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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.
Communications Semiconductor Market Share 2018
Provides market share data for more than 20 categories of communications semiconductors, including Ethernet products, broadband interface chips, embedded processors, server processors and FPGAs.
A Guide to Processors for Deep Learning
Covers processors and IP cores for accelerating deep learning, neural networks, and vision processing for AI training and inference in data centers, autonomous vehicles, and client 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 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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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.
AI Requires Many Approaches
Artificial intelligence (AI) is being applied to a wide range of problems, so no single processor can support them all. This paper describes and compares the various approaches needed for data center, autonomous driving, and consumer/IoT applications. 
Universal RDMA: A Unique Approach for Heterogeneous Data-Center Acceleration
Now available in 10G, 25G, 50G, and 100G Ethernet server adapters, RDMA reduces network processing overhead and minimizes latency. Cavium's FastLinQ stands out by handling both RoCE and iWARP, which are alternative protocols for RDMA over Ethernet.
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September 23, 2019

Tsinghua Pedals Hybrid AI Processor
Tianjic’s novel hybrid architecture can concurrently run convolutional neural networks, multilayer perceptrons, recurrent neural networks, and other deep neural networks, as well as biologically inspired continuous-attractor and spiking neural networks.
Power9 AIO Boosts DRAM Bandwidth
IBM’s new Power9 AIO (Advanced I/O) server processor introduces the Open Memory Interface (OMI)—a superfast alternative to DDR4. Special DIMMs boost the peak bandwidth to 410GB/s, making Power9 ideal for memory-intensive applications.
Qualcomm Updates Wi-Fi 6 Portfolio
Qualcomm updated its Wi-Fi 6 products for both infrastructure and smartphones, also rebranding those respective lines as Networking Pro Series and FastConnect. Both achieved Wi-Fi Certified 6 status in the Wi-Fi Alliance’s new certification program.
Broadcom Ships PCIe Gen4 Switches
The PCI-SIG has completed its first compliance tests for PCI Express 4.0. The integrator’s list includes Broadcom’s PEX88000 PCIe Gen4 switch chip, which is now in production.

September 16, 2019

HPE Reveals Gen-Z Fabric Chipset
At Hot Chips, HPE disclosed industry-first Gen-Z bridge and switch chips with copackaged optics. They target exascale systems rather than mainstream servers.
Unisoc Hits Mid-Premium Segment
Raising its sights, Unisoc disclosed two new smartphone processors. The Tiger T710 offers industry-leading AI performance, while the Tiger T618 focuses on improved image processing.

September 9, 2019

Mellanox Right-Sizes Smart-NIC SoC
Although it expects to become part of Nvidia by year-end, Mellanox is pressing forward with its server-connectivity roadmap, announcing second-generation BlueField processors as well as a new Ethernet controller optimized for cloud data centers.
Comet Lake Walks Over Ice Lake
The 14nm Comet Lake is a 10th Generation alternative to the 10nm Ice Lake processor for ultrathin and hybrid laptops, offering up to six CPU cores and faster Wi-Fi than last year’s models.
Cypress Tracks Indoor Locations
Cypress’s new CYW5459 is a multimode Bluetooth+Wi-Fi combo chip that’s especially well suited to indoor asset tracking for consumer electronics, IoT, smart-home devices, and automotive.

September 2, 2019

Cerebras Breaks the Reticle Barrier
Designed for training neural networks, the startup’s first processor is by far the largest integrated circuit ever manufactured, measuring 215mm on a side and encompassing 1.2 trillion transistors.
Spring Hill Sets AI Efficiency Mark
Intel’s Nervana NNP-I accelerator is rated at 4.8 TOPS per watt and is 5x more power efficient than Nvidia’s best products for ResNet-50 inference. It fits into a tiny OCP-compliant M.2 card.

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