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Communications Semiconductor Market Forecast 2014–2019
Provides a five-year forecast for more than a dozen categories of communications semiconductors, including network processors (NPUs), Ethernet, PON and VDSL, FPGAs, embedded processors, and base-station processors.
A Guide to Mobile Processors
Covers application and integrated processors designed for smartphones, tablets, and other handheld devices
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.
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 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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September 7, 2015

Skylake SpeedShifts to Next Gear (MPR)
In one of its largest product introductions ever, Intel completely revamped its PC-processor lineup. The Skylake chips offer several upgrades over previous generations.
Oracle Shrinks Sparc M7 (MPR)
Oracle’s new Sonoma server processor shrinks the 32-core Sparc M7 design to 8 cores while retaining the unique hardware accelerators and RAS features and adding InfiniBand.
Qualcomm Atheros Bids for Ikanos (NWR)
Qualcomm has made a $47 million offer through its Atheros division to acquire struggling xDSL specialist Ikanos Communications, potentially augmenting its broadband business with DSL and G.fast.
Allwinner A64: Four 64-Bit Cores, $5 (MPR/MCR)
Allwinner has shipped its $5 A64 processor in volume, bringing 64-bit tablets to the mass market. The chip includes four Cortex-A53 CPUs and a low-end Mali GPU.

August 31, 2015

Low-Rate LTE Delivers IoT WANs (NWR)
Low-bit-rate versions of LTE are challenging Wi-Fi and PANs for IoT connectivity. Altair and Sequans offer chips for LTE Categories 1 and 0, but module costs remain high relative to Wi-Fi.
Intel, Foundries Diverge at 10nm (MPR/NWR/MCR)
Intel’s transistor cost continues to fall with each new node, but the leading foundries no longer see this cost reduction. A close examination of each company’s technology explains this contradiction.

August 24, 2015

Inphi Turns PAM4 Into Family Affair (NWR)
Inphi is backing the emerging PAM4 modulation scheme with a family of PHY devices that handle 40-, 50-, 100-, and 400Gbps Ethernet speeds. An associated transimpedance amplifier completes the offering.
Lithography Woes Raise Chip Costs (MPR/NWR/MCR)
EUV delays have forced the development of several new techniques to extend optical lithography, but the added cost of these techniques is changing the economics of Moore’s Law.

August 17, 2015

Snapdragon 820 Upgrades Multimedia (MPR/MCR)
Qualcomm has designed a powerful visual-computing pipeline, including a speedy new GPU, superb ISP, and high-resolution-display engine.
Rambus Becomes a Chip Vendor (MPR)
Rambus has shipped its first chip-level product, the RB26 buffer controller for DDR4 LRDIMMs.
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Processor Conference 2015
Focused on Processors for Embedded and IoT Applications
October 6 - 7, 2015 - Registration Is Open!
Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA
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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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