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Linux-driven RISC-V core to debut on an NXP i.MX SoC

Dec 11, 2019

The OpenHW Group unveiled a Linux-driven “CORE-V Chassis” eval SoC due for tape-out in 2H 2020 based on an NXP i.MX SoC, but featuring its RISC-V and PULP-based 64-bit, 1.5GHz CV64A CPU and 32-bit CV32E cores. Meanwhile, Think Silicon demonstrated a RISC-V based NEOX|V GPU.
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Andes' RISC-V SoC debuts with AI-ready VPU as Microchip opens access to its PolarFire SoC

Dec 10, 2019

[Updated: Dec. 11] — Andes unveiled a Linux-ready, RISC-V-based “AndesCore 27-series” CPU core that features a VPU for AI applications. In other RISC-V on Linux news, Microchip opened early access to its FPGA-enabled PolarFire SoC and Hex Five announced MultiZone Security for Linux.
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Lenovo goes open source with RK3399 and AM5708 SBCs

Nov 26, 2019

Lenovo’s open-spec, $141 “Leez P710” SBC runs Ubuntu or Android 9.0 on an RK3399 with 4GB LPDDR4, 16GB eMMC, 40-pin GPIO, M.2, HDMI 2.0, and 4x USB ports. Up next is a Leez P515 board with a TI AM5708.
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Intel says Keem Bay VPU offers 10 times the AI performance of the Myriad X

Nov 13, 2019


Intel announced a third-gen VPU code-named “Keem Bay” that will offer 10 times the AI performance as its Myriad X chip. It’s claimed to be equivalent to a Jetson Xavier AGX, but with up to 4.7 times more power efficiency.
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Latest Banana Pi showcases a new quad -A7 SoC with FPGA extensions

Nov 12, 2019

[Updated: Nov. 13] — The Banana Pi project and SunPlus have unveiled a “Banana Pi BPI-F2S” SBC with 40-pin RPi GPIO and an optional Artix-7 FPGA module. The SBC runs Linux on a new quad -A7 “SP7021” SoC from SunPlus and Tibbo with Arm9 and 8051 co-processors.
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Gemini Lake Refresh boosts the burst and trims the TDP

Nov 5, 2019

Intel has added six Gemini Lake Refresh Pentium and Celeron SoCs to the 14nm, Atom-class product line with faster, up to 3.2GHz burst rates plus faster base rates on two of desktop models and lower 6W TDPs for the three mobile parts.
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Intel rounds out its Comet Lake line with new Pentium and Celeron parts

Nov 1, 2019

Intel unveiled dual-core Pentium Gold 6405U and Celeron 5205U processors — two low-end additions to its 10th Gen, 14nm, Comet Lake-U series, which includes four Core models led by a hexa-core i7-10710U.
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SiFive shows off tiny, Cortex-A72-like RISC-V core

Oct 28, 2019

SiFive unveiled a RISC-V based “U8-Series” Core IP that is roughly equivalent to Arm’s Cortex-A72. The power-efficient, up to 2.6GHz U84 and higher-end U87 both offer a superscalar out-of-order pipeline and support heterogeneous SoC designs.
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Intel launches 10nm Tremont core and Lakefield SoC to follow Gemini Lake

Oct 28, 2019

[Updated: Nov. 1] — Intel formally unveiled its 10nm Tremont core and Lakefield SoC with claims for up to 50 percent faster graphics than Gemini Lake and a tenth of the standby power. Lakefield combines 4x Tremont cores with a 10nm Ice Lake core, Gen11 GPU, and VPU plus a 14nm PCH.
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Orange Pi AI Stick Lite packs 5.6 TOPS Gryfalcon GPU

Oct 24, 2019

Shenzhen Xunlong Software’s $19.90 “Orange Pi AI Stick Lite” USB stick features a GTI Lightspeeur SPR2801S NPU at up to 5.6 TOPS @ 100MHz. It’s supported with free, Linux-based AI model transformation tools.
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Arm unveils two lightweight NPUs for edge AI

Oct 23, 2019

Arm renamed its 4-TOPS Arm ML NPU as the Ethos-N77 and launched small-footprint, low-power Ethos-N57 (2-TOPS) and Ethos-N37 (1-TOPS) models for edge AI supported with the Linux-based Arm NN SDK. Arm also unveiled a Mali-G57 GPU and a tiny Mali-D37 VPU.
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Aaeon launches M.2 and mini-PCIe based AI accelerators using low-power Kneron NPU

Oct 16, 2019

Aaeon’s M.2 and mini-PCIe “AI Edge Computing Modules” are based on Kneron’s energy-efficient, dual Cortex-M4-enabled KL520 AI SoC, which offers 0.3 TOP NPU performance on only half a Watt.
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Zynq UltraScale+ board supports new Xilinx AI Platform

Oct 3, 2019

iWave unveiled a dev kit for its Linux-driven, Zynq Ultrascale+ based iW-Rainbow G30M module with support for a new Xilinx AI Platform. Xilinx is baking related AI technology into its soon-to-ship, Linux-powered 7nm Versal processors.
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Automotive Grade Linux update clusters up — and IBM’s OpenPower opens up

Aug 22, 2019

The Linux Foundation’s AGL released UCB 8.0 with new improved profiles for telematics and instrument cluster and launched an Instrument Cluster Expert Group. The LF also gobbled up IBM’s OpenPower Foundation as IBM unveiled a royalty-free Power ISA.
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