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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.
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.

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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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January 24, 2022

Analysts’ Choice Winners for 2021
The Linley Group recognizes 2021’s top products in the categories of data center, PC, embedded, mobile, processor IP, and related technology. And the winners are…
Ryzen 6000 Doubles GPU Performance
AMD’s new laptop processor, code-named Rembrandt, is the first PC processor with integrated hardware ray tracing. Its new RDNA2 GPU also doubles graphics performance relative to the previous generation.
Lightelligence Demos Optical Compute
Startup Lightelligence recently took its first step toward commercialization by demonstrating a proof-of-concept device that stacks an electrical IC atop a photonic IC.

January 17, 2022

Intel Completes Alder Lake Lineup
Intel disclosed dozens of new Alder Lake products for both laptop and desktop PCs. The 12th Generation products offer sizable performance gains over earlier models, but often at higher prices.
Year in Review: Image Processors Enhance Phone Chips
In 2021, image processors (ISPs) became a hot topic in smartphone processors. 5G became an essential feature for midrange and premium phones, but CPU improvements are taken for granted.
Graviton3 Debuts Neoverse V1
Amazon recently revealed its third-generation server processor, with instances now in preview availability. Graviton3 uses Arm’s Neoverse V1 CPU while maintaining the 64-core count of its predecessor.

January 10, 2022

Year in Review: PC Processors Adopt Hybrid CPUs
Desktop PCs had a big 2021, thanks to two new Intel releases and that company’s introduction of hybrid technology. Meanwhile, Apple converted most of its Mac lineup to hybrid Arm-compatible processors.
EdgeQ Enables 5G Small Cells
The startup is sampling an integrated base-station processor with a DSP that uses the RISC-V instruction set. The SoC is suited to 5G small cells and remote units.
Editorial: Imagination Jumps on RISC-V
With its new Catapult CPUs, Imagination Technologies has become the largest IP vendor to announce RISC-V products, helping position the open-source instruction set as the leading alternative to Arm.

January 3, 2022

Year in Review: CPU-IP Vendors Chase High-End Wins
In the past year, new CPU cores from Arm and SiFive targeted high-performance applications in the data center and communications infrastructure. Many IP startups instead focused on edge AI.
WD Licenses RISC-V CPUs
Storage giant Western Digital added Linux and Android support to its Swerv line of RISC-V CPU in its new EHX3. The company is licensing the new CPU, which targets low-end application processing.

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Linley Fall Processor Conference 2021
Held October 20-21, 2021
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Linley Spring Processor Conference 2021
April 19 - 23, 2021
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