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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.
Communications Semiconductor Market Forecast 2012–2017
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, CPU IP, FPGAs, embedded microprocessors, and home-networking ICs.
Mobile Semiconductor Market Share Forecast 2012-2017
Forecasts market size and vendor share for application processors, cellular, Wi-Fi combos, GPS, NFC, and other chips for mobile devices.
A Guide to Mobile Processors
Covers application and integrated processors designed for handheld equipment
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 Network Processors
Focuses on NPUs spanning data rates from 10Gbps to 400Gbps as well as search coprocessors.
Communications Semiconductor Market Share 2012
Provides market share data for more than 20 categories of communications semiconductors, including Ethernet products, broadband interface chips, embedded processors, FPGAs, interconnect chips, 32-bit CPU IP, and home-networking chips.
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.
A Guide to Multicore Processors
Covers 32- and 64-bit embedded processors with four or more CPU cores that are used for networking, communications, storage, security, and other applications.
A Guide to Ethernet Switch and PHY Chips
For 10GbE, switch vendors have established leadership, while PHY leaders are becoming clearer. The battle for 100GbE is just starting, however. This report provides unique insights into each of these markets.
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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April 28, 2014

Netronome 100GbE NIC Targets SDN (NWR)
New FlowNIC-6xxx offloads Open vSwitch at 200Gbps, extending the spectrum of intelligent adapters. These adapters may also become the industry’s first 100GbE NICs of any kind.
Vendors Tussle Over Multiuser Wi-Fi (NWR/MCR)
Qualcomm's next wave of 802.11ac products will include multiuser MIMO to improve network throughput, but in the meantime, Broadcom is using an extra radio chip to provide similar benefits.
Editorial: AMD on Road to Recovery (MPR)
AMD has stabilized its financials and is seeing growth from its semicustom business. But to gain share in PCs and servers, the company needs a new CPU microarchitecture. 

April 21, 2014

LS2 Tops QorIQ Lineup With ARM (MPR/NWR)
Freescale plans to sample a new LS2 family. The LS2085A and LS2045A use ARM's Cortex-A57 CPU and autonomous packet engines to deliver leading performance in the QorIQ line.
Freescale Expands QorIQ T-Series (MPR/NWR)
Five new QorIQ T-series processors go a long way toward filling out Freescale's 28nm product line and superseding older P-series chips. The most powerful new arrival is the quad-core T4080.
Direct3D 12 Gets More Direct (MPR)
In preannouncing DirectX 12, Microsoft is responding to AMD's Mantle by improving efficiency and giving developers a more console-like development experience for PC-graphics programming.
Editorial: More Interest in In-Sourcing (MCR)
Although several OEMs are developing or investigating in-house processor design, I don't expect these new in-sourcing efforts to take hold. The historical trend has been in the opposite direction. 

April 14, 2014

Qualcomm Tips Cortex-A57 Plans (MPR/MCR)
The Snapdragon 810 will include four Cortex-A57 CPUs and four Cortex-A53 CPUs, a high-performance multimedia subsystem, and a leading-edge LTE baseband with three-carrier aggregation.
Spreadtrum Goes Bottom Fishing (MCR)
Spreadtrum is refreshing the bottom of its line of single-core smartphone processors, replacing the Cortex-A5 CPU with a faster Cortex-A7 and integrating Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Xilinx, Altera Unveil 400G Plans (NWR)
Xilinx and Altera focused on 400Gbps links at OFC, and Huawei demonstrated a 400Gbps Ethernet line card, based on a Xilinx reference design, for its NE5000E router.
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Mobile Conference 2014
Focused on System Design Issues
April 30 - May 1, 2014 - On-line Registration closes today @ 5PM PDT
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Carrier Conference 2014
Covers system design for wired and wireless infrastructure
June 10 - 11, 2014 - Registration Opens May 1
Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA
Processor Conference 2014
Focuses on processors for networking and communications applications
October 22 - 23, 2014
Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA
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Analysis and news on semiconductors for mobile and wireless
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