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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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February 8, 2016

Amazon Exposes Annapurna Chips (MPR)
Last year, Amazon acquired Annapurna. It has now formally disclosed products that the silicon startup has been shipping for a year, possibly marking the first step in divesting its purchase. 
Credo Goes ASSP With PAM4 PHY (NWR)
Credo has introduced its first PHY standard product, the CMX12550, which implements 50Gbps PAM4 signaling. The NRZ champion has also expanded its IP offering to include PAM4 designs.
Wi-Fi Combos Target Wearables, IoT (MCR)
The Broadcom BCM43012, Marvell 88W8977, and MediaTek MT7697 offer alternatives for designers who need a low-cost, low-power combo for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

February 1, 2016

Chipmakers Race to Drive Smart Cars (MPR)
Automobile manufacturers are looking to transform cars into seamless extensions of handheld devices. Chipmakers Nvidia, Qualcomm, and Toshiba hope to accelerate the development of next-generation vehicles.
MulteFire Offers LTE-U Alternative (NWR/MCR)
Qualcomm and partners have formed a promotional alliance for MulteFire, an anchorless unlicensed 5GHz service that could compete with LTE-U, LAA, and Wi-Fi.
Cavium Thunders Into Servers (MPR)
Cavium’s ThunderX, the industry’s first dual-socket ARM-based server processor, is now shipping. It can outperform Intel’s Xeon D and match even the Xeon E5 on some workloads.
Rockchip Expands Reach With 64 Bits (MCR)
The RK3366 and RK3399 are two new 64-bit ARM SoCs. The former is a big upgrade for whitebox tablets while the latter targets new applications such as set-top boxes, TVs, and Chromebooks.
MediaTek Puts Cortex-M in Wearables (MCR)
In a single low-cost package, the MT2523 offers a high level of integration, combining a Cortex-M4 microcontroller, Bluetooth subsystem, memory, and optional GPS.
Toshiba Extends Wearables Lineup (MPR)
Toshiba has expanded its App Lite processor line with the TZ1200, which boosts performance and incorporates an improved analog front end.

January 25, 2016

Editorial: RISC-V Faces Long Road (MPR)
RISC-V brings an open-source model to the CPU world, enabling free instruction sets and free cores. But commercially competitive cores will take time to emerge.
Guest Columnist: Discovering Deep Learning (MPR)
The growing use of neural networks, particularly in vision applications, has spurred several processor chip and IP vendors to develop custom hardware designs.
Samsung Develops Sense for Wearables (MCR)
Samsung’s S3FBP5A integrates a Cortex-M4 CPU with custom analog and DSP functions for measuring biometric-sensor data. The tiny package is suitable for wearable devices directly in clothing.
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