry’s first companies with 10nm products on the market starting in the second quarter next year.
16 Views of ARM TechCon
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10/28/2016   3 comments
ARM’s annual event was all about building and securing the Internet of Things with help from Softbank and little said about its server initiative.
TSMC Likely to Lock up Apple A10, A11 Orders
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10/26/2016   2 comments
TSMC will probably make nearly all of the A10 and A11 processors for Apple this year and next because of a competitive advantage the Taiwan foundry has gained in packaging technology called InFO (Integrated Fan Out), according to analysts.
SUSE Preps Linux for ARM Servers
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10/25/2016   Post a comment
SUSE said it will ship before the end of the year commercial versions of Linux for ARM servers and for storage systems.
Intel, ARM Battle over IoT
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10/25/2016   3 comments
Intel and ARM load up enhanced processors as their battle over the Internet of Things heats up this week.
V2X Radio War Still Smoldering in China, Europe
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10/25/2016   2 comments
The battle over radios for connected cars is hardly over. For the cellular industry, V2X is a nice-to-have “feature” for its networks. But V2X advocates see it a life-saving system ready for deployment by using IEEE 802.11p.
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
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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
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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   15 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
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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
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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.
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