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November 15, 2012
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • Top foundries push up, skip process nodes
    Leading silicon foundries are accelerating their transitions to the next process node or, in one case, skipping a process node entirely, Mark LaPedus notes in this analysis. United Microelectronics is bypassing the 20-nanometer planar node altogether, going directly from 28nm planar to 14nm finFETs with technology licensed from IBM, he writes. (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • Samsung source: We're not raising prices on Apple's processors
    An earlier report that Samsung Electronics got Apple to agree to a price hike of nearly 20% on fabrication of its custom mobile processors was denied by an anonymous source within Samsung, reports, citing The Hankyoreh in South Korea. The denial may mean that Apple and Samsung are in the midst of year-end negotiations over prices for 2013, Erica Ogg notes. (11/14), GigaOm (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Going Green 
  Semiconductors in Action 
  • Inside Apple's A6X custom processor for the Gen4 iPad
    UBM TechInsights conducted an analysis of the A6X processor inside the fourth-generation iPad tablet computer and found the custom chip is a modified version of Apple's previous A6 processor. Running at 1 gigahertz, the A6X contains two application processor cores and four graphics processing cores, it was said. EE Times (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IR aims new IGBTs at use in industrial motor drives
    International Rectifier, previously a supplier of insulated-gate bipolar transistors for home appliances, is targeting industrial motor drives with its new Gen 8 line of IGBTs, this article notes. The company is making the Gen 8 devices on silicon wafers 140 microns thick to make their heat dissipation more efficient, IR's Llewellyn Vaughan-Edmunds said. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sources: Few motherboards, notebooks use Intel's Thunderbolt
    Intel's Thunderbolt connection interface technology is being incorporated into about 10% of PC motherboards and notebook computers due to the higher cost of the Thunderbolt controller chip, DigiTimes reports, citing sources from the upstream supply chain. The controller is priced at about $20, compared with 50 to 80 cents for USB 3.0 controllers, this article notes. Thunderbolt is used in the MacBook Pro and other Apple products. DigiTimes (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Testing & Standards 
  • Micron, AgigA to develop nonvolatile memory modules
    AgigA Technology and Micron Technology are collaborating on nonvolatile dual-inline memory modules to be used for drop-in data protection for data logging and deduplication systems, metadata processing, RAID boards and security systems. The memory modules combine DRAMs and NAND flash memory devices to make sure data is saved if power is lost to the system. (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  JEDEC News 
  • JEDEC announces the publication of LPDDR2/3 I/O standard
    JESD8-22A, HSUL_12 LPDDR2 and LPDDR3 I/O with Optional ODT is now available for free download on the JEDEC website. This standard defines the input, output specifications and ac test conditions for devices that are designed to operate in the High Speed Unterminated Logic (HSUL_12) logic switching range, nominally 0 V to 1.2 V. The standard may be applied to ICs operating with separate VDD and VDDQ supply voltages. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • JEDEC and ONFI publish NAND flash interface interoperability standard
    JEDEC and the Open NAND Flash Interface Workgroup (ONFI) have announced the publication of JESD230 NAND Flash Interface Interoperability Standard (Package). This jointly developed document defines a standard for NAND flash device interface interoperability. JESD230 is available for free download from both and LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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