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January 8, 2013
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • Major Q3 growth is seen in app processors, firm reports
    During the third quarter of 2012, revenue from mobile application processors for tablet computers was up 77% from the same period year earlier to hit $900 million, while smartphone app processor revenue rose 58% to $3.8 billion, according to Strategy Analytics. Apple was the leading supplier of app processors for tablets in Q3, followed by Nvidia, the market research firm estimated. For smartphone app processors, Qualcomm had the leading market share during the period with 42%, followed by Samsung Electronics with 27% and MediaTek with 12%, Strategy Analytics said. EE Times (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • Former Nvidia exec takes global channel sales job at AMD
    Roy Taylor, who spent a decade with Nvidia selling chips for that company, was named to lead global channel sales for Advanced Micro Devices. He reports to John Byrne, AMD's chief sales officer. In addition, AMD named Devinder Kumar as its chief financial officer. Kumar, a 28-year veteran of AMD, had served as interim chief financial officer since September and previously was the company's corporate controller for more than a decade. The Register (U.K.) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Going Green 
  • U.K. researchers make CNT-based solar cell with 7.6% efficiency
    Researchers at the University of Surrey report that they have developed a carbon-nanotube-based solar cell with an energy conversion efficiency of 7.6%, which they said marks a 35% improvement over previous nanotube-based solar cells. "The combination of organics materials with nanotechnology is starting to look very promising for electronic and photonic devices and systems with better performance or new capabilities," said Ravi Silva, the professor who led the research team. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Intel takes aim at value-smartphone market with "Lexington"
    Intel debuted its "Lexington" platform this week at the Consumer Electronics Show, touting the low-cost, low-power Atom Z2420 processor aimed at the value smartphone marketplace. Devices may be forthcoming from firms such as Acer, Lava International and Safaricom. "The addition of the low-power Atom platform enables Intel to address new market segments and further rounds out our expanding portfolio of smartphone offerings," Intel's Mike Bell says. (1/7), DigiTimes (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Semiconductors in Action 
  • Qualcomm adds 2 faster processors for mobile devices
    Qualcomm introduced two new processors for smartphones and tablet computers, the Snapdragon 600 and 800, which promise to operate 75% faster with greater energy efficiency. The Snapdragon 800 is a quad-core processor that can run at up to 2.3 gigahertz, while the Snapdragon 600 is specified for 1.9GHz. The new processors are being designed into 50 phones and tablets that will become available beginning in mid-2013, said Qualcomm's Steve Mollenkopf. Bloomberg (1/8), CNET (1/7), TechCrunch (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AMD demos "Temash" processor in a Windows 8 tablet at CES
    Advanced Micro Devices demonstrated a Windows 8 tablet computer running on its forthcoming "Temash" processor at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Temash is specified to double the speed of AMD's Z60 processor for tablets, which was unveiled in October. Manufactured by Wistron, the Temash-based tablet shown at CES will go on sale this year. News Service (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Testing & Standards 
  • ST debuts 3 chips supporting the DOCSIS 3.0 standard
    STMicroelectronics has introduced three ICs that conform to the DOCSIS 3.0 standard for cable modems. The 12-channel STiD125 and 16-channel STiD127 are meant to be used in set-top boxes or headed gateway front-ends, while the 16-channel STiD128 is intended for cable modems and data gateways, including headed gateway front-ends. EE Times Asia (free registration) (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  JEDEC News 
  • 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
  • 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
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