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January 7, 2013
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  • Report: Worldwide chip sales were up 2% in November
    Global semiconductor sales were $25.73 billion in November, an increase of 2% from October and 2% from November 2011, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association. Stronger sales in the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions were offset by weak demand in Europe and Japan, the group said. EE Times (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Memory module contract prices are on the rise, sources say
    Prices quoted by leading vendors for 4-gigabyte DRAM modules are increasing, DigiTimes reports, citing industry sources. Samsung Electronics has increased its prices for such memory modules to range from $17 to $17.50, while Kingston Technology is asking for more than $20 per 4-gigabyte module, those sources said. DigiTimes (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Going Green 
  • Fujitsu to turn out GaN power transistors in 2013
    Fujitsu Semiconductor plans to make gallium-nitride-based power transistors using a GaN-on-silicon fabrication process this year, according to this article. Silicon is a less expensive alternative to sapphire and silicon-carbide substrates, which have traditionally been used to make power transistors, the article notes. The GaN-based power transistors can be used in battery chargers and solar inverters, along with the power supplies for electric vehicles and servers, according to the chipmaker. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Intel is said to bump up performance of Atom "Valleyview" processors
    The "Valleyview" version of Intel's low-power Atom processors will have significant performance enhancements when it is introduced late this year, according to slides available on the website. The system-on-a-chip device reportedly will run at 2.70 gigahertz or higher, according to this article. Intel didn't comment on the report. (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rumored Lenovo K900 smartphone may feature Intel processor
    At the 2013 International CES, Lenovo Group introduced several new smartphones for the Chinese market, including the K860, which has a processor based on an ARM Holdings design. The K860 is said to be a predecessor to Lenovo's IdeaPhone K900, a new smartphone with an Intel processor, this article notes. Computerworld (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SanDisk sets its sights on SSD market
    SanDisk says it plans to debut two solid-state disk drives, one for consumers and one for manufacturers, built on 19-nanometer flash memory that promises increased performance and more storage space. The products are part of the firm's push to drive SSD sales following several tech-related acquisitions in the past two years. News Service (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Testing & Standards 
  • PragmatIC attracts customers for flexible transistors, CEO says
    The U.K.'s PragmatIC has picked up more than three customers for the organic transistors it produces on flexible plastic foil, PragmatIC CEO Scott White said. "This isn't just an interesting technology anymore; people are paying money for it. It will be on supermarket shelves in the near future, as soon as it has worked its way through the supply chain," White said. "We have already delivered for revenue with plenty of low-volume production. We are now in proper volume." Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  JEDEC News 
  • There's still time to join JEDEC for 2013
    As members of a global standards development organization, JEDEC member companies enjoy technological insight, competitive advantage and influence. 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
  • Industry experts focus on DDR4 in upcoming JEDEC event
    JEDEC's two-day DDR4 Workshop on Feb. 6 and 7 in Santa Clara, Calif., offers an in-depth technical review of DDR4, as taught by industry experts involved in the creation of the standard, including representatives from Agilent, AMD, Inphi, Intel, Micron, Montage, Samsung and SK hynix. See the agenda and register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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