Guides & Forecasts

Our Guides provide an overview of a particular market segment, including market size, technology trends, and expected developments. We analyze all announced products in that segment, compare key technical features, performance, and architecture then highlight strengths and weaknesses. Clients find our guides particularly useful when selecting a vendor or partner. We also provide tutorial material for those who are less familiar with the technical terminology or standards.

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Quantitative Guides
  November 2016   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.
  August 2016   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.
  July 2016   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.
  October 2015   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.
Technology Guides
  December 2016   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.
  November 2016   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).
  September 2016   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.
  August 2016   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).
  May 2016   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.

  May 2016   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.
  April 2016   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.
  December 2015   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.
  December 2015   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.
  August 2015   A Guide to Mobile Processors
Covers application and integrated processors designed for smartphones, tablets, and other handheld devices
  January 2013   A Guide to Wireless Modem Chips
Covers 3G/4G cellular-modem chips and Wi-Fi combo chips, including Bluetooth, GPS, FM, and NFC.
  March 2012   A Guide to 10G Ethernet Controllers and Adapters
Covers PCI Express controller chips for 10G and 40G Ethernet, which are used in server LOM designs. Also covers adapters and mezzanine cards, including 10GbE/40GbE NICs and CNAs.

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About Our Guides & Forecasts

The guides are written in-house by our expert analysts. Technical accuracy is very high, as each vendor provides and reviews information about their products. We add our analysis and insight, comparing and contrasting the various offerings and indicating the applications for which they are best suited. To ensure that our opinions are objective and unbiased, The Linley Group does not accept retainers from the companies we cover. Our guides have been purchased by hundreds of companies, including network equipment makers, software vendors, chip makers, and investment firms.

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