Chip market still shrinking versus 2011, says SIA News & Analysis 7/4/2012 1 comment The three-month average of worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $24.4 billion for the month of May 2012, 3.4 percent lower than in May 2011, but a 1.4 percent increase over the prior month when sales were $24.1 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Analyst lowers chip market forecast for 2012 News & Analysis 7/2/2012 2 comments Actual global chip sales for May 2012 are likely to be reported at about 3 percent lower than the same month in 2011, according to Bruce Diesen, an analyst at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
Terahertz emitter harnesses 45-nm CMOS News & Analysis 7/2/2012 3 comments Texas Instrument has demonstrated a terahertz-range emitter which could be a step toward creating silicon-based terahertz-range emitters and detectors that could downsize millimeter-wavelength devices for a wide variety of applications beyond airport security including safer medical and dental imaging along with a whole array of industrial and environmental applications aimed at detecting hazardous substances.
Micron confirms Elpida deal, also plans Rexchip purchase News & Analysis 7/2/2012 9 comments Memory chip company Micron has confirmed that it has signed a definitive "sponsor agreement" to acquire and support Japan's Elpida for $2.5 billion. Micron said it will also buy a 24 percent share of Taiwanese DRAM fab Rexchip from Powerchip Technology Corp. for approximately $334 million.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
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