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January 18, 2013
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • Intel results reflect trouble in the PC market
    Intel reported net income of $2.47 billion on sales of $13.5 billion in the fourth quarter, both figures down from a year earlier. It forecast its revenue for this quarter would be about $12.7 billion, less than what analysts were expecting on average. "They are definitely coming from behind, and their market is moving away from them," said Patrick Wang of Evercore Partners. "They are trying to breathe some life into the PC market." Bloomberg (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Intel to make chips for Cisco: Intel is expected to make networking chips for Cisco Systems on a contract basis, Bloomberg reports, citing two people with knowledge of the matter. The chipmaker is apparently getting deeper into the silicon foundry business, which is dominated by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing. An Intel spokesman declined to comment on the report. A Cisco spokeswoman said, "The company is one of several strategic suppliers of silicon to Cisco. However, Cisco does not comment on the specifics of its relationship with suppliers." Bloomberg (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • Bankruptcy court turns away Elpida bondholders' objections
    A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge ruled Thursday that there were no improper motives in Elpida Memory's $15 million sale of patents to Rambus, nor any collusion with Micron Technology on such technology licensing deals, helping to clear the way for Micron's proposed $2.5 billion acquisition of Elpida. American holders of Elpida bonds had hoped to stop the deal from proceeding. Reuters (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • DRAMeXchange: DRAM contract prices rise about 10% this month
    As DRAM manufacturers continue to reduce their production of the commodity memory chips, contract prices for DRAMs are up 8.3% to 10.8% so far this month, according to DRAMeXchange. Meanwhile, Advantest Taiwan President CH Wu predicted that prices for displays and DRAMs will rebound this year after faltering in 2012, thanks to greater demand for smart television sets and Ultra HD TVs, and due to enterprises replacing their PCs. DigiTimes (1/17), DigiTimes (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Going Green 
  Semiconductors in Action 
  • Nvidia CEO: Game-console chips now use standard architectures
    The era of designing fully customized microprocessors for game consoles is on its way out, giving way to processor cores designed by ARM Holdings and other industry-standard architectures, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said in an interview. "You cannot make a game console such as the PlayStation 2 anymore. When it emerged, PS2 had a 100 times higher performance than the most powerful PC. I wonder whether it is possible to make something 100 times powerful than GeForce GTX 680? If possible, Nvidia will make it," he told the PC Watch website. (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Testing & Standards 
  • Long-term future of ICs moves beyond silicon, group says
    Silicon, the long-time basis for semiconductors, will figure less and less in making the advanced chips of the future, Don Clark writes in this article. The Semiconductor Research Corp., which is partly funded by the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is looking toward graphene-based ICs and the field of spintronics in the next five to 10 years, providing research funds to six U.S. universities. The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  JEDEC News 
  • Industry experts focus on DDR4 in upcoming JEDEC event
    JEDEC's two-day DDR4 Workshop on Feb. 6 and 7 in Santa Clara, Calif., offers an in-depth technical review of DDR4, as taught by industry experts involved in the creation of the standard, including representatives from Agilent, AMD, Inphi, Intel, Micron, Montage, Samsung and SK hynix. See the agenda and register today. 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 members: AVX Tantalum, Embed Technology, Kandou Bus, Memoright Corp., Shenzhen Deren Electronic Co. and StorArt Technology. Interested in JEDEC membership for your company? Find out more about the benefits of membership and apply online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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