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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.
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.
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December 5, 2016

Broadcom Broadens StrataDNX (NWR)
Broadcom is closing out 2016 with a significant expansion of its StrataDNX line, including two new line-card devices and two new Qumran switch chips.
Everspin MRAM Targets Enterprise (MPR)
Everspin’s new non-volatile memory offers DRAM-like performance as well as greater endurance and retention than flash memory, targeting embedded and enterprise storage.
Samsung Gear S3 Uses Exynos 7270 (MCR)
A tiny new Exynos chip for wearables uses 14nm technology to combine a simple application processor with an LTE modem. A suite of new connectivity chips complements the design.

November 28, 2016

Mellanox Debuts 200Gbps InfiniBand (NWR)
Mellanox has retaken the lead in low-latency-interconnect speeds by introducing its Quantum switch and ConnectX-6 adapter for the High Data Rate (HDR) 200Gbps InfiniBand (IB) standard.
Editorial: Nanometer Madness (MPR)
The foundries no longer follow traditional metrics in labeling their process nodes, making IC-manufacturing progress more difficult to accurately assess.
Huawei First With Cortex-A73, Bifrost (MCR)
HiSilicon’s Kirin 960, shipping in phones soon, delivers leading-edge features including ARM’s newest CPU and GPU designs, 4x LTE carrier aggregation, and dual-camera support.
Mali-G51 Brings Bifrost to Mainstream (MPR/MCR)
The new Mali-G51 is ARM’s smallest GPU to support the Khronos Vulkan API. The new Mali-V61 video engine scales from 1080p HD to 4K UltraHD resolution.

November 21, 2016

New Standards Open Server Platform (MPR)
Non-Intel servers will benefit as OpenCAPI and CCIX compete to become the standard coherent interconnect while Gen-Z aims to simplify deployment of innovative memory and storage technologies.
GC8000 GPU Shoots for the Stars (MCR)
VeriSilicon has delivered the GC8000 GPU, an evolutionary update offering better performance per unit area and higher throughput.
DeepBench Measures Deep Learning (MPR)
Baidu has released a collection of over 150 neural-network kernels designed to evaluate the performance of various processors, along with performance data for Intel and Nvidia hardware.
Aquantia Pushes Copper to 100Gbps (NWR)
QuantumStream promises 100Gbps per lane over existing direct-attach cabling (DAC) for 3m server-to-ToR links. Aquantia is targeting customer production in 2018.

November 14, 2016

Qualcomm-NXP: A New Goliath (MPR)
Qualcomm’s proposed $47 billion acquisition of NXP will strengthen its mobile offering while diversifying the company, giving it strong positions in automotive, embedded, and IoT.
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