Intel's new Atom S1200 storage processors ("Briarwood") extend the company's reach into the low-cost networked-storage market. They are much lower priced and use much less power than Xeon E5 storage processors.
Intel's 22nm Atom has received its first major CPU redesign in five years. Silvermont improves single-thread performance and scales to eight-core designs. It will appear in smartphones, tablets, embedded systems, and servers.
By introducing a dual-core processor for entry-level smartphones, as well as new quad-core Cortex-A7 versions for the market’s midrange and high end, MediaTek has left no low-cost niche for competitors to exploit.
GlobalFoundries, TSMC, and other foundries are scrambling to catch up with Intel’s FinFET technology, and their processes are growing more complex and costly at 20nm and below.
Intel has updated its server roadmap and disclosed new Atom processors targeting storage and networking applications. Although the company is already sampling Avoton, opportunities remain for ARM vendors.
Customers have already shipped more than 200 million chips using Andes Technology's CPU cores. These cores offer an alternative to ARM’s Cortex-M series.
Oracle introduced its new Sparc T5 and Sparc M5 processors in a new line of servers, claiming that Sparc T5 is the world's fastest microprocessor.
While the rest of the world struggles to break into China, Spreadtrum is already there. The new SC8825 is the company's first dual-core smartphone processor.
AMD is now shipping Richland, its newest integrated processor for notebooks. Richland offers significant improvements that will hold AMD over until its next-generation processor, Kaveri, ships in late 2013.
Nvidia has updated its Tegra roadmap, adding details for its next two processors: Logan and Parker. Logan brings Cuda to Tegra, and Parker provides a home for Denver, the company's ARMv8 CPU.
Imagination Technologies' Series6 (Rogue) GPU uses a unified-shader architecture to deliver OpenGL ES 3.0 compliance with improved performance per watt for mobile processors.
Cadence is paying $380 million to purchase Tensilica. With chip companies facing soaring design costs, this acquisition shows the advantages of a business model focused on intellectual-property (IP) cores.
The PXA1088 tackles the low-cost smartphone market with four Cortex-A7 CPU cores, upgrading Marvell’s earlier dual-core chips.
New processors from Broadcom and Mindspeed are expanding the options for cellular base-station designers, and other announcements from this year’s Mobile World Congress reaffirm the industry's interest in small-cell technology.
This article examines the processors and wireless chips that will connect billions of "smart objects" to the Internet.