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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.
A Guide to Network Processors
Focuses on NPUs spanning data rates from 10Gbps to 400Gbps as well as search coprocessors.
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
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.
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July 25, 2016

Polaris Revitalizes AMD GPUs (MPR)
AMD’s 14nm Polaris architecture combines intelligent rasterization, quality of service, and novel circuit designs to nearly double performance per watt in the new Radeon RX 480.
Auto-to-Auto Comms Still in First Gear (NWR)
Even as deployments of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications begin, the 802.11p Wi-Fi standard is facing a new challenge from the LTE-based Cellular V2X.
SkyOne Ultra Simplifies LTE Design (MCR)
Skyworks latest RF front-end modules integrate a complete transmit and receive path. They appear in the high-end Huawei P9 smartphone and could move to lower-cost phones as well.
Editorial: Intel Extends Server Control (MPR)
Initiatives such as XPoint memory and RSA give Intel more control of the server platform even to the rack level, improving its profits but hobbling its customers.
Guest Commentary: Be a HW and SW Engineer (MPR)
As the slowdown in Moore’s Law constrains hardware performance, software and hardware engineers must better understand each other’s disciplines to optimize performance.
ARM Hatching 4K Video Egil (MPR/MCR)
ARM is developing a new video core, code-named Egil, that includes enhanced HEVC (H.265) support as well as the ability to encode and decode Google’s VP9 format.

July 18, 2016

Decawave Steers Impulse UWB to IoT (NWR)
Impulse-based ultrawideband radio, once an afterthought to the multiband version of the 802.15.4 WPAN standard, may find applications beyond real-time location services (RTLS). Decawave is a pioneering vendor.
Andes N650 Targets Low-Power IoT (MPR)
Andes has developed a low-power area-efficient CPU core, the 32-bit N650, that further extends the low end of its lineup to target IoT clients with very low power requirements.
Bosch Shrinks Nine-Axis Sensor (MCR)
Bosch has delivered one of the smallest nine-axis sensors to date, purpose built for wearables. It even includes a state machine that can timestamp and buffer sensor data.

July 11, 2016

Skyworks Extends Antenna Tuners (MCR)
The new SKY1925x family of switches improves both on-resistance and off-capacitance compared with the previous generation, providing antenna-tuning options across all LTE bands.
Xeon Phi 7200 Boots Up for HPC (MPR)
The initial Knights Landing products are now in production, delivering 3Tflop/s of double-precision performance with up to four times the power efficiency of Xeon E5.
In Memoriam: Michael Slater, Microprocessor Guru (MPR)
Michael Slater, founder of this newsletter as well as a friend and mentor to many of our staff, has passed away at the age of 60.
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