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January 15, 2013
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • Experts: Higher U.S. taxes, fiscal issues weigh on electronics industry
    Higher payroll taxes for Americans and the fiscal challenges facing governments around the world could have a negative effect on the electronics industry this year, according to experts. "We're a little worried that the U.S. consumers are not only sitting with a tax increase but a tax increase" that they hadn't expected, said Bruce Kasman of JPMorgan. Bill McClean of IC Insights had a sunnier outlook for the semiconductor industry and predicted that revenue and unit shipments will grow by single digits this year, followed by more robust growth in 2014 and 2015. EE Times (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • NXP to reduce its global workforce by 700 to 900 positions
    NXP Semiconductors will eliminate 700 to 900 jobs from its workforce around the world, mostly in its administration, IT, planning and supply chain units, the chipmaker said Monday. "The job cuts are part of a larger reorganization," said NXP's Guido Dierick. "Some forced redundancies will be unavoidable," he added. NXP doesn't plan to cut any jobs in manufacturing or in research and development, Dierick said. News Service (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Polysilicon producer will trim 400 jobs in Mich., Tenn.
    Partly blaming international trade disputes involving the polysilicon and solar industries, Hemlock Semiconductor Group said Monday that it will cut 400 jobs, three-quarters of them in Tennessee and the remainder in Michigan. "The threat of tariffs on U.S. polysilicon imported into China has significantly decreased orders from China, which is home to one of the largest markets for our products," Hemlock Semiconductor President Andrew Tometich said in a statement. The Wall Street Journal (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Going Green 
  • Renesas Mobile processor for LTE is touted for energy efficiency
    Renesas Mobile plans to introduce the MP6530 quad-core processor, which has a built-in Long-Term Evolution modem, according to Will Strauss of Forward Concepts. The chip apparently has two Cortex-A15 cores and two Cortex-A7 cores designed by ARM Holdings, using the "big-little" architecture that ARM has touted for its greater energy efficiency. EE Times (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MIT spinoff raises $9.6M to develop power-conversion ICs
    Arctic Sand, a spinoff from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, picked up $9.6 million from private investors to fund continued development of its power-conversion chips, which promise to reduce the amount of energy used in data centers, factories and other facilities. "A staggering 80% of energy generated worldwide is lost as heat due to power-conversion losses. Such excessive power inefficiency results in both unnecessary electricity expenses and significantly oversized distribution and generation in serving the world's rapidly expanding computing and data storage needs," said Arctic Sand CEO Nadia Shalaby. VentureBeat (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Semiconductors in Action 
  • Facebook project attracts developers of ARM-based server chips
    The Open Compute Project, which is led by Facebook, will hold a conference Wednesday in Santa Clara, Calif., to discuss the design of printed circuit boards and systems for servers and other equipment in data centers. Expected to make presentations at the conference are executives of Applied Micro Circuits and Calxeda, both developers of server system-on-a-chip devices based on designs by ARM Holdings. EE Times (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sources: Nvidia, Qualcomm get more rivals in tablet processors
    Nvidia and Qualcomm are getting more competition in the market for processors going into less-expensive tablet computers, DigiTimes reports, citing Taiwanese manufacturers in the supply chain. For their 7-inch tablets expected to sell for $149, Acer is using MediaTek dual-core processors while Asus is using dual-core processors from the WonderMedia Technologies subsidiary of VIA Technologies, those sources said. DigiTimes (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Testing & Standards 
  • Atmel includes FPU in microcontrollers based on ARM's Cortex-M4
    Devices in Atmel's SAM4E flash microcontroller line, based on the Cortex-M4 design from ARM Holdings, now include analog capabilities, a floating point unit, extra connectivity peripherals and faster processing power, the company said. The MCUs are now specified to operate at up to 120 megahertz and can be used in programmable logic controllers for factories and other applications, according to Atmel. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (1/14) 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
  • There's still time to join JEDEC for 2013
    As members of a global standards development organization, JEDEC member companies enjoy technological insight, competitive advantage and influence. JEDEC's low cost of membership allows companies of all sizes and revenue levels to participate, resulting in consensus-based standards with broad industry acceptance. Find out more and join today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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