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March 19, 2013
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • Cadence CEO: U.S. chip industry needs more VC investments
    The governments of China and India are "pouring money" into their semiconductor industries while chip startups in the U.S. are struggling to find venture-capital funding, Cadence Design Systems CEO Lip-Bu Tan says. "If the VC trend is not reversed, innovation will be threatened, so it's important to see more startups funded," Tan told reporters."The China and India governments are making semiconductors a strategy industry, but I would hate to see those countries have the most semiconductor companies." EE Times (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Breakthru DDR/LPDDR analysis for both controllers & ICs
New Memory Compliance Analyzer integrates realtime protocol analysis with logic analysis to realize a breakthrough instrument for DDR and LPDDR memory systems. The innovative dual-instrument combination enables memory controller performance monitoring as well as state of the art real-time DDR and LPDDR protocol violation detection. Learn more here.
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • ARM will promote president when CEO steps down in July
    Warren East, the CEO of ARM Holdings for the past dozen years, plans to retire on July 1. The IC design company will promote President Simon Segars, who has been with ARM for 22 years, to succeed East. Segars said today that he plans to "continue with what Warren built and continue to work closely with partners and customers." Bloomberg (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Going Green 
  • Broadcom, NTT Electronics collaborate on low-power DSP
    Broadcom and NTT Electronics said they will work together on developing a low-power digital signal processor to be used in next-generation fiber-optics communications equipment. The chip companies plan to use a complementary metal-oxide semiconductor process to fabricate the 100G DSP to lower the chip's power consumption by more than half. RTT News (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Semiconductors in Action 
  • New Freescale MCUs cut use of copper wiring in vehicles
    Automotive designs can save from having to use 150 pounds of copper wiring by employing two microcontrollers introduced by Freescale Semiconductor. The chipmaker's Qorivva MPC5748G and S12-MagniV (S12ZVL/S12ZVC) MCUs simplify the design of automotive networking equipment, the company said. EE Times (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Intel licenses motion tech for media server design
    Intel has agreed to license the Freespace Motion Engine software technology from Hillcrest Labs for its new Media Server Reference Design, which will be available next month. "With Freespace, we're creating an out-of-the box, motion-ready reference solution for operators and OEMs globally," said Intel's Ran Senderovitz. The Freespace technology is used by Roku for its set-top box and by LG Electronics and TCL for Internet-connected television sets. Multichannel News (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Save $50 over onsite rates when you register online by 3/22. Reserve your spot in Santa Clara, CA on 5/1 &2 where we'll examine the industry's latest memory and storage-related advancements & new standards enabling applications and impacting mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. See the agenda and REGISTER NOW for the Mobile Forum.
  Testing & Standards 
  • ASML unit will work with GlobalFoundries on 28nm, 20nm lithography
    Brion Technologies, a subsidiary of ASML Holding, has agreed to work cooperatively with GlobalFoundries on supplying lithography equipment and software for taping out semiconductors with 28-nanometer and 20nm features. The foundry will employ ASML's FlexRay and FlexWave scanners in the effort. (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  JEDEC News 
  • Register now for the 28th annual ROCS (Reliability of Compound Semiconductors) Workshop
    Join us on May 13 in New Orleans, La., where the ROCS Workshop will once again be held with the CS MANTECH conference; bringing together researchers, manufacturers and users of compound semiconductor devices. Visit the event website or register now -- online registration and discounts end April 29 and space is limited, so don't delay! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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