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December 21, 2012
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • IC Insights: Flash memory has outsold DRAM this year
    Sales of flash-memory devices for this year will hit $30 billion, an increase of 2% from 2011, according to IC Insights. This will mark the first year that flash memory has outsold DRAM, which will have $28 billion in global sales, the market-research firm estimates. For 2013, the NAND flash-memory market by itself will be bigger than the DRAM market, IC Insights says. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • Exec: Resolve to not use fake ICs in 2013
    At least 2% of the semiconductor industry's annual global sales are represented by counterfeit chips, Adam Fletcher of the Electronic Components Supply Network writes. "The New Year resolution for all Western-based electronics organizations must be to take decisive measures to avoid sourcing counterfeit electronic components by ensuring that they only buy electronic components direct from the manufacturer, from an authorized distributor or another well-established, known and trusted local source," he asserts. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Micron posts loss on fab woes, declining prices for memory
    Micron Technology posted a net loss of $275 million in its fiscal first quarter, compared with a net deficit of $187 million a year ago, as revenue fell 12% to $1.83 billion. The perennial problem of falling prices for DRAM and NAND flash-memory devices was compounded by unspecified "challenges" in IC manufacturing during the quarter, CEO Mark Durcan said. A bright spot for Micron was a 20% sequential increase in shipments of solid-state drives. The Wall Street Journal (12/20), (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Going Green 
  • Intel touts its "Clover Trail" SoC
    Intel says its dual-core Atom "Clover Trail" system-on-a-chip processor for tablet computers is superior to Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor, and at least one market analyst echoes that assessment. "The tablet performance is as good with Clover Trail as with ARM SoCs, if not better, and now the surprising thing is they are using less power," says Nathan Brookwood of Insight64. EE Times (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Semiconductors in Action 
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  Testing & Standards 
  • Samsung achieves tape-out of test chips with 14nm FinFETs
    Samsung Electronics reported it has been able to tape out its first test chips that contain FinFETs with dimensions of 14 nanometers. The chipmaker employed a Cortex-A7 design from ARM Holdings for the test chips, along with IC design software from Cadence Design Systems, Mentor Graphics and Synopsys. (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  JEDEC News 
  • Now is the time to join JEDEC for 2013
    As members of an open standards organization with global participation, JEDEC member companies enjoy technological insight, competitive advantage and influence. One of JEDEC's core values is its ability to develop standards spanning the breadth of the microelectronics industry: from components to packaging, test methods and quality and reliability, JEDEC standards address the needs of all segments of the industry, from device manufacturers to end consumers. JEDEC's low cost of membership allows companies of all sizes and revenue levels to participate, resulting in consensus-based standards with broad industry acceptance. Find out more and join today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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 3000 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
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