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Breakthru DDR/LPDDR analysis for both controllers & ICs
New Memory Compliance Analyzer integrates realtime protocol analysis with logic analysis to realize a breakthrough instrument for DDR and LPDDR memory systems. The innovative dual-instrument combination enables memory controller performance monitoring as well as state of the art real-time DDR and LPDDR protocol violation detection. Learn more here.
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • Report: No buyer emerges for ST-Ericsson wireless chip venture
    After three months of searching, Ericsson and STMicroelectronics have so far failed to find a buyer for their unprofitable ST-Ericsson joint venture, which makes wireless chips, Bloomberg reports, citing six people familiar with the situation. As a result, the companies may have to shut down the JV, four of those people said. Ericsson and ST declined to comment on the report. Bloomberg (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Broadcom debuts SoC for IP video streaming
    Broadcom has introduced the BCM7576, a system-on-a-chip device for integrated full-spectrum capture and Internet protocol video streaming. Designed for use in digital transport adapters for cable networks, the chip is currently in sampling. Multichannel News (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Going Green 
  • The role of small cells in base stations
    Xilinx's Harpinder Matharu discusses the rationale of implementing small cells in cellular base stations in this technical article. "A small cell is low cost and is expected to be in the range of 1/10th of the cost of a typical macrocell," he notes. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Semiconductors in Action 
  • How will Apple parcel out is A7 processor work?
    Apple is pondering whether to parcel out fabrication orders for its forthcoming A7 processor to three foundry sources, DigiTimes reports, citing institutional investors. Samsung Electronics would get half of the orders, while Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing would get 40% and Intel would receive 10%, those investors said. Meanwhile, the A5 processor inside the pending Apple TV box is apparently fabricated by Samsung with a 32-nanometer process, according to a teardown conducted by Chipworks. DigiTimes (3/12), Ars Technica/Infinite Loop/The Apple Ecosystem blog (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AMD processors support new features, boost power handling
    Advanced Micro Devices is debuting new A-series laptop chips, called "Richland," that it says support video mirroring and gesture-recognition features and offer a 20% to 40% performance improvement over its "Trinity" chips. The company said the new processors also offer better power-management capabilities, with online browsing lasting up to eight hours and up to six hours of video playback. CIO.com/IDG News Service (3/12), ZDNet (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Testing & Standards 
  • Korean researchers come up with superfast RFIC
    A research team at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology has developed a radio-frequency chip capable of receiving and transmitting data at 10 gigabits per second, using the 60 gigahertz waveband. "It is a key new technology that can greatly increase the competitiveness of the country's smartphones. The chip can also replace various cables that existing televisions require, which means it can be used not only in smartphones but also in other mobile devices, such as cameras," said Park Chull Soon, a professor at the institute. ZDNet (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  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
  • Register now at the early-bird rate for JEDEC's Mobile Forum and save
    Early-bird rates end 3/22 so don't delay! Join us in Santa Clara, Calif., on 5/1 & 2 where industry leaders will focus on the latest developments and standards for mobile, including UFS, LPDDR3 & 4 and Wide I/O 2. Visit the JEDEC website for the complete agenda and registration. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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