RISC-V Expands its Audience
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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?
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.
Intel Preps its AI Strategy
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 11/14/2016 8 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
News & Analysis 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.
Microsoft Speeds Open Hardware
News & Analysis 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.
MediaTek May Be Among First with 10nm SoCs
News & Analysis 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
Slideshow 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
News & Analysis 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.
V2X Radio War Still Smoldering in China, Europe
News & Analysis 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
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.