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January 2, 2013
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  Today's Tech Buzz 
  • Analysis: What's coming for the semiconductor industry in 2013
    The semiconductor industry will face a number of issues this year, both on the business and technology fronts, David Manners writes in this analysis. The debate over whether to use fully depleted silicon-on-insulator technology or FinFETs is one issue. On another front, the naming of a new CEO at Intel will have much importance for the chipmaker, he notes. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ICs, Memory & More 
  • ABI: Combo chips will help Broadcom lead connectivity market
    Chips that combine various wireless standards, such as Bluetooth Smart, near-field communication and WiGig, will show strong growth in 2013, playing to the strength of Broadcom's IC product portfolio, according to ABI Research. "Increased diversification and building out product portfolios to include many wireless connectivity technologies is crucial to vendors' current and future success," said ABI's Peter Cooney. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chips, phones to boost Samsung's bottom line for Q4
    Increased sales of semiconductors and smartphones are expected to yield a record operating profit for Samsung Electronics in the fourth quarter, according to analysts and executives. Kang Jeong-won of Daishin Securities said, "Overall revenue is expected to continue to grow. We will need to wait for more details. But I can definitely say that the Galaxy line of devices will boost profits." The Korea Times (Seoul) (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sources: Marvell makes equity investment in SSD supplier
    Marvell Technology Group has made an equity investment in Memoright, a Taiwanese manufacturer of solid-state drives, DigiTimes reports, citing industry sources. The deal will enable the combination of Marvell's SSD controller chips and Memoright's firmware technology, making Marvell more competitive with rival LSI, those sources noted. DigiTimes (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Going Green 
  Semiconductors in Action 
  • Report: AMD will end its Vision brand quest
    After three years, Advanced Micro Devices is reportedly ending its AMD Vision brand for desktop and notebook processors, the SemiAccurate website reports. The forthcoming release of its Kabini, Richland and Temash advanced processing units is expected to mean a reduction in processor brand names the company uses. AMD didn't comment on the report. (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Testing & Standards 
  • The 2013 trends for smartphones: Bigger displays, quad-core chips
    For the mainstream consumer, smartphone displays of 5 inches or more will be more typical in 2013, DigiTimes reports, citing industry sources. At the same time, MediaTek, Spreadtrum Communications and other chip suppliers will offer more quad-core processors for smartphones, making the faster chips standard equipment for this year, those sources note. DigiTimes (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  JEDEC News 
  • 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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