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Mobile Semiconductor Market Share Forecast 2013-2018
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 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 Mobile Processors
Covers application and integrated processors designed for smartphones, tablets, and other handheld devices
Communications Semiconductor Market Share 2013
Provides market share data for more than 20 categories of communications semiconductors, including Ethernet products, broadband interface chips, embedded processors, FPGAs, interconnect chips, and home-networking chips.
A Guide to Ethernet Switch and PHY Chips
Covers Ethernet switch chips for data center, enterprise, and service-provider networks. Also includes physical-layer (PHY) chips for 10G, 40G, and 100G Ethernet.
A Guide to Embedded Processors
Covers 32- and 64-bit processors with one to four CPU cores that are used for networking, communications, automotive, consumer electronics, industrial control, medical equipment, and more.
A Guide To Server Processors
Covers x86 server processors from AMD and Intel as well as emerging ARM-based server processors targeting cloud data centers.
Communications Semiconductor Market Forecast 2012–2017
Provides a five-year forecast for more than a dozen categories of wired communications semiconductors, including network processors (NPUs), 10 Gigabit Ethernet components, PON and VDSL transceivers, network search engines, optical-transport (OTN) ICs, CPU IP, FPGAs, embedded microprocessors, and home-networking ICs.
A Guide to Processors for Wireless Base Stations
This new report covers base-station processors that integrate CPUs and DSPs for Layer 1–3 processing on a single chip. Designed primarily for small cells, these processors cut cost and power by replacing multiple chips.
A Guide to Network Processors
Focuses on NPUs spanning data rates from 10Gbps to 400Gbps as well as search coprocessors.
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 and GPU.
A Guide to Wireless Modem Chips
Covers 3G/4G cellular-modem chips and Wi-Fi combo chips, including Bluetooth, GPS, FM, and NFC.
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September 22, 2014

Haswell Crams 18 Cores Into Xeon E5 (MPR)
Intel's newest server processor, code-named Haswell-EP, provides a top-to-bottom upgrade of the company's popular Xeon E5 line as part of the new Grantley platform.
Intel Takes 40G Ethernet Mainstream (NWR)
Part of the new Grantley server platform, the Intel Ethernet Controller XL710 (Fortville) also serves high-volume 10GbE designs, replacing the venerable 82599 (Niantic) and associated X520 NICs.
Sparc64 XIfx Uses Memory Cubes (MPR)
Fujitsu’s new Sparc64 XIfx supercomputer processor uses Micron’s Hybrid Memory Cubes and numerous other improvements to push system-level performance toward 100 petaflops.
Intel Embeds x86 Into Telco Networks (NWR)
Intel's Open Network Platform reference architecture provides a validated set of SDN and NFV ingredients that are helping push x86 servers deeper into telecom infrastructure. 
Broadcom Advances 11ac MIMO (MCR)
Broadcom has delivered its second 2x2 MIMO 802.11ac chip for smartphones, adding a separate Bluetooth antenna, but this product may not be enough to spark interest in the new Wi-Fi standard.

September 15, 2014

Broadwell-Y Launches 14nm Era (MPR)
Core M targets 2-in-1 PCs and tablets, fitting into a thermal envelope of just 4.5W TDP while offering a preview of mainstream 14nm Broadwell products.
Intel’s 14nm Graphics Broadside (MPR/MCR)
Broadwell delivers a next-generation GPU with 20% better compute performance, 50% more texturing, and OpenCL 2.0 compatibility. This GPU will scale from high-end PCs to low-cost tablets.
Movidius Eyes Computational Vision (MCR)
Movidius intends to add panoramic 3D visual awareness to mobile devices. Its Myriad 2 SoC performs real-time computational photography on image streams from up to six high-definition cameras.
The Big Get Bigger in Comm ICs (NWR)
Although the communications-semiconductor industry declined modestly in 2013, the overall market for application-specific standard products was relatively healthy, with segment-specific issues cre­ating a drag on broader growth.

September 8, 2014

Tradeoffs Abound for 56Gbps I/O (NWR)
As the OIF and the IEEE 802.3bs task force develop new specifications for 56Gbps serial interfaces, proponents of traditional NRZ coding are battling PAM4 backers for mindshare.
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