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November 26, 2012
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • AMD's secret weapon for the tablet market: "Temash"
    The forthcoming "Temash" accelerated processing unit is a powerful processor that Advanced Micro Devices will offer a year from now for the tablet computer market, Ashraf Eassa writes. "Simply put, this chip could be what AMD needs to try to revive itself," he notes. "With a ground-up, redesigned low-power x86 core, AMD has a real chance of threatening Intel and the various ARM licensees such as Qualcomm and Nvidia at the low end of the market (tablets, netbooks, cheap notebooks)." Seeking Alpha (11/26), Austin American-Statesman (Texas) (free registration) (11/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • Sources: $2.2B bailout of Renesas is at hand
    Innovation Network Corp. of Japan is close to obtaining shareholder approval for the $2.4 billion bailout of Renesas Electronics, Bloomberg and Reuters report, both citing sources with knowledge of the proposed takeover. Nissan, Toyota and other Renesas customers will contribute a total of $200 million toward completing the deal, it was said. Representatives of the chipmaker's three leading shareholders -- Hitachi, Mitsubishi Electric and NEC -- said there was no decision on selling a majority stake to Innovation Network, which didn't comment on the report. Reuters (11/26), Bloomberg (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Will TSMC build a wafer fab in upstate New York?
    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing is reportedly considering construction of a wafer fabrication facility in upstate New York, while also looking at possible sites in California and Texas, DigiTimes reports. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu is said to be advising the silicon foundry on the site location. Meanwhile, TSMC began construction expansion its Fab 14 in the Southern Taiwan Science Park. EE Times Europe (11/25), DigiTimes (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Going Green 
  • Apple reportedly taps new battery suppliers to succeed Samsung
    China's Amperex Technology and Tianjin Lishen Battery will supply batteries for Apple's iPads and MacBooks, replacing incumbent supplier Samsung SDI, according to the China Business News, although the report has not been confirmed. If such a move has occurred, it may reflect the deteriorating business relations between Apple and Samsung Electronics, Darrell Etherington writes. TechCrunch (11/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Semiconductors in Action 
  • Radar-system-on-a-chip may go into cars, smartphones
    European researchers funded by the Success consortium have developed a radar-system-on-a-chip device that may be used in automotive electronics, robotics and smartphones. "There are other chips working at frequencies beyond 100 GHz addressing radar sensing, but this is the highest level of integration that has ever been achieved in silicon," project coordinator Christoph Scheytt said. Gizmag (11/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ARM-based chips to find their way into more PCs, tablets
    ARM Holdings projects that its chip designs will be found in more than 10% of desktop PCs and tablet computers in 2013, Eva Dou writes. Windows RT, the Microsoft operating system for computers with ARM-based processors, will help enable increased market share for the U.K. chip designer, according to ARM's Ian Drew. He adds, "We are working with operating systems and browsers, such as with Google on Chromebooks, and will continue to do so." The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (11/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Testing & Standards 
  JEDEC News 
  • Now is the time to join JEDEC for 2013
    As members of an open standards organization with global participation, JEDEC member companies enjoy technological insight, competitive advantage and influence. One of JEDEC's core values is its ability to develop standards spanning the breadth of the microelectronics industry: from components to packaging, test methods and quality and reliability, JEDEC standards address the needs of all segments of the industry, from device manufacturers to end consumers. JEDEC's low cost of membership allows companies of all sizes and revenue levels to participate, resulting in consensus-based standards with broad industry acceptance. Find out more and join today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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