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February 22, 2013
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • What Taiwanese IC design firms can learn from Google
    IC design houses in Taiwan would do well to follow Google's open-platform business model, Cage Chao asserts in this commentary. "[T]he ability of Google to leverage available market forces to form effective ecosystems in China and other emerging markets has enabled Google and its production partners to compete with the Apple camp in most areas, even in advanced markets including the U.S., Europe and Japan," he writes. DigiTimes (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ICs, Memory & More 
  • Marvell's forecast outpaces analysts' expectations
    Marvell Technology Group said it expects to make about 14 cents per share on revenue of $700 million to $740 million in the current quarter. Analysts were expecting an average of 13 cents per share on revenue of $710.8 million, according to estimates collected by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Marvell's customers include BlackBerry, Seagate Technology and Western Digital. Reuters (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Going Green 
  • TI develops energy-harvesting chip that wakes up in 400ns
    Texas Instruments provided details on an energy-harvesting chip based on the Cortex-M0 design by ARM Holdings that goes without power while it is in a sleep state and can awaken in 400 nanoseconds. In a paper presented at ISSCC, TI said the chip includes ferroelectric random-access memory and nonvolatile logic elements. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Semiconductors in Action 
  • MIT researchers come up with chip for faster HDR image processing
    Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed an IC that provides faster processing of High Dynamic Range imaging, potentially offering higher resolution for photos and videos taken with smartphones. The research was funded by Foxconn, the contract electronics manufacturer that makes the iPhone and other products. (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Testing & Standards 
  • Chipmakers pick up the pace in moving from the lab to the fab
    Intel, IBM Microelectronics, Samsung Electronics and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing are accelerating the pace of moving advanced IC fabrication technology into volume production, Ed Sperling notes in this analysis. "In 2013 you will see a model shift," said IBM's Michael Cadigan. "The focus is on more and earlier involvement, and we will deliver technology faster into the fabs, which means we also will bring technology to market faster." (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  JEDEC News 
  • JEDEC members among UBM Tech's Test & Measurement World 2013 Best in Test Winners
    JEDEC congratulates member companies Agilent Technologies, Mentor Graphics, National Instruments, Synopsys and Tektronix on their selection as "2013 Best in Test" winners by Test & Measurement World. The awards honor innovations from 2012 that are considered by editors and readers to have made important contributions to the industry. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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