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Communications Semiconductor Market Share 2020
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 2019-2024
Provides five-year revenue forecasts for many categories of communications semiconductors, including Ethernet products, embedded and server processors, and FPGAs.

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Chiplets Gain Rapid Adoption: Why Big Chips Are Getting Small
Leading chip vendors such as AMD and Intel have adopted chiplet technology for several products. This technology can reduce cost for large 7nm designs by as much as 25%, according to our analysis; the savings are even greater at 5nm and beyond. We expect chiplets will be widely used for data-center processors and networking chips in these advanced nodes.
Expedera Redefines AI Acceleration for the Edge
Expedera is a small company with big ideas. Rather than optimizing the usual AI techniques, the company rethought neural-network acceleration from the ground up, creating a unique approach that greatly improves performance while maintaining consistent power and die area. This design is well suited to many consumer and automotive applications, enabling customers to increase the intelligence of their devices and add new capabilities to benefit their end users.
Growing AI Diversity and Complexity Demands Flexible Data-Center Accelerators
AI applications are becoming more diverse, even as models for specific applications rapidly advance. CPUs and GPUs offer the flexibility to handle new models, but they deliver poor throughput or efficiency for real-time inferencing. Purpose-built deep-learning accelerators excel for CNNs but often fare poorly on other model types. SimpleMachines developed a unique “composable computing” architecture that provides both programmability and efficiency.
Mach-NX: The Root of Trusted Systems
Robust system security requires a layered approach, and the root of trust must begin with a secure boot process. Building on its leadership position, Lattice advanced its secure-control platform by introducing the next-generation Mach-NX family. These new devices keep platform security one step ahead of emerging threats while easing customer designs.
Building Better AI Chips
As progressing to 7nm and beyond becomes ever more complex and expensive, GlobalFoundries is taking a different approach to improving performance by enhancing its 12nm node with lower operating voltages and new IP blocks. The changes are particularly effective for AI (neural-network) accelerators. The new 12LP+ technology builds on the success that the foundry’s customers have already achieved in AI acceleration.
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June 14, 2021

Editorial: US Fabs Need Government Aid
The United States Congress is moving toward approving subsidies for building fabs in America. This funding is necessary to offset government fab investment in China, South Korea, and Taiwan.
Marvell PHYs Drive Multigigabit Cars
Marvell’s new 88Q4364 Ethernet PHY complies with the 802.3ch automotive Ethernet standard, which the IEEE ratified last year. It delivers 2.5Gbps, 5Gbps, or 10Gbps on shielded single-pair wiring.
Efinix Fills Out 16nm FPGA Roadmap
Three years after sampling its first chip, Efinix is sampling second-generation Trion Titanium FPGAs manufactured in TSMC 16nm. The latest family members offer greater density and new features.

June 7, 2021

Arm Extends Valhall to Low-End GPUs
Arm’s third-generation Valhall GPUs boosts performance across all Mali product tiers. The Mali-G310 is the company’s first new entry-level design in three years, succeeding the Bifrost-based Mali-G31.
MLPerf 1.0 Adds Power Measurements
Nvidia dominated the latest round of MLPerf Inference submissions, but Qualcomm’s Cloud AI delivered leading performance per watt on two of the six neural networks. Many other vendors were absent.
Agilex Moves to SuperFin
Intel’s initial 10nm FPGAs are now slated to reach general availability in Q3 after a delay owing to a redesign to the 10nm SuperFin process, which offers a dramatic reduction in power.

May 31, 2021

Arm v9 Yields Three New CPUs
In a company first, Arm released three CPUs at once, prompted by its transition to Arm v9. They include Cortex-X2, Cortex-A710, and Cortex-A510, the company’s first new “little” core in four years.
Arm NI-700 Puts a NoC in CoreLink
To support its new Arm v9 CPUs, the company has developed a new dynamic shared unit and two new CoreLink interconnect products, the CI-700 cache-coherent interconnect and the NI-700 network-on-a-chip.
Dimensity 900 Jumps to Cortex-A78
MediaTek has refreshed its Dimensity 800 family with the latest CPU and GPU cores as well as new standards such as Wi-Fi 6 and LPDDR5 to enhance performance in midrange 5G smartphones.

May 24, 2021

IBM Test Chip Is First at 2nm
IBM has manufactured the industry’s first test chip in 2nm technology. Compared with 7nm FinFETs, the gate-all-around (GAA) transistors allow 3.4x the density with 45% greater speed or 75% less power.
Unisoc T760 Launches Tanggula
Under its mountainous moniker Tanggula, Chinese vendor Unisoc plans to deliver four new 5G –chip families to revitalize its smartphone lineup. The first new product is a midrange chip called the T760.

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