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A Guide to Embedded Processors

Eighth Edition

To be Published May 2014
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Authors: Jag Bolaria and Tom R. Halfhill

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"A Guide to Embedded Processors" provides an in-depth look at 32- and 64-bit high-speed embedded processors with one to four CPU cores. This completely revised report from The Linley Group contains 230+ pages of information on Altera, AMD, AppliedMicro, Broadcom, Cavium, Freescale, Intel, LSI, Marvell, Macom/Mindspeed, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, Via Technologies, and Xilinx.

The report focuses on general-purpose RISC and x86 processors that have one to four CPU cores running at 600MHz or more, excluding specialized architectures (e.g. DSPs, NPUs). Note: previous editions of this report covered all processors in this category, but this one focuses on chips with four or fewer CPU cores. Another report, "A Guide to Multicore Processors," covers 32- and 64-bit embedded processors with four or more cores.

"A Guide to Embedded Processors" covers Altera’s SoC FPGAs; Freescale’s QorIQ processors; AppliedMicro’s X-Gene; Intel’s embedded Atom, and Ivy Bridge and Haswell processors; Cavium’s Octeon II and Octeon III families; Broadcom’s XLP-I and XLP-II processors plus StrataGX processors; LSI’s Axxia processors; AMD's R-Series and G-Series SoCs; Texas Instruments’ Sitara and DaVinci SoCs; and other RISC and x86 processors.

This handy guide, packed with valuable information, brings you up-to-date on the newest developments in this important market and gives you the analysis you need to help choose a supplier or partner in this field. In addition to processors optimized for networking and communications, the report discusses processors that can be used in high-end consumer applications and printers. It also provides market share and market size data for the embedded segments covered.

"A Guide to Embedded Processors" begins with tutorials on the key technologies in these products, background on the embedded market, and a discussion of the newest technology and market trends. Following these introductory chapters, the report delivers thorough coverage of all announced products in this field. For each major vendor, the report examines the performance, features, and architecture of each product, highlighting strengths and weaknesses in a consistent, easy-to-compare fashion. The report concludes with our own comparisons of these products and conclusions about which will fare best.

What's New in This Edition

Updates to the Eighth Edition of "A Guide to Embedded Processors"

"A Guide to Embedded Processors" has been updated to incorporate new announcements made since the previous edition.

  • AMD's G-Series SoCs
  • Freescale's QorIQ T-series and ARM-based LS-series processors.
  • Intel's Haswell-based Xeon, Rangeley, and Gladden processors.
  • Cavium's newest Octeon III processors.
  • Altera's future ARMv8 SoC FPGA processors
  • Broadcom's newest XLP II and StrataGX processors
  • Marvell's additions to the Armada XP family
  • LSI's Axxia AXE3500
  • The new Qualcomm Atheros IPQ communications processors
  • 2012-2013 preliminary market-size and vendor-share data
  • Updated market forecast through 2018
PRELIMINARY TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Processor Technology
Processor Basics
CPU Microarchitecture
Main Memory
I/O and Network Interfaces
2. Embedded Applications
Networking and Communications Equipment
Consumer Electronics
High-Speed Printers
PC-Like Applications
Industrial Control, Medical, and Military
3. Standard Instruction Sets
Architecture Comparison
x86 Instruction Set
MIPS Instruction Set
PowerPC Instruction Set
ARM Instruction Set
4. High-Speed Processors
What Is a High-Speed Embedded Processor?
Common Characteristics
Benchmarks
5. Technology and Market Trends
Technology Trends
Market Share
Market Forecast
6. AMD
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Internal Architecture
System Design
Development Tools
Product Roadmap
Conclusions
7. AppliedMicro
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Internal Architecture
System Design
Development Tools
Product Roadmap
Conclusions
8. Broadcom
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Internal Architecture
System Design
Development Tools
Product Roadmap
Conclusions
9. Cavium
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Internal Architecture
System Design
Development Tools
Product Roadmap
Conclusions
10. Freescale
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Internal Architecture
System Design
Development Tools
Product Roadmap
Conclusions
11. Intel
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Internal Architecture
System Design
Development Tools
Product Roadmap
Conclusions
12. LSI
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Internal Architecture
System Design
Development Tools
Product Roadmap
Conclusions
13. Marvell
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Internal Architecture
System Design
Development Tools
Product Roadmap
Conclusions
14. Other Vendors
Altera
Macom/Mindspeed
STMicroelectronics
Texas Instruments
Via Technologies
Xilinx
15. Processor Comparisons
Low power processors
Graphics integrated processor
Networking focused processors
Performance processors
16. Conclusions
Market Trends
Vendor Outlook
Closing Thoughts

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