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Safety conscious TI AM64x debuts on $99 dev kit

Jun 16, 2021

TI’s 16nm Sitara AM64x offers up to 2x -A53, up to 4x Cortex-R5F, and a Cortex-M4F core for FuSa and ships with a Linux SDK and choice of $99 and $299 eval kits. Phytec, SolidRun, and TQ have also unveiled AM64x based modules.
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Xilinx unveils Versal AI Edge

Jun 14, 2021


Xilinx announced a 7nm, headless “Versal AI Edge” SoC that runs Linux on dual 1.76GHz Cortex-A72 cores and has dual 750MHz Cortex-R5F cores, flexible, FPGA-like “Adaptible Engines” up to 520K LUTS, and “AI Engine-ML” cores up to 479 TOPS.
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Octeon TX2 based module powers new ClearFog networking boards

Jun 9, 2021

SolidRun’s tiny “CN9130 Mini SoM” runs Linux on Marvell’s 2.2GHz, quad -A72 Octeon TX2 CN9130 and powers new ClearFog CN9130 Base and Pro SBCs with up to 5x switched GbE, SFP+, M.2, 2x mini-PCIe, and optional enclosures.
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Arm announces first Armv9 cores, including powerhouse Cortex-X2

May 25, 2021


Arm unveiled its first Armv9 cores: Cortex-X2 (16% faster than -X1), Cortex-A710 (10% faster than -A78), and Cortex-A510 (35% faster than -A55), all with at least twice the AI power of their predecessors.
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Qualcomm reveals tiny Linux-driven 5G NR chipset for IoT

May 21, 2021

Qualcomm unveiled a “315 5G IoT Modem-RF” chipset designed for industrial IoT. The tiny chipset runs Linux on a 7nm Cortex-A7 core and offers global 5G NR sub-6GHz stand-alone support along with 4G LTE.
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SiFive reveals X280 core and AndeSight RISC-V IDE moves to v5.0

Apr 26, 2021

SiFive revealed its RISC-V-based SiFive Intelligence X280 core IP with RVV extensions for AI/ML edge computing. Andes, meanwhile, unveiled its Linux-ready AndeSight IDE v5.0 with new RVP and RVV support.
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SiFive Intelligence platform tapped by Tenstorrent and Renesas

Apr 22, 2021

[Updated: 11AM] — SiFive announced that AI chip startup Tenstorrent will license a new 64-bit SiFive Intelligence X280 CPU for its Tensix cores and that Renesas will adopt SiFive Intelligence for its automotive processors.
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Nvidia launches TAO software for easier AI model training

Apr 12, 2021

Nvidia unveiled a GUI-based “TAO” framework that eases AI model training for GPU-equipped platforms such as Jetson. There is also an upcoming “Grace” CPU plus improvements to Nvidia’s Jarvis voice agent, Maxine video SDK, and other AI tools.
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Intel to fab chips for startups, including RISC-V designs

Mar 24, 2021

Intel has launched “Intel Foundry Services” to fab chips for startups, including designs based on SiFive’s RISC-V IP. IFS is part of Intel’s “IDM 2.0” reboot, which includes a $20 billion investment in new foundries. Intel also launched 11th Gen Rocket Lake-S.
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NXP unveils ultra-secure i.MX9 and low-power i.MX8ULP SoCs

Mar 4, 2021

NXP previewed an NPU-enabled “i.MX9” platform and unveiled low-power, Cortex-A35 based i.MX8ULP and Azure Sphere enabled i.MX8ULP-CS SoCs — all with “Energy Flex” power management and “EdgeLock” security.
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Dev kit revs up 26-TOPS Snapdragon 888

Feb 2, 2021

Lantronix has launched a “Snapdragon 888 Mobile HDK” that runs Android 11 on Qualcomm’s latest 5nm SoC. The kit provides 12GB LPDDR5 and 6x 4-lane CSI links.
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RISC-V based SoC is 5G basestaton on a chip

Jan 27, 2021

EdgeQ is prepping an AI-enabled 5G “basestation on a chip” built on RISC-V cores and OpenRAN standards that claims to greatly reduce power, cost, and complexity for 5G basestations.
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NPU-equipped Rockchip RV1109 debuts on dev boards and cameras

Jan 26, 2021

JWIPC unveiled three “R19x” SBCs that run Linux on Rockchip’s dual -A7, 1.2-TOPS NPU equipped RV1109 camera SoC. Meanwhile, Firefly released two “CAM-C11x” cameras based on the RV1109 and similar quad-core, 2.0-TOPS RV1126.
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Renesas adds to RZ/G2 line with three Cortex-A55 SoCs

Jan 20, 2021

Renesas unveiled three low-end “RZ/G2L” members of its RZ/G2 family of Linux-driven IoT SoCs with single or dual -A55 cores plus a Mali-G31, Cortex-M33, and up to dual GbE support. There is also a SMARC module and dev kit.
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