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Communications Semiconductor Market Forecast 2016–2021
Provides IC market forecast information through 2021 for more than a dozen categories of communications semiconductors. Product categories covered include network processors, Ethernet components, PON and VDSL transceivers, network search engines, and optical-transport ICs.
A Guide to Processors for Deep Learning
Covers processors and IP cores for accelerating deep learning, neural networks, and vision processing for 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.
Communications Semiconductor Market Share 2016
Provides market share data for more than 20 categories of communications semiconductors, including Ethernet products, broadband interface chips, embedded processors, and FPGAs.
A Guide to Embedded Processors
Covers 32- and 64-bit embedded processors with one to four CPU cores that are used for networking, automotive, consumer devices, industrial control, medical imaging, and more.
A Guide to CPU Cores and Processor IP
Covers intellectual property (IP) cores that can be used in system-on-a-chip (SoC) and ASIC designs, including CPU, GPU, and NoC.
A Guide to Processors for Wireless Base Stations
This new report covers wireless base-station processors that integrate CPUs and DSPs for Layer 1–3 processing on a single chip. Designed primarily for small cells, residential femto cells, and macro cells, these processors cut cost and power by replacing multiple chips.
A Guide to Virtualized Network Processing
Covers packet processing for SDN and NFV, including high-end networking processors (NPUs) for switch/router designs as well as intelligent NICs (or smart NICs) for endpoints (servers).
Mobile Semiconductor Market Share Forecast 2015-2020
Forecasts market size and vendor share for application processors, cellular baseband, Wi-Fi combos, GPS, NFC, and other chips for mobile devices.
A Guide to Processors for Advanced Automotive
Covers processors for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and autonomous driving as well as IP for vision processing and neural networks.
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March 26, 2018

Nvidia Shares Its Deep Learning
Competing with DLA IP vendors, Nvidia has extracted the deep-learning accelerator from its Xavier autonomous-driving processor and is offering it under a royalty-free open-source license.
NXP Pushes i.MX8M Mini to 14nm
The company’s first 14nm chips, NXP’s new i.MX8M Mini products are lower-cost versions of some i.MX8 media processors, and some will supersede existing i.MX6 models. 
IC Economics Limit Performance
New process nodes no longer allow doubling of transistor budgets at the same cost, constraining designers to small increases in transistor budget and declining die sizes.
Marvell Doubles PAM4 PHY Density
Marvell is sampling its first 50Gbps PAM4 PHY, which targets systems rather than optical modules. The 88X7120 arrives at the same time as the first 400G Ethernet switch chips.
NXP Refits i.MX and Kinetis for IoT
NXP has unveiled two new IoT processor families: i.MX chips with package-on-package wireless modules, and Kinetis K32W0x-series microcontrollers with integrated radios.

March 19, 2018

AMD Embeds Graphics in Ryzen
The four Ryzen Embedded V1000 chips are AMD’s first Zen-based embedded processors with integrated graphics. Their Vega GPU cores offer an upgrade over previous products.
Huawei Joins 5G Modem Race
Huawei may be the first to production with a 5G modem, the Balong 5G01. That ASIC, due out later this year, targets fixed-wireless broadband and similar devices.
Spreadtrum Extends Intel Alliance
China’s leading mobile-processor supplier, with help from Intel, plans to develop a 5G chipset for next-generation smartphones, targeting production in 2H19.

March 12, 2018

Broadcom Router Chips Aim at ASICs
As the 16nm StrataDNX generation, Jericho2 and Ramon deliver 400G Ethernet support and unprecedented port density using 50Gbps PAM4 serdes as well as in-package HBM.
Xeon D Soars With Skylake
Intel’s new Xeon D-2100 SoCs have upgraded to the Skylake-SP CPU. They also double the DRAM bandwidth and the 10GbE port count, and some have QuickAssist cryptography acceleration.
Ceva PentaG Adds AI to 5G Baseband
Ceva’s new PentaG DSP comprises a set of configurable processing blocks that allow designers to build digital basebands implementing the recently ratified 3GPP 5G-NR specification.
Helio P60 Targets “New Premium”
MediaTek is entering the emerging mid-premium smartphone segment with a powerful but affordable new processor that includes four Cortex-A73 CPUs and a Cadence AI accelerator.
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Covers processors and IP cores used in embedded, communications, automotive, IoT, and server designs.
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