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December 24, 2012
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  ICs, Memory & More 
  • Micron's purchase of Elpida wins approval of Japanese commission
    Micron Technology may proceed with its proposed acquisition of Elpida Memory, the Japan Fair Trade Commission has ruled. Regulators in the Czech Republic, South Korea and the U.S. have also approved the deal, which Micron expects to close during the first six months of the new year. DigiTimes (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Going Green 
  Semiconductors in Action 
  • Atmel to acquire Ozmo, supplier of low-power Wi-Fi chips
    Atmel has agreed to purchase Ozmo, a supplier of low-power ICs with Wi-Fi connectivity; financial terms weren't disclosed. "This acquisition accelerates Atmel's strategy to provide complete solutions for products that will make possible the Internet of Things," Atmel CEO Steven Laub said in a statement. EE Times (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Asus exec: Intel won't eliminate processors in LGA packages
    Intel will likely continue to offer processors in land grid array packages, providing ball grid array packages as an option, according to Joe Hsieh of Asus. Making its processors interchangeable on computer mainboards is a profitable business for Intel, he notes. XBitLabs.com (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Testing & Standards 
  • MIT demonstrates new form of magnetic behavior
    Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have demonstrated quantum spin liquid magnetism, a state that was previously theorized, using a solid crystal. "There is no static order to the magnetic orientations, known as magnetic moments, within the material. But there is a strong interaction between them, and due to quantum effects, they don't lock in place," MIT physics professor Young Lee said. XBitLabs.com (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  JEDEC News 
  • Space is going fast: register now for the JEDEC DDR4 Workshop
    Save $25 off onsite rates when you register for JEDEC's 2-day DDR4 Workshop on Feb. 6 and 7 in Santa Clara, Calif. This event will offer an in-depth technical review of DDR4, as taught by industry experts involved in the creation of the standard. Participants will gain insight into DDR4's wide range of innovative features and device operation, as well as current and planned technological enablements to facilitate adoption of DDR4. See the agenda and register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EDN's "Hot 100 Products of 2012" recognizes over 25 JEDEC member companies
    JEDEC congratulates its many member companies -- too numerous to list here -- whose products were selected for EDN';s list of the hot 100 products of 2012. Several members received multiple mentions. Award categories include ICs, test instruments, analog and many more; see the complete list of honorees. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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