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November 6, 2012
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  • Will Apple replace Mac's Intel chips with custom processors?
    Apple is said to be thinking about replacing the Intel processors in its Mac line with the custom-designed microprocessors it uses in its mobile devices, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the company's research. The prospective switch isn't imminent and may take time to unfold, two people said. Intel referred an inquiry to Apple, while an Apple spokesman declined to comment on the report. Bloomberg (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • ARM, Imagination Technologies will divvy up MIPS
    MIPS Technologies will sell a portfolio of 580 patents to a consortium led by ARM Holdings for $350 million, while divesting another 82 patents and its operating assets to Imagination Technologies for $60 million. ARM CEO Warren East said the deal "represents an opportunity for companies to neutralize any potential infringement risk from these patents in the further development of advanced embedded technology." Analysts speculated that the acquisitions could create more competition between ARM and Imagination. The Guardian (London)/Market Forces Live Blog (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AMD debuts 6300 Series Opteron processors with Piledriver cores
    Advanced Micro Devices has introduced the 6300 Series of Opteron processors with the Piledriver microarchitecture. Fabricated with a 32-nanometer process, the processors come with four, eight, 12 or 16 cores, and can be used as drop-in replacements for Opteron processors with the Bulldozer architecture. ZDNet (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Going Green 
  • ARM: "Big.little" test chip uses 50% less power
    A test chip combining Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 cores in the "big.little" architecture uses half of the power of comparable processors while providing the same level of performance, according to ARM Holdings. Samsung Electronics may be the first chipmaker to sample a big.little system-on-a-chip device, this article notes. EE Times (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ADI intros LED flash drivers for longer battery life
    Analog Devices has introduced the ADP1660 and ADP1649 flash light-emitting diode drivers, designed to improve the battery life of mobile devices. The chips can be used in camcorders, digital still cameras and high-resolution cameraphones, among other applications, according to the chipmaker. Mass High Tech (Boston) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Semiconductors in Action 
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  Testing & Standards 
  • Cypress: Nonvolatile SRAMs can boost reliability of SSDs
    Nonvolatile static random-access memories can be used on the NAND flash bus in solid-state drives to improve backup reliability for enterprise applications, Pramodh Prakash of Cypress Semiconductor writes in this technical article. "The new nvSRAM interfaces are being designed to the open standards, and will use standard commands and standard signal timing," he notes. EE Times (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  JEDEC News 
  • Time is running out -- Register today for a DDR4 Workshop in Hsinchu, Taiwan
    Join us on 11/8 & 11/9 for a JEDEC DDR4 Workshop co-sponsored by the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association. This 2-day workshop offers a unique opportunity for an in-depth technical review of DDR4 with industry experts involved in the creation of the standard. See the agenda and REGISTER NOW -- space is very limited. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • JEDEC announces the publication of LPDDR2/3 I/O standard
    JESD8-22A, HSUL_12 LPDDR2 and LPDDR3 I/O with Optional ODT is now available for free download on the JEDEC website. This standard defines the input, output specifications and ac test conditions for devices that are designed to operate in the High Speed Unterminated Logic (HSUL_12) logic switching range, nominally 0 V to 1.2 V. The standard may be applied to ICs operating with separate VDD and VDDQ supply voltages. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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