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February 5, 2013
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • Samsung, Toshiba, Micron tops in 2012 NAND flash memory market
    Samsung Electronics sold $7.29 billion in NAND flash memory devices during 2012, giving it a 38.2% revenue market share for the year, according to DRAMeXchange. Samsung stayed on top while selling 4.9% less NAND flash than last year. Toshiba was the second-largest supplier in the market, with Micron Technology moving up to third place, although SK Hynix reclaimed the third spot for the fourth quarter of 2012, the market research firm reported. DigiTimes (2/5), EE Times (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • WSTS: IC industry will resume growth in 2013
    Mobile electronics are expected to help key growth in the global semiconductor industry this year, increasing sales by 4.5% from last year's $290 billion, according to the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization. Chip sales declined last year by 3.2% from 2011 as the PC market softened. Meanwhile, the Semiconductor Industry Association estimated that worldwide IC sales were $24.74 billion in December, bringing the 2012 total to $291.6 billion. Computerworld/IDG News Service (2/4), EE Times (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ARM outdoes analyst estimates on Q4 profit, revenue
    ARM Holdings posted pretax profit of $125.9 million for the fourth quarter, reporting higher profit and revenue than analysts were expecting, on average. The IC design firm expects to outdo the semiconductor industry this year as its chip designs go into a variety of smartphones and tablet computers. Reuters (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: A Fujitsu-Panasonic chip JV is a "nonstarter"
    The rumored semiconductor joint venture between Fujitsu and Panasonic, which Fujitsu has denied considering, "will be a nonstarter," Junko Yoshida writes in this analysis, citing the example of the loss-ridden Renesas Electronics, which combined the chip-making operations of Hitachi, Mitsubishi Electric and NEC Electronics. Takashi Yunogami of the Fine Processing Institute said of the proposed Fujitsu-Panasonic chip JV, "Negative one plus negative one makes negative three." EE Times (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Going Green 
  • Italian supercomputer rates as the world's most energy efficient
    The Eurora supercomputer in Italy has been rated the most energy-efficient one in the world, able to process 3,150 megaflops per watt. With a liquid cooling system, Eurora has 64 processing nodes, each equipped with two Nvidia Tesla K20 graphics processing unit accelerator cards, two Intel Xeon E5-2687W processors and an Altera Stratix V field-programmable gate array, among other components. ZDNet (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Semiconductors in Action 
  • AMD targets embedded systems with Gizmo boards
    Advanced Micro Devices has introduced the Gizmo board for developing embedded systems, basing it on a G-Series accelerated processing unit. The board is being sold by GizmoSphere for $199. ZDNet (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sources: Sapphire wafers pushed to replace glass covers
    Taiwanese suppliers of sapphire wafers reportedly are trying to convince smartphone manufacturers to use such wafers to protect cameras in smartphones, rather than the usual glass covers, DigiTimes asserts, citing sources. Sapphire wafers are generally more expensive than glass covers, however. DigiTimes (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Testing & Standards 
  JEDEC News 
  • 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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