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December 18, 2012
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • Is Infineon looking for a few good chipmakers (to buy)?
    With $2.49 billion in cash on hand, Infineon Technologies is actively considering acquisitions and stock buybacks, according to a report from Sueddeutsche Zeitung quoting CEO Reinhard Ploss. "I'm aiming for several small acquisitions, or even a medium-sized acquisition," Ploss said in the interview, mentioning chip companies in electrical generation and other industrial applications in particular. Infineon may also try to buy the patents of Qimonda, its former spinoff in memory chips. MarketWatch (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • Gartner: Qualcomm, Broadcom gain in down year for ICs
    Qualcomm increased its semiconductor sales by 29.6% and Broadcom by 8.8% in 2012, a year during which the worldwide semiconductor industry's sales contracted 3% from 2011, according to Gartner. Intel and Samsung Electronics continued to hold their top spots in the global ranking of IC suppliers, while Qualcomm leaped from sixth place in 2011 to third this year and Broadcom inched up to ninth place from 10th last year, overtaking Micron Technology. EE Times (12/17), eWeek (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Going Green 
  • 2-section filter in ICs can enable low-noise power supply
    Using two filter capacitors in a power-supply design can reduce the amount of noise in the power supply, Robert Kollman of Texas Instruments writes in this technical article. He also recommends using the P-SPICE software program to simulate the design. EE Times (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
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  Semiconductors in Action 
  • ARM JV aims for better security in mobile devices
    ARM Holdings, with software houses Gemalto and Giesecke & Devrient, has established Trustonic, a joint venture aimed at making smartphones, tablet computers and other mobile devices more secure from spyware and viruses. Employing ARM's TrustZone technology and the other companies' Trusted Execution Environment, the JV will work in the areas of securing mobile payments and online shopping. The Wall Street Journal (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Testing & Standards 
  • UCLA researchers create faster, more energy-efficient MRAM
    Researchers at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed a new type of magnetoresistive random-access memory which they are calling a magnetoelectric RAM. By employing electric voltage instead of electric current to write data, the MeRAM is touted as 1,000 times more energy-efficient than existing memory-chip technology. EE Times India (free registration) (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  JEDEC News 
  • Updates to JEP95: JEDEC Registered and Standard Outlines for Solid State and Related Products now available for free download
    JEP95 is a compilation of some 3000 pages of outline drawings for microelectronic packages. In addition to the free downloads available on the JEDEC website, an annual updating service and complete hard copies are available for purchase. Recent updates include: MO-269H, Registration - DDR3 SDRAM DIMM (Dual Inline Memory Module) Family with 1.00 mm Contact Centers and MO-274C, Registration - DDR1/DDR2/DDR3, 144 Pin, 16b/32b Small Outline Dual Inline Memory Module (SODIMM) Family, 0.8 mm Pitch. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • LAST CHANCE to save with early bird discounts: JEDEC DDR4 Workshop
    Register by 12/21 for best savings -- $50 off onsite rates -- for JEDEC's two-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 -- space is very limited. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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