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November 2, 2012
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • Analysis: The x86 architecture is here to stay
    The low-power processors derived from the processor cores of ARM Holdings are all the buzz, with even Advanced Micro Devices now committing itself to using ARM designs, Rick Merritt notes in this analysis. This leaves Intel as the last chip company wholly devoted to the x86 architecture, which has proved to be a dependable and profitable technology for the world's largest chipmaker, he adds. EE Times Asia (free registration) (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • Samsung display is in iPad Mini, iFixit teardown finds
    The 7.9-inch screen in an iPad Mini was made by Samsung Electronics, Apple's opponent in worldwide legal battles, iFixit found in tearing down the tablet computer. Apple also uses other suppliers, such as LG Display, for the displays in its mobile devices. "Though the markings on the back of the LCD don't turn up much information, the Samsung display driver IC reveals that Apple once again went with Samsung in its display manufacturing," iFixit noted. Reuters (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • DRAMeXchange: NAND flash contract prices rose in October
    In the second half of October, contract prices for NAND flash memory devices were up 7% to 12%, DRAMeXchange reported. The price rally, which began in September, is expected to continue in November, but it may meet some headwinds in the first quarter of 2013, the market research firm speculates. DigiTimes (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ARM budgets for a possible acquisition
    ARM Holdings may spend up to $161 million on a pending acquisition, the company acknowledged in reporting its third-quarter results. "It's an accounting artifact. We have lodged this amount of money -- we have made this amount available for the investment. As of the 30th (of September) it hadn't closed," CEO Warren East said. Chief Financial Officer Tim Score added, "This represents the entire investment being contemplated." Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Going Green 
  • Plessey plans to sample cheaper LEDs next month
    Plessey Semiconductors next month plans to sample gallium nitride-on-silicon light-emitting diodes, which it says are cheaper to produce than LEDs fabricated with sapphire substrates or silicon carbide LEDs. The chipmaker collaborated with CamGAN, a spinoff from the Cambridge University Centre for Gallium Nitride, on the development of the LEDs, which are scheduled to go into volume production in March. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Semiconductors in Action 
  • LG makes Google Nexus 4 smartphone with Snapdragon processor
    The new Google Nexus 4 smartphone was designed and manufactured by LG Electronics with a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor from Qualcomm. The handset runs on the Android 4.2 mobile operating system yet lacks 4G Long-Term Evolution wireless capability, this article notes. (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Testing & Standards 
  • UMC plans for 14nm FinFET process, CEO says
    United Microelectronics will go ahead with developing a 14-nanometer process utilizing three-dimensional FinFET transistors, CEO Shih-Wei Sun said. "Based on our IBM FinFET licensing, UMC has decided to aggressively develop 14nm FinFET technology on 20nm metal. Fourteen-nanometer FinFET will deliver the most optimal low-power and high-performance solution to offset the cost impact from using double-patterning lithography," he added. DigiTimes (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  JEDEC News 
  • 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
  • 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
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