Industry Articles

  February 15, 2011   Mobile Multicores Multiply At 2011 MWC
Just like desktop PCs before them, mobile devices will leap to multicore processors. The first dual-core smart phone, the LG Optimus, is now shipping with an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor.
  December 8, 2010   Wireless Modems Go Soft In The Move To 4G
To make the transition from 3G to 4G technologies, wireless baseband vendors face a huge increase in processing requirements, due to both the greater complexity of the underlying orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) algorithms and the increase in data rates.
  November 23, 2010   Broadcom reveals CPU development
In an exclusive article in Microprocessor Report this week, Broadcom revealed that it has developed a new MIPS-compatible CPU, the BRCM 5000, for its broadband SoCs.
  October 13, 2010   It's a bumpy road to high-speed networking
100GbE and greater density line cards can help provide the network bandwidth demanded by video traffic and mobile backhaul applications.
  August 6, 2010   Broadcom Gains Ground In The GPS Chip Market
Broadcom entered the GPS market in June 2007 with its acquisition of a small GPS company called Global Locate. Broadcom has a clear strategy: it only enters markets where it expects to become the top vendor.
  January 8, 2010   Mobile Chips Evolve To Handle Demands Of Smart-Phone Features
Mobile processors are rapidly evolving. The demands of Web browsing are driving higher-performing smart-phone processors. At the same time, cost pressures demand greater integration from chip vendors. Yet the desired integration is different for smart phones, PNDs, e-book readers, or netbooks.
  January 7, 2010   Modern FPGAs Get Ready For Use In Next-Generation Designs
Engineers are attracted to the flexibility of FPGAs and the ability to make major changes to their designs during testing and even in the field. These attributes are particularly important for emerging markets, where requirements are changing and there are no application-specific standard product (ASSP) solutions.
  December 15, 2009   Warning: Thrills Ahead with Next-Gen Processor Technologies
You can ignore it, but it won’t go away: More cores – lots more cores – are coming to a processor near you. Here’s an analysis from the Linley Group of what’s happening now in “many-core” trends.
  October 1, 2009   Chip Makers Target LTE
With backing from nearly all of the leading cellular-service providers in the world, Long-Term Evolution (LTE) is clearly the 4G technology of choice for mobile data. Both Verizon and NTT plan to initiate LTE service late this year, with other major carriers following over the next few years. Due to the high cost and short battery life of initial LTE devices, shipments will be small to start, reaching perhaps 10 million units in 2011. Even in 2014, LTE will still constitute less than 10% of cellular-baseband shipments. As the cost drops and capabilities of LTE devices improve, however, shipments should exceed those of 3G devices by 2019.
  June 17, 2009   Chips: I'll take a combo
To extend their capabilities, cell phones increasingly feature three radios: Bluetooth, GPS and FM. Often implemented using separate chips, these radios increase the cost and size of the handset. Next-generation phones are more likely to use combo chips that combine two, or even all three, of these functions.
  June 1, 2009   Smartphones (Not PCs) Provide Growth Opportunities for Semiconductor Vendors
Even though the overall cell phone market is expected to drop 10 percent this year, smartphone shipments should rise, bucking the recessionary trend. This growth is driven by the popularity of the Apple iPhone and similar products such as the BlackBerry Storm, LG Dare, Nokia 5800, Palm Pre and Samsung Instinct.
  February 1, 2009   Cellular Modems Gain Favor
Widespread deployment of 3.5G cellular technology, such as HSPA and EV-DO, is delivering broadband connectivity to PC users. This technology delivers data rates akin to basic DSL service, contributing to a positive user experience and stimulating demand.
  November 1, 2008   Calling All Designers: Time to Get Creative with Cellular Functionality
Cellular handsets play the roles of MP3-player, TV, radio, navigator, camera, web browser, PDA, and, yes, telephone. Feature-creep provides opportunities for the system designer but semiconductor integration takes them away at the same time.
  October 1, 2008   Intel Discovers SoC Market
Intel has launched a major new initiative to increase its share of the embedded-processor market. Instead of simply supplying its standard PC processors to embedded customers, the processor giant is now using its x86 CPUs to create system-on-a-chip (SoC) designs.
  September 15, 2008   Communications breakdown
Freescale Semiconductor invented the communications processor more than 15 years ago, and its PowerQuicc products have become hugely popular for a wide variety of networking and communications functions. Intel and other vendors offer similar products combining general- purpose CPUs with programmable data-plane engines.
  August 1, 2008   Is LTE Overhyped?
Your 3G cell phone is already obsolete. The next-generation cellular technology, LTE, will bring superfast downloads that will let you watch HDTV on your phone. Or something like that. In any case, it is going to be good.
  July 18, 2008   PCI Express goes everywhere
PCI Express HAS become the leading chip interconnect, dominating in servers, storage systems and PCs. PC economies of scale have spurred processor and ASIC suppliers to integrate PCIe interfaces. In turn, those chips are driving PCI Express into embedded systems and networking.
  June 1, 2008   Intel’s Embedded Atom
Intel’s new Atom processor was designed from the ground up to deliver x86 performance at incredibly low power: less than one watt when running “typical” mobile applications. Everyone at Intel, from CEO Paul Otellini on down, has been touting Atom for applications ranging from smartphones and consumer electronics to industrial equipment and low-cost PCs.
  May 1, 2008   10GEPON demand outweighs risk
While most broadband links deliver service below 10 Mbits/second, the IEEE is working on a broadband standard that is 1,000 times as fast. According to Glen Kramer, chairman of the IEEE 10-Gigabit Ethernet Passive Optical Network (10GEPON) task group and chief scientist at chip supplier Teknovus, the task group is on track to move the standardization process to the next step, working-group balloting, in July.
  April 1, 2008   CPUs Target Navigation Devices
Several vendors offer processors targeting cell phones, the highest-volume mobile application by far. About 10% of all handsets (115 million in 2007) are considered smartphones; because these phones run a standard operating system, they typically include a chip called an application processor. These processors pack an ARM CPU along with a variety of audio/video and system functions into a power budget of less than one watt.
  February 1, 2008   VDSL2 Costs Fall
For ADSL2 gateways, Broadcom, Infineon, and others provide single-chip devices that combine the ADSL2 data pump with a CPU, Ethernet MACs, and other system functions. By combining all the key functions of a DSL gateway, these highly integrated chips enable ODMs to build low-cost gateways simply by adding memory and PHYs.

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