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Facebook Likes $1K Base Stations
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11/9/2017   3 comments
Facebook showed its design open source cellular base station that could cost less than $1,000 at a summit of carriers working on software-defined networks.
Apple iPhone X Packs Intel, Q’comm
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11/3/2017   4 comments
Teardowns of Apple’s iPhone X show two boards stacked in a microvia sandwich with separate models using Intel and Qualcomm cellular modems.
19 Views of Arm Tech Con 2017
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10/30/2017   Post a comment
Despite its keynotes on software and security, ARM Tech Con was packed with hardware insights from process technology to SoCs for IoT and more.
Bitcoin ASIC Maker Bets on AI
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10/25/2017   Post a comment
Bitcoin ASIC designer Bitmain of Beijing announced it is sampling its first accelerator for deep neural networks, the BM1680.
5 Ways To Navigate Fog IoT
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10/23/2017   8 comments
As fog computing moves toward broad deployment, I offer some tips to those designing, connecting to and using fog-based systems.
Teardowns Explore Bluetooth, Cellular IoT
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10/13/2017   2 comments
TechInsights explored some of the Bluetooth and cellular IoT devices that it expects will dominate the Internet of Things for some time.
12 Views of Drone World Expo
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10/5/2017   2 comments
Commercial drones are ready to take off at Airbus, GE, Facebook, Google and elsewhere but air traffic control systems to manage them are still at least a year away.
9 Views of Flexible Electronics
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9/26/2017   Post a comment
GE, Boeing, Jabil, Flex and others showed their latest work in flexible hybrid electronics at a coming out party for Nextflex.
iPhone 8 Still Packs Q’Comm, NXP
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9/22/2017   6 comments
A teardown of the iPhone 8 by iFixit shows good news for Qualcomm, NXP, Broadcom, and Skyworks, who maintain or expand sockets in Apple’s latest handset.
DDR5 Runs in Rambus’ Labs
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9/20/2017   4 comments
Rambus has working chips in the lab for DDR5, the next-generation DRAM bus, while the industry debates the road ahead for memory in servers.
AI Chip Rides Novel Networks
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9/12/2017   1 comment
BrainChip released what it claims is the first hardware accelerator for spiking neural networks and is working on an ASIC that could be available within two years.
Google Calls for Network Drain-O
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8/30/2017   Post a comment
A Google engineer described new techniques for managing network traffic in data centers, and Mellanox claims it ships it in one Ethernet adapter.
16 Views of Hot Chips ‘17
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8/24/2017   Post a comment
Machine learning was the dominant theme of Hot Chips 2017 with talks by data center giants Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Baidu.
Q’comm Details ARM Server SoCs
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8/21/2017   3 comments
Qualcomm will describe at Hot Chips the Falkor dual-CPU custom ARM core in its Centriq server processor slated to ship later this year.
NAND Clash Spans Chip to Code
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8/14/2017   4 comments
The Flash Memory Summit saw NAND chips move toward four bits/cell as new options for solid-state drives and software emerged for data centers.
Gen-Z Points to New Memories
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8/10/2017   2 comments
The Gen-Z Consortium has first prototypes for its interconnect, pointing toward a disruptive future of many persistent memories.
Samsung Promises 2018 Tbit NAND
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8/8/2017   1 comment
Samsung is sampling Z-NAND drives with 15-microsecond latency and announced plans for 3D-NAND chips that would enable Tbit devices.
Gbit MRAM Debuts at Flash Summit
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8/7/2017   7 comments
Everspin will debut a Gbit MRAM chip and 1-2 Gbyte cards, expanding the non-volatile alternatives to NAND at the annual Flash Memory Summit.
Startup Stacks IoT Chips Cheaply
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8/2/2017   4 comments
Startup zGlue designed a low cost 2.5-D substrate for integrating more than a dozen chips, providing an alternative to SoCs for the Internet of Things.
Intel Quashes Quark for IoT Nodes
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8/1/2017   5 comments
Intel reportedly cancelled plans to take the x86 into microcontrollers with the Quark processor and modules, amnid a sluggish wearables market.
Intel Skylake Counters AMD Epyc
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7/11/2017   4 comments
Intel says Skylake Xeon sports an average 65% boost over Broadwell, narrowing opportunities for rival AMD’s Epyc in the data center.
13 Views of Sensors Expo 2017
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6/30/2017   2 comments
Sensors Expo showed the broadening range of motion, environmental, biological and other sensors flooding the emerging Internet of Things and wearables markets.
ARM SoCs Take Soft Roads to Neural Nets
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6/29/2017   2 comments
NXP, Qualcomm, and ARM have all released math libraries to run neural network inference jobs on their existing CPU, GPU, and DSP cores.
B'com Overhauls Network Switches
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6/14/2017   Post a comment
Broadcom announced its Trident 3, an overhaul of its mainstream Ethernet networking switch that now effectively embeds a packet processor.
Greengrass Embeds Amazon in IoT
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6/8/2017   Post a comment
Amazon rolled out Greengrass, a Linux runtime for running AWS services on GHz-class embedded processors in the Internet of Things.
