IBM Weaves New 25G Link
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.
NXP Pushes Hardware Isolation in i.MX8
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.
Imagination 2.0 Update Ships
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.
ARM Raises Bar for Safety, Determinism
News & Analysis 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.
LTE IoT: Sequans Claims 'Big Lead' over Rivals
News & Analysis 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?
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
Slideshow 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
Slideshow 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.
AMD’s Zen Takes on Intel
Blog 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
News & Analysis 8/16/2016 1 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
Slideshow 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.
Startup’s IoT SoC Packs a Punch
News & Analysis 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
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 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
News & Analysis 7/11/2016 3 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 2 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.