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January 21, 2013
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • Intel to fabricate 14nm chips at Ariz. fab by end of 2013
    Intel's Fab 42 in Chandler, Ariz., is installing new production equipment and will begin making semiconductors with 14-nanometer features by the end of 2013, Intel executives reported. The chipmaker last year said that two other facilities, in Ireland and Oregon, would also produce 14nm chips, but it didn't give an update on the timetable for those facilities. MIT Technology Review online (1/21), (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • Analysis: Qualcomm-Samsung ties may fray over logic ICs
    As Samsung Electronics boosts its output of logic chips, it may purchase fewer logic ICs from Qualcomm for its products, Kim Yoo-chul notes in this analysis. "Our idea is to use Samsung solutions for Samsung products. That will be the base of our profitability for the future," an unnamed Samsung official said. "Yes, we are trying to cut our dependence on Qualcomm for logic chips, although we are producing some of its logic chips on a foundry basis." Credit Suisse told clients in a letter, "The logic chip business has the greatest potential to become another Samsung growth engine." The Korea Times (Seoul) (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Deutsche Bank sees good times for TSMC with mobile chips
    Deutsche Bank sees higher profits for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing this year and in 2014 due to increased demand for chips made with 28-nanometer and 20nm features, which often go into mobile devices. "We forecast TSMC's increased dominance and growing addressable markets in 28/20 nanometers to drive stronger earnings growth," analyst Michael Chou said. The bank rates TSMC's stock as a "buy." The Taipei Times (Taiwan) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Semiconductors in Action 
  • Violin Memory acquires GridIron Systems to accelerate apps
    Violin Memory today announced it has acquired GridIron Systems, a developer of application acceleration technology for data centers. Financial terms weren't disclosed. Violin will integrate GridIron's technology into its flash memory-based arrays for Big Data analytics, data warehouses, online transaction processing and virtualization. Network World/IDG News Service (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Testing & Standards 
  JEDEC News 
  • Looking for expert insights into the new DDR4 standard?
    Register now for JEDEC's 2-day DDR4 Workshop on Feb. 6 and 7 in Santa Clara, Calif., offering an in-depth technical review of DDR4 as taught by industry leaders involved in the creation of the standard. Presenters include representatives from Agilent, AMD, Inphi, Intel, Micron, Montage, Samsung and SK Hynix. See the agenda and register today -- online registration and discounts end 1/31. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • JEDEC Mobile Forum 2013 -- call for presentations
    To be held in Santa Clara, Calif., on May 1 and 2, the Forum will focus on the latest developments and standards for mobile storage technology, including Universal Flash Storage (UFS), LPDDR3 & 4, and Wide I/O 2, as well as the mobile devices that utilize these standards, including smartphones, ultra-thin notebooks, and tablets. Share your knowledge and experience by submitting a presentation for consideration. All submissions due 2/8. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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