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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 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 Wireless Modem Chips
Covers 3G/4G cellular-modem chips and Wi-Fi combo chips, including Bluetooth, GPS, FM, and NFC.
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February 23, 2015

AMD Unearths Excavator CPU (MPR)
Using the new Excavator CPU, AMD’s Carrizo processor delivers more performance and features than its predecessor, despite sticking with 28nm technology. Carrizo-L extends the line downward.
CoreMark-Pro Tests Embedded Mettle (MPR)
EEMBC’s new CoreMark-Pro effectively characterizes the performance of CPU cores that serve in general-purpose embedded systems and run mostly C-based applications.
Honey, I Shrunk the FPGA (MCR)
Lattice’s new Ice40 UltraLite FPGA competes with QuickLogic’s PolarPro 3, providing a tiny, inexpensive programmable-logic chip for smartphones and other mobile devices.
Intel Becomes #2 in Broadband ICs (NWR)
The pending acquisition of Lantiq will scale Intel’s broadband business primarily by adding DSL chipsets. It also signals that Intel views home gateways as strategic.

February 16, 2015

Cortex-A72 Takes Big Step Forward (MPR)
ARM has taken some of the wraps off its next-generation 64-bit CPU, code-named Maia. The new Cortex-A72 outperforms Cortex-A57 by about 30%.
FPGAs Target Remote Radio Heads (NWR)
Remote radio heads, already a favored implementation for macrocells, are finding a new role in small cells as part of the cloud RAN. FPGAs could play an important part.
GC7000 Goes for GPU Gold (MPR/MCR)
Vivante is making its strongest push into the big leagues by introducing the GC7000 line, a complete top-to-bottom upgrade of its GPU lineup.
Editorial: PCs Get Thinner, Dumber (MPR)
Intel is pushing PC makers toward its premium low-power processors, but instead of spending more money, they are choosing slower processors.

February 9, 2015

Kalray Clusters Calculate Quickly (MPR/NWR)
A little-known company has packed 256 VLIW CPUs onto a chip to deliver industry-leading performance per watt and impressive packet-processing performance.
Huawei Aims for Midrange Phones (MCR)
Huawei’s first 64-bit processor, the Kirin 620, targets smartphones costing as little as $130. The chip combines eight Cortex-A53 CPUs with a Category 4 LTE baseband.
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