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Niche SRAM Sees Steady Demand From Network Gear
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4/15/2014   2 comments
While the SRAM market is much smaller than those of DRAM or NAND Flash, it’s the only memory fast enough for linecards in next-generation routers and switches.
Electron Spin Could Yield PCs That Run Fast While Turned Off
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4/14/2014   4 comments
Based on new findings, researchers call for redesigns to let computers run at normal speed with little or no electricity.
Jobs Saved at Micron Italy: Reports
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4/11/2014   5 comments
After a contentious month of back-and-forth between management and workers, Micron has agreed to keep most of the jobs at its Italian facility. Instead of 418 job cuts, the company plans to trim about 50 positions.
High-Speed Memory: 6 Technologies to Watch
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4/9/2014   3 comments
When it comes to high-speed memory, what are the hot technologies that can’t afford to ignore? Here are six trends to follow, from DDR4 to the latest in SRAM.
Chip Market Grew 5% in 2013, Says Gartner
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4/8/2014   Post a comment
The worldwide semiconductor market hit $315 billion in revenue in 2013, thanks to robust demand for memory technology. Intel held the top spot, despite a drop in revenue.
Silicon Motion Expands FerriSSD Line, Adds eMMC
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4/8/2014   Post a comment
Embedded memory offerings are aimed at commercial and industrial applications that are temperature sensitive and require longevity and reliability.
Micron Reorg Focuses on 4 Key Businesses
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4/7/2014   4 comments
During its recent earnings report, Micron executives announced a company-wide reorganization that will focus resources on four key businesses: computing and networking, mobile, storage, and embedded.
SK Hynix, Others Benefit From DRAM Shortage
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4/3/2014   1 comment
The semiconductor industry's record revenue is skewed by a shortage of memory and a spike in costs, according to Garter. SK Hynix is one company that has benefited.
Micron Improves in Latest Chip Vendor Rankings
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4/3/2014   Post a comment
With improved sales, memory chip maker Micron moved into the top five of IC Insight’s latest chip maker rankings. Intel and Samsung ranked first and second respectively.
European Commission Intervenes in Micron Italian Jobs Case
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4/2/2014   3 comments
The European Commission is now involving itself in a dispute between Micro and the company's workers in Italy.
SanDisk Optimizes SSDs for Enterprise Workloads
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4/1/2014   1 comment
New CloudSpeed products launched at Interop leverage flash management software to optimize drives and address endurance for specific use cases.
Silicon Labs' IoT SoC Gambit
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3/31/2014   11 comments
Silicon Labs' CEO came to Shanghai and captured the audience's imagination with a slide labeled "IoT SoC." Though it did not show the real chip, it illustrated the IoT in tangible terms.
10 Versatile Uses for USB Flash Drives
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3/29/2014   1 comment
USB flash drives come into their own with new adaptations for increased functionality.
Will SMIC Narrow Tech Gap?
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3/27/2014   13 comments
Critics worry that SMIC, under Tzu-Yin Chiu’s leadership, might have already given up a dream of directly competing with the world’s Tier 1 foundries such as TSMC, Samsung, and Intel.
Samsung, Intel Lead Chip Capex Ranking
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3/27/2014   4 comments
While SanDisk and Micron are expected to increase their capital spending in 2014, Samsung and Intel are still expected to remain the two biggest spenders during the next 12 months.
Micron Italian Job Cuts Get Global Criticism
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3/25/2014   12 comments
A series of proposed job cuts to Micron’s Italian operation are facing protests from unions throughout Europe.
Intel's Custom Chips Highlight Company’s 14 nm Process
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3/25/2014   8 comments
Despite delays in many of Intel’s Broadwell products, 14 nm custom SerDes chips tout the chip company’s fab process.
China to Blow $10B a Year on Chips
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3/25/2014   18 comments
Semiconductor business in China is abuzz about the huge chunk of money China’s central and local governments are about to plunk down on the domestic chip industry.
PCIe Storage Spec Group Incorporates for Added Clout
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3/24/2014   Post a comment
The NVM Express Work Group has decided to incorporate itself to further the NVM Express specification for accessing solid-state disks on a PCI Express bus.
Topological Insulators Boost Spintronic Devices
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3/21/2014   3 comments
In a new paper, researchers from three different universities detailed a new way to control the surface electronic states of TIs. Eventually, this could lead to their use in a range of spintronic devices.
Last Gasp for Hard Disk Drives
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3/20/2014   14 comments
While solid state gains ground, vendors surprise the market with new hard disk drives. Does anyone really need them?
IBM: 11 Historic Changes at Big Blue
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3/18/2014   28 comments
With a track record lasting more than a century, IBM has reinvented itself many times.
Samsung Pushes DDR3 Design & Manufacturing to New Efficiencies
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3/18/2014   3 comments
New 20 nanometer process technology uses currently available immersion ArF lithography to manufacture 4Gb DDR3 for a wide range of computing applications.
1TB Archive Disc Avoids Format War
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3/17/2014   2 comments
Sony and Panasonic are developing new disk storage technology that can store up to a terabyte of data on a disk, and the two companies are doing it without a fight.
What's in an Airplane's Black Box?
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3/17/2014   16 comments
In the end, it all comes down to the memory. I spoke to EDN (our sister site) contributing editor Nicole Faubert last week, and she was wondering what electronics were inside the important black box.
Spansion Scores Win Against Macronix in Patent Spat
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3/14/2014   Post a comment
New rulings in infringement allegations filed by Macronix against Spansion fail to settle the question.
Toshiba, SanDisk Sue Hynix Over Flash Memory Use
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3/14/2014   2 comments
Flash partners Toshiba and SanDisk have filed different lawsuits against Hynix over the company's use of flash memory technology.
Research Labs Push the Bleeding Edge of Shared Memory Systems
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3/12/2014   Post a comment
The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology turns to SGI's Intel-powered UV 2000 for pre and post-processing offline grid simulations for its Earth Simulator supercomputer.
Oscilloscope Interfaces: Somebody Listened to Me
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3/12/2014   27 comments
Finally, a traditional oscilloscope maker has made an oscilloscope that works like a smartphone or tablet.
DDR4 Heir-Apparent Makes Progress
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3/11/2014   16 comments
The final second-generation specification for Hybrid Memory Cube is expected in May, just as DDR4 is poised for wider adoption in servers. But a memory wall awaits, and HMC is its most likely replacement.
Vote: 6 STEM Programs That Matter
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3/6/2014   10 comments
Help us determine who will win the STEM Impact Award. Voting is open today through March 17.
OCZ Storage Solