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March 11, 2013
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • ST-Ericsson CEO will leave company at end of March
    Didier Lamouche, CEO of ST-Ericsson, has resigned, effective at the end of the month, as the chip-making joint venture's future remains up in the air. STMicroelectronics plans to withdraw from ownership in the company, and it is unclear what Ericsson will do with it. "The CEO leaving helps pave the way for action to happen at ST-Ericsson," said Hannu Rauhala of Pohjola Bank Oyj. He added, "A Chinese company may be interested in the venture to help build their own chip business for their own phones or tablets. Buying ST-Ericsson would be an easy way to do it." CIO Insight/IDG News Service (3/11), Bloomberg (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Need a job? Intel Custom Foundry is hiring
    Intel Custom Foundry, the contract-manufacturing arm of the chipmaker, has posted job listings for hundreds of positions at facilities around the U.S. "The [foundry] business is going as expected. We are going slowly and learning," spokesman Chuck Mulloy said. Meanwhile, Intel has reportedly put off the launch of its Core i7 Extreme "Ivy Bridge-E" processor to the fourth quarter of this year, according to the Fudzilla website. Intel didn't provide a comment on the report. (3/8), (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Are prices of memory chips being manipulated?
    The rising prices of DRAMs for desktop PCs is causing suspicion that Micron Technology and other DRAM suppliers are artificially controlling those prices, according to industry sources. "It's quite strange that the global memory chip market is seeing unexpected price rises amid less demand for conventional personal computers. It's highly possible that the chipmakers are engaged in price-fixing," an unnamed Korean executive said, adding, "Among other firms, Micron Technology is apparently using its commanding position to manipulate computer chip prices. We are watching it closely." The Korea Times (Seoul) (3/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MediaTek's RF transceiver measures less than 7-square mm
    MediaTek has introduced the MT6167 radio-frequency transceiver, a multimode chip that measures less than 7 square millimeters, according to a teardown conducted by ABI Research. The device supports 2G and 3G wireless communications. Separately, MediaTek reported its February revenues were $205.1 million, 2.2% lower than a year earlier and down by 27.9% from January. EE Times Asia (free registration) (3/11), DigiTimes (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Going Green 
  • Solar cells may keep smartphones running longer
    Solar power firm Alta Devices said it has found a way to extend the battery life of wireless devices by up to 80% using high-efficiency gallium arsenide that could work even in low-light conditions. The Silicon Valley-based company said it has learned how to make gallium arsenide effective inside "thin film" devices such as cellphones and tablets. Basically, Alta has built a solar panel flexible enough to work on a mobile device, the company disclosed. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Bits blog (3/8)
  Semiconductors in Action 
  • Report: "Low-cost" iPhone 6 will use 28nm Snapdragon processor
    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing is expected to fabricate Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor with a 28-nanometer process for the lower-cost iPhone that Apple is said to be introducing after the forthcoming iPhone 5S, China Times reports. The rumored Snapdragon processor will support Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, but not 4G Long-Term Evolution wireless communications, it was said. Meanwhile, Apple is reportedly designing new Mac Pro models that will have solid-state drives capable of storing 2 terabytes, according to the BrightSideOfNews website. Apple didn't comment on the report. International Business Times (3/9), (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Qualcomm may find silver lining in ill-fated FloTV
    Qualcomm believes it can salvage the Long-Term Evolution-based technology used in the chipmaker's failed FloTV mobile broadcast effort to create a system that could enable carriers to provide video and other high-quality content to subscribers more efficiently. The technology could provide Qualcomm with another outlet to sell chips but also allow carriers to deliver similar content to multiple subscribers through the LTE broadcast system. PCWorld/IDG News Service (3/9), All Things D (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  JEDEC News 
  • Register now at the early-bird rate for JEDEC's Mobile Forum and save
    Early-bird rates end 3/22 so don't delay! Join us in Santa Clara, Calif., on 5/1 & 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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