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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.
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 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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Accelerating AI Performance in an Open Software Ecosystem
Nvidia's software stack, based on its proprietary CUDA, creates a high barrier to entry for challengers. SYCL, the only open alternative to CUDA that has multivendor support, enables customers to move to higher performance hardware while retaining software flexibility. A commercial version of SYCL, branded ComputeCpp, is offered by Codeplay.
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.
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February 24, 2020

MediaTek Brings 5G to Mid-Premium
The Dimensity 800 brings premium features such as four “big” CPUs and an integrated 5G modem to smartphones that sell for as little as $300.
Kneron Delivers Efficient AI
Using a convolution-based architecture, Kneron’s KL520 microcontroller achieves 350 billion operations per second (GOPS) at less than half a watt, targeting low-cost camera-based systems.
TI Auto Gateway Manages Traffic Flow
Texas Instruments’ Jacinto DRA829V is an automotive gateway as well as a traffic manager for digital cockpits. It manages up to 16 CAN buses, eight Ethernet ports, and four PCI interfaces.

February 17, 2020

ST Debuts Wireless MCU for LoRa
The STMicroelectronics STM32WLE5 is the industry’s first microcontroller with a fully integrated LoRa radio. It grafts a modified Semtech SX126x transceiver onto an Arm-based 32-bit MCU.
Renesas and SiLabs Polish Bluetooth
Renesas and Silicon Labs introduced new microcontrollers that integrate Bluetooth radios for IoT systems: the Renesas RX23W and the Silicon Labs Wireless Gecko EFR32BG22.
Intel Drops NNP-T and NNP-I
Intel has terminated its Nervana-branded AI accelerators in favor of products from its recent Habana acquisition, simplifying its software efforts and clarifying its data-center roadmap.

February 10, 2020

Snapdragon 460 Takes 4+4 to Low End
Qualcomm upgraded its LTE lineup by introducing the Snapdragon 460, 662, and 720G. The new chips bring important updates including faster CPUs and GPUs, AI acceleration, and the latest connectivity standards.
Synaptics VS680 Powers Multimedia AI
The Synaptics VideoSmart VS680 is a multimedia powerhouse that combines a Qdeo 4K-video engine, an audio processor for far-field voice, and a proprietary deep-learning accelerator.
Editorial: Self-Driving Hits Slow Traffic
Although autonomous mainstream cars may be a decade away, robotaxis and other self-driving commercial vehicles will arrive much sooner, building demand for processors and sensors.

February 3, 2020

Sharper Vision, Brains in i.MX8M Plus
The i.MX8M Plus is NXP’s first processor with a neural-network accelerator. It also adds a DSP core, image signal processors, PCI Express 3.0, CAN bus, and Gigabit Ethernet.
Lattice First With FPGA in FD-SOI
CrossLink-NX is the first chip in the company’s new Nexus line developed in 28nm FD-SOI technology. It targets embedded-vision applications in IoT and automotive markets.

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