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Communications Semiconductor Market Forecast 2020-2025
Provides five-year revenue forecasts for many categories of communications semiconductors, including Ethernet products, smart NICs, embedded and server processors, and FPGAs.
Communications Semiconductor Market Share 2020
Provides market share data for many categories of communications semiconductors, including Ethernet products, processors, and FPGAs.

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Movellus Maestro: An Intelligent Clock Network
Movellus is increasing silicon clock performance, power, and reliability through its Maestro technology, which uses Optimized IP to mitigate on-chip variation, skew, and voltage droop. It’s well suited to high-performance systolic arrays, low-power edge IoT devices, and similar designs.
Democratizing Chiplet-Based Processor Design
Chiplet-based designs promise reduced development costs and faster time to market, but they’ve been exclusive to large chip vendors. Now, the industry is building an ecosystem intended to enable designs combining third-party chiplets that employ different process nodes. At the same time, RISC-V is enabling greater CPU innovation through its open-source model. These trends create an opportunity for a RISC-V chiplet vendor.
Bit-Accurate CD Audio From aptX Lossless
Thanks to the development of Bluetooth audio technology, wireless streaming has largely replaced physical media, and smartphone users no longer need to struggle with tangled earphone wires. But to accommodate Bluetooth’s limited bandwidth, the industry adopted a variety of lossy compression techniques that sacrifice audio fidelity. This white paper describes the benefits of the aptX Lossless codec, which enables wireless Bluetooth earbuds and speakers to stream audio that’s bit accurate to the original CD recording.
Software Is Critical to Edge-AI Deployment
This white paper describes the importance of a flexible and robust software stack to edge-AI deployment. Processor vendors and intellectual-property licensers often tout the theoretical performance of their designs, but the neural-network compiler, run-time engine, and scheduler are just as critical to realizing that potential in production systems.
Qualcomm Defines Premium-Smartphone Cameras
The Snapdragon 888 and 888+ are the latest flagship processors from Qualcomm, offering a collection of industry-leading camera technologies that provide a lead over competitors on DXOmark’s camera and video benchmark. These processors enable feature-rich 4K HDR video and photography, AI-driven “3A” technology, and industry leading hardware to allow one-inch camera sensors.
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August 15, 2022

Google’s Tensor DLA Lags in Area, Speed
Among flagship-smartphone processors, Google’s first custom design has the largest AI engine but the worst AI performance. In contrast, the Dimensity 9000’s AI engine is the most efficient.
TI AM625 Updates Industrial SoCs
TI has updated its low-cost SoC family with 64-bit CPUs, lower power, and improved security and functional-safety support, enabling it to target automotive as well as industrial applications.
Intel Finally Gives Up on Optane
Intel and Micron have developed a revolutionary new memory technology called 3D XPoint, but under the Optane brand it never met expectations as either an SSD or DIMM replacement.

August 8, 2022

Qualcomm Leaps Forward With W5+
Qualcomm has updated its smartwatch platform with new chip designs. Reduced power enables a visible watch face even when idle; reduced chipset area enables smartwatches that operate globally.
Apple Loses GPU-Performance Lead
Our die-photo analysis reveals that Samsung devoted too little area to its AMD-powered GPU, contributing to its performance shortfall. MediaTek and Intel both outperform the latest Apple chip.
Intel Shines Light on Copackaged Optics
Intel’s eight-laser silicon-photonics research chip could be a breakthrough for copackaged optics. It places the laser array on a silicon chip that can eventually be integrated in the package.

August 1, 2022

MediaTek Delivers Efficient Cortex-X2
Our die-photo analysis reveals that the Dimensity 9000 features the smallest Cortex-X2 design, but Apple’s Avalanche CPU still leads in performance and power efficiency.
Enlightra Team Demos Photonic AI Engine
A research team led by Enlightra’s founders demonstrated a new method of photonic AI inference that is smaller than earlier photonics implementations. Using photonics also provides opportunities for resource sharing that aren’t available with electronics.
Editorial: OEMs Lack Good Value Options
Overly cautious about rising development costs and risk, vendors aren’t refreshing their lower-cost processors, hurting themselves and customers. They must consider business cases other than merely chasing the biggest customers.

July 25, 2022

Editorial: Nanometer Nonsense
Both leading foundries allowed customers to claim they were using a 4nm process when, in fact, they were using 5nm technology. This situation renders node names meaningless.
MCX Unifies NXP Microcontrollers
NXP is unifying its microcontroller offering with the new MCX family. Although this doesn’t indicate the end of the older families, it will be the focus for new designs that need modern features.

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Conference Dates: April 20-21, 2022
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