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Communications Semiconductor Market Forecast 2016–2021
Provides IC market forecast information through 2021 for more than a dozen categories of communications semiconductors. Product categories covered include network processors, Ethernet components, PON and VDSL transceivers, network search engines, and optical-transport ICs.
A Guide to Processors for Deep Learning
Covers processors and IP cores for accelerating deep learning, neural networks, and vision processing for training and inference in data centers, autonomous vehicles, and client 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 Ethernet Switch and PHY Chips
Covers data-center switch chips for 10G, 25G, 40G, 50G, and 100G Ethernet. Also includes physical-layer (PHY) chips for 10GBase-T and 100G Ethernet.
A Guide to Processors for IoT and Wearables
Covers processors and connectivity chips for IoT clients and wearable devices, focusing primarily on single-chip solutions with integrated radios.
Communications Semiconductor Market Share 2016
Provides market share data for more than 20 categories of communications semiconductors, including Ethernet products, broadband interface chips, embedded processors, and FPGAs.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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January 22, 2018

Neural Engines Rev Up Mobile AI
New mobile processors integrating neural-network engines can directly run machine-learning tasks ranging from keyword-spotting for voice UIs to complex biometrics such as face, iris, and voice identification.
Editorial: Meltdown: Who’s at Fault?
Two new security exploits known as Meltdown and Spectre affect many processor vendors, but Intel bears the brunt because of its high market share and aggressive use of speculative execution.

January 15, 2018

Analysts’ Choice Winners for 2017
The Linley Group recognizes 2017’s top products in the categories of embedded, mobile, networking, server, processor IP, and related technology. And the winners are…
Marvell Delivers 802.11ax Powerhouse
Targeting access points and residential gateways, the company’s new Wi-Fi chips include a 5.0GHz 8x8 radio plus a dual-band 4x4 radio with integrated Bluetooth 5.

January 8, 2018

Year in Review: Data Centers Drive Networking
Massive Ethernet investment led to a crowded market that includes startups as well as incumbents. Meanwhile, the wireless world focused on developing next-generation standards.
Redpine Scores IoT Triple Play
The RS14100, the company’s first microprocessor, combines a Cortex-M4 CPU with a complete radio subsystem for three IoT protocols: 802.15.4, Bluetooth 5, and Wi-Fi.
Synaptics Takes Fingerprints to Infinity
A new fingerprint sensor is the first to operate through the display, enabling phones with so-called infinity displays to place the sensor behind the display instead of on the phone’s back.

January 1, 2018

Year in Review: IP Suppliers Take More RISC-V
In 2017, the open-source movement picked up momentum as new RISC-V CPUs came to market, but the leading CPU-IP vendors delivered higher-performance cores that address lucrative growth segments in automotive, deep learning, and virtual reality.
Year in Review: Embedded Chips Soar to 100GbE
In 2017, vendors announced embedded processors that have 100G Ethernet interfaces, as well as media processors that support 4K UltraHD and HDR. Also, corporate mergers continue to shrink the field of major processor vendors.
Gemini Lake Targets Tiny PCs
Intel’s new Pentium Silver processor offers modest upgrades to the earlier Apollo Lake while attempting to fight off Qualcomm in Windows tablets and 2-in-1 PCs.

December 25, 2017

Broadcom Axes Ethernet-Switch Foes
The company is sampling the industry’s first 12.8Tbps Ethernet switch chip, doubling bandwidth relative to Tomahawk 2 and adding support for the new 50Gbps, 200Gbps, and 400Gbps Ethernet standards.
Editorial: RISC-V Picks Up Steam
Western Digital plans to shift one billion cores per year to RISC-V, and Esperanto is developing the first high-performance RISC-V CPU, adding fuel to an already hot technology.
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Linley Processor Conference 2017
Covers processors and IP cores used in deep learning, embedded, communications, automotive, IoT, and server designs.
October 4 - 5, 2017
Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA
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