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December 4, 2012
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • Qualcomm, Sharp agree on equity investment
    Qualcomm has agreed to invest about $60 million in Sharp, buying new shares and taking a stake of more than 2.6% in the Japanese company. Qualcomm may invest up to another $60 million, depending on whether Sharp can return to profitability in this fiscal year. Hideki Yasuda of Ace Securities said, "This investment is good news for Sharp. However, it won't have sufficient impact to improve the company’s situation dramatically. It's only symbolic." The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/DealBook blog (12/4), Bloomberg (12/3), Reuters (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • Former Seagate CEO leads LED advance at Bridgelux
    Bill Watkins, who had a tumultuous exit from the top post at Seagate Technology three years ago, now serves as CEO of Bridgelux, a manufacturer of light-emitting diodes for lighting applications, this analysis notes. He's been able to bring in $160 million from investors and guided the company through a difficult transition from making LEDs with synthetic sapphire to fabricating them with silicon, a less expensive material. San Francisco Chronicle (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Apple reportedly picks up IC designers laid off by TI
    "Dozens" of chip designers laid off by Texas Instruments in Israel are being hired by Apple, The NextWeb reports, citing sources close to the situation. Meanwhile, TI's worldwide 5% reduction in workforce is leading to 300 to 500 jobs being lost in India, according to employees in the chipmaker's Indian operations. TI is cutting a total of about 1,700 jobs as it works to lessen its emphasis on making chips for mobile electronics. (12/3), The Economic Times (India) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GlobalFoundries trims head count by 4% at Singapore fab
    GlobalFoundries is eliminating 300 positions in its Singapore operations, a 4% reduction in force there, saying the move is necessary because of "softening of the current macro-economic climate." Meanwhile, the foundry plans to expand manufacturing capacity of 300-millimeter silicon wafers in Singapore over the next 18 months. EE Times (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Semiconductors in Action 
  • Intel's future as a foundry to the stars
    With Intel reportedly considering making chips on a contract basis for Apple and Cisco Systems, it's time for the giant chipmaker to embrace the silicon foundry business on a bigger scale because of its manufacturing technology prowess, Rick Merritt writes. "Intel could be one heck of a foundry that happens to have its own line of very successful products," he notes. EE Times (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: LG designs processors for its smartphones, TVs
    Emulating Apple and Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics is crafting custom processors for its smartphone line, Steven Musil writes, citing a report in the Korea Times. More than 900 IC designers are developing processors for Internet-connected television sets and smartphones, it was said. LG has not yet responded to CNET's request for comment. CNET (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Testing & Standards 
  • Analog IP: Myths and truths
    There are industry misconceptions about integrating analog semiconductor intellectual property into system-on-a-chip device designs, according to Manuel Mota of Synopsys. He debunks three "myths" about analog IP in this article, including the notion that integrating analog IP is too risky for a design project. EE Times (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  JEDEC News 
  • EE Times takes a first look at JESD230 NAND Flash interface interoperability standard
    JEDEC and ONFI talk with EE Times Memory Designline editor Kristin Lewotsky in this informative Q-and-A about JESD230. The standard is available for free download from both and LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • JEDEC memberships for 2013 now available -- join today
    As members of an open standards organization with global participation, JEDEC member companies enjoy technological insight, competitive advantage and influence. One of JEDEC's core values is its ability to develop standards spanning the breadth of the microelectronics industry: From components to packaging, test methods and quality and reliability, JEDEC standards address the needs of all segments of the industry, from device manufacturers to end consumers. JEDEC's low cost of membership allows companies of all sizes and revenue levels to participate, resulting in consensus-based standards with broad industry acceptance. Find out more and join today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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