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Communications Semiconductor Market Forecast 2017–2022
Provides five-year revenue forecasts for more than a dozen categories of communications semiconductors including network processors, Ethernet components, PON and VDSL transceivers, network search engines, and optical-transport ICs.
Communications Semiconductor Market Share 2017
Provides market share data for more than 20 categories of communications semiconductors, including Ethernet products, broadband interface chips, embedded processors, server processors and FPGAs.
A Guide to Processors for Deep Learning
Covers processors and IP cores for accelerating deep learning, neural networks, and vision processing for training and inference in data centers, autonomous vehicles, and client 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 Ethernet Switch and PHY Chips
Covers data-center switch chips for 10G, 25G, 40G, 50G, and 100G Ethernet. Also includes physical-layer (PHY) chips for 10GBase-T and 100G Ethernet.
A Guide to Processors for IoT and Wearables
Covers processors and connectivity chips for IoT clients and wearable devices, focusing primarily on single-chip solutions with integrated radios.
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 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 Processors for Wireless Base Stations
This new report covers wireless base-station processors that integrate CPUs and DSPs for Layer 1–3 processing on a single chip. Designed primarily for small cells, residential femto cells, and macro cells, these processors cut cost and power by replacing multiple chips.
A Guide to Virtualized Network Processing
Covers packet processing for SDN and NFV, including high-end networking processors (NPUs) for switch/router designs as well as intelligent NICs (or smart NICs) for endpoints (servers).
Mobile Semiconductor Market Share Forecast 2015-2020
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 Processors for Advanced Automotive
Covers processors for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and autonomous driving as well as IP for vision processing and neural networks.
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December 10, 2018

Esperanto Maxes Out RISC-V
The startup has developed a high-performance RISC-V CPU called ET-Maxion that it plans to ship in its first AI accelerator and also license to select customers.
PAM4 Drives Serdes to 100Gbps
Data centers are on the cusp of 400G Ethernet adoption enabled by 100Gbps-per-lambda optical modules, which require PHYs with sophisticated signal processing. Six vendors are now sampling such chips.
Ambiq Apollo 3 Boosts Wearables
Ambiq is using its initial success in Huawei wearables to improve its Apollo MCUs. Apollo 3 Blue adds features while reducing power compared with Apollo 2.

December 3, 2018

AMD Ships Industry’s First 7nm GPU
By moving its Vega GPU architecture to 7nm, AMD boosted the performance of its Radeon Instinct cards, which support AI and scientific computing but not PC graphics.
TI Samples Its First 64-Bit Arm
Texas Instruments’ new Sitara AM65x processors combine up to four Cortex-A53 CPUs, three real-time-control subsystems, two 32-bit Cortex-R5F microcontroller cores, and an optional GPU.
Renesas Focuses on ADAS Cameras
A computer-vision processor for camera-based automotive systems, the Renesas R-Car V3H integrates the company’s hard-wired accelerators and custom vision DSP along with a programmable AI engine.

November 26, 2018

NovuMind Relieves Tensor Headaches
The startup’s NovuTensor neural-network accelerator runs its compute engines at just 400MHz, but by combining hardware parallelism and time-division multiplexing, they deliver 15 trillion operations per second.
NXP’s i.MX RT600 Listens for Less
NXP’s new “crossover” processor combines an Arm Cortex-M33 CPU with a Cadence HiFi 4 DSP for audio processing and deep learning.

November 19, 2018

Intel, AMD Monsters Battle for HPC
SC18 brought new server-processor disclosures from Intel and AMD. The former announced its 48-core Cascade Lake Advanced Performance while the latter disclosed new details of its 64-core Rome. 
Arteris Upgrades NoC for AI
The new version of Arteris IP’s network-on-a-chip (NoC) intellectual property adds several upgrades, including features that help to design artificial-intelligence processors and other SoCs.
Imagination Cuts GNSS Power
A new package of synthesizable intellectual property (IP) for integrating a low-power global-navigation receiver in SoCs, the Ensigma Series 4 takes “snapshots” to save energy when determining location.

November 12, 2018

SiFive Raises RISC-V Performance
At the Linley Fall Processor Conference, SiFive revealed its 7 Series cores. The new CPU is its most complex yet, moving into the same class as Arm’s “little” Cortex-A family.
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Covers processors and IP cores used in embedded, communications, automotive, IoT, and server designs.
October 31 - November 1, 2018
Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA
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