RISC-V Expands its Audience News & Analysis 12/1/2016 Post a comment 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
15 Views from the Robot Frontier Slideshow 9/29/2016 Post a comment The RoboBusiness conference showed industrial, service and educational robots and ingredients for them as well as an update on robotics research at NASA and DARPA.
5 Challenges for 25G Ethernet Blog 9/28/2016 3 comments Here’s a list of the five biggest challenges facing the new generation of 25G Ethernet products in hopes they will be addressed sooner rather than later.
Persistent Memory Needs Apps News & Analysis 9/20/2016 6 comments A researcher from Hewlett Packard Enterprise called for apps that use persistent memory on servers although the chips are still more than a year away.
Web Giants Drive Optical Nets News & Analysis 9/12/2016 Post a comment Microsoft and Facebook are driving separate efforts for a new generation of simplified 400G coherent optical transceivers and optical transport systems.
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.
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.
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.
Samsung Debuts 3D XPoint Killer News & Analysis 8/11/2016 5 comments Samsung announced Z-NAND, a 3D flash variant it says will have similar performance and lower cost in solid-state drives than Micron Quantx SSDs.
Micron demos 3D XPoint in drives News & Analysis 8/9/2016 2 comments Micron showed prototype solid-state drives using its 3D XPoint memories with data for their performance as Toshiba talked about NAND flash advances.
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.
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.
PCIe 4.0 Heads to Fab, 5.0 to Lab News & Analysis 6/28/2016 2 comments Chips using PCI Express 4.0 are preparing to tape out although the spec isn’t done; work a 5.0 version will start next year targeting 16 or 32 Gbits/second.
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.
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.
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.
Cisco Rolls 16nm ASICs News & Analysis 3/1/2016 2 comments Cisco rolled its first 16nm ASICs for new data center switches that leapfrog capabilities of Broadcom's chips.
Raspberry Pi Goes 64-bit News & Analysis 2/29/2016 1 comment The Pi 3B is based on the Broadcom BCM2837 SoC, which includes a quad-core Cortex-A53 and is capable of 1.2GHz clock frequency. Cortex-A53 comply with the ARMv8A instruction set architecture and support both 64- and 32-bit addressing as well as providing backwards compatibility with the ARMv7 instruction set 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.
Data Centers Tap ARM, 100GE News & Analysis 2/9/2016 8 comments Growing cloud service providers are driving server and networking technologies, opening small but significant opportunities for non-x86 processors.