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December 28, 2012
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  • Europe woes, sluggish Windows 8 demand drag down Fujitsu PC sales
    Europe's economic doldrums and lower-than-expected demand for Windows 8 computers has led Fujitsu to announce that it will sell fewer PCs this fiscal year than previously estimated. Guiding down an October forecast of selling 7 million PCs through the end of March, Fujitsu President Masami Yamamoto said this week that the company now expects to move more than 6 million PCs this fiscal year. Reuters (12/27), Bloomberg (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Marvell appeal has potential to lower $1.17B in damages, experts say
    The $1.17 billion in damages awarded to Carnegie Mellon University in a patent-infringement case against Marvell Technology Group might be lowered or reversed on appeal, according to legal experts. Law professor Brian Love said large damages awarded by juries have been reduced in many cases and that verdicts in patent disputes are occasionally reversed by the trial judge or an appellate court. Meanwhile, Marvell said in a statement that it "will review the verdict, evaluate the post-trial motions, and evaluate the likelihood of a successful appeal." Reuters (12/27), Bloomberg (12/28), Bloomberg (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Going Green 
 
  • Report: Integrated voltage regulator will be in Haswell processors
    To improve their energy efficiency, Intel's forthcoming Haswell processors will feature an integrated voltage regulator module, according to the PC Watch website. Such a move by Intel could eliminate the need for a separate voltage regulator on a computer's mainboard, this article notes. Intel didn't comment on the report. XBitLabs.com (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Semiconductors in Action 
  • Unimicron may produce chipsets for Apple
    Unimicron Technology has reportedly shown it is capable of producing chipsets with Apple's custom processors for its mobile devices, Tyler Lee writes. The Taiwanese contract manufacturer is apparently planning to put up a new plant to handle chipset orders that it would take over from Samsung Electronics, he adds. Ubergizmo.com (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calxeda servers may be used in data storage, exec says
    The low-power servers produced by Calxeda may find new applications in data storage in addition to Big Data analytics and Web hosting, according to Karl Freund, vice president of marketing with the firm. The company bases its servers on processors incorporating designs by ARM Holdings, noted for their energy efficiency. GigaOm (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Space is going fast: register now for the JEDEC DDR4 Workshop
    Save $25 off onsite rates when you register for JEDEC's 2-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. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EDN's "Hot 100 Products of 2012" recognizes over 25 JEDEC member companies
    JEDEC congratulates its many member companies -- too numerous to list here -- whose products were selected for EDN's list of the hot 100 products of 2012. Several members received multiple mentions. Award categories include ICs, test instruments, analog and many more; see the complete list of honorees. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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