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November 5, 2012
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • SIA: Chip industry employs nearly 245,000 in the U.S.
    Almost 245,000 U.S. workers are directly employed in the microchip business, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the semiconductor workforce increased 3.7% in the past 12 months, compared with 1.2% in the general workforce. "Semiconductor job growth is an encouraging sign for our industry and the U.S. economy," SIA President and CEO Brian Toohey said. VentureBeat (11/2), EE Times (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • AMD reportedly cancels Kaveri processor
    Advanced Micro Devices has apparently given up on its Kaveri accelerated processing unit, which was to have Steamroller x86 cores with Piledriver x86 cores, according to a presentation slide published by the Donamin Haber website. The company's top-performing desktop processor next year will continue to be the Vishera CPU with Piledriver cores, the slide shows. AMD did not comment on the report. (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • DRAMeXchange: Q3 shipments of NAND flash worth $4.63B
    As bit shipments rose 10% and average selling prices declined 3%, worldwide shipments of NAND flash memory devices in the third quarter were up 6.6% from the prior quarter to $4.63 billion, according to DRAMeXchange. The market research firm estimated that Samsung Electronics continued to be the largest NAND flash supplier in the world with a revenue market share of 39.3%, followed by Toshiba, Micron Technology, SK Hynix and Intel. DigiTimes (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Going Green 
  • ARM CEO: We're aiming at low-power servers
    ARM Holdings is aiming to take its low-power processors into servers, CEO Warren East says. "In the case of servers, it's about cost of ownership and a huge component of that, which is power. The fact is that we have a solution which removes a lot of that power," East says. VentureBeat (11/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Stanford researchers make solar cell entirely of carbon
    Researchers at Stanford University have created an all-carbon solar cell, potentially eliminating the need for less abundant, more expensive materials. "Materials like indium are scarce and becoming more expensive as the demand for solar cells, touch-screen panels and other electronic devices grows," said Zhenan Bao, a professor of chemical engineering who served as senior author of a study published in the online edition of ACS Nano. Alto, Calif. (11/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Semiconductors in Action 
  • AMCC 64-bit processor is used in Dell prototype server
    A 64-bit processor supplied by Applied Micro Circuits, based on ARM Holdings designs, is at the heart of a prototype Dell server unveiled Thursday at the ARM TechCon conference in Santa Clara, Calif. Cloudera, Oracle and Red Hat all reported that they are developing software to run on 64-bit ARM processors. "We're currently focused on ecosystem enablement -- giving developers access to clusters so they can test or write to ARM," Dell spokeswoman Erin Zehr wrote in an e-mail. Network World/IDG News Service (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Testing & Standards 
  • Cypress offers graphical design tool for PSoCs
    To support its programmable system-on-a-chip devices, Cypress Semiconductor is offering its PSoC Creator schematic-based design environment, this technical article notes. PSoC Creator pairs a software development environment with a graphical design editor, among other features, it says. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  JEDEC News 
  • Time is running out -- Register today for a DDR4 Workshop in Hsinchu, Taiwan
    Join us on 11/8 & 11/9 for a JEDEC DDR4 Workshop co-sponsored by the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association. This 2-day workshop offers a unique opportunity for an in-depth technical review of DDR4 with industry experts involved in the creation of the standard. See the agenda and REGISTER NOW – space is very limited. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • JEDEC announces the publication of LPDDR2/3 I/O standard
    JESD8-22A, HSUL_12 LPDDR2 and LPDDR3 I/O with Optional ODT is now available for free download on the JEDEC website. This standard defines the input, output specifications and ac test conditions for devices that are designed to operate in the High Speed Unterminated Logic (HSUL_12) logic switching range, nominally 0 V to 1.2 V. The standard may be applied to ICs operating with separate VDD and VDDQ supply voltages. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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