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
  December 2013   Communications Semiconductor Market Forecast 2012–2017
Provides a five-year forecast for more than a dozen categories of wired communications semiconductors, including network processors (NPUs), 10 Gigabit Ethernet components, PON and VDSL transceivers, network search engines, optical-transport (OTN) ICs, CPU IP, FPGAs, embedded microprocessors, and home-networking ICs.
  November 2013   Mobile Semiconductor Market Share Forecast 2012-2017
Forecasts market size and vendor share for application processors, cellular, Wi-Fi combos, GPS, NFC, and other chips for mobile devices.
  July 2013   Communications Semiconductor Market Share 2012
Provides market share data for more than 20 categories of communications semiconductors, including Ethernet products, broadband interface chips, embedded processors, FPGAs, interconnect chips, 32-bit CPU IP, and home-networking chips.
Technology Guides
  May 2014   A Guide to Embedded Processors
Covers 32- and 64-bit processors with one to four CPU cores that are used for networking, communications, automotive, consumer electronics, industrial control, medical equipment, and more.
  May 2014   A Guide To Server Processors
Covers x86 server processors from AMD and Intel as well as emerging ARM-based server processors targeting cloud data centers.
  November 2013   A Guide to Mobile Processors
Covers application and integrated processors designed for handheld equipment
  November 2013   A Guide to Processors for Wireless Base Stations
This new report 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.
  October 2013   A Guide to Network Processors
Focuses on NPUs spanning data rates from 10Gbps to 400Gbps as well as search coprocessors.
  June 2013   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 and GPU.
  May 2013   A Guide to Multicore Processors
Covers 32- and 64-bit embedded processors with four or more CPU cores that are used for networking, communications, storage, security, and other applications.
  April 2013   A Guide to Ethernet Switch and PHY Chips
For 10GbE, switch vendors have established leadership, while PHY leaders are becoming clearer. The battle for 100GbE is just starting, however. This report provides unique insights into each of these markets.
  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.
  January 2011   A Guide to FPGAs
covers FPGAs and similar devices that can be used in networking, communications, and other high-end equipment.
  July 2010   A Guide to High-Speed Interconnects
examines the leading high-speed interconnect technologies, including PCI Express, RapidIO, Light Peak, Active Optical Cables (AOC), and 40Gbps/100Gbps Ethernet. Also covered are switch products for PCI Express and RapidIO, and IO virtualization appliances.

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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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