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January 22, 2013
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • Taiwanese IC design firms plan to buy Powerchip's P3 fab
    Elite Semiconductor Memory Technology and Zentel Electronics are among the IC design houses that plan to purchase the P3 wafer fabrication facility shuttered by memory maker Powerchip Technology. Also in on the deal are Etron Technology and Vanguard International. "Elite Semiconductor plans to place the newly acquired production equipment within the P3 factory and make Powerchip a manufacturing partner to the company," Elite said in a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange. The Taipei Times (Taiwan) (1/22), DigiTimes (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ICs, Memory & More 
  • AMD envisions a post-PC future with hires from Apple, Qualcomm
    Looking to diversify its processor product line into mobile devices and other non-PC products, Advanced Micro Devices has hired Apple's Wayne Meretsky as vice president of software IP development and Qualcomm's Charles Matar as vice president of system-on-a-chip development. Both men worked at AMD earlier in their careers. Reuters (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ARMs race: Intel will target mobile with $13B R&D budget
    Intel revealed it will spend $13 billion on research and development this year, nearly 30% more than it spent in 2012 and significantly higher than analyst estimates of $10 billion. The chipmaker is trying to catch up with competitors who base their chip designs on cores supplied by ARM Holdings, which leads the global market for mobile processors, Romain Dillet writes. TechCrunch (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: SK Group enables expansion of Hynix's IC product line
    Under the ownership of SK Group since last year, SK Hynix has made acquisitions and struck a joint research deal with IBM to develop next-generation random-access memories for PCs, Cho Ji-hyun notes in this analysis. An SK Hynix official said, "Becoming a member of the SK family made it possible for us to make breakthroughs and go after growth strategies, instead of trying to survive in the fast-changing industry. Investments were injected at the right time, and businesses were run flexibly." The Korea Herald (Seoul) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Going Green 
  • TSMC exec: Replacing sapphire in LED lighting ICs is difficult
    Replacing sapphire as the base material for light-emitting diodes going into lighting applications is proving difficult to implement, according to Jacob Tam, president of TSMC Solid State Lighting, a subsidiary of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing. Making 8-inch wafers of gallium nitride atop a silicon base is complicated, he said, and the brightness of LED chips made with that material is less than sapphire-based LEDs. DigiTimes (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Graphene will be $126M market in 7 years
    Graphene, touted as the wonder material that could ultimately replace silicon in advanced semiconductors, will grow from $9 million in revenue last year to $126 million in 2020, according to Lux Research. "The rocky history of carbon nanotubes shows that a research and patent boom along with impressive technical performance is far from a guarantee of commercial success," Lux's Ross Kozarsky said. He added, "Major challenges like high costs, processing issues and competing materials loom large." EE Times Asia (free registration) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Semiconductors in Action 
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  Testing & Standards 
  • Synopsys, Freescale work on IP block verification for SoC designs
    Synopsys is collaborating with Freescale Semiconductor on verification of intellectual-property blocks that go into system-on-a-chip designs. "With the increasing use of standards-based IPs, verification challenges shift to finding the fastest and most effective way to validate the integration of complex protocols with our differentiated SoC content, while boosting debug and simulation performance," Freescale's Ken Hansen said. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  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
  • Looking for expert insights into the new DDR4 standard?
    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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