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Communications processor design set to head in new direction

A new class of communications processors is emerging as vendors increase the complexity and functionality of chips...


April 20, 2004  


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A new class of communications processors is emerging as vendors increase the complexity and functionality of chips for modern Customer Premise Equipment (CPE) applications, according to a report released today from The Linley Group.

“Communications processors continue to evolve in response to the demands of complex CPE appliances,” says co-author and senior analyst, Sanjay Lyer. “What’s interesting is the trend we’re seeing with vendors incorporating encryption engines for secure communications or including WLAN interfaces for wireless communications.

“As broadband deployments continue at a rapid pace, so does the demand for ever-increasing throughput and features. As a result of the increase in complexity, each vendor profiled brings a unique set of strengths and weaknesses to the high-volume CPE market.”

The report from the Mountain View, Calif. firm provides coverage of communications processors from a number of vendors including Motorola Inc. and Intel Corp.

“The trend toward integrating complex functions such as Ethernet switches and wireless LAN favors those companies that have already developed and validated these technologies,” says Linley Gwennap, principal analyst at The Linley Group.

“As the communications-processor market shifts toward highly integrated products, traditional processor vendors such as Motorola and IDT may be left behind mixed-signal companies such as Broadcom and Conexant.”

Further information is available at www.linleygroup.com.