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March 12, 2013
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • Cadence will acquire Tensilica, adding SoC IP
    Cadence Design Systems has agreed to acquire Tensilica, a supplier of intellectual property for system-on-a-chip designs, for $380 million. The transaction is scheduled for completion in the next quarter. Tensilica specializes in SoC IP for dataplane processors going into automotive electronics, home automation systems, mobile devices and networking infrastructure equipment. The Wall Street Journal (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ICs, Memory & More 
  • Who will be Intel's new CEO?
    Intel, which has traditionally promoted from within to fill a vacant CEO post, is reportedly considering two outside candidates to succeed Paul Otellini, although one of them does have an Intel pedigree. VMware CEO Patrick Gelsinger was once Intel's chief technology officer. The other rumored outsider under consideration is Sanjay Jha, the former CEO of Motorola Mobility, which was acquired by Google. "I'm rooting for an outsider," said Insight 64's Nathan Brookwood. CNET/Business Tech blog (3/11), RCR Wireless News (3/11), ZDNet (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Going Green 
  • MediaTek will use embedded NVM tech developed by eMemory
    MediaTek has adopted one-time programmable embedded nonvolatile memory intellectual property developed by eMemory Technology to employ in its MTK6577 chipset's power management unit. MediaTek is aiming the dual-core processor chipset at the smartphone market, particularly in China, according to this article. DigiTimes (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Semiconductors in Action 
  • Spansion exec: There are still opportunities for NOR flash
    Despite the decline of feature phones and PCs, Spansion's Glenda Dorchak says in this interview that the specialty memory supplier can still find customers for its NOR flash memory devices. "We see growth opportunities in multiple areas where Spansion has a well-established customer base, specifically in automotive, industrial, communications, consumer gaming and connected home products," she says. Dorchak notes that Spansion is the market leader in embedded flash, with a share of about 37%. DigiTimes (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Apple TV box is getting a tweaked A5 processor design
    The latest version of the Apple TV set-top box is expected to be based on a redesigned A5 processor, which Apple first used in the iPad 2, according to the MacRumors website. This A5 system-on-a-chip device is said to be more energy-efficient and smaller than previous A5 designs. Ars Technica (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AMD partner sells multicore "Piledriver" processors is currently selling the new FX-4350 and FX-6350 processors from Advanced Micro Devices for $142.86 and $154.76, respectively, according to this post. The CPU World website says the FX-4350 is a quad-core processor running at 4.20 gigahertz to 4.30GHz, while the FX-6350 is a six-core processor specified for 3.90GHz to 4.20GHz. Both chips feature AMD's "Piledriver" micro-architecture. (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Testing & Standards 
  • ST offers 130nm process in cooperation with CMP
    STMicroelectronics' H9A complementary metal-oxide semiconductor process, which can make chips with 130-nanometer features, is now available for prototyping by IC design firms, research labs and universities through the silicon brokerage services of Circuits Multi Projets. ST will provide the small-batch foundry service at its wafer fabrication plant in Rousset, France. EE Times Asia (free registration) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tegra 4 tops Snapdragon in benchmark tests
    The Linley Group's Microprocessor Report says Nvidia's Tegra 4 chip is the fastest mobile processor based on an ARM Holdings architecture. "This performance takes aim at Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon processors," said Linley's Kevin Krewell. He added, "Nvidia offered a wide range of benchmark results that clearly showed Tegra 4 leading both the APQ8064 and (judging from our estimates) the forthcoming Snapdragon 800." VentureBeat (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  JEDEC News 
  • Register today for the 28th annual ROCS (Reliability of Compound Semiconductors) Workshop
    Join us on May 13 in New Orleans, La., where the ROCS Workshop will once again be held with the CS MANTECH conference; bringing together researchers, manufacturers and users of compound semiconductor devices. Visit the event website or register now -- online registration and discounts end April 29 and space is limited, so don't delay! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Online registration is now open for JEDEC's Mobile Forum 2013
    Register today to reserve your spot in Santa Clara, Calif., on 5/1 & 5/2 to examine the industry's latest memory and storage-related advancements & new standards enabling applications and impacting mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Space is very limited -- see the agenda and REGISTER NOW for the Mobile Forum. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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