SoCs

The growth of AI has seen a resurgence in venture capital funding for silicon start-ups. Designing AI silicon for machine learning, both for training and inference, has become hot property in Silicon Valley, especially as machine learning compute and memory requirements are coalesced into tangible targets for this silicon to go after. A number of these companies are already shipping high performance processors to customers, and are looking for further funding to help support customers, expand the customer base, and develop next generation products until profitability happens, or the company is acquired. The two latest funding rounds for AI silicon were announced in this past week.

Imagination Launches PowerVR Automotive Initiative, 8XT-A GPU IP

The automotive industry is changing rapidly these days thanks to the influx of computing poweer, and it will continue to consume considerably more CPU and GPU horsepower in the...

2 by Anton Shilov on 11/13/2018

ChipRebel Releases Kirin 980 Die Shot: Cortex A76's & Mali G76 in View

When new flagship silicon chips are released, one thing that I always eagerly await is somebody publishing a die shot of said design. Over the past few years this...

27 by Andrei Frumusanu on 11/7/2018

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 675 - 11nm Mid-Range Cortex A76-Based

Today we’re seeing a very interesting announcement from Qualcomm: The new Snapdragon 675 chipset is a direct successor to the current generation Snapdragon 670 which was only announced back...

40 by Andrei Frumusanu on 10/22/2018

Arm TechCon 2018 Keynote Live Blog (Starts at 1pm ET)

We're here at the San Jose Convention Center for Arm's annual developer conference and tech showcase, TechCon. Arm of course needs no introduction, and while the company is an...

0 by Ryan Smith on 10/16/2018

Apple iPhone XS Review Addendum: Small Core and NN Performance

Last week we published our iPhone XS and XS Max review, in which went into great depth into the various aspects of the phones, especially into the section regarding...

33 by Andrei Frumusanu on 10/12/2018

Intel Launches "Vision Accelerator Design" Products, Based On Movidius Accelerators & Arria FPGAs

Intel on Wednesday introduced a new series of computer vision accelerators powered by a combination of Movidius chips and Arria FPGAs. Dubbed the Vision Accelerator Design series, the new...

4 by Anton Shilov on 10/10/2018

Arm Unveils Arm Safety Ready Initiative, Cortex-A76AE Processor

The market of automobiles is changing. Modern cars use more electronics than ever and adoption of electronic components in general and processors in particular is not going to slow...

27 by Anton Shilov on 9/26/2018

TechInsights Publishes Apple A12 Die Shot: Our Take

As is custom by now every year, we look forward to TechInsights teardown of the latest new mobile SoCs. This time around we’re delighted to see a new die...

36 by Andrei Frumusanu on 9/25/2018

A Quick Look at the Subor Z+ Console/PC Hybrid: A Custom AMD SoC Called FireFlight

One of the most interesting things in August (there were a lot) was that a company in China invested the best part of 400 million RMB / $60 million...

42 by Ian Cutress on 9/19/2018

Cadence Announces The Tensilica DNA 100 IP: Bigger Artificial Intelligence

Cadence is an industry player we don’t mention nearly enough as much as we should - they make a lot of IP and specialises in accelerator blocks which augment...

9 by Andrei Frumusanu on 9/19/2018

Qualcomm Launches Snapdragon Wear 3100 Platform for Smartwatches

Qualcomm this week introduced its new platform designed for smartwatches based on Google’s Wear OS. The long anticipated Snapdragon Wear 3100 packs four general-purpose processing cores as well a...

43 by Anton Shilov on 9/14/2018

AMD Updates its 25x20 Goal: Progress in a Generation

Last year we published an article detailing AMD’s progress on its self-set 25x20 goal for its processors: 25x more energy efficiency of its chips by the year 2020. In...

47 by Ian Cutress on 9/5/2018

Huawei & Honor's Recent Benchmarking Behaviour: A Cheating Headache

Does anyone remember our articles regarding unscrupulous benchmark behavior back in 2013? At the time we called the industry out on the fact that most vendors were increasing thermal...

84 by Andrei Frumusanu & Ian Cutress on 9/4/2018

Huawei To Launch the Mate 20 with Kirin 980 on October 16th

Just a small note to detail one of Huawei’s announcements today: alongside the Kirin 980 announcement, Richard Yu, Huawei’s CEO, stated that their next generation flagship device, the Mate...

6 by Ian Cutress on 8/31/2018

HiSilicon Announces The Kirin 980: First A76, G76 on 7nm

This year at IFA, instead of suddenly finding the new silicon on the show floor, Huawei’s CEO Richard Yu announced this year’s new Kirin 980 during the company’s keynote...

120 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/31/2018

IFA 2018: Huawei Kirin 980 Keynote Live Blog

Our big keynote of the IFA 2018 show is from Huawei, with CEO Richard Yu set to take the stage and detail the newest Kirin 980 chipset for us...

1 by Ian Cutress on 8/31/2018

Huawei To Announce Kirin 980 Today at IFA

In the smartphone wars, the chip inside powering the devices is becoming ever more important. Raw performance plus accelerators are pushing the boundaries of what we used to think...

11 by Ian Cutress on 8/31/2018

Qualcomm Begins Sampling of 7nm Next-Gen SoC

Today Qualcomm is announcing that it has begun sampling its next generation Snapdragon SoC. The announcement is unusual as in the past we’ve never really had sampling announcements from...

18 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/22/2018

Hot Chips 2018: NEC Vector Processor Live Blog

We saw this at Supercomputing last year: NEC's new Vector PCIe co-processor. I've wanted to write about it for a while, so I'm glad it's being presented here at...

9 by Ian Cutress on 8/21/2018

Hot Chips 2018: Xilinx DNN Processors Live Blog

Xilinx has several talks this year at Hot Chips, and aside from the ACAP earlier in the day, the talk about their Deep Neural Network processor also looks interesting...

3 by Ian Cutress on 8/21/2018

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