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1. Avago will buy Broadcom for $37B in cash, stock

JEDEC SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

Avago Technologies has agreed to acquire Broadcom for $37 billion in cash and stock. The proposed purchase follows a wave of consolidation in the chip industry. Bloomberg (05/27) The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (05/28)


2. SanDisk promises SSDs at HDD prices

JEDEC SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

SanDisk is touting its Z400 solid-state drives, saying the flash-based drives will be comparable in pricing to hard-disk drives. The company, without revealing prices or availability, disclosed the Z400s will have data-storage capacities of 32 gigabytes, 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB. Digital Trends (05/26)


3. Samsung to put 10nm chips in mass production next year

JEDEC SmartBrief | May 22, 2015

Samsung Semiconductor plans to have its 10-nanometer FinFET process in volume production by the end of 2016. Samsung also revealed that its 14nm FinFET process is being implemented at two wafer fabrication facilities in South Korea and one in Austin, Texas, along with a GlobalFoundries fab in New York. EE Times (05/22)


4. Expert: Nanowire transistors will enable 5nm chips

JEDEC SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

Professor Asen Asenov of Glasgow University, who also serves as CEO of Gold Standard Simulations, says nanowire transistors are the key to realizing design and manufacturing of semiconductors with dimensions smaller than 10 nanometers. Such components, also referred to as "gate all around transistors," will enable scaling down to 5nm, according to Asenov. New Electronics (05/26)


5. Intel HQ turns to wind power with micro-turbine array

JEDEC SmartBrief | May 22, 2015

Intel's headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., now has an array of 58 wind-powered micro-turbines on its roof. The turbines will provide about 65 kilowatt-hours of power for the company's Robert Noyce Building. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (05/21)


6. Researchers improve efficiency in black silicon solar cells

JEDEC SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

Researchers at Finland's Aalto University report they have achieved an energy-conversion efficiency rate of 22.1% with black silicon solar cells. Black silicon is better at collecting sunlight at lower angles, typical in northern regions of the world, they note. Engadget (05/25)


7. Researchers craft ICs made of silicon and wood

JEDEC SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, worked with the Forest Products Laboratory of the federal Department of Agriculture to develop a support layer for silicon-based processors that is made of cellulose nanofibril, a biodegradable material. "Now the chips are so safe you can put them in the forest and fungus will degrade it," said professor Zhenqiang Ma, leader of the research team. Gizmodo (05/26)


8. Data: Samsung, SK Hynix held 75% of mobile DRAM market for Q1

JEDEC SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix together accounted for three-quarters of the mobile DRAM market during the first quarter, according to TrendForce. Samsung had $1.8 billion in revenue for mobile DRAMs in Q1, representing 52.1% of the global market, while SK Hynix posted $820 million in mobile DRAM sales for a 22.9% share, the market research firm estimated. Yonhap News Agency (South Korea) (subscription required) (05/26)


9. Xiaomi looks beyond smartphones with acquisitions, investments

JEDEC SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

EE Times (05/26)


10. Altium releases open-beta version of free board design tool

JEDEC SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

Altium is offering an open-beta version of its free CircuitMaker printed circuit board design software for evaluation and testing by electronics designers and those in the hobbyist and maker community. EE Times (05/27)




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