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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 1, 2016

SiFive Offers RISC-V Platforms (MPR)
A startup founded by the creators of the RISC-V instruction set aims to reduce the cost of ASIC development by designing and selling custom chips based on open-source CPU cores.
Ceva X2 Controls Multiple PHYs (MPR/MCR)
Ceva’s new X2 DSP performs physical-layer (PHY) control in complex wireless modems such as LTE-Advanced, which requires control of multiple communications channels.
Fusion G3 Beefs Up Floating Point (MPR/MCR)
Cadence has developed the Fusion G3 DSP to target mobile and consumer applications, offering up to four times the performance of its Fusion F1.
RapidIO’s 25xN Follows Serdes Trend (NWR)
The release of the 100Gbps RapidIO 25xN specification represents a shift toward broader use of 25Gbps lanes over short distances, matching that speed’s popularity in networking.

July 25, 2016

Polaris Revitalizes AMD GPUs (MPR)
AMD’s 14nm Polaris architecture combines intelligent rasterization, quality of service, and novel circuit designs to nearly double performance per watt in the new Radeon RX 480.
Auto-to-Auto Comms Still in First Gear (NWR)
Even as deployments of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications begin, the 802.11p Wi-Fi standard is facing a new challenge from the LTE-based Cellular V2X.
SkyOne Ultra Simplifies LTE Design (MCR)
Skyworks latest RF front-end modules integrate a complete transmit and receive path. They appear in the high-end Huawei P9 smartphone and could move to lower-cost phones as well.
Editorial: Intel Extends Server Control (MPR)
Initiatives such as XPoint memory and RSA give Intel more control of the server platform even to the rack level, improving its profits but hobbling its customers.
Guest Commentary: Be a HW and SW Engineer (MPR)
As the slowdown in Moore’s Law constrains hardware performance, software and hardware engineers must better understand each other’s disciplines to optimize performance.
ARM Hatching 4K Video Egil (MPR/MCR)
ARM is developing a new video core, code-named Egil, that includes enhanced HEVC (H.265) support as well as the ability to encode and decode Google’s VP9 format.

July 18, 2016

Decawave Steers Impulse UWB to IoT (NWR)
Impulse-based ultrawideband radio, once an afterthought to the multiband version of the 802.15.4 WPAN standard, may find applications beyond real-time location services (RTLS). Decawave is a pioneering vendor.
Andes N650 Targets Low-Power IoT (MPR)
Andes has developed a low-power area-efficient CPU core, the 32-bit N650, that further extends the low end of its lineup to target IoT clients with very low power requirements.
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Linley Processor Conference 2016
Focusing on embedded processors for communications, automotive, and IoT
September 27 - 28, 2016
Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA
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Linley Wire
Analysis and news on processors for networking and communications
Linley on Mobile
Analysis and news on semiconductors for mobile and wireless
Processor Watch
Analysis of high-performance microprocessor developments
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