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  • Violin Memory, Toshiba will share IP for PCIe
    Toshiba and Violin Memory will work together on producing PCIe-based cards for servers, sharing Violin's intellectual property, according to this article. Toshiba supplies NAND flash memory devices to Violin. "In the past, Toshiba has been an investor and a strategic supplier to us. This announcement is about us broadening our relationship in terms of supply-chain control," Violin's Narayan Venkat said. eWeek (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ICs, Memory & More 
  • SIA: 2013 gets off to a fast start
    The worldwide semiconductor industry produced $24.05 billion in sales during January, 3.8% higher than a year earlier, when sales were $23.16 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association. The January figure was down 2.8% from December's $24.74 billion, a typical drop in the selling seasons, the SIA noted. EE Times (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Intel's move into the foundry business challenges Samsung
    Intel's deal to provide foundry services to Altera represents a strategic shift for the chipmaker, which is faced with stagnating demand for its processors going into PCs, this article notes. Samsung Electronics is being challenged by Intel's forays into the foundry business and wireless chips, it was said. The Korea Times (Seoul) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Going Green 
  • Researchers: Let's make hydrogen fuel from light, water
    Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University and IBM have proposed a project to produce hydrogen for fuel cells from light and water, using an artificial photosynthesis process. "What is most significant is that the technology we describe as a starting point is already known," MIT's Tonio Buonassisi said. "We also point out all the challenges, so that scientists and engineers can begin experimentally addressing each challenge separately." EE Times (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Semiconductors in Action 
  • With LTE modem, Intel becomes a contender in mobile devices
    The introduction of its XMM 7160 modem for 3G, EDGE and Long-Term Evolution wireless communications puts Intel squarely in the game for chips going into base stations and mobile devices, Agam Shah writes in this analysis. The chipmaker is also looking to boost its business in baseband processors, he notes. Dean McCarron of Mercury Research said, "What we're seeing is the evolution of what the expected architecture is going to be. You are going to get your application and baseband processor from the same vendor." Network World/IDG News Service (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HP taps Texas Instruments package for ARM servers
    ARM servers from Hewlett-Packard's Project Moonshot will incorporate a Texas Instruments chip package, marking TI's first foray into the ARM server market. "Coupling TI's new KeyStone II architecture with HP Moonshot enables large-scale, concurrent real-time processing of cloud and traditional telecommunications workloads by one integrated system optimized for high performance, power-efficient processing," HP's Tim Wesselman wrote in a blog post. Computerworld/IDG News Service (3/4), (U.K.) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Testing & Standards 
  • Dramatic speeds expected from wireless graphene antennas
    Wireless antennas made from graphene are expected to be capable of terabit-per-second transmissions, according to researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology. "It's a gigantic volume of bandwidth. Nowadays, if you try to copy everything from one computer to another wirelessly, it takes hours. If you have this, you can do everything in one second -- boom," Georgia Tech's Ian Akyildiz said. MIT Technology Review online (3/5) 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 member companies: Compeq Manufacturing, Global Unichip Corporation, Mayo Clinic SPPDG Dept., National Instruments, Smart Storage Systems and SmartDV Technologies India. Interested in JEDEC membership for your company? Find out more and join today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Online registration is now open for JEDEC's Mobile Forum 2013
    Register today to reserve your spot in Santa Clara, Caif., on 5/1 & 2 to examine the industry's latest memory and storage-related advancements & new standards enabling applications and impacting mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Space is very limited -- see the agenda and REGISTER NOW for the Mobile Forum. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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