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December 27, 2012
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • Marvell loses patent case to Carnegie Mellon, is ordered to pay $1.17B
    A jury in Pittsburgh found that Marvell Technology Group infringed on a pair of patents for hard-disk drive chips held by Carnegie Mellon University and awarded damages of $1.17 billion to the university. A Marvell spokesman expressed disappointment with the verdict's outcome and indicated the company would appeal if its post-trial motions are not granted. Carnegie Mellon said, "Protection of the discoveries of our faculty and students is very important to us." Reuters (12/26), The Wall Street Journal (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • Diodes agrees to $151M deal for BCD Semiconductor acquisition
    Diodes has agreed to acquire China-based BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing for about $151 million in cash, adding to its product portfolio of analog ICs. The transaction is expected to close during the first three months of next year. "This proposed acquisition underscores Diodes' strategy to expand our market and growth opportunities through select strategic acquisitions," Diodes CEO Keh-Shew Lu said. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Going Green 
  • A Christmas present from ITRI: Ultra-low-voltage chip technology
    Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute on Tuesday introduced ultra-low-voltage system-on-a-chip technology that could be used in mobile devices. The SoC could operate at 0.6 volts or 0.48 volts, less than half of what most SoCs now require. The chip technology can be fabricated by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing with a 65-nanometer process. DigiTimes (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AMD reportedly will roll out a low-power processor
    The eight-core FX-8300 processor reportedly will be introduced by Advanced Micro Devices on Saturday, according to the PC Watch website. The low-power processor with the Piledriver micro-architecture is intended for desktop PC applications. AMD didn't comment on the report. (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Semiconductors in Action 
  • IBM uses SOI technology for flexible chips
    IBM has employed extremely thin silicon-on-insulator technology in fabricating static random-access memories, ring oscillators and other chips on a flexible substrate, according to this article. Flexible ICs may be used in biomedical, clothing and security applications, the article notes. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Testing & Standards 
  • Intel is granted a patent for "Gaming System with Safety Features"
    Intel this month was granted U.S. Patent 8,333,661, which is described as a microprocessor capable of helping to "avoid or minimize the probability of a collision between the user of the gaming console and the surrounding objects while the user is playing a game." The device would warn game players if they are in jeopardy of crashing into an object and momentarily pause the game. Forbes (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  JEDEC News 
  • Space is going fast: register now for the JEDEC DDR4 Workshop
    Save $25 off onsite rates when you register for JEDEC's 2-day DDR4 Workshop on Feb. 6 and 7 in Santa Clara, Calif. This event will offer an in-depth technical review of DDR4, as taught by industry experts involved in the creation of the standard. Participants will gain insight into DDR4's wide range of innovative features and device operation, as well as current and planned technological enablements to facilitate adoption of DDR4. See the agenda and register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EDN's "Hot 100 Products of 2012" recognizes over 25 JEDEC member companies
    JEDEC congratulates its many member companies -- too numerous to list here -- whose products were selected for EDN's list of the hot 100 products of 2012. Several members received multiple mentions. Award categories include ICs, test instruments, analog and many more; see the complete list of honorees. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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