In 2021, edge AI continued propagating far beyond the cloud; smart speakers alone were up 12% from last year. Increased demand attracted investors to edge-AI-chip startups, creating several new unicorns.
SiFive added a new flagship CPU to its RISC-V “Performance” line that raises integer performance compared with its predecessor through additional execution resources, larger caches, and microarchitecture tweaks.
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Qualcomm recently officially released the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 which is using 5LPE process technology and is therefore likely based on the Snapdragon 888 made with the Samsung 5LPE process. Based on their announcement and previous analyses, we have reached some key findings.