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April 16, 2012
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • Is MIPS Technologies seeking a buyer?
    MIPS Technologies, which licenses IC designs to other companies, reportedly is putting itself on the auction block and has engaged Goldman Sachs Group to handle the search for a buyer, Bloomberg reports, citing unnamed sources. A representative of MIPS declined to comment on the report. MIPS once stood as a competitive challenger to ARM Holdings, but it hasn't been able to keep up with ARM in licensing chip designs for smartphones, tablet computers and other mobile electronics, EE Times notes. Bloomberg (4/13), EE Times (4/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • PC makers are switching to 2.5-inch drives, IHS iSuppli says
    All-in-one PCs are generally made with 3.5-inch hard-disk drives but that could change next year when worldwide shipments of 2.5-inch drives for those desktop computers reach 1 million units, according to IHS iSuppli. The lower-power, slower 2.5-inch HDDs are currently used in laptops and in servers and storage arrays for data centers. The market research firm predicts shipments of 2.5-inch drives for all-in-one PCs will hit 3 million units in 2014 and 7 million units in 2016. eWeek (4/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • TSMC is the most profitable company in Taiwan
    With $4.4 billion in after-tax net income, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing last year was the most profitable company in Taiwan, according to a ranking by Taiwan Economic News. Second place went to Hon Hai Precision Industry, which does business as Foxconn and is a leading manufacturing contractor for Apple. In third place was HTC, a mobile-phone maker. (4/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Going Green 
  • Research institute finds governments continue to foster PV tech
    Government incentives and feed-in tariffs continue to support the solar power industry around the world, according to GBI Research. Global sales of semiconductors going into solar photovoltaic systems are projected to reach $32.06 billion in 2015, up from $27.75 billion last year, the market research firm estimates. DigiTimes (4/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Semiconductors in Action 
  • Asus adds quad-core Tegra 3 processor to Transformer Pad 300 tablet
    The newest Transformer Pad 300 tablet computer from Asus, which will begin shipping on Sunday in the U.S., features a quad-core Tegra 3 processor from Nvidia and a 10.1-inch display. Running on the Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" operating system, the tablet is said to have Long-Term Evolution networking capabilities. CIO Asia (4/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fairchild adds gate driver chips for EVs, hybrids
    Fairchild Semiconductor International has introduced the FAN7171 and FAN7190 high-current gate driver chips, targeted at power supplies and power inverters used in electric vehicles and hybrids. The ICs currently are in sampling. EE Times Asia (free registration) (4/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Testing & Standards 
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  JEDEC News 
  • It's not too late to join us for JEDEC's ROCS (Reliability of Compound Semiconductors) Workshop
    Though online registration has closed, onsite registration will be available at the event in Boston, Mass. on Monday, April 23. ROCS will once again be held alongside the MANTECH conference; bringing together researchers, manufacturers and users of compound semiconductor devices. Find out more about ROCS. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Join these industry leaders at JEDEC's Mobile Forum – May 10 in Santa Clara, Calif.
    Speakers include representatives from Agilent, Arasan Chip Systems, ARM, Cadence Design Systems, Micron, Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung, Synopsys and Tektronix. Don't miss out on your chance to hear about the latest in mobile technology, advancements in mobile memory and much more from these powerful influencers. See the agenda and register online -- space is limited! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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