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A Guide to Network Processors
Focuses on NPUs spanning data rates from 10Gbps to 400Gbps as well as search coprocessors.
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 and GPU.
Communications Semiconductor Market Forecast 2013–2018
Provides a five-year forecast for more than a dozen categories of wired communications semiconductors, including network processors (NPUs), 10 Gigabit Ethernet components, PON and VDSL transceivers, network search engines, optical-transport (OTN) ICs, home-networking ICs, CPU IP, FPGAs, embedded microprocessors, and integrated base-station processors.
Mobile Semiconductor Market Share Forecast 2013-2018
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 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 Mobile Processors
Covers application and integrated processors designed for smartphones, tablets, and other handheld devices
Communications Semiconductor Market Share 2013
Provides market share data for more than 20 categories of communications semiconductors, including Ethernet products, broadband interface chips, embedded processors, FPGAs, interconnect chips, 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 Embedded Processors
Covers 32- and 64-bit processors with one to four CPU cores that are used for networking, communications, automotive, consumer electronics, industrial control, medical equipment, and more.
A Guide To Server Processors
Covers x86 server processors from AMD and Intel as well as emerging ARM-based server processors targeting cloud data centers.
A Guide to Processors for Wireless Base Stations
This new report 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 Wireless Modem Chips
Covers 3G/4G cellular-modem chips and Wi-Fi combo chips, including Bluetooth, GPS, FM, and NFC.
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December 22, 2014

Year in Review: Mobile Market Slows, LTE Grows (MPR/MCR)
LTE is becoming an option at all price points, and 64-bit processors are about to take over the market. At least one processor vendor faces a make-or-break year in 2015.
Broadcom’s “Wicked” Push Into IoT (MPR)
Broadcom’s BCM43907 integrates dual-band Wi-Fi, RF timing synchronization, and Apple’s Airplay, making it ideal for wireless speakers and a number of related IoT applications.
Dueling Alliances Eye 2.5GbE, 5GbE (NWR)
Two industry consortia, the NBase-T Alliance and MGBase-T Alliance, are encouraging 802.3 to set up a “Next Generation Enterprise Access Base-T” study group for 2.5Gbps and 5Gbps Ethernet standards.

December 15, 2014

Ingenic M200 Marks Time (MPR/MCR)
Already shipping in the Geak Watch, Ingenic’s M200 processor is designed for Android wearables, providing two MIPS cores plus accelerators in a small and inexpensive package.
IEEE Forms 25GBase-T Study Group (NWR)
The IEEE 802.3 plenary meeting approved a new study group to standardize 25Gbps Ethernet transmission over twisted-pair copper, augmenting the emerging 25G and 50G Ethernet efforts.
USB Type-C Adds Video in Alt Mode (MCR)
Both the MHL and DisplayPort standards route video through the USB Type-C connector, enabling new mobile use cases.

December 8, 2014

400G Ethernet Committee Mulls CDXS (NWR)
The IEEE’s 802.3bs task force is considering creation of an “extender sublayer,” CDXS, that would enable multiple modulation, PCS-coding, and lane-multiplexing methods under a common standard.
Editorial: Qualcomm Targets Cars, Servers (MPR)
Facing slower smartphone growth, Qualcomm is seeking new growth in the automotive and data-center markets, but it must acquire more companies to pave the way. 
Qualcomm First With Cat10 LTE (MCR)
The new Gobi 9245 modem pushes downlink speeds to 450Mbps and also improves the long-neglected uplink. No other vendor offers triple-carrier aggregation.

December 1, 2014

Opportunity NoCs, NetSpeed Answers (MPR)
NetSpeed’s network-on-a-chip (NoC) promises to ease SoC development by offering more design automation and better optimization. Its biggest challenge, however, is winning customers away from two established competitors.
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