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March 7, 2013
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  • Cloud service allows x86 apps to be ported to ARM-based servers
    Boston Ltd. has teamed with Ellexus to provide a cloud service where developers can virtually port x86 applications to quad-core ARM processors, to see if the code will work on ARM-based servers. "We are not targeting users who wish to host services in the cloud -- Web or mail, etc. -- this is really designed for companies or software developers to get access to ARM servers, fully loaded with development libraries and profiling tools, to assist them with migrating to ARM," said Apostolos Lambrianides, a Boston marketing executive. Network World/IDG News Service (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Breakthru DDR/LPDDR analysis for both controllers & ICs
New Memory Compliance Analyzer integrates realtime protocol analysis with logic analysis to realize a breakthrough instrument for DDR and LPDDR memory systems. The innovative dual-instrument combination enables memory controller performance monitoring as well as state of the art real-time DDR and LPDDR protocol violation detection. Learn more here.
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • Will the new Intel CEO close a foundry deal with Apple?
    Apple could shift its chip-making contracts to another company, possibly Intel, Noel Randewich and Nadia Damouni write in this analysis. With the choice of CEO Paul Otellini's successor close at hand, an Apple-Intel foundry deal might be a signal achievement for the new CEO, they note. Alex Gauna of JMP Securities said, "The new CEO will have a very large opportunity to take this to the next level. Those discussions about taking on Apple as a foundry customer are going to be very complex and very contentious." Apple and Intel declined to comment. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.)/Reuters (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IHS iSuppli: Slower growth seen this year for automotive chips
    The global market for semiconductors going into automotive infotainment systems is forecast to increase 3% this year to $6.67 billion, down from the 4% growth reported in 2012, according to IHS iSuppli. Decreased revenue in aftermarket sales and the ongoing decline in personal navigation devices are said to be behind the slight slowdown this year. The market research sees better growth resuming in 2014 and the following years, with the auto infotainment IC market rising to $8.54 billion in 2018. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sources: Allwinner, Rockchip find IC customers beyond China
    Allwinner Technology and Fuzhou Rockchip Electronics are progressing from supplying processors for white-box tablet computers to having first-tier vendors considering their ICs for entry-level models, DigiTimes reports, citing sources from the upstream supply chain. In 2012, 70% of the more than 50 million chips shipped by Allwinner went to markets other than China, this article notes. Rockchip has received orders from Hewlett-Packard to provide chips for HP's entry-level tablets with 7-inch screens. Both companies are licensees of ARM Holdings. DigiTimes (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Key factors in developing medical sensors
    James McKenna of Honeywell Sensing and Control delves into the four factors sensor manufacturers need to consider to meet the requirements of global medical device makers -- "miniaturization, materials and regulatory compliance, supplier quality assurance, and service and support." EE Times Europe (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Testing & Standards 
  • Does DNA marking of military chips make sense?
    The Defense Logistics Agency's requirement that all chips it buys must have DNA marking adds unnecessary costs and fails to really solve the problem of counterfeit chips in the military supply chain, Lee Mathiesen of Lansdale Semiconductor asserts in this opinion piece. Mathiesen serves as chairman of JEDEC's JC-13.2 subcommittee. Military & Aerospace Electronics Online (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  JEDEC News 
  • JEDEC elects two new members to its Board of Directors
    JEDEC is pleased to announce that Qualcomm and SK Hynix have been appointed to its Board of Directors. Qualcomm will be represented by Mr. Hung Vuong, and SK Hynix by Mr. Jong H. Oh. Both bring a wealth of experience in the memory and mobile industries to their role as board members. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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 & 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
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