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Project aims to build a “fully open” SoC and dev board

August 14, 2014
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A non-profit company is developing an open source, 64-bit “lowRISC” SoC that will enable fully open hardware, “from the CPU core to the development board.”
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Media player dev kits run Ubuntu and Android on Cortex-A9

August 12, 2014
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Toshiba announced wireless-enabled development kits based on its dual-core Cortex-A9 “TZ5000 ApP Lite” SoC, supporting Ubuntu and Android 4.4, respectively.
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Marvell lifts curtain on popular NAS SoCs

July 31, 2014
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[Updated 12:00PM] — Marvell has posted detailed datasheets on its previously opaque Armada 370 and XP SoCs, used in Linux-based NAS systems from Buffalo, Netgear, and Synology.
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Will Via’s 64-bit Isaiah II run both x86 and ARM code?

July 11, 2014
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Leaked benchmarks show Via’s 64-bit Isaiah II edging out AMD’s Kabini and trouncing Intel’s Atom Z3770, amid speculation it may run both x86 and ARM code.
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TI spins Cortex-A9 Sitara SoC

June 30, 2014
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TI unveiled a 1GHz, Cortex-A9 Sitara “AM437x” SoC with a 3D GPU, a Linux SDK, and an updated PRU module for dual simultaneous control of fieldbus protocols.
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Linux-ready MIPS SoCs target low-power wearables

June 9, 2014
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The Dhanush Wearable Processing Unit is a Linux-ready SoC based on MIPS MicroAptiv and InterAptiv cores, designed for wearables with 30-day battery life.
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AMD boosts G-Series SoC performance-per-watt, adds security engine

June 5, 2014
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[Updated Jun 6] — AMD announced six new Embedded G-Series SoCs, featuring improved performance-per-Watt, on-chip security processors, and Mentor Embedded Linux support.
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Cheap Intel-based Android tablets get real

May 27, 2014
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Toshiba tipped a $110 Android tablet using a quad-core Intel Atom, while Intel revealed plans to license Rockchip to make its own low-cost Atom-based SoCs.
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AMD “Bald Eagle” APUs target high-end embedded Linux

May 23, 2014
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AMD’s “Bald Eagle” R-Series processors offer four 3.6GHz “Steamroller” cores with Heterogeneous System Architecture support, plus Mentor Embedded Linux.
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Sneak peek at a proof-of-concept Snapdragon MCM

May 14, 2014
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We spied an interesting Qualcomm “proof of concept” multi-chip-module (MCM), described as a “Nexus 7 on a chip,” at the recent EE Live! conference.
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AMD surprise: pin-compatible ARM and x86 CPUs

May 6, 2014
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When AMD revealed an “ambidextrous” processor roadmap based on both x86 and ARM cores last Fall, it saved one surprise for today: they’ll be pin compatible!
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Allwinner octacore SoC due first on pcDuino8 SBC

May 5, 2014
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LinkSprite and Allwinner are prepping a new SBC based on Allwinner’s UltraOctaA80 SoC, featuring four Cortex-A15 cores, four -A7 cores, and a PowerVR 6 GPU.
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Nvidia developer challenge to award 50 Jetson TK1 SBCs

April 25, 2014
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Nvidia will award 50 of its 2.3GHz Tegra K1-based “Jetson TK1″ SBCs to winners of a “CUDA Vision Challenge,” but all entries must be received by April 30.
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Automotive i.MX6 SoC to include Cortex-M4 MCU

April 14, 2014
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Freescale announced an automotive focused version of its Cortex-A9 based i.MX6 SoC that integrates a Cortex-M4 microcontroller and supports Android and Linux.
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64-bit Snapdragon 810 sets high bar for mobile SoCs

April 7, 2014
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Qualcomm revealed 20nm, 64-bit Snapdragon SoCs featuring Cortex-A57 and –A53 CPU cores, 4K video encoding, LTE Advanced, DDR4 RAM, and more.
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Revamped Intel Edison IoT module to use mystery Atom

April 2, 2014
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Intel is overhauling its Linux-ready Edison module for wearables, replacing the Quark SoC with a new dual-core, 22nm Atom SoC, while adding to I/O and size.
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TI’s Sitara SDK moves to mainline Linux

March 31, 2014
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TI released Sitara Linux SDK 7.0, now based on the mainline Linux kernel. The SDK supports the Sitara AM335x, and coming soon, the new Sitara AM4x and AM5x.
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New Intel Bay Trail-T SoCs target Android tablets

March 30, 2014
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Intel is prepping a new Atom Z37x5 lineup — a family of at least nine Android-ready, quad-core Bay Trail-T tablet SoCs that offer better graphics.
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Free ebook tackles Android on x86

March 27, 2014
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Intel and Apress have released a free 380-page ebook called “Android on x86: an Introduction to Optimizing for Intel Architecture.”
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Rockchip SoC rocks the Cortex-A17

February 27, 2014
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Rockchip announced the RK3288 SoC, which combines four ARM Cortex-A17 cores with a 4- or 16-core Mali-T7xx GPU, a 4Kx2K video decoder, and HDCP2.x security.
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