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Communications Semiconductor Market Share 2019
Provides market share data for many categories of communications semiconductors, including Ethernet products, processors, and FPGAs.
A Guide to Processors for Deep Learning
Covers processors for accelerating deep learning, neural networks, and vision processing for AI training and inference in data centers, autonomous vehicles, and client devices.
Communications Semiconductor Market Forecast 2018–2023
Provides five-year revenue forecasts for more than 20 categories of communications semiconductors, including Ethernet products, broadband interface chips, embedded processors, server processors and FPGAs.
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 Ethernet Switch and PHY Chips
Covers data-center switch chips for 10G, 25G, 40G, 50G, and 100G Ethernet. Also includes physical-layer (PHY) chips for 10GBase-T and 100G Ethernet.
A Guide to Processors for IoT and Wearables
Covers processors and connectivity chips for IoT clients and wearable devices, focusing primarily on single-chip solutions with integrated radios.

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Certus-NX Innovates General-Purpose FPGAs
Certus-NX is the second product in Lattice's Nexus family, bringing the benefits of FD-SOI to a broader range of applications. It is well suited for many applications including smart home, IoT, consumer networking, and motor control.
Machine Learning Moves to the Edge
Embedded systems at the edge of the network will increasingly use machine learning (ML) to deliver new capabilities. Even as ML becomes more important, these new capabilities must be added without breaking the BOM cost and power budgets of existing products.  SiMa.ai is a new company developing a product to fit these requirements.
Accelerating AI Performance in an Open Software Ecosystem
Nvidia's software stack, based on its proprietary CUDA, creates a high barrier to entry for challengers. SYCL, the only open alternative to CUDA that has multivendor support, enables customers to move to higher performance hardware while retaining software flexibility. A commercial version of SYCL, branded ComputeCpp, is offered by Codeplay.
Arm Ecosystem Reduces SoC Design Cost and Time to Market
This paper discusses three critical facets of the Arm ecosystem: design verification, physical design, and software development. Each one directly affects the time required to develop a complete SoC and software stack.
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July 6, 2020

Cooper Lake Limps to Market
Intel’s 3rd Generation Xeon Scalable processors target high-end systems, particularly those that perform AI training, but offer few other advantages relative to current Xeon products.
Qualcomm Equips AI-Powered Robots
The RB5 is a configurable developer kit powered by a Snapdragon 865–based QRB5165 processor. It comes with mezzanine cards that include cameras, motor controllers, sensors, and cellular radios.
Xilinx Alveo Makes Video Zoom
Xilinx has developed two new real-time-server reference architectures based on its Alveo U30 and U50 accelerator cards. Both designs target live-video transcoding using adaptive-bit-rate technology.

June 29, 2020

Lakefield Shrinks x86 SoCs
Intel’s Core Hybrid processors (Lakefield) are the first x86 chips to employ Foveros die-stacking technology and a cluster of large and small CPU cores. Targeting slim notebooks and tablets, they compete mainly with Arm-based processors.
Snapdragon 690 Lowers 5G Entry Price
Qualcomm’s newest mid-premium 5G processor brings 7-series features to the top of the 6-series lineup. It’s the first 6-series chip with Cortex-A77 CPUs, replacing both the Snapdragon 675 and 720G.
Qualcomm Delivers 6GHz Wi-Fi
Qualcomm added 6GHz support to its Networking Pro chipsets for Wi-Fi access points and to its FastConnect 6700 and 6900 combo chips for next-generation smartphones.
Certus-NX Extends Lattice Lineup
The second member of Lattice’s Nexus FPGA family brings the benefits of 28nm FD-SOI technology to a broader range of applications, adding hard cores for Ethernet, encryption, and A/D conversion.
Tom Halfhill Retires, Aakash Jani Joins
After 20 years, Tom is retiring from his senior editor role at Microprocessor Report but will join the editorial board. New senior editor Aakash Jani is joining Microprocessor Report from AMD.

June 22, 2020

Pliops Makes Storage Computational
Computational storage uses new system architectures to move some processing closer to storage. Startup Pliops is shifting more of the stack into its storage processor, multiplying SSD performance.
EnSilica Drives Automotive Radar
EnSilica has delivered its eSI-ADAS intellectual property for radar-signal processors. It also offers eSi-Medisense, an IP platform that enables wireless vital-sign monitoring in ultra-low-power wearables.

June 15, 2020

Pensando, Xilinx Debut Smart NICs
Seeking to increase demand for merchant smart NICs, two new entrants plan to serve the broader market beyond hyperscale data centers.

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