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December 5, 2012
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • Forecast: Graphene ICs will be worth $100M within 5 years
    Graphene-based ICs will account for worldwide revenue of $100 million by 2018, according to IDTechEx. The carbon material will go into logic and memory devices, radio-frequency identification chips, sensors and supercapacitors, the market research firm predicts. EE Times Asia (free registration) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • Memory chip suppliers deliver a mixed bag in November
    While Nanya Technology was able to boost its November revenues to $91.7 million, up 19% from the previous month and 10.2% from a year earlier, other suppliers of memory chips weren't as fortunate. Inotera Memories reported its November revenues rose 0.4% from October and 2.5% from a year ago, while Powerchip Technology said its revenues last month dipped 14% from the previous month. DigiTimes (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Going Green 
  • Material could be an alternative to OLEDs, fluorescent tubes
    Researchers at Wake Forest University have come up with a field-induced polymer electroluminescent light source, which they tout as a potential alternative to fluorescent tubes and organic light-emitting diodes. The material is made up of a layer of polymer loaded with an iridium compound and doped multi-wall carbon nanotubes, it was said. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Semiconductors in Action 
  • AMD debuts new line of power-efficient server chips
    Advanced Micro Devices introduced a family of low-cost, energy-efficient Opteron processors designed specifically for use in cloud and high-intensity Web environments. The nine x86 server chips are all based on the company's new Piledriver architecture and include the Opteron 4300, which boosts performance by up to 15% and offers enhanced performance-per-watt, according to the company. eWeek (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • TI upgrades DaVinci processor to shoot video in low light
    The new DM385 video processor from Texas Instruments is said to be capable of compressing a four-megapixel video stream with H.264 or SVC-T high-profile codecs, making it ideal for low-light conditions. The latest version of TI's DaVinci processors has on-chip 3D noise filtering and wide dynamic range processing, with applications in surveillance equipment. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Testing & Standards 
  • Marvell debuts 802.11ac 4*4 Wi-Fi SoC
    Marvell Technology Group has introduced the Avastar 88W8864, a system-on-a-chip device for wireless local area networks using the 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking standard. The chip, currently in sampling, can be used in access points, gateways, hot spots, set-top boxes and video bridges, according to the company. (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GlobalFoundries to test 14nm process in 2013
    GlobalFoundries will begin test runs of its 14-nanometer extreme mobility process during the first half of next year, the company reported. However, this advanced technology won't be available to Advanced Micro Devices, this post notes. (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  JEDEC News 
  • JEDEC memberships for 2013 now available -- join today
    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
  • EE Times takes a first look at JESD230 NAND Flash interface interoperability standard
    JEDEC and ONFI talk with EE Times Memory Designline editor Kristin Lewotsky in this informative Q-and-A about JESD230. The standard is available for free download from both and LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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