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November 1, 2012
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • IC Insights: Growth lags this year for opto, sensor, discrete chips
    The worldwide market for optoelectronics, sensors/actuators and discrete semiconductors will grow 2% this year to $58.2 billion from 2011's $57.4 billion, according to IC Insights. The market research firm earlier forecast 7% growth for the chip market segment, but economic conditions caused revenue to flatten during 2012. IC Insights forecasts healthier growth in 2013 for all three product categories. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • Tokyo court selects Micron to purchase Elpida Memory
    Micron Technology was chosen by the Tokyo District Court to proceed with its acquisition of bankrupt Elpida Memory. The U.S. chipmaker was selected over an alternative purchase plan offered by Elpida bondholders and hedge funds. The transaction is scheduled to close during the first six months of 2013, according to Micron. Bloomberg (11/1), Reuters (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Embedded Java platform available for Cortex-M microcontrollers
    IS2T has introduced the MicroEJ, an embedded Java platform for developing C and C++ applications on ARM Cortex-M microcontrollers. The platform includes the MicroJvm Java virtual and an optional real-time operating system. IS2T is developing a version of MicroEJ for Cortex-M MCUs from STMicroelectronics. EE Times Europe (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Going Green 
  • Rapid growth forecast for energy-harvesting devices
    Annual growth for energy-harvesting devices used in wireless sensor networks will top 50% for the next five years, leaping from $19 million this year to $227 million in 2017, according to Yole Développement. The leading applications for energy harvesters are commercial buildings and industrial facilities, the market research firm said. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Semiconductors in Action 
  • UT-Austin researchers take a bit off the top on silicon wafers
    University of Texas at Austin researchers have developed what they claim to be a less expensive method of producing flexible electronics by shaving a few micrometers from the thickness of a conventional 200-millimeter silicon wafer. University of Illinois materials scientist John Rogers said the method offers an advantage in using existing semiconductor production equipment. Chemical & Engineering News (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Testing & Standards 
  • Have server benchmarks become less relevant?
    In the era of server ranches run by Facebook and Google, traditional benchmarks for system specifications have become almost irrelevant, according to speakers at conference in Santa Clara, Calif. "Traditional benchmarks are about defining headroom and performance per dollar. In the new world, it's not performance per dollar; it's supporting number of users at a given service level at the least capital and operating expense. In that type of world, there's a smaller role for benchmarks," said Karl Freund of Calxeda. EE Times (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Imec, Nantero to develop memory chips with carbon nanotubes
    Imec and Nantero are collaborating on the development of memory chips with features smaller than 20 nanometers by using carbon nanotube technology. "After review of the progress to date by Nantero and its manufacturing partners, we decided that this CNT-based nonvolatile memory has multiple very attractive characteristics for next-generation highly scaled memory," Imec CEO Luc Van den hove said. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  JEDEC News 
  • Updates to JEP95: JEDEC Registered and Standard Outlines for Solid State and Related Products now available for free download
    JEP95 is a compilation of some 3,000 pages of outline drawings for microelectronic packages. An annual updating service and complete hard copies are available for purchase. Recent updates include: SO-018A (DDR4 and GDDR5M SODIMM), SO-008B (DDR1/DDR2/DDR3, 144 Pin, 16b/32b SODIMM), MO-274B and MO-276G. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Time is running out -- register today for a DDR4 Workshop in Hsinchu, Taiwan
    Join us on 11/8 & 11/9 for a JEDEC DDR4 Workshop co-sponsored by the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association. This two-day workshop offers a unique opportunity for an in-depth technical review of DDR4 with industry experts involved in the creation of the standard. See the agenda and REGISTER NOW -- space is very limited. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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