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January 3, 2013
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • Apple reportedly tests out TSMC's chip skills
    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing is reportedly getting a shot at fabricating A6 and A6X mobile processors for Apple, according to a report Wednesday in the Commercial Times, a Taiwanese newspaper. If the trial run in this quarter works out well, the silicon foundry may take over production of those processors from Samsung Electronics, it was said. Rumors that Apple may shift its foundry business from Samsung to TSMC have been circulating for nearly two years. GigaOm (1/2), EE Times (1/2), ZDNet (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • Rambus can't enforce patents after shredding documents, judge rules
    Rambus may not collect royalties from Micron Technology on a dozen of its semiconductor patents because it deliberately shredded key documents related to the patent litigation with Micron, a federal judge ruled. Meanwhile, Micron's proposed acquisition of Elpida Memory was cleared by the Fair Trade Commission in Taiwan. Bloomberg (1/3), DigiTimes (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Linear CEO: Uncertain economic conditions need resolution in 2013
    The uncertain conditions in the semiconductor industry owe much to government inaction around the world, Linear Technology CEO Lothar Maier writes. "All we need now is for the U.S. Congress to act and create a business-friendly tax structure and develop a plan for a balanced budget. Europe must find a way to contain its debt crisis, and China needs to regain its momentum," he concludes. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Going Green 
  Semiconductors in Action 
  • SK Hynix to put 3D flash memories into volume production
    SK Hynix is planning to begin volume production of 3D flash memory chips using vertical-stacked-array-transistor technology, this article notes. "As far as I know, all major semiconductor companies are investing more in the development of 3D flash memory chips. SK Hynix is trying hard to mass-produce them as early as possible," SK Hynix Chief Technology Officer Park Sung-wook said. The Korea Times (Seoul) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Intel to announce limited-edition chips for ultrabooks, tablets
    Intel is expected to offer more insight into its Ivy Bridge processor developments next week and possibly unveil laptops and tablets boasting the limited-run microprocessor. The new chips -- which feature a power-efficiency rating of less than 10 watts -- will lead to new ultrabook designs, according to an Intel spokesman. CNET (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2013 CES to see new smartphones from Huawei, LG, Sony
    At next week's 2013 International CES, there will be smartphone models introduced by Huawei Technologies, LG Electronics and Sony Mobile Communications, DigiTimes notes. Huawei's new Ascend D2 and Ascend Mate models are expected to feature quad-core processors, while LG's Optimus G2 handset is likely to include a quad-core S4 Prime MSM8974 application processor designed by Qualcomm, it was said. DigiTimes (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Testing & Standards 
  • Making NAND flash memory chips with 3DIC technology
    There are several approaches to manufacturing NAND flash memory devices with three-dimensional semiconductor packaging technology, Howard Ko of Synopsys writes. He notes, "3D NAND memories are complex structures with unique challenges such as the granular composition of the polysilicon channel, which introduces variability." ElectroIQ (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  JEDEC News 
  • 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
  • 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
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