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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.
Communications Semiconductor Market Forecast 2012–2017
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, CPU IP, FPGAs, embedded microprocessors, and home-networking ICs.
Mobile Semiconductor Market Share Forecast 2012-2017
Forecasts market size and vendor share for application processors, cellular, Wi-Fi combos, GPS, NFC, and other chips for mobile devices.
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 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.
A Guide to Multicore Processors
Covers 32- and 64-bit embedded processors with four or more CPU cores that are used for networking, communications, storage, security, and other applications.
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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July 28, 2014

LTE Unlicensed Rocks the Boat (NWR/MCR)
A controversial proposal to extend LTE into unlicensed spectrum offers performance benefits, but initial coexistence features may not adequately protect Wi-Fi users. 
Vitesse Switch Takes Industrial Aim (NWR)
Vitesse has sampled a new SparX-IV switch with features normally reserved for carrier markets. This product serves what the company says are emerging applications in industrial Ethernet and SMB platforms.
ST Sensor Hub Sleeps Soundly (MCR)
STMicroelectronics' new 32-bit microcontroller combines signal-processing and sensor-hub control functions for applications such as voice-command recognition and multiple-input pedestrian geolocation.
New Foundries Vying for 20nm Wafers (MPR/NWR/MCR)
The 20nm node promises to be an inflection point, offering two new foundry options and incurring a host of new technical challenges, such as the need for double patterning.
GPGPU Benchmarks Still Evolving (MPR)
Current GPU-compute benchmarks are often limited in scope and niche oriented, but the benchmarking landscape is improving.
Editorial: MHz Isn’t a Number Anymore (MPR)
In a power-constrained era, frequency is a variable and no longer a simple number. SoC vendors should adapt by providing frequency-versus-power curves for critical components like CPUs and GPUs.

July 21, 2014

Intel Customizes Server Processors (MPR)
New cloud-computing workloads are driving the need for application-specific processors. In response, Intel disclosed a semicustom processor program and a Xeon processor with an integrated FPGA.
TI Slashes Sitara Power (MPR)
Texas Instruments' new Sitara AM437x embedded processors upgrade to ARM's Cortex-A9 and consume much less power than Cortex-A8-based Sitara processors, but some compromises were required.
Editorial: Google DIY Phone Sounds Loony (MCR)
Project Ara creates a modular smartphone architecture, allowing you to literally build your own phone, but this customizable device won't meet your needs.
Greyhound Brings 10G to SMB Market (NWR)
Broadcom has announced a 10G Ethernet switch targeting SMB, embedded, and industrial applications. Greyhound is also the company's first announced 28nm Ethernet switch.
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