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March 18, 2013
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  • Ericsson, ST come to terms on dismantling chip JV
    Ericsson and STMicroelectronics have agreed to break up their unprofitable joint venture, which they established in 2009 to design mobile broadband chips, after being unable to find a buyer for ST-Ericsson. Ericsson will regain the JV's Long-Term Evolution multimode modem technology and take on about 1,800 of ST-Ericsson's 4,350 employees and contractors. ST will assume most of the remainder of ST-Ericsson's product line and give jobs to 950 people, leaving about 1,600 to find themselves without jobs following the break-up of the joint venture. (3/18), EE Times (3/18), Bloomberg Businessweek (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ICs, Memory & More 
  • DRAM prices close in on 2011 high, sources say
    DRAMeXchange says the fixed price of a 2-gigabit DDR3 DRAM hit $1.28 this month, compared with $1.08 in the second half of February and 80 cents in late November 2012, according to semiconductor industry sources. This month's fixed price is the highest since August 2011, when it was $1.31. This article notes that Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix are said to be curbing DRAM production for PCs, which in turn leaves fewer memory chips for PC manufacturers to purchase. Maeil Business Newspaper (South Korea) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Going Green 
  • Panelists disagree on effectiveness of MEMS in energy generation
    Whether microelectromechanical system devices could be an efficient source of energy generation was the topic of debate in a conference panel session. Wim Sinke from the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands said, "You are not going to beat [photovoltaics] except in some small-scale and specialist applications." Robert Andosca of MicroGen Systems said, "I agree you're not going to replace large-scale energy generation with MEMS. But you can use a small amount of energy to save a large amount, a leverage effect." EE Times Asia (free registration) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Semiconductors in Action 
  • Radio-frequency chip firms join the arms race in mobile devices
    Avago Technologies, RF Micro Devices and Skyworks Solutions are among the suppliers of radio-frequency ICs that are said to be more critical to the smartphones and tablet computers made by Apple, Samsung Electronics and other companies. "The RF content in handsets continues to go up," said Stewart Stecker of AlphaOne Capital, adding, "That's good from an immediate to longer-term perspective for the entire RF supply chain." Reuters (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Testing & Standards 
  • Holst, Imec boost driver IC tech for AMOLEDs
    Holst Centre and Imec have come up with a technique for making n-channel thin-film transistors with zinc oxide to serve as driver chips for active-matrix organic light-emitting diode displays. The n-TFTs were fabricated atop flexible polyethylene naphthalate foil, the researchers report. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  JEDEC News 
  • Last chance to save: early bird rates end 3/22 for JEDEC's Mobile Forum 2013
    Save $50 over onsite rates when you register online by 3/22. Join us in Santa Clara, Calif., on 5/1 & 5/2 where industry leaders will focus on the latest developments and standards for mobile, including UFS, LPDDR3 & 4 and Wide I/O 2. Visit the JEDEC website for the complete agenda and registration. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • JEDEC welcomes new members to the Association
    JEDEC is the global leader in developing standards for the microelectronics industry, bringing together over 4,000 member company volunteers in 50 technical committees to meet the needs of every segment of the industry. JEDEC is pleased to extend a warm welcome to the following new member companies: Compeq Manufacturing, Global Unichip Corporation, Mayo Clinic SPPDG Dept., National Instruments, Smart Storage Systems and SmartDV Technologies India. Interested in JEDEC membership for your company? Find out more and join today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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