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February 14, 2013
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  • IC Insights: Mobile processors will be hot commodities this year
    Tablet processors and application processors for smartphones will be the fastest-growing chip categories this year, with sales increases of 50% and 28%, respectively, according to IC Insights. Picked to show a 15% decline in sales this year are NOR flash memory devices and static random-access memories, IC Insights forecasts. EE Times (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • Nvidia lowers outlook as it transitions to Tegra 4
    Nvidia expects its revenue in the current quarter to be about $940 million, lower than the average of $1.067 billion that analysts had estimated. The company said it won't begin revenue shipments of its new Tegra 4 processor until July. Nvidia faces an uphill battle as it seeks to displace Qualcomm's dominant position in smartphones. Reuters (2/13), (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Going Green 
  • Graphical user interface created for energy-efficient MCUs
    Energy Micro worked with Mjolner Informatics to develop and demonstrate a graphical user interface for the EFM32 Giant Gecko line of microcontrollers. The technology could be used in applications for health care, home automation, industrial equipment and medical instruments. EE Times Europe (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Semiconductors in Action 
  • Kittson chip may symbolize the beginning of the end for Itanium
    Intel's forthcoming Itanium chip, called Kittson, will be made using a 32 nanometer process instead of 64 and won't be socket-compatible with Xeon server chips. The changes may indicate that Intel intends to discontinue the Itanium product, industry watchers note. "It could easily be that this is their way of cutting it back and having essentially an exit strategy," said Insight64 analyst Nathan Brookwood. News Service (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Qualcomm exec: We're ahead of the competition on LTE chips
    Qualcomm President and Chief Operating Officer Steve Mollenkopf said Wednesday that his company is well ahead of its competitors in providing chips for Long-Term Evolution smartphones. "If you look at the landscape of LTE, we're on our third generation," he said at an investment conference in San Francisco. "Most people are trying to figure out how to produce a device that would compete with our first generation." ZDNet (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Testing & Standards 
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  JEDEC News 
  • JEDEC Mobile Forum: Save the dates
    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. Online registration coming soon! Find out more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • JEDEC updates JESD99, a key reference standard
    JESD99C: Terms, Definitions, and Letter Symbols for Microelectronic Devices is now available for free download from the JEDEC website. The standard lists and defines more than 400 of the most common physical and electrical terms applicable to microelectronic devices and shows the industry-standard symbol and abbreviations that have been established for such terms. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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