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1. NXP signs $11.8B cash, stock deal to buy Freescale

JEDEC SmartBrief | Mar 02, 2015

NXP Semiconductors has agreed to purchase Freescale Semiconductor for around $11.8 billion in cash and stock. The assumption of Freescale's corporate debt brings the value of the proposed purchase to about $16.7 billion. The combined company, which would rank as the eighth-largest chip supplier in the world, would generate $10 billion in sales each year. NXP and Freescale are projecting the deal will be completed in the later part of this year. Bloomberg (03/01) Reuters (03/02)

2. Samsung's 128GB chip offers speed, power saving

JEDEC SmartBrief | Feb 26, 2015

Samsung's 128GB flash storage chip, which halves battery power needs while offering speeds 2.7 times faster at random data reads than flash, may find its way into the lion's share of smartphones in the higher end of the market. The chip is based on the new Universal Flash Storage standard and will also become available in 32GB and 64GB versions. Engadget (02/25) ZDNet (02/26)

3. How Israel is helping Apple make strides in chips

JEDEC SmartBrief | Feb 27, 2015

Israel has become Apple's second-largest research and development hotspot behind the U.S. The company has acquired two microprocessor chip design firms in the country. "Apple's Israeli acquisitions and its expanding local workforce show that the company is becoming more and more independent on the chip level, where it once had to rely on external suppliers," said Shlomo Gradman, chairman of the Israeli Semiconductor Club. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (02/26)

4. Internet of Things breathes new life into 8-bit MCUs

JEDEC SmartBrief | Feb 24, 2015

Some have said that 8-bit MCUs will be replaced by 32-bit MCU, but Silicon Labs is investing in 8-bit processors for Internet of Things devices. The company cites a report that 8-bit will hold on to roughly 33% of the MCU market. It recently released the EFM8 MCU family as three product offerings -- the Sleepy Bee, Busy Bee and Universal Bee. EE Times (02/23)

5. Internet of Things makes security a top priority for chipmakers

JEDEC SmartBrief | Feb 25, 2015

NXP and Atmel separately introduced security-centric microcontrollers at the Embedded World Conference in Germany this week, while Freescale touted a partnership with the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmarking Consortium to identify holes in its security system and build secure systems. The announcements signal an increasing demand for heightened security as the Internet of Things market grows. GigaOm (02/24)

6. IBM forges IoT partnership with chipmaker ARM

JEDEC SmartBrief | Feb 26, 2015

IBM and ARM are teaming up to give developers the tools to create and market smart devices with a starter kit that uses mbed-enabled hardware from Freescale and Big Blue's cloud environment. "In order to make this work for businesses, it needs to be simple to connect physical devices into the cloud, and to build applications and insights around them," said IBM's Meg Divitto. "IBM Bluemix and the new ARM mbed starter kit are designed to substantially enhance that effort." Tech Times (02/25)

7. Qualcomm reveals LTE-U chips for unlicensed 5 GHz band

JEDEC SmartBrief | Feb 27, 2015

Qualcomm on Thursday announced details of its LTE-Unlicensed variant of 4G technology with a radio transceiver designed to support unlicensed 5 GHz spectrum, despite concerns of interference with existing Wi-Fi uses. The chipmaker also unveiled a chipset for small cells that can be integrated with licensed and unlicensed spectrum. Light Reading (02/26) GigaOm (02/26)

8. Macronix wants to become the top flash supplier

JEDEC SmartBrief | Feb 24, 2015

Macronix International Chairman Miin Wu said the company could dominate the flash industry and become the world's No. 1 supplier, projecting the company's market share could grow from 19% to 30% over the next three years. Wu predicted consolidation in the industry. He said most NOR flash-based applications are likely to be replaced by NAND flash. DigiTimes (02/24)

9. Intel moves to simplify mobile-chip names

JEDEC SmartBrief | Feb 27, 2015

Intel is dropping the numerical names of its Atom chips, which it says often confused consumers. The company will instead switch to the labels "x3," "x5" and "x7." eWeek (02/26)

10. Samsung Galaxy S6 phones feature 14nm chip

JEDEC SmartBrief | Mar 02, 2015

Samsung Electronics on Sunday introduced the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones. Each of the handsets are based on the company's Exynos applications processor, made with a 14-nanometer process. Yonhap News Agency (South Korea) (subscription required) (03/02) EE Times (03/01)

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