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New breed of comm processors emerges

Posted: 28 Apr 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:linley group? communication processor? cpe? wireless?

According to a new report announced by The Linley Group Inc., titled "A Guide to Communications Processors," a new class of communications processors is emerging as vendors increase the complexity and functionality of chips for modern CPE applications.

"Communications processors continue to evolve in response to the demands of complex CPE appliances. What's interesting is the trend we're seeing with vendors incorporating encryption engines for secure communications or including WLAN interfaces for wireless communications," says coauthor and senior analyst, Sanjay Iyer. "As broadband deployments continue at a rapid pace, so does the demand for ever-increasing through-put 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," Iyer added.

"The trend toward integrating complex functions such as Ethernet switches and wireless LAN favors those companies that have already developed and validated these technologies," states Linley Gwennap, co-author and 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," Gwennap added.

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