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March 4, 2013
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  • TSMC has expansion plans, but not with Fujitsu, company says
    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing is considering building production facilities in China, Taiwan and the U.S., but it doesn't have any plans to pursue a joint venture with Fujitsu to open a facility in Japan, as reported by the Economic Daily News. "The report is pure speculation and not correct," TSMC spokeswoman Elizabeth Sun said. She added that TSMC "has been exploring several options in Japan, including a joint venture with multiple customers and multiple parties. However, no definitive agreement has been reached." The Taipei Times (Taiwan) (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ICs, Memory & More 
  • Sources: DRAM contract prices rose more than 10% in February
    Contract prices for PC DRAMs increased by more than 10% last month, pushing the price of a 4GB DDR3 module to about $20 and a 2GB DDR3 module to more than $11, DigiTimes reports, citing sources in Taiwan. Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix reportedly are shifting more of their memory-chip production to mobile RAM and DRAMs for servers, resulting in less PC DRAM on the market, those sources noted. DigiTimes (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Going Green 
  • Researchers craft a flexible battery
    Researchers in China, South Korea and the U.S. have embedded lithium-ion battery cells in a silicone elastomer, creating a flexible battery that can be stretched up to three times its original length. The research team reports in the Nature Communications journal that further work must be done on the battery's cycle time and its self-discharge issues. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Semiconductors in Action 
  • Intel pins its tablet hopes on "Bay Trail" processor
    Intel's quad-core Atom "Bay Trail" processor is expected to show up in tablet computers this year, according to this blog post. The chip is expected to provide faster performance than the Atom "Clover Trail" processors currently found in Windows 8 tablets from Acer, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo and Samsung. CNET/Business Tech blog (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teardown of Apple's Lightning adapter finds an ARM-based SoC
    Panic Software conducted a teardown of the new Lightning Digital AV Adapter from Apple and found it contains a system-on-a-chip device based on an ARM Holdings design and a stacked 256-megabyte memory module from SK Hynix. Brian Klug of AnandTech speculates that the SoC could be for decoding video signals from a connected iPad or iPhone. (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Plextor will reportedly offer SSDs with TLC NAND flash
    Plextor reportedly is close to introducing solid-state drives made with triple-level cell NAND flash memory devices, which will be available in the second half of 2013, according to various media reports. Plextor did not provide comment on the report. (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Testing & Standards 
  JEDEC News 
  • Online registration is now open for JEDEC's Mobile Forum 2013
    Register today to reserve your spot in Santa Clara, Caif., on 5/1 & 2 to examine the industry's latest memory and storage-related advancements & new standards enabling applications and impacting mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Space is very limited -- see the agenda and REGISTER NOW for the Mobile Forum. 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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