PCI Express Preps Shift to 32G
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6/7/2017   8 comments
The PCI Express bus will get a doubling to 32 GTransfers/s with a Gen 5 planned in 2019 following the rollout of the first Gen 4 systems this year.
3DXP's Memory Role Unclear
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5/31/2017   7 comments
Customers and analysts have mixed views on the outlook for Intel’s 3D XPoint chips as main memories in servers 2018.
Intel to Strike Thunderbolt in CPUs
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5/31/2017   12 comments
Thunderbolt is finally on the path to mass adoption thanks to Intel’s move to integrate it in future processors and make licensing it easier.
Google Revs Faster TPU
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5/17/2017   4 comments
Google announced a second-gen TPU packing twice the punch of the first, available as a service to run training and inference jobs for machine learning.
HPE Builds Big Data Server
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5/16/2017   4 comments
Hewlett Packard Enterprise built its first full-scale version of the Machine, a 160-TByte research prototype to test benefits of a big main memory.
Nvidia Rolls Volta GPU For 'AI Revolution'
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5/11/2017   2 comments
Nvidia announced Volta, its latest high-end GPU, in an effort to stay ahead of the fast-moving hunger for processor power to run machine learning.
Marvell's New CTO Wants 'Culture of Innovation'
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5/8/2017   10 comments
Neil Kim, the new CTO at troubled Marvell, spent an hour with EE Times at the end of his first week on the job, sharing his goals and views.
400G Deals Winning Hand for Data Centers
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4/21/2017   1 comment
Dell’Oro Group predicts that 400G will become the next major Ethernet speed for data centers, providing there’s adequate availability of 400G optics.
B’com Clocks 10G Ethernet in Real Time
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4/19/2017   Post a comment
Broadcom released Quartz, an embedded 10G Ethernet switch for real-time markets in automotive, industrial automation, cellular base stations, and more.
TPU Beat Intel, Nvidia, says Google
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4/5/2017   Post a comment
Google released a paper describing its Tensor Processing Unit and tests showing that it beat an Intel Xeon and Nvidia GPU on machine-learning jobs.
Google Calls for Switch Chip API
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4/4/2017   2 comments
Google called for a common API for Ethernet switches at the Open Networking Summit where it and AT&T cited progress in software-defined networks.
Silicon Wave Rises in Data Center
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3/30/2017   Post a comment
A golden wave of excitement around merchant Ethernet switch chips for the data center is rising with new investments from traditional suppliers and startups.
Eight Views of Bluetooth World
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3/30/2017   Post a comment
Bluetooth World, coming right after the 5.0 release and before the mesh networking launch in July, focused on startups and new use cases for short-range wireless.
Intel Pumps Up PCs with Optane
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3/27/2017   13 comments
Intel announced two M.2 cards using its 3D XPoint memories, aimed at accelerating hard-disk performance in PCs.
Intel Boots Drives with 3D XPoint
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3/19/2017   22 comments
Intel announced its first solid-state drives using its 3D XPoint memory chips, getting a long-awaited foothold in a market between flash and DRAM.
Startup Tips 12.8-Tbit Switch
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3/14/2017   Post a comment
Startup Innovium aims to leapfrog Broadcom with a 12.8-Tbit/s Ethernet switch chip for data centers as networking competition rises.
ARM Servers ‘Compelling’ for Microsoft
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3/9/2017   5 comments
Microsoft said it is testing Cavium and Qualcomm ARM SoCs for its data center at the Open Compute event where Facebook and IBM unveiled new servers.
AMD Describes Zen for Servers
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3/7/2017   Post a comment
AMD will announce at the annual Open Compute Project event that its Zen-based x86 Naples server processor will ship by June.
Startup Taps TSMC to Attack B’com
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3/6/2017   5 comments
Using InFO packaging from TSMC, a startup spun out of Mediatek aims to attack Broadcom’s dominance in Ethernet switch chips.
AMD Fires Volley in x86 War
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2/22/2017   1 comment
AMD will start selling March 2 its first Zen-based x86 processor, Ryzen 7, sporting significant price and performance advantages over CPUs from rival Intel.
Travel Order Stifles Startup Founder
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2/13/2017   1 comment
The founder of startup Kandou Bus was among unintended victims of President Trump’s travel restrictions that prevented him from receiving an award in person.
Data Center Calls for 800GE Spec
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2/9/2017   2 comments
Networking veteran Andy Bechtolsheim called for an 800G Ethernet standard this year based on 112G serdes to serve data centers.
Intel Shows 2.5D FPGA at ISSCC
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2/7/2017   6 comments
Intel described its EMIB packaging in an ISSCC session where AMD showed its Zen 86 fits it’s a smaller die than Intel’s current 14nm chip.
System-in-Package Gets 100G Link
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2/2/2017   Post a comment
Engineers are paving roads to 100G copper links, including a standard that could open a door for new system-in-package devices.
EUV in Focus at Photonics West
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1/25/2017   3 comments
Researchers at Photonics West will discuss advances in a 250W light source for EUV lithography, new infrared cameras and Li-Fi, data communications using LED lights.
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