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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.
Communications Semiconductor Market Forecast 2014–2019
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.
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
Communications Semiconductor Market Share 2014
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 Server Processors
Covers x86 server processors from AMD and Intel as well as IBM’s Power8 and emerging ARM-based server processors targeting cloud data centers.
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 Multicore Processors
Covers embedded processors with four or more CPU cores that are used for wired and wireless communications, storage, security, and other applications.
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November 23, 2015

Intel’s FM10000 Is a Switch, Controller (NWR)
Intel has introduced its unique Red Rock Canyon chip in three distinct versions that span switch, controller, and hybrid controller/switch use cases. 
Kirin 950 Takes Performance Lead (MPR/MCR)
HiSilicon’s latest custom processor is poised to be the first Cortex-A72 device to ship in a smartphone (the Huawei Mate 8), exceeding the performance of current-generation phones.

November 16, 2015

Cortex-A35 Extends Low End (MPR/MCR)
The new Cortex-A35 is ARM’s smallest and most power-efficient 64-bit design. It will serve as the “little” core in smartphone processors and also in embedded and IoT applications.
ARM Dons Thicker Armor (MPR)
ARMv8-M is a new subset of the ARMv8 architecture that’s optimized for future Cortex-M CPUs. It improves TrustZone security and supports the new Amba 5 AHB5 bus.
PMC Doubles Router OTN Density (NWR)
PMC-Sierra’s latest combined OTN/Ethernet PHY for routers, the Meta 240G, doubles the port density of its predecessor and adds AES-256 encryption features from the company’s optical-transport-specific Digi line.

November 9, 2015

Qualcomm Serves a Teaser (MPR)
Qualcomm’s first server processor is a prototype that includes 24 custom ARM CPUs, representing a credible first step toward mainstream server products expected in 2017.
5G Aims to Connect Everything (NWR/MCR)
Work has already begun on the 5G cellular standard, which will improve data rates, reduce the cost of IoT devices, and accelerate the deployment of small cells.
Marvell Debuts 1Gbps Automotive PHY (NWR)
Marvell has jumped ahead of the IEEE 802.3 committee’s nascent single-pair 1000Base-T1 standard by sampling a physical-layer device intended for 1Gbps in-car networks.
VeriSilicon Adds Vivante to IP Mix (MPR)
The last standalone company offering GPU cores is no more, as VeriSilicon expands its IP portfolio beyond DSPs.
ARM CoreLink Snoops Six Aces (MPR)
To increase data-transfer bandwidth in high-performance processors, ARM has introduced a new CoreLink cache-coherent interconnect (CCI-500) and memory controller (DMC-500).

November 2, 2015

AMD Embeds Carrizo (MPR)
AMD’s Embedded R-Series processors improve integration and performance but still struggle to match the power efficiency of Intel’s embedded Atom processors.
Editorial: No Synergy? No Problem (NWR)
The new model for semiconductor mergers is to combine dissimilar product portfolios. This approach is more innovative than the dying like-swallowing-like model, but it’s more challenging than many companies anticipate.
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