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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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.

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 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 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 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.
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.
A Guide to Mobile Processors
Covers application and integrated processors designed for smartphones, tablets, and other handheld devices
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October 31, 2016

Tomahawk II Doubles 100GbE Ports (NWR)
Broadcom is aiming to reinforce its dominance in top-of-rack Ethernet switching by sampling the 16nm BCM56970 Tomahawk II, the first switch to offer 64x100GbE ports.
Snapdragon 427 Moves to Category 7 (MCR)
Qualcomm’s three new smartphone processors (Snapdragon 427, 626, and 653) provide minor improvements, refreshing the company’s lineup in time for the holiday buying season.
Adjusting SPEC CPU2006 Scores (MPR)
Advanced compilers inflate SPEC benchmark scores by 8–23% using optimizations that are irrelevant to most server users. Adjusting these scores enables more accurate comparisons of server processors.
Ceva X1 Controls Cellular IoT Devices (MPR)
Ceva’s new X1 is a synthesizable processor core for cellular-connected IoT and wearable devices that use Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) or other low-power communications protocols.
MIPS I6500 Juices Bandwidth (MPR)
Imagination has released the I6500 CPU IP, updating its midrange MIPS design to improve bandwidth and multicluster coherence.

October 24, 2016

Apple W1 Processor Powers Airpods (MCR)
To develop its new wireless Airpod earphones for the iPhone 7, Apple designed the W1 wireless processor, which overcomes limitations in the Bluetooth specification for advanced audio distribution.
Editorial: Intel Unarmed in M&A Battle (MPR)
Intel’s ARM-avoidance policy constrains its acquisition strategy, as recent purchases of Movidius, Nervana, and Soft Machines demonstrate. Qualcomm’s proposed NXP deal provides a stark contrast.
Intel Delivers 14nm Stratix 10 Samples (NWR)
First samples of the Stratix 10 GX FPGA family have reached customers. The SoC SX family and the new MX family with stacked DRAM will soon follow.
Qualcomm Previews 5GTF Modem (NWR/MCR)
In 2018, Qualcomm will deploy a 5G-class modem called the X50. Instead of the full 5G standard under development by 3GPP, this chip will implement the simpler 5GTF standard.
Adapteva’s Million-Dollar Epiphany (MPR)
Adapteva’s 1,024-core Epiphany-V should deliver 2Tflop/s of double-precision performance at 30W. More remarkably, the 16nm FinFET design took less than $1 million to tape out.

October 17, 2016

Apple A10 Bruises Other CPUs (MPR/MCR)
The iPhone 7 uses two new custom ARM CPU designs to deliver better performance than any other smartphone, although the big Hurricane CPU consumes plenty of die area.
AppliedMicro Leaps to 100Gbps PAM4 (NWR)
AppliedMicro recently demonstrated in conjunction with Macom and BrPhotonics a 100Gbps PAM4 link over single-mode fiber. It expects single-wavelength 100Gbps links to bypass 50Gbps-per-lambda alternatives.
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Linley Processor Conference 2016
Focusing on embedded processors for communications, automotive, and IoT
Held On September 27 - 28, 2016
Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA
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