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December 17, 2012
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • Bidding war for MIPS hits $100M
    Faced with a $90 million competing offer from Ceva, Imagination Technologies Group has increased its bid for the operating business of MIPS Technologies to $100 million. The two companies have leapfrogged each other in recent weeks in seeking to acquire the MIPS business. Reuters (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • Mobile in China is key to ARM's future success, exec says
    The burgeoning market for smartphones and tablet computers in China has not escaped the notice of ARM Holdings, the leading designer of chips for mobile devices, this article notes. "China is absolutely a key market for us both in terms of manufacturing and as the end market," ARM Chief Operating Officer Graham Budd said. "Over the last two years, ARM has seen strong growth in the tablet market using China-developed silicon components." China Daily (Beijing) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • China to boost SK Hynix's profits in 2013, investment firm says
    Increased demand for smartphones in China will help SK Hynix realize consistent profits next year, according to a report by Shinhan Investment. "We expect SK Hynix to benefit from growing Chinese mobile demand, and stabilizing supply and demand in 2013. We see sharp improvement in earnings for the company with stronger price bargaining power," Shinhan's Kim Yong-chan said. Yonhap News Agency (South Korea) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Going Green 
  • Researchers look to develop solar fabrics
    Engineers and scientists have succeeded in creating a silicon-based optical fiber that can work as a photovoltaic solar cell, leading to the possibility of a solar fabric that could be woven into clothing. "The military especially is interested in designing wearable power sources for soldiers in the field," said John Badding, a chemistry professor at Penn State University. EE Times Europe (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Semiconductors in Action 
  • IBM licenses 90nm process to Russian firm
    Angstrem of Zelenograd, Russia, has licensed a 90-nanometer IC process from IBM and will receive additional support from Big Blue under the licensing agreement. The Russian firm plans to make chips and sensors for consumer and industrial applications beginning in 2014. EE Times (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Apple could turn to AMD graphics for future iMacs
    Advanced Micro Devices could emerge as an alternative supplier of graphics processing units for Apple's iMac computer, according to TechEye, which took note of an Apple job posting seeking engineers with experience in "AMD and/or Nvidia GPUs." Sean Portnoy writes, "Does Apple see something in AMD's current or future graphics architecture that it may make a switch with the next iMac update, or is this tied to the long-promised, but still-not-delivered refresh of the Mac Pro?" ZDNet (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nvidia is expected to announce Tegra processors
    Nvidia reportedly plans to disclose the first details about its Tegra "Grey" and "Wayne" system-on-a-chip processors for mobile devices at next month's International CES, while formally introducing the chips at an industry conference in February. Both processors will be fabricated with a 28-nanometer process. (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Testing & Standards 
  • DNA marking mandate concerns suppliers of military chips
    Suppliers of semiconductors to the American military expressed several concerns about the Defense Logistics Agency's requirement for DNA marking of chips, which is meant to help prevent counterfeit parts getting into the supply chain. "We have asked two pages of questions to Applied DNA concerning the reliability of the products, and to date we have not received any answers," said Lee Mathiesen, chairman of JEDEC subcommittee JC-13.2, in a webcast. Military & Aerospace Electronics Online (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  JEDEC News 
  • LAST CHANCE to save with early bird discounts: JEDEC DDR4 Workshop
    Register by 12/21 for best savings -- $50 off onsite rates -- for JEDEC's two-day DDR4 Workshop on Feb. 6 and 7 in Santa Clara, Calif. This event will offer an in-depth technical review of DDR4, as taught by industry experts involved in the creation of the standard. Participants will gain insight into DDR4's wide range of innovative features and device operation, as well as current and planned technological enablements to facilitate adoption of DDR4. See the agenda and register today -- space is very limited. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Updates to JEP95: JEDEC Registered and Standard Outlines for Solid State and Related Products now available for free download
    JEP95 is a compilation of some 3000 pages of outline drawings for microelectronic packages. In addition to the free downloads available on the JEDEC website, an annual updating service and complete hard copies are available for purchase. Recent updates include: MO-269H, Registration - DDR3 SDRAM DIMM (Dual Inline Memory Module) Family with 1.00 mm Contact Centers and MO-274C, Registration - DDR1/DDR2/DDR3, 144 Pin, 16b/32b Small Outline Dual Inline Memory Module (SODIMM) Family, 0.8 mm Pitch. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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