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Pumpkin SBCs feature new MediaTek SoCs and mainline Linux/Android SDK

Jan 17, 2020

MediaTek has launched two “Pumpkin i300 EVK” SBCs with a quad -A35 MediaTek i300 and unveiled a Pumpkin i500 EVK based on the octa-core -A73/-A53 i500. The SBCs feature a BayLibre-developed, MediaTek Rich IoT SDK v20.0 with Yocto and Android 10.
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Linux-based dev kits unlock TI’s new Jacinto 7 automotive SoCs

Jan 14, 2020

D3’s “DesignCore RVP-TDA4Vx Dev Kit” runs Linux on TI’s new Jacinto 7 TDA4VM ADAS SoC with 2x Cortex-A72, 6x Cortex-R5F, 2x EVE/AI enabled DSPs, and a PowerVR GPU. TI also unveiled a Jacinto 7 DRA829V automotive gateway SoC plus its own Jacinto 7 dev kits.
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Build your own Edge AI SoC with SiFive RISC-V CPUs and CEVA AI chips

Jan 9, 2020


SiFive and CEVA announced that CEVA-BX audio DSPs, CEVA-XM vision chips, and up to 12.5-TOPS NeuPro AI processors will be added to SiFive’s DesignShare program, enabling customers to create custom “Edge AI SoCs” built around SiFive’s RISC-V CPUs.
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NXP’s Linux-driven, safety-critical automotive SoC mixes Cortex-A53 with -M7

Jan 8, 2020

NXP announced a safety-critical “S32G” network processor aimed at ADAS and autonomous cars that runs Linux on a quad -A53 block along with 3x Cortex-M7 cores, network accelerators, and packet forwarding and hardware security engines.
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NXP samples first i.MX8 with an NPU

Jan 7, 2020

NXP unveiled a 1.8GHz, quad -A53 “i.MX8M Plus” SoC with a 3D GPU, a Cortex-M7 MCU, a HiFi4 DSP, dual ISPs, and a 2.3 TOPS NPU. A Linux BSP and EVK are also in the works.
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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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