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November 16, 2012
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • Cisco, Qualcomm go inside with location tracking
    Wi-Fi networks will be better able to provide location information inside buildings with technology developed by Cisco Systems and Qualcomm. The Snapdragon S4 chipset from Qualcomm has software that can communicate with a Cisco-made Wi-Fi Network in close range. The chip company's IZat system, used in its mobile processors, can work not only with GPS and Wi-Fi, but also with cellular triangulation and the Glonass satellite-based navigation system. GigaOm (11/15), RCR Wireless News (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • Micron to bypass node of making PCMs with 30-39nm features
    Micron Technology will go from making phase-change memories with 45-nanometer features to PCMs with minimum geometries of 20nm to 29nm, according to Micron's Jeff Bader. The chipmaker is fabricating NAND flash memory devices with those finer features, generally known as 2X-nm. Micron's 1-gigabit PCM is being used in Nokia's Asha phone, Bader said. EE Times (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Semiconductors in Action 
  • Sources: Wireless charging becoming a basic smartphone feature
    Wireless charging is becoming a standard feature of many new smartphones, a trend expected to accelerate next year, DigiTimes reports, citing industry sources. Texas Instruments is supplying wireless-charging ICs to HTC and Nokia, this article notes, while LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics are adding wireless-charging capabilities to their smartphones, those sources said. DigiTimes (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EU turns to a Chromebook CPU for a supercomputer
    An ARM-based Exynos 5 Dual processor used in a Samsung Electronics Chromebook is being employed by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center for a high-performance system. "What we want to prove is that one can build an HPC system out of commodity components," said Alex Ramirez of the EU's Mont-Blanc project. Computerworld (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Testing & Standards 
  • Samsung touts 64 GB mobile memory chip as smaller, quicker
    Samsung Electronics has introduced a 64-gigabit memory chip for smartphones and tablets that the company claims is 20% smaller and runs one-third faster than preceding chips. While few handsets offer 64 GB memory, the technology could boost phonemakers' margins as high-end phones usually cost hundreds of dollars more than 16 GB models, writes Jay Alabaster. News Service (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ADI, Xilinx offer development board
    Analog Devices has collaborated with Xilinx on a development board for creating prototypes of interconnects between data converters and field-programmable gate arrays. "These board-level development platforms deliver out-of-the-box, direct connectivity between Xilinx FPGAs and ADI’s high-speed converters," said Xilinx's Raj Seelam. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  JEDEC News 
  • JEDEC and ONFI publish NAND flash interface interoperability standard
    JEDEC and the Open NAND Flash Interface Workgroup (ONFI) have announced the publication of JESD230 NAND Flash Interface Interoperability Standard (Package). This jointly developed document defines a standard for NAND flash device interface interoperability. JESD230 is available for free download from both and LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Updates to JEP95: JEDEC Registered and Standard Outlines for Solid State and Related Products now available for free download
    JEP95 is a compilation of some 3000 pages of outline drawings for microelectronic packages. An annual updating service and complete hard copies are available for purchase. Recent updates include: SO-018A (DDR4 and GDDR5M SODIMM), SO-008B (DDR1/DDR2/DDR3, 144 Pin, 16b/32b SODIMM), MO-274B, and MO-276G. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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