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December 31, 2012
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • Samsung commits to expanding Silicon Valley facilities
    Samsung Electronics is putting up two new buildings in Silicon Valley, with a new headquarters for Samsung Semiconductor near downtown San Jose, Calif. The state and local governments are providing tax incentives for the facilities, this blog post notes, while Pacific Gas and Electric will offer discounted rates for the buildings. TechCrunch (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • Losing Apple business won't hurt Samsung much, research firm says
    The rumored loss of its silicon foundry business for Apple's application processors won't have much of a negative effect on the logic chip operations of Samsung Electronics, according to Digitimes Research. Samsung will wind up making more application processors for its own smartphones, tablet computers and other products as a result, the research firm predicts. DigiTimes (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Going Green 
  • Cargo-plane crashes spur calls for safer transport of lithium batteries
    Pilots and safety experts are demanding greater safety precautions for transporting lithium batteries, which are thought to have been a factor in at least two dozen cargo and passenger aircraft fires in recent years, this analysis notes. The International Civil Aviation Organization is implementing a set of stricter standards on Tuesday. "Lithium batteries are becoming a big risk issue," said Air France Chief Operating Officer Alain Bassil. The Wall Street Journal (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Semiconductors in Action 
  • Sony will reportedly debut new Xperia phone at CES
    Sony is said to be readying an Xperia smartphone for introduction at the 2013 International CES, the ePrice website reports. The handset will have a quad-core processor and a 1,080p display measuring 5 inches, according to the report. Ars Technica (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  JEDEC News 
  • Space is going fast: register now for the JEDEC DDR4 Workshop
    Save $25 off onsite rates when you register for JEDEC's 2-day DDR4 Workshop on Feb. 6 and 7 in Santa Clara, Calif. This event will offer an in-depth technical review of DDR4, as taught by industry experts involved in the creation of the standard. Participants will gain insight into DDR4's wide range of innovative features and device operation, as well as current and planned technological enablements to facilitate adoption of DDR4. See the agenda and register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EDN's "Hot 100 Products of 2012" recognizes over 25 JEDEC member companies
    JEDEC congratulates its many member companies -- too numerous to list here -- whose products were selected for EDN's list of the hot 100 products of 2012. Several members received multiple mentions. Award categories include ICs, test instruments, analog and many more; see the complete list of honorees. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of New Year's Day, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--John Selden,
English jurist and scholar


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