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January 24, 2013
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • Gartner: Apple, Samsung spent $45.3B on ICs last year
    Samsung Electronics, itself a chipmaker, purchased $23.9 billion in semiconductors last year while Apple spent $21.4 billion, according to Gartner. Those two companies accounted for 15.2% of worldwide semiconductor revenue in 2012, the market research firm estimated. Trailing them were Hewlett-Packard and Dell, which spent less on chips last year than they did in 2011. VentureBeat (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • Nearly one-third of memory chips will be mobile RAM, sources say
    Mobile RAM will represent 30% of worldwide memory chip output this year, up from 21% in 2012, DigiTimes reports, citing industry sources. Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix will produce 70% of those mobile RAMs in 2013, those sources say. The growth is being driven by increased global demand for smartphones and tablet computers. DigiTimes (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tower reportedly seeks to buy Micron fab in Israel
    Tower Semiconductor is negotiating with Micron Technology with the aim of purchasing Micron's 200-millimeter wafer fabrication plant in Kiryat Gat, Israel, according to a report in TechTime. Representatives of Micron and Tower declined to comment on the report. EE Times (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Going Green 
  • ON Semi, Tower to work together on display power management ICs
    ON Semiconductor and Tower Semiconductor are teaming up to develop power management chips and high-voltage lever shifters with VCOM going into display panels for computer monitors and television sets. Tower, a specialty foundry known as TowerJazz, will implement its TS35 power management platform for design and fabrication of the ICs. Globes (Israel) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Semiconductors in Action 
  • Team touts an advance toward molecular memory
    Chemists at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research say they've come up with a molecule that can have its conductivity altered with a single ferromagnetic electrode. The discovery could help advance development of molecular memory, which could lead to an alternative to hard-disk drives and solid-state drives, Stephen Lawson writes. Computerworld/IDG News Service (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IHS iSuppli: Global SSD shipments will be 83M units this year
    Global shipments of solid-state drives are forecast to reach 83 million units in 2013, compared with 39 million units last year, and will grow to annual shipments of 239 million units within three years, according to IHS iSuppli. "The fate of the SSD business is closely tied to the market for Ultrabooks and other ultrathin PCs that use cache drives," said Ryan Chien of IHS. The Journal of Commerce (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AMD will update Radeon HD line, bundle games with graphics cards
    During the first six months of this year, Advanced Micro Devices will add new accelerated processing units in its Radeon HD line and promote its graphics cards by bundling free video games with those cards, the company said Tuesday. "We are introducing strong new APU and graphics offerings in the first half of 2013 that will accelerate our AMD business with the ultimate goal of returning AMD to profitability and positive free cash flow in the second half of this year," AMD CEO Rory Read said. (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Testing & Standards 
  • UT-Dallas researchers work to improve chips, computers
    University of Texas at Dallas researchers are examining how to reduce power consumption in semiconductors and how to improve communications between computers, Ed Silverstein writes. The two projects are being funded by the Semiconductor Technology Advanced Research Network. (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  JEDEC News 
  • 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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    Register now for JEDEC's 2-day DDR4 Workshop on Feb. 6 and 7 in Santa Clara, Calif., offering an in-depth technical review of DDR4 as taught by industry leaders involved in the creation of the standard. Presenters include representatives from Agilent, AMD, Inphi, Intel, Micron, Montage, Samsung and SK Hynix. See the agenda and register today -- online registration and discounts end 1/31. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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