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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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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.
EPYC Offers x86 Compatibility
AMD's new EPYC processor family delivers backward compatibility with a large installed base of server applications and third-party peripherals and adapters. In addition to being fully compatible with the x86 register set, EPYC supports all existing Broadwell instructions.
EPYC: Designed for Effective Performance
Measuring server-processor performance using clock speed (GHz) or even the traditional SPEC_int test can be misleading. AMD's new EPYC processor is designed to deliver strong performance across a wide range of server applications, meeting the needs of modern data centers and enterprises. 
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July 22, 2019

CXL Enters Coherent-Accelerator War
The Intel-developed interconnect targets data-center accelerators including GPUs, FPGAs, and ASICs. CXL competes directly with CCIX and OpenCAPI, which came earlier but garnered few chip designs.
Qualcomm Upgrades Low-End Phones
Qualcomm’s new 215 mobile platform targets smartphones costing $75 to $125 in emerging markets. The entry-level chipset now has 64-bit CPUs, 802.11ac, NFC, dual ISPs, and support for two SIMs.

July 15, 2019

Rockchip Accelerates AI for IoT
Rockchip’s new RK1808 is a neural-network processor designed for IoT and similar low-power devices. The RK3399Pro is an upgraded version of the RK3399, which the company previously supplied for Google Chromebooks.
ST’s Speed-Demon MCUs
STMicroelectronics is shipping exceptionally fast microcontrollers that can reach 480MHz. The new dual-core STM32H7 MCUs add a Cortex-M4F to assist the Cortex-M7 main CPU. 
Editorial: Deal Fever Hits Comms Semis
Networking chips have seen a recent acquisition flurry. Unlike previous scale-driven deals, most of this activity has been more strategic—it reflects portfolio expansion rather than simple market consolidation.

July 8, 2019

AMD Navi Debuts RDNA Architecture
RDNA is AMD’s first major new graphics architecture in seven years. Its first incarnation is the gaming-focused Radeon RX 5700-series, implementing a new programming model and a comprehensive set of upgrades.
Mali-G76 GPU Boosts Area Efficiency
Arm touted a 30% improvement in performance per unit area for its Mali-G76 design, but our analysis of the initial G76-based products reveals nearly a 40% gain.
Microchip Brings FlexE to Routers
Microchip has elevated the former-Microsemi Meta line from the shadow of Digi OTN products to purpose-built Ethernet PHYs. The 1.2Tbps Meta-DX1 family handles 400G Ethernet combined with advanced features.

July 1, 2019

Zen 2 Boosts Ryzen Performance
AMD’s new PC processors are based on the 7nm Matisse design, which includes the new Zen 2 microarchitecture. They outperform comparable Intel products on multithreaded benchmarks.
Aspinity Detects Voice in Analog Nets
Aspinity’s Reconfigurable Analog Modular Processor (Ramp) provides always-on capability in low-power voice-activated devices, drawing just 10 microamps during active operation.
Intel Refreshes Xeon E Family
Intel’s new Xeon E-2200 processors refresh the E-2100 series, targeting desktop and mobile workstations and small-office servers. A few embedded models offer lower power and longer availability.

June 24, 2019

Broadcom Samples Trident 4 Switch
Broadcom’s first 7nm switch chip is also its first to offer compiler programmability. It marks the debut of the company’s Network Programming Language (NPL).

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Linley Fall Processor Conference 2019
October 23 - 24, 2019
Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA
Linley Spring Processor Conference 2019
Held April 10 - 11, 2019
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