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A Guide to Processors for Deep Learning
Covers processors and IP cores for accelerating deep learning, neural networks, and vision processing for AI training and inference in data centers, autonomous vehicles, and client devices.
Communications Semiconductor Market Forecast 2017–2022
Provides five-year revenue forecasts for more than a dozen categories of communications semiconductors including network processors, Ethernet components, PON and VDSL transceivers, network search engines, and optical-transport ICs.
Communications Semiconductor Market Share 2017
Provides market share data for more than 20 categories of communications semiconductors, including Ethernet products, broadband interface chips, embedded processors, server processors and FPGAs.
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.
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 18, 2019

Syntiant Knows All the Best Words
The NDP10x processors can recognize a 64-word vocabulary while consuming less than a milliwatt of active power. They target always-on keyword and speaker recognition in battery-powered devices.
Editorial: 5G Phones Are Gonna Be Big
This year’s 5G smartphones will be oversized and expensive, limiting their sales, but chip vendors are developing new products that should improve next year’s models.
Broadcom Fills Out 5G-Network Line
Broadcom recently announced two new switch chips that complete its 5G-network solution. Qumran2a and Jericho2c build on the initial 16nm StrataDNX family announced one year ago.

March 11, 2019

ST Debuts Its First Application SoCs
STMicroelectronics debuted three new SoCs. The STM32MP1 line integrates Arm Cortex-A7 application CPUs with a Cortex-M4F real-time controller, a 3D GPU, and many MCU-like features.
Cadence ConnX Sensors and Radios
Cadence designed its new ConnX B20 and B10 DSPs with wide vector engines to handle high-throughput signal processing in 5G radios as well as in automotive lidars and radars.
Exynos 9820 Has Samsung AI Engine
The Exynos 9820 processor, which powers some Galaxy S10 phones, includes a 2-TOPS deep-learning accelerator that employs sparse computing to boost neural-network throughput.

March 4, 2019

Snapdragon X55 Modem Hits 7Gbps
Qualcomm’s second-generation 5G modem increases data rates, adds new features such as FDD and standalone networks, and reduces power by improving the RF subsystem.
Arm Floats New ISA With Helium
The Arm v8.1-M ISA includes the new M-Profile Vector Extension (MVE), comprising a set of features (code-named Helium) that will enable future Cortex-M CPUs to perform 128-bit SIMD operations.
Synaptics Pairs Ears With Brains
Synaptics is expanding its AudioSmart DSP family with the AS-371 SoC that adds stronger security, application CPUs, and neural-network acceleration for next-generation smart speakers.

February 25, 2019

Arm Serves Up Neoverse N1
The first Neoverse-branded CPU targets larger workloads in server and embedded applications. A 64-core reference design outperforms Intel’s mainstream Xeon processors.
Helios Expands Arm’s Neoverse
Helios is Arm’s first multithreaded CPU. The company offers it in the Neoverse E1 CPU for networking and infrastructure as well as in Cortex-A65AE for automotive systems.
Editorial: AI and the Magic Compiler
AI accelerators need lots of MAC units; the question is how to efficiently organize them. Some approaches increase software complexity, delaying the schedule and reducing delivered performance.
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