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February 7, 2013
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • Short-reach PHY ICs could lower the cost of 10G switches
    Short-reach physical layer chips could reduce the power requirements of 10-Gigabit Ethernet switches in data centers, this article notes. Stepping such switches down from 250 watts to 60W would enable the use of lower-cost power supplies, it was said. EE Times (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • When's the next chip coming? Website leaks AMD release dates
    Advanced Micro Devices reportedly plans to release new "Richland" accelerated processing units in March, May and June, refreshing its Fusion A-Series, E-Series and X-Series lines, according to the website. AMD didn't comment on the report, this blog post notes. (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Q4 revenue is up, Q1 will be down, TriQuint says
    TriQuint Semiconductor reported revenue in the fourth quarter was $233.6 million, 2.9% higher than a year earlier and above the revenue range it previously forecast. For this quarter, however, the chipmaker expects revenue to be down 12% or more to less than $190 million. Since 2011 TriQuint has been struggling with finding enough production capacity to meet the demands of top customer Foxconn, which assembles the iPhone and other Apple products. The Oregonian (Portland) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • WSTS: Europe had a down December to cap a down year
    While the global semiconductor industry got a small boost in chip sales for the holidays, IC sales in Europe were down 5.5% in December to $2.6 billion, compared with a year earlier, according to the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization. For the full year, Europe marked an 11.3% decline from 2011 to $33.2 billion, WSTS reported. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Going Green 
  Semiconductors in Action 
  • DSP Group offers noise-reduction IC for mobile phones
    DSP Group has introduced the HD Clear noise-reduction IC for mobile phones, taking on competitors Audience and Cirrus Logic. IDC forecasts nearly two-thirds of mobile devices will have noise-reducing capability within the next two years. Reuters (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Testing & Standards 
  • IBM: EUV litho tools underpowered, behind schedule
    Laser light sources for extreme-ultraviolet lithography systems can only produce 30 watts of power, while 250 watts are needed for volume production of semiconductors with the advanced tools, according to IBM. ASML Holding has been delayed in delivering an EUV system for IBM to use at a research-and-development facility in Albany, N.Y. As a result, IBM researchers have been working on alternatives to EUV, such as double-pattern lithography, IBM's Gary Patton reported. The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gigabit Ethernet gear needs protection circuits
    An "ideal diode" could offer adequate protection for Gigabit Ethernet switching equipment in environments that may experience lightning strikes and power surges, Len Stencel of Bourns writes in this technical article. Transient current suppressor devices could fit that bill, he suggests. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  JEDEC News 
  • JEDEC Mobile Forum 2013 – call for presentations
    To be held in Santa Clara, Calif., on May 1 and 2, the Forum will focus on the latest developments and standards for mobile storage technology, including Universal Flash Storage (UFS), LPDDR3 & 4, and Wide I/O 2, as well as the mobile devices that utilize these standards, including smartphones, ultra-thin notebooks, and tablets. Share your knowledge and experience by submitting a presentation for consideration. All submissions due 2/8. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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