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Communications Semiconductor Market Forecast 2018–2023
Provides five-year revenue forecasts for more than 20 categories of communications semiconductors, including Ethernet products, broadband interface chips, embedded processors, server processors and FPGAs.
Communications Semiconductor Market Share 2018
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 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.
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.

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Arm Ecosystem Reduces SoC Design Cost and Time to Market
This paper discusses three critical facets of the Arm ecosystem: design verification, physical design, and software development. Each one directly affects the time required to develop a complete SoC and software stack.
AI Requires Many Approaches
Artificial intelligence (AI) is being applied to a wide range of problems, so no single processor can support them all. This paper describes and compares the various approaches needed for data center, autonomous driving, and consumer/IoT applications. 
Universal RDMA: A Unique Approach for Heterogeneous Data-Center Acceleration
Now available in 10G, 25G, 50G, and 100G Ethernet server adapters, RDMA reduces network processing overhead and minimizes latency. Cavium's FastLinQ stands out by handling both RoCE and iWARP, which are alternative protocols for RDMA over Ethernet.
EPYC Offers x86 Compatibility
AMD's new EPYC processor family delivers backward compatibility with a large installed base of server applications and third-party peripherals and adapters. In addition to being fully compatible with the x86 register set, EPYC supports all existing Broadwell instructions.
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August 26, 2019

Intel Spring Crest Achieves Nervana
The Nervana NNP-T is the company’s first dedicated accelerator for neural-network training, offering 119 TOPS using the emerging Bfloat16 format. Intel plans to announce products later this year.
Alibaba’s Ouroboros Is a Fast Talker
To provide improve voice interfaces in embedded devices, Alibaba is developing an AI-enabled speech-synthesizer chip that can run DeepMind’s WaveNet model using as little as 200mW. 
Upmem Embeds Processors in DRAM
French startup Upmem is tackling the processor-memory bottleneck by integrating processor cores into DRAM chips. The custom memory modules fit into standard DIMM slots.

August 19, 2019

MediaTek Helio G90 Ups Its Game
To target gamers, the new Helio G90 and the performance-binned Helio G90T improve the CPU, display, graphics, and wireless-connectivity performance compared with the Helio P90.
Editorial: 5G to the Rescue?
Smartphone shipments are trending down, particularly in the premium segment. Even the 5G transition won’t be enough to prop up prices over the next few years.
Snapdragon 855+ Aims at Gaming
In a midyear upgrade, Qualcomm rolled out a new version of its flagship processor that provides greater CPU performance and faster graphics. It debuts in the Asus ROG Phone 2 for mobile gamers.

August 12, 2019

AMD Rome Ruins Intel Hegemony
The second-generation Epyc processors have more cores, more memory, faster I/O, and smaller transistors than Intel’s newest Xeons. The 64-core Rome outperforms the fastest Xeons and sells for less.
Ice Lake Debuts 10nm, New Cores
Intel has debuted its long-delayed 10nm technology in the new U- and Y-series notebook processors. Clock speeds suffer, but the new Sunny Cove CPU and expanded Gen11 GPU boost performance.
Intel's Loihi Mimics Biological Neurons
Intel’s Loihi is a spiking-neural-network processor comprising 128 programmable cores arranged in an 8x16 mesh-connected array. Each core can model up to 1,024 biological neurons and 128 million synapse connections.

August 5, 2019

An Inside Look at AI Accelerators
Our die analysis exposes the core counts, memory size, and area that leading mobile processors devote to AI acceleration. We break down the current AI-Benchmark results to isolate accelerator performance.
Arm IP Licensing Gets More Flexible
Arm’s new Flexible Access program enables customers to defer licensing fees until tapeout. The program includes selected Cortex-A, selected Cortex-R, and all Cortex-M CPUs, as well as Mali GPUs.

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