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Communications Semiconductor Market Share 2014
Provides market share data for more than 20 categories of communications semiconductors, including Ethernet products, broadband interface chips, embedded processors, FPGAs, and home-networking chips.
A Guide To Server Processors
Covers x86 server processors from AMD and Intel as well as IBM’s Power8 and emerging ARM-based server processors targeting cloud data centers.
A Guide to Ethernet Switch and PHY Chips
Covers Ethernet switch chips for data center, enterprise, and service-provider networks. Also includes physical-layer (PHY) chips for 10G, 40G, and 100G Ethernet.
Guide to Processors for IoT and Wearables
Covers processors that target wearable devices or client products for the Internet of Things (IoT) and focusing on processors with integrated radios.
A Guide to Processors for Wireless Base Stations
Covers base-station processors that integrate CPUs and DSPs for Layer 1–3 processing on a single chip. Designed primarily for small cells, these processors cut cost and power by replacing multiple chips.
A Guide to Network Processors
Focuses on NPUs spanning data rates from 10Gbps to 400Gbps as well as search coprocessors.
A Guide to CPU Cores and Processor IP
Covers intellectual property (IP) cores that can be used in system-on-a-chip (SoC) and ASIC designs, including CPU and GPU.
Communications Semiconductor Market Forecast 2013–2018
Provides a five-year forecast for more than a dozen categories of communications semiconductors, including network processors (NPUs), Ethernet, PON and VDSL, CPU IP, FPGAs, embedded processors, and base-station processors.
Mobile Semiconductor Market Share Forecast 2013-2018
Forecasts market size and vendor share for application processors, cellular baseband, Wi-Fi combos, GPS, NFC, and other chips for mobile devices.
A Guide to Multicore Processors
Covers embedded processors with four or more CPU cores that are used for wired and wireless communications, storage, security, and other applications.
A Guide to Mobile Processors
Covers application and integrated processors designed for smartphones, tablets, and other handheld devices
A Guide to Embedded Processors
Covers 32- and 64-bit processors with one to four CPU cores that are used for networking, communications, automotive, consumer electronics, industrial control, medical equipment, and more.
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July 6, 2015

Interview: NetSpeed CEO Rethinks SoC Design (MPR)
Sundari Mitra discusses her ideas on improving the design of complex chips and how she founded a company that does so using network-on-a-chip (NoC) IP.
Mellanox Bets on 25G, 50G Ethernet (NWR)
Spectrum is the follow-on to Mellanox’s Switch-X family, supporting a variety of Ethernet speeds up to 100Gbps. The company claims Spectrum is the only true nonblocking 100GbE switch.
Qualcomm Partners With Allwinner (MCR)
Chinese chip vendor Allwinner will resell Snapdragon processors to its local customers for use in low-cost cellular-enabled tablets, boosting Qualcomm in China and beyond.

June 29, 2015

Marvell Switches Enable New Markets (NWR)
Marvell has added 2.5Gbps and 5Gbps port speeds to its Prestera DX family of Ethernet switches. It has also added the 802.1Q suite of Time-Sensitive Networking standards to its LinkStreet switches.
Cavium Completes Octeon III Line (MPR/NWR)
Cavium plans to sample its midrange Octeon III processors next month. The CN72xx and CN73xx series include MIPS64-compatible processors that have 4 to 16 CPU cores.
Ceva Makes Waves in Wearables (MCR)
Ceva’s family of licensable digital basebands now combine with RF/AFEs from Catena and Maxscend. These cores target wireless applications ranging from wearables to routers.

June 22, 2015

Breaking Down Broadcom (MPR/NWR)
Avago’s acquisition of larger Broadcom means big changes ahead for Broadcom’s customers and employees. Counterintuitively, the deal should be good for competition.
Intel Grabs Altera for the Data Center (MPR/NWR)
Intel has offered to buy FPGA specialist Altera for $16.7 billion to augment its data-center presence. But the company must take FPGAs seriously if it is to make this deal work.
Imagination Whispers to Wearables (MPR/MCR)
Ensigma Whisper is Imagination’s new wireless-connectivity IP for IoT and wearable devices. The Whisper C5300 supports Bluetooth 4.1 and the C5400 supports 802.11n Wi-Fi.
Editorial: Consolidation or Innovation? (MPR)
The recent wave of semiconductor acquisitions assumes that growth is hard to find, but in most chip markets, innovation still leads to higher margins and expanding markets.
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Processor Conference 2015
Focused on processors for networking and communications applications
October 6 - 7, 2015 - Registration Opens August 26
Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA
Linley IoT Conference 2015
Covers hardware design for client devices on the Internet of Things (IoT)
Held on June 11, 2015
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