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January 4, 2013
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  • Industry cooperation needed for 450mm wafer transition, exec says
    Vendors of semiconductor manufacturing equipment will need to work together to realize the industry's transition to fabrication on 450-millimeter silicon wafers, Joe Cestari of Total Facility Solutions writes. "A transition to a bigger wafer size will bring many opportunities –- some of which include helping to evolve the way we fabricate devices, introducing different chemistries, supporting greener, more sustainable builds and improving the efficiency of the entire process infrastructure," he notes. ElectroIQ (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • IHS: WD pins hopes on hard drives filled with helium
    Western Digital may be able to take market share from Seagate Technology, the world's leading supplier of hard-disk drives, with its forthcoming line of 3.5-inch drives filled with helium, according to IHS. The helium-filled HDDs, intended for use in data centers, are touted to have less friction for their moving parts, reducing energy consumption by 23% while boosting data-storage capacity by 40%. Computerworld (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Semiconductors in Action 
  • Asus embraces motion-control tech
    Asus says it will integrate 3D motion controllers from Leap Motion into its all-in-one PCs and high-end notebook computers with Intel's "Haswell" processors. The technology will allow users to control the systems with hand gestures, Asus says. (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers: Graphene speed is enhanced with molybdenum oxides
    The electrical charge-carrying capabilities of graphene can be enhanced with the addition of molybdenum oxides, according to researchers in Australia. "While more work needs to be done before we can develop actual gadgets using this new 2D nano-material, this breakthrough lays the foundation for a new electronics revolution and we look forward to exploring its potential," said Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh, a professor at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. The Register (U.K.) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 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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