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March 8, 2013
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  • TI perks up Q1 forecast on better IC demand
    Texas Instruments is seeing better business in this quarter than it previously forecast, and is now predicting its profits will be 28 cents to 32 cents a share on revenue of $2.8 billion to $2.91 billion. That compares with the average analyst estimate of 29 cents a share on revenue of $2.81 billion, as compiled by Bloomberg. Bloomberg (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ICs, Memory & More 
  • Sources: MediaTek orders GlobalFoundries' 28nm chips
    MediaTek is said to have chosen GlobalFoundries over United Microelectronics as a source for making semiconductors with 28-nanometer features, DigiTimes reports, citing industry sources. UMC has recently stepped up its yields on 28nm chips, those sources said. DigiTimes (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Going Green 
  • Atmel closes acquisition of smart metering IC business from IDT
    Atmel reported completing its acquisition of the smart-metering chip product line previously owned by Integrated Device Technology. Financial terms weren't revealed. The product line includes metrology analog front-end chips and system-on-a-chip devices for single- and poly-phase energy meters. EE Times (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Semiconductors in Action 
  • Nvidia offers SDKs for the Sony PlayStation 4
    Nvidia will support Sony's PlayStation 4 console with its APEX and PhysX software development kits, although the PS4 doesn't contain any Nvidia chips. "Great physics technology is essential for delivering a better gaming experience and multiplatform support is critical for developers. With PhysX and APEX support for PlayStation 4, customers can look forward to better games," Nvidia's Mike Skolones said. XBitLabs.com (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Himax wins LCoS orders for Google Glass devices, sources say
    Himax Technologies has reportedly received orders from Google to supply liquid crystal on silicon chips for Google Glass devices, DigiTimes reports, citing industry sources. The company will serve as the sole-source supplier of such parts, helping Google release the Google Glass products in late 2013, those sources said. Himax wouldn't comment on the report. DigiTimes (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Freescale is getting back in the RFIC game
    After selling its radio-frequency chip business to Fujitsu in 2009, Freescale Semiconductor is planning a re-entry into the RFIC market this year, offering a 2.4 gigahertz radio chip supporting Bluetooth and ZigBee by the end of 2013. Meanwhile, element14 is distributing an evaluation board for Freescale's new Kinetis KL05Z microcontrollers. EE Times Europe (3/7), EE Times Europe (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gigabyte prepares high-performance motherboard for "Haswell" chips
    Gigabyte Technology is developing the GZ-Z87X-OC motherboard in anticipation of Intel's introduction of the Core i-series "Haswell" line of microprocessors. The board is especially designed for users who want to overclock the processor for faster performance. The GZ-Z87X-OC is expected to be available at midyear. TechEye.net (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Testing & Standards 
  • How Moore's Law stands up against Wright's Law
    Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology compared Moore's Law with several other well-known "laws" and found that Wright's Law is the best long-term predictor. The research team compared historical data in more than 60 technologies, including aircraft, automobiles, computers and solar cells. EE Times (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  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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