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January 16, 2013
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • IC Insights: Samsung nearly doubled its foundry business in 2012
    Samsung Electronics almost doubled its silicon foundry revenue to $4.33 billion in 2012, compared with the year before, according to estimates by IC Insights. The chipmaker jumped up to third place in the market research firm's worldwide ranking of foundries, behind Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing and GlobalFoundries. United Microelectronics, the perennial No. 2 among foundries, fell to fourth place last year, IC Insights reported. DigiTimes (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • Mobile chips were worth $31B last year, firm estimates
    The worldwide market for mobile semiconductors reached $31 billion in 2012, up 18% from 2011, according to The Linley Group. Broadcom held 62% of the Wi-Fi chip market last year, while Qualcomm held 56.5% of the stand-alone cellular baseband IC market, it said. The market analysis firm forecasts mobile chips will grow to nearly $39 billion in 2016, reflecting a near 6% compound annual growth rate. EE Times (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Qualcomm ready to defend IC market share in China
    With China set to emerge as the world's biggest smartphone market this year, Qualcomm stands ready to defend its market position against Intel and other competitors, Chairman and CEO Paul Jacobs said Tuesday. Qualcomm shipped more than 500 million mobile ICs in 2012 and reported that China accounted for more than one-third of its revenue in fiscal 2011. China Daily (Beijing) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sources: China, South Korea hold up MediaTek-MStar merger
    Regulators in China and South Korea are slowly scrutinizing the proposed merger of MediaTek and MStar Semiconductor, likely delaying completion of the combination past the revised deadline of May 1, DigiTimes reports, citing industry sources. The two governments are reportedly worried about how the MediaTek-MStar merger will affect IC design companies in their countries, those sources said. DigiTimes (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Going Green 
 
  • MIT researchers power nanodevices with water vapor
    Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a polymer film that is said to be capable of generating electrical power through absorbing water vapor. "With a sensor powered by a battery, you have to replace it periodically. If you have this device, you can harvest energy from the environment so you don't have to replace it very often," MIT's Mingming Ma said. EE Times India (free registration) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Semiconductors in Action 
  • Qinetiq MEMS could improve safety of detonators
    Qinetiq has applied for a U.S. patent on microelectromechanical system device technology that could make munition detonators safer to store near battle fronts. The process calls for very small amounts of explosives to be stored in the microcavities of MEMS devices. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Testing & Standards 
  • Multicore MCUs from XMOS are aimed at Fieldbus applications
    XMOS is targeting embedded industrial applications of the Fieldbus standard by adding capabilities to its xCORE line of multicore microcontrollers, this article notes. "The industrial market is characterized by a diversity of communication protocols, both standard and proprietary," said Paul Neil of XMOS. He added, "The xCORE multicore microcontrollers can be programmed to support these different requirements, whether you're implementing a proprietary protocol in software, customizing one of the many Fieldbus standards or implementing real-time extensions to a complex networking protocol like Ethernet." Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  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 members: AVX Tantalum, Embed Technology, Kandou Bus, Memoright Corp., Shenzhen Deren Electronic Co. and StorArt Technology. Interested in JEDEC membership for your company? Find out more about the benefits of membership and apply online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Industry experts focus on DDR4 in upcoming JEDEC event
    JEDEC's two-day DDR4 Workshop on Feb. 6 and 7 in Santa Clara, Calif., offers an in-depth technical review of DDR4, as taught by industry experts involved in the creation of the standard, including representatives from Agilent, AMD, Inphi, Intel, Micron, Montage, Samsung and SK hynix. See the agenda and register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat."
--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
American poet and educator


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