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April 19, 2012
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  • Broadcom dominates $8B market for wireless connectivity chips
    Broadcom's share of the wireless connectivity IC market, which was valued at $8 billion in 2011, is 30%, owing to its dominance in combination ICs, according to ABI Research. Qualcomm is the second-largest supplier in the market, with a share of nearly 20%, followed by CSR and Texas Instruments. The market research firm sees the wireless connectivity chip market increasing to $40 billion in 2016. EE Times India (free registration) (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sources: Notebook makers drive demand for DRAMs
    Demand for DRAMs in the second quarter may go up as manufacturers of notebook computers prepare to launch new products, DigiTimes reports, citing industry sources. DRAM prices are also expected to go higher, due to Elpida Memory's bankruptcy and the increase in notebook demand for the parts, those sources say. DigiTimes (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Going Green 
  • Plant DNA is used to fight chip counterfeiting
    The Defense Logistics Agency, which buys microchips for the Pentagon, is looking at marking chips with plant DNA to fight the increasing trade in counterfeiting microprocessors and other electronic components. The custom DNA markers are supplied by Applied DNA Sciences, this article notes. (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Carbon nanoparticles improve performance of lithium-sulfur batteries
    Researchers in Canada and Germany are using porous carbon nanoparticles to improve the energy conversion efficiency of lithium-sulfur batteries, this article notes. Lithium-sulfur batteries, which exchange lithium ions between lithium and sulfur-carbon electrodes, could prove to be a successor to lithium-ion batteries. EE Times/Europe (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lower pricing causes solar cell firms to buy PV wafers
    The rapidly falling prices of photovoltaic wafers, down more than 70% in the first quarter of this year, are inducing manufacturers of solar cells to buy those wafers from third-party suppliers, rather than producing them in-house as they did in 2010 and 2011, according to a report from IMS Research. Severe oversupply and intense market competition drove the average price of a PV wafer to 30 cents per watt in the first quarter, down from more than $1 per watt in 2011. EE Times Asia (free registration) (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Semiconductors in Action 
  • NXP launches RFID reader chip for tracking consumables
    NXP Semiconductors has introduced the SLRC900 radio-frequency reader chip, which can work with an RFID tag on a consumable product to obtain data on the quality of a tagged product. The combination of reader ICs and RFID tags can also reduce counterfeiting, according to NXP. The company developed the reader chip, which is now in sampling, in cooperation with PHYchips. RFID Journal (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Samsung, Nokia and Micron to keynote JEDEC's Mobile Forum on May 10 in Santa Clara, Calif.
    JEDEC's Mobile Forum offers all the insight you need to make an impact on your next design: the latest in memory technology for mobile devices such as smartphones, ultra-thin notebooks and tablets. See the agenda and register online -- space is limited! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • JEDEC forms subcommittee for nonvolatile wireless memory standard
    JEDEC has formed the JC-64.9 Subcommittee for Wireless Memory with the purpose of creating a standard for nonvolatile wireless memory chips, and is inviting companies to participate in the effort. "The new wireless memory activity in JC-64 is part of an ongoing effort within JEDEC to extend memory technologies to meet the industry's need for innovative solutions that best meet enterprise and consumer demands," JEDEC President John Kelly said. Read more about JC-64.9. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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