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A Guide To Server Processors
Covers x86 server processors from AMD and Intel, emerging ARM-based server processors, and specialized accelerators and processors for high-performance computing (HPC).
Communications Semiconductor Market Forecast 2015–2020
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.
Communications Semiconductor Market Share 2015
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 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 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 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 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, GPU, and NoC.
A Guide to Embedded Processors
Covers 32- and 64-bit embedded processors with one to four CPU cores that are used for networking, automotive, consumer devices, industrial control, medical imaging, and more.
A Guide to Network Processors
Focuses on NPUs spanning data rates from 10Gbps to 400Gbps as well as search coprocessors.
Mobile Semiconductor Market Share Forecast 2014-2019
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 Mobile Processors
Covers application and integrated processors designed for smartphones, tablets, and other handheld devices
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.
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August 29, 2016

AMD Finds Zen in Microarchitecture (MPR)
Providing a fresh start for AMD’s computing ambitions, Zen offers 40% better performance than the prior generation and is the company’s first CPU in a FinFET node. 
MaxLinear Completes Backhaul Design (NWR)
MaxLinear is sampling its first single-chip microwave-backhaul radio. Modjeska (MxL110X) works with a modem chip that came from the company’s recent acquisition of Broadcom’s wireless-backhaul business. 
Editorial: The Post-Smartphone Market (MPR/MCR)
As smartphone growth nears zero, chip companies are turning their attention, and their engineering resources, toward emerging markets such as IoT, wearables, and autonomous cars.

August 22, 2016

Akoustis Challenges Broadcom FBAR (MCR)
A startup company is using a new single-crystal manufacturing process to build RF filters for the LTE high band. It claims these filters will surpass the industry leader’s performance.
Comms Semis Look Beyond M&A (NWR)
Consolidation has left a stronger field of IC vendors in networking and communications. The leaders will benefit from an improving market in 2016.
EEMBC Upgrades Auto Benchmarks (MPR)
The leading provider of embedded-processor benchmarks has added multithreading, larger data sets, and other features to its popular AutoBench suite for automotive and industrial processors.

August 15, 2016

Chelsio’s Terminator Takes on 100GbE (NWR)
Chelsio Communications’ new T6 controller chip handles new 25/50/100G Ethernet speeds while also adding encryption-offload hardware. In storage targets, it faces QLogic’s “Big Bear,” which will soon be a Cavium offering.
FD-SOI Offers Alternative to FinFET (MPR)
A new version of SOI technology from GlobalFoundries provides an alternative to the expensive wafers and difficult design rules of advanced FinFET processes.
Snapdragon 820 Adds 1 (MCR)
Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 821 processor, debuting in the Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe, offers a modest speed boost but still delivers the best performance of any mobile device.

August 8, 2016

Barefoot’s Tofino Gives P4 a Test Spin (NWR)
Programmable-data-plane startup Barefoot Networks has disclosed more details of its Tofino 6.5Tbps switch chip, which customers can program using the open P4 language.
VeriSilicon VIP8000 Accelerates CNNs (MPR)
A licensable core for native OpenCL vision processing that is based on Vivante GPU technology, the VIP8000 targets automotive and consumer products.
U.S. Government Acts on 5G (NWR/MCR)
The FCC has allocated 11GHz of millimeter-wave spectrum for 5G in the U.S., and Verizon has defined its own pre-5G radio with plans for broadband deployment next year.
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