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A Guide to Embedded Processors

Tenth Edition

To be Published April 2017

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 about 300 pages of information on AMD, Broadcom (Avago), Cavium, NXP (Freescale), Intel (including Altera and Axxia), Macom, Marvell, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, 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: some previous editions of this report covered all processors in this category, but this one focuses on chips with four or fewer CPU cores. We cover 32- and 64-bit embedded processors with four or more cores in another report, "A Guide to Multicore Processors."

"A Guide to Embedded Processors" covers Macom’s Helix ARMv8-compatible processors; AMD’s Embedded R-Series processors and G-Series processors; Intel’s embedded Atom, Core, and Xeon processors; Intel's former Altera SoC FPGAs and LSI Axxia processors; Cavium’s Octeon TX and Octeon III processors; Broadcom’s StrataGX, BCM4908, and XLP-II processors; Marvell’s Armada and MoChi processors; Texas Instruments’ Sitara processors; Xilinx Zynq APSoC and MPSoC processors; and other products.

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 networking, 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 implemented by 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 area. 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 10th Edition of "A Guide to Embedded Processors"

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

  • NXP has introduced new QorIQ LS1-series processors with ARM CPU cores and the first LA-series ARM processor.
  • Intel has acquired Altera's SoC FPGAs and has introduced new x86-based embedded processors manufactured with 14nm FinFET technology.
  • Among Intel's new products are Goldmont-based Atom processors (Apollo Lake) and Kaby Lake Xeon and Core processors.
  • Cavium has introduced new ARMv8-compatible Octeon TX processors.
  • Texas Instruments has new ARM-based Sitara processors with integrated DSPs and GPUs.
  • Xilinx has new MPSoCs with embedded ARM Cortex-A53 cores.
  • Broadcom has introduced its first 64-bit StrataGX processors with Cortex-A57 cores and the 64-bit BCM4908 with Cortex-A53.
  • Marvell has new 64-bit Armada processors using its modular chip (MoChi) architecture as well as the AP806 MoChi processor using ARM Cortex-A53 and A72, respectively.
  • AMD has introduced its third generation of G series and R series embedded processors. The company has disclosed the new Zen CPU core and will soon roll out the first Zen-based embedded processors.
  • 2015-2016 market-size and vendor-share data
  • Updated market forecast through 2021
PRELIMINARY TABLE OF CONTENTS
List of Figures
List of Tables
About the Authors
About the Publisher
Preface
Executive Summary
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. Broadcom
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Internal Architecture
System Design
Development Tools
Product Roadmap
Conclusions
8. Cavium
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Internal Architecture
System Design
Development Tools
Product Roadmap
Conclusions
9. Intel
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Internal Architecture
System Design
Development Tools
Product Roadmap
Conclusions
10. Macom
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Internal Architecture
System Design
Development Tools
Product Roadmap
Conclusions
11. Marvell
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Internal Architecture
System Design
Development Tools
Product Roadmap
Conclusions
12. NXP
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Internal Architecture
System Design
Development Tools
Product Roadmap
Conclusions
13. Qualcomm
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Product Roadmap
Conclusions
14. Texas Instruments
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
Internal Architecture
System Design
Development Tools
Product Roadmap
Conclusions
15. Xilinx
Company Background
Key Features and Performance
System Design
Development Tools
Product Roadmap
Conclusions
16. Processor Comparisons
Sub-3W Processors
3–6W Processors
6–12W Processors
12–25W Processors
25–40W Processors
Processors Consuming More Than 40W
Processors with Programmable Logic
17. Conclusions
Market Trends
Vendor Outlook
Closing Thoughts
Appendix: Further Reading
Index

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