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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 wired communications semiconductors, including network processors (NPUs), 10 Gigabit Ethernet components, PON and VDSL transceivers, network search engines, optical-transport (OTN) ICs, home-networking ICs, CPU IP, FPGAs, embedded microprocessors, and integrated 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 32- and 64-bit embedded processors with four or more CPU cores that are used for wires 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
Communications Semiconductor Market Share 2013
Provides market share data for more than 20 categories of communications semiconductors, including Ethernet products, broadband interface chips, embedded processors, FPGAs, interconnect chips, and home-networking chips.
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.
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.
A Guide To Server Processors
Covers x86 server processors from AMD and Intel as well as emerging ARM-based server processors targeting cloud data centers.
A Guide to Processors for Wireless Base Stations
This new report 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 Wireless Modem Chips
Covers 3G/4G cellular-modem chips and Wi-Fi combo chips, including Bluetooth, GPS, FM, and NFC.
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February 2, 2015

Cortex-A57 Is Most Efficient CPU (MPR/MCR)
Tearing down the leading mobile processors shows that Cortex-A57 is on target, Cortex-A53 is not, and brawny CPUs from Apple and Nvidia cost more but lead in performance.
CES Sees New MU-MIMO Chipsets (NWR)
Anticipating OEMs’ rush to offer 802.11ac Wave 2 access points, Wi-Fi chipset vendors touted their next-generation MU-MIMO platforms at the recent Consumer Electronics Show.
Foundries Find FinFETs at 14nm (MPR/NWR/MCR)
Everything changes at 14nm, including the transistor architecture and which foundries are leading the way in this technology transition. Hint: TSMC is not.

January 26, 2015

Broadwell Comes to Notebooks (MPR)
Intel introduced the first mainstream Broadwell processors, targeting notebook PCs, indicating that its 14nm technology is now in full production. Cherry Trail is soon to follow.
Tegra Tops Mobile-GPU Teardowns (MCR)
We tear down some leading application processors to find out which mobile GPU offers the best blend of performance and efficiency.
Editorial: Broadcom Hits the Brakes (MPR/NWR)
After a decade of aggressive growth, Broadcom is retooling for a slower pace and is focusing on adjacent markets. The company will remain a leader, but it risks missing or being late to emerging markets.
Allwinner Offers More Dollar Deals (MPR)
Allwinner’s newest bargain products are two new quad-CPU devices: the Cortex-A7-powered H3 and the A64, the company’s first 64-bit processor integrating Cortex-A53.

January 19, 2015

Tegra X1 Doubles GPU Performance (MPR/MCR)
Nvidia’s first 20nm device, the new Tegra X1 mobile processor, adds a Maxwell GPU, 64-bit Cortex-A57 CPUs, and more memory bandwidth.
Analysts’ Choice Winners for 2014 (MPR/NWR/MCR)
The Linley Group recognizes 2014’s top products in the categories of embedded processors, mobile processors, PC/server processors, and processor IP. And the winners are…
Broadcom Releases OpenFlow Software (NWR)
The newest release of Broadcom’s OpenFlow Data Path Abstraction (OF-DPA) software uses the Open Networking Foundation’s table-type patterns to ease application development on Broadcom switches.
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