Flash Patents Reduce SMB Storage Costs News & Analysis 9/1/2015 Post a comment Although the price of flash is dropping, not all enterprises can afford to overprovision SSDs. Patents recently granted to StorTrends optimize use of flash and extend its longevity.
3D NAND Debuts in Storage Arrays News & Analysis 8/28/2015 1 comment Kaminario said it will offer an all-flash storage array with 3D TLC NAND at a buck per gig. It’s ahead of the curve for now, but lower cost flash seems inevitable as does the downfall of spinning disk
EUV Breaks Through to Angstrom News & Analysis 8/27/2015 10 comments A new type of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) microscope designed at the University of Colorado can take optical images with angstrom resolution.
Quantum Highway Frictionless News & Analysis 8/24/2015 4 comments Marrying topological insulators with ferromagnets yields a quantum highway that could be adapted to encode, transmit and receive qubits using novel transistor designs, according to MIT researchers.
SK Hynix Invests in Hyperspectral Sensor Startup News & Analysis 8/21/2015 1 comment SK Hynix has invested 2.2 billion won (about $1.8 million) in Stratio Technology Inc. (Menlo Park, Calif.), a startup developing germanium-based hyperspectral image sensors, according to Korea Times article. SK Hynix has acquired a 9.1 percent stake the article said.
Intel Memory Bus Draws Fire News & Analysis 8/20/2015 26 comments Intel’s plans to sell memory cards using proprietary extensions to the DDR4 bus is drawing fire from potential customers and competitors afraid of being locked in or out of its 3D XPoint technology.
Rambus to Enter Fabless Chip Biz News & Analysis 8/17/2015 9 comments Seizing the opportunity in a growing market of datacenters, Rambus is unveiling a server memory interface chipset. The move is significant because the company will enter a fabless chip business for the first time, instead of IP business.
Samsung Slims Phones, Boosts Displays News & Analysis 8/13/2015 Post a comment Banking on trends toward larger screens, Samsung unveiled two new smartphones with larger displays in a smaller form factor. The Samsung S6 Edge+ and Note 5 will be available in the U.S. and Canada on Aug. 21.
RRAM Breaks Records with Graphene News & Analysis 8/13/2015 17 comments Rice University professor James Tour and his group have developed a new type of nonvolatile resistive random access memory (RRAM) that overcomes the density limits of other designs by requiring no transistors, switches or diodes for bit cells, and it can be processed at low-temperatures for easy stacking in three dimensions (3D).
Samsung Drives Up 3-D Flash News & Analysis 8/11/2015 1 comment Samsung announced a handful of novel products using its 3-D NAND flash chips, but the mass market for such products may be more than a year away, said analysts.
CoolCube Circuit Stacking Moves to FinFET Process News & Analysis 8/5/2015 3 comments The CEA-Leti research laboratory at Grenoble France, has reported that its CoolCube 3D interconnect technology is suitable for use with FinFET manufacturing processes as well as with fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator manufacturing processes.
Indian Fab Project Hires Former GloFo Exec News & Analysis 8/3/2015 7 comments Indian foundry fab will be located near Indore in Madhya Pradesh. The company reports that talks are moving the project forward on all fronts including: funding, technology and customers.
NASA Preps Venus ICs News & Analysis 8/3/2015 Post a comment NASA is sending a mission to Venus, where the surface temperature is up to 932 degrees Fahrenheit--hot enough to melt lead and to turn aluminum into a slurry. What electronics could survive? One company uses silicon carbide wafers and a mystery metal to fabricate the mixed signal chips for the Venus Landsailing Rover.
Samsung's Slippage Stirs Smartphone Angst News & Analysis 7/30/2015 6 comments Samsung’s downbeat outlook is stirring up worries over the global smartphone market. A bigger question is if this dip is an isolated incident, or a harbinger of an inevitable slowdown in the smartphone market.
Intel, Micron Launch "Bulk-Switching" ReRAM News & Analysis 7/28/2015 31 comments Intel Corp. and Micron Technology Inc. have launched a new class of non-volatile memory that they call 3D Xpoint and which the companies said would be available as samples later this year for special customers.
Earnings: Hynix Down, Cypress Up News & Analysis 7/28/2015 1 comment A sluggish DRAM market for PCs hurt SK Hynix earnings, much like it hurt Micron’s, while Cypress posted a strong quarter following the integration of Spansion
SK Hynix Starts 3D NAND Flash Production News & Analysis 7/27/2015 Post a comment Memory chipmaker SK Hynix Inc. has said it will prepare for its first production volumes of 3D NAND flash memory in the third quarter of 2015. It joins the ranks of Samsung, Toshiba and Micron.
Nanoparticle Imaging with Graphene News & Analysis 7/24/2015 1 comment Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are using a monolayer of graphene as a see-through lens-like cap -- called a graphene liquid cell -- to create a new imaging system that can see the individual atoms in a single nanoparticle while it is still in solution.
IBM Slashes Next-Gen Power News & Analysis 7/17/2015 14 comments IBM Research aims to lower supply voltage to 0.2 volts to drastically cut idle power while maintaining superior performance using "boosters" that kick-in only when the circuit is being used.
China Bids $23B for Micron News & Analysis 7/13/2015 9 comments Tsinghua Unigroup bid $23 billion for Micron in a deal that would put China at the forefront of the memory chip business but face close scrutiny from U.S. regulators.
Better FRAM MCU State Recovery After Power Loss News & Analysis 7/13/2015 1 comment TI’s Compute Through Power Loss (CPTL) library incorporates a context save-and-restore algorithm that brings a FRAM-based 16-bit MSP430 MCU back to its original operating state before a power interruption.
IBM Leapfrogs Intel to 7nm News & Analysis 7/9/2015 49 comments IBM is the first semiconductor maker to demonstrate a 7-nanometer node finned field effect transistorS (FinFETS) in alliance partnership with SUNY Polytechnic Institute's Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (Albany, New York) and joint development alliance with GlobalFoundries and Samsung.
ISSI Acquired: An Analyst’s Thoughts News & Analysis 7/8/2015 1 comment A Cypress acquisition would have meant some synergies could have been realized between the two memory makers, but for now ISSI shareholders get a better price and the company has new owners outside the semiconductor space.
Could India's Analog Wafer Fab be Moving South? News & Analysis 7/3/2015 Post a comment Cricket Semiconductor, a company set up with the purpose of building and operating $1 billion analog and power semiconductor wafer fab in India has been in talks with state government of Telangana, according to a report in the New Indian Express.
Biodegradable Electronics Debut News & Analysis 7/2/2015 1 comment Single crystal silicon transistors operating in the same microwave frequency ranges as modern electronics can be fabricated on biodegradable cellulose nanofibrillated fiber (CNF) substrates that biodegrade in landfills--in the presence if water and fungi--within a few weeks.
Intel President, Execs Step Down News & Analysis 7/2/2015 11 comments Intel President Renée James is among several top executives who announced plans to resign from the chip giant. Three other executives from various divisions will also leave the company.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.