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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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December 18, 2017

Year in Review: Server Processor Competition Heats Up
AMD’s Epyc and Qualcomm’s Centriq rolled out in 2017, offering strong competition to the new Xeon Scalable (Purley) platform and even pulling ahead of Intel on some metrics.
Marvell Is Benevolent Host to Cavium
The acquirer is looking to Cavium for profitable growth and product diversification. Cavium brings mostly complementary products for the networking market.
SecureRF Locks Up the Keys
SecureRF offers licensable cryptographic intellectual property (IP) that’s resistant to quantum-computing attacks. It delivers the IP as synthesizable RTL cores as well as in a software tool kit.
Efinix Improves FPGAs
Startup Efinix has sampled its first Quantum programmable logic devices, which employ a new logic-cell design that potentially increases gate density by 2–4x and halves power consumption.

December 11, 2017

Quantum Computing Now Available
Quantum computers will eventually pose a threat to traditional microprocessors. IBM already offers cloud-accessible prototype systems as it races Google for “quantum supremacy.”
Open-Silicon IP Targets Networking
Better known as an ASIC vendor, Open-Silicon is supplying new networking IP that builds on its existing Interlaken core. The new cores include Ethernet PCS, FEC, and Flex Ethernet IP.
Qualcomm-TDK Packs RF Front Ends
Qualcomm’s joint venture (JV) with TDK has yielded a family of highly integrated RF-front-end (RFFE) products, which include devices that support the new 600MHz LTE band (band 71).

December 4, 2017

Synaptics SoC Targets OTT STBs
User-interface specialist Synaptics has remolded itself as a media-processor vendor. Its first new product is the VideoSmart BG5CT, designed primarily for streaming-video set-top boxes.
PLSense Advances Subthreshold MCUs
The startup’s ARC-based test chip proves subthreshold-voltage blocks for use in a forthcoming microcontroller. That MCU promises long battery life for IoT designs. 
X-Gene Gains New Life in Spinoff
Macom has completed a spinoff of its ARMv8 server-processor products, branded X-Gene, resulting in a standalone company called Project Denver Holdings.

November 27, 2017

Intel Adds AMD GPU to Kaby Lake
Intel announced plans to team up with archrival AMD to build a highly integrated notebook processor, then announced it had hired that company’s top GPU architect.
Knowles IA8508 Hears Voices
The new Knowles processor integrates three custom Tensilica DSPs to handle near- and far-field audio/speech processing in audio headsets, digital assistants, smart speakers, and voice-activated remote controls.
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Covers processors and IP cores used in deep learning, embedded, communications, automotive, IoT, and server designs.
October 4 - 5, 2017
Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA
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