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January 28, 2013
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • Will Intel be the comeback kid in mobile processors?
    Intel gets kudos for its manufacturing prowess but it has fallen behind ARM-based chips in the market for mobile processors, according to this analysis. "The problem for Intel is that they don't get anywhere by being Intel. They are the new kid on the block now. Just being equal doesn't do much; they have to be better," said Linley Gwennap of The Linley Group. MIT Technology Review online (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • Group cites stronger orders for semiconductor equipment
    Orders to North American vendors of semiconductor-production equipment rose late in 2012, with the three-month average for orders up 28.6% in December, Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International says. Orders had decreased for several months. "While uncertainty remains regarding the 2013 equipment outlook, the foundry and advanced packaging segments are the key investment drivers at the beginning of the year," SEMI CEO Dennis McGuirk said in a statement. The Taipei Times (Taiwan) (1/26), EE Times (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Silicon photonics IC developer to sign deal with foundry
    Kotura, a developer of silicon photonics semiconductors, will have a foundry fabricate its chips, hoping to be in volume production next year. Of the yet-to-be-named foundry, Kotura's Arlon Martin said, "There's been a lot of work in the background, but we are not ready until late 2013 to sample product from them." EE Times (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Going Green 
  • How MEMS sensors can manage LED-based lighting systems
    Thermal sensors built on microelectromechanical systems can play a key role in lighting systems based on light-emitting diodes, Fabrizio Petris of Omron Electronic Components Europe writes in this technical article. "Presence detection opens whole new applications that motion-detecting pyroelectric sensors cannot touch," he notes. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Last chance to save: online registration ends 1/31 for JEDEC's DDR4 Workshop
Save over onsite rates when you register online by 1/31. Reserve your spot today for a 2-day, in-depth technical review of the new DDR4 standard on 2/6 & 2/7 in Santa Clara, CA, taught by industry experts involved in its development. See the agenda and REGISTER NOW for the DDR4 Workshop.
  Semiconductors in Action 
  • Report: Qualcomm to use ARMv8 designs for server SoCs
    Qualcomm is looking to hire engineers who can use ARM Holdings' ARMv8 64-bit architecture to develop system-on-a-chip processors for power-optimized servers, this blog post notes, citing EE Times. Advanced Micro Devices, Applied Micro Circuits, Calxeda, Cavium, Marvell Technology Group, Nvidia and Samsung Electronics are also said to be developing server chips based on ARMv8. Qualcomm did not provide comment on the report. (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Website reveals details of AMD's "Richland" processor line
    The forthcoming "Richland" line of accelerated processing units from Advanced Micro Devices will include four quad-core processors and two dual-core processors, according to the Expreview website. These parts are shipping to computer manufacturers, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes writes, with "Richland" APU-based PCs seen being introduced in the second quarter. ZDNet (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Testing & Standards 
  • Brain-computer link project makes progress
    The Tools for Brain‐computer Interaction project is showing off several demonstrations of how its technology can help those with disabilities. "Each brain has its own way of transmitting its signals requiring significant calibration," said José del R. Millán, a professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. "A long road is still ahead before turnkey products will be available." EE Times (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  JEDEC News 
  • Looking for expert insights into the new DDR4 standard?
    Register now for JEDEC's 2-day DDR4 Workshop on Feb. 6 and 7 in Santa Clara, Calif., offering an in-depth technical review of DDR4 as taught by industry leaders involved in the creation of the standard. Presenters include representatives from Agilent, AMD, Inphi, Intel, Micron, Montage, Samsung and SK hynix. See the agenda and register today -- online registration and discounts end this Thursday. 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 members: AVX Tantalum, Embed Technology, Kandou Bus, Memoright Corp., Shenzhen Deren Electronic Co. and StorArt Technology. Interested in JEDEC membership for your company? Find out more about the benefits of membership and apply online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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