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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.
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.
A Guide to Processors for Wireless Base Stations
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.
A Guide to Network Processors
Focuses on NPUs spanning data rates from 10Gbps to 400Gbps as well as search coprocessors.
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.
Communications Semiconductor Market Forecast 2013–2018
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, home-networking ICs, CPU IP, FPGAs, embedded microprocessors, and integrated base-station processors.
Mobile Semiconductor Market Share Forecast 2013-2018
Forecasts market size and vendor share for application processors, cellular baseband, Wi-Fi combos, GPS, NFC, and other chips for mobile devices.
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.
A Guide to Mobile Processors
Covers application and integrated processors designed for smartphones, tablets, and other handheld devices
Communications Semiconductor Market Share 2013
Provides market share data for more than 20 categories of communications semiconductors, including Ethernet products, broadband interface chips, embedded processors, FPGAs, interconnect chips, and home-networking chips.
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.
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.
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April 20, 2015

PMC Mapper Drives OTN Density (NWR)
PMC-Sierra’s new Digi-G4 is the industry’s first 400Gbps OTN processor, overtaking products from AppliedMicro and Inphi (Cortina). But Altera and Xilinx offer alternatives using multiple FPGA generations.
Editorial: Moore’s Law Turns 50 (MPR)
Gordon Moore’s prediction has had a good run, but nothing lasts forever. Transistor progress is slowing and has even halted at some price points. The industry must adapt.
Allwinner V3 Targets Action Cams (MCR)
The Allwinner V3 processor combines a Cortex-A7 CPU and the company’s HawkView ISP to target helmet-mounted action cameras from vendors like GoPro.

April 13, 2015

Synopsys Embeds Vision Processing (MPR)
The new DesignWare EV licensable IP combines ARC CPUs with programmable accelerators to boost the performance of computer-vision algorithms. It includes an object-detection engine optimized for convolutional neural networks.
Qualcomm Scans Fingerprints in 3D (MCR)
Qualcomm’s new Sense ID technology is the first fingerprint sensor for smartphones that uses ultrasonics to reduce false negatives and improve security over capacitive technologies.
Timing Vital to Microsemi’s Vitesse Bid (NWR)
Microsemi’s $389 million cash offer to acquire Vitesse Semiconductor will bring precision network timing as well as Intellisec extensions to MACSec.

April 6, 2015

Broadcom Fabric Scales to 100Tbps (NWR)
The 28nm StrataDNX chipset represents the fourth-generation Dune Networks design. Broadcom added a standalone Ethernet switch chip that enables deep packet buffers and external table expansion.
Intel 7360 Nears LTE Lead (MCR)
Hot on Qualcomm’s heels, Intel is nearing production on its Category 10 LTE platform, the XMM 7360. The chipset could appear in flagship smartphones from Samsung and Apple.
Graphics APIs Reach a New Low (MPR)
The Khronos Group is attempting to bring console-style graphics programming to new platforms. Its Vulkan is a new low-level graphics API that will run on multiple GPUs and operating systems.
Luxtera Debuts PSM4 Module at OFC (NWR)
At the recent Optical Fiber Communications conference, Luxtera showed samples of an optical module implementing the 100G PSM4 multisource agreement in a QSFP28 package.
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