CPU, GPU, H/W Accelerator or DSP to Best Address CNN Algorithms?

CPU, GPU, H/W Accelerator or DSP to Best Address CNN Algorithms?
by Eric Esteve on 05-25-2017 at 7:00 am

If you read an article dealing with Convolutional Neural Network (CNN), you will probably hear about the battle between CPU and GPU, both off-the-shelf standard product. Addressing CNN processing needs with standard CPU or GPU is like having to sink a screw when you only have a hammer or a monkey wrench available. You can dissert… Read More


Apple Going (IP) Vertical with no Imagination!

Apple Going (IP) Vertical with no Imagination!
by Eric Esteve on 04-03-2017 at 12:00 pm

What conclusion could we derive from the recent (April 3) PR from Imagination where we learn that the company “has been notified by Apple Inc. (“Apple”), its largest customer, that Apple is of a view that it will no longer use the Group’s intellectual property in its new products in 15 months to two years time, and as such will not be … Read More


Adding DSP hardware shrinks energy for MCU core

Adding DSP hardware shrinks energy for MCU core
by Don Dingee on 10-14-2016 at 4:00 pm

ARM’s Cortex-M4 processor core represented quite a breakthrough in digital signal controller technology when launched in 2010. Adding a single-cycle multiplier and SIMD instructions enabled basic DSP algorithms while retaining the low power benefits of an MCU. New technology circa 2016 – embedded programmable logic – can… Read More


Targeting Cat-NB1 instructions delivers power savings

Targeting Cat-NB1 instructions delivers power savings
by Don Dingee on 10-10-2016 at 4:00 pm

If one wireless IoT technology fit every possible use case, we would have one specification. Many tradeoffs – battery life, mobility, indoor coverage, licensed versus unlicensed spectrum, and more – have made for many potential solutions. A heated discussion right now is over the future of LPWAN technologies, with LoRA, SIGFOX,… Read More


Cadence DSPs float for efficiency in complex apps

Cadence DSPs float for efficiency in complex apps
by Don Dingee on 09-29-2016 at 4:00 pm

Floating-point computation has been a staple of mainframe, minicomputer, supercomputer, workstation, and PC platforms for decades. Almost all modern microprocessor IP supports the IEEE 754 floating-point standard. Embedded design, for reasons of power and area and thereby cost, often eschews floating-point hardware… Read More


Design IP Growth Is Fueling 94% of EDA Expansion

Design IP Growth Is Fueling 94% of EDA Expansion
by Eric Esteve on 08-17-2016 at 7:00 am

Last June, the ESD Alliance (ESDA) has released Q1 2016 results for EDA (CAE, PCB & MCM and IC Physical), Silicon IP (SIP) and Services. Not a surprise for Semiwiki readers since 2013, the SIP category is recognized as the largest with $689 million revenues for the quarter, and four-quarters moving average increasing by 11.6… Read More


LTE Trajectory Places High Demands on Baseband Processing

LTE Trajectory Places High Demands on Baseband Processing
by Tom Simon on 08-07-2016 at 7:00 am

LTE stands for Long Term Evolution, and that is exactly what is happening. At the Linley Mobile & Wearables Conference 2016 we received a preview of what is coming in the mobile and wearable markets. LTE is one of the biggest drivers in this entire domain. There was much discussion about the LTE Release 12 and how it increases bandwidth,… Read More


The Appeal of a Multi-Purpose DSP

The Appeal of a Multi-Purpose DSP
by Bernard Murphy on 07-26-2016 at 9:45 am

When you think of a DSP IP, you tend to think of very targeted applications – for baseband signal processing or audio or vision perhaps. Whatever the application, sometimes you want a solution optimally tuned to that need: best possible performance and power in the smallest possible footprint. These needs will continue,… Read More


Bringing Human-Like Intelligent Vision Processing to Low-Power Embedded Systems

Bringing Human-Like Intelligent Vision Processing to Low-Power Embedded Systems
by Daniel Nenni on 05-31-2016 at 12:00 pm

Semiconductor IP has always been one of the most interesting topics on SemiWiki. Since going online in January of 2011 there have been a total of 592 IP related blogs that have been viewed 2,581,118 times. 79 of those blogs have been about CEVA, the number one licensor of digital signal processing (DSP) IP for a wide range of power-efficient,… Read More


Fast Track to a reconfigurable ASIC design

Fast Track to a reconfigurable ASIC design
by Don Dingee on 04-25-2016 at 4:00 pm

Licensing IP can be a pain, especially when the vendor’s business model has front-loaded costs to get started. Without an easy way to evaluate IP, justifying a purchase may be tough. With more mid-volume starts coming for the IoT, wearables, automotive, and other application segments, it’s a growing concern. Flex… Read More