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January 11, 2013
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  • Nvidia leads in app processors for tablets that aren't iPads
    Nvidia has emerged as a market leader in supplying application processors for tablet computers, at least for tablets that don't bear the iPad brand, according to Strategy Analytics. Apple, which designs its own processors for the iPad and iPhone, led the tablet app processor segment in the third quarter of last year with 53% revenue market share, the market research firm reported. For app processors going into smartphones, Qualcomm was the leading supplier in Q3, it was estimated. Telecom Lead (India) (1/11), EE Times India (free registration) (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • TSMC's December revenue slides 16% from November
    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing posted revenue of $1.28 billion in December, a 16.1% decline from November, the company reported. Compared with December 2011, revenue increased 18.8%. Morris Chang, the silicon foundry's chairman and CEO, has forecast that TSMC would grow its annual revenue by 15% to 20% this year. DigiTimes (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Micron offers SSD priced at 60 cents per gigabyte
    Micron Technology has introduced the Crucial M500 solid-state drive, which can store nearly 1 terabyte of data and is priced at $599. Competing SSDs sold by Intel, Samsung Electronics and other vendors are generally more expensive, Lucas Mearian notes in this analysis. "It is an aggressive introduction for a high-density SSD, where per-gigabyte pricing is still over $1/GB," IHS analyst Ryan Chien said. Computerworld (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Crucial shows DDR4 memory modules at CES
    The Crucial brand of Micron Technology exhibited DDR4 synchronous DRAM modules this week at the 2013 International CES in Las Vegas, saying that it will ship such modules in late 2013. "[R]educed voltage compared to DDR3, will make DDR4 an important advancement in memory technology that will benefit computing systems that range from the personal computer to the data center," Crucial's Jim Jardine said. (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wilocity offers wireless chipsets with 802.11ad, WiGig capability
    Wilocity has a wireless chipset reference design that makes use of the IEEE 802.11ad and 60-gigahertz WiGig standards. The chipset includes Qualcomm's VIVE 802.11ac Wi-Fi chips. Dell has designed the chipset into its Latitude 6430u Ultrabook computer, and Wilocity plans to offer the chipset for mobile devices in the future, according to Wilocity CEO Tal Tamir. Computerworld (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Testing & Standards 
  • TI: JESD204B data interface standard gains interest
    The JESD204B standard for data interfaces "is gathering pace across the industry," writes Matthias Feulner of Texas Instruments in this technical article. The new standard "makes it considerably easier to use faster converter sampling rates, simplifies routing and provides a solution to system synchronization," he writes. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • There's still time to join JEDEC for 2013
    As members of a global standards development organization, JEDEC member companies enjoy technological insight, competitive advantage and influence. JEDEC's low cost of membership allows companies of all sizes and revenue levels to participate, resulting in consensus-based standards with broad industry acceptance. Find out more and join today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Industry experts focus on DDR4 in upcoming JEDEC event
    JEDEC's two-day DDR4 Workshop on Feb. 6 and 7 in Santa Clara, Calif., offers an in-depth technical review of DDR4, as taught by industry experts involved in the creation of the standard, including representatives from Agilent, AMD, Inphi, Intel, Micron, Montage, Samsung and SK hynix. See the agenda and register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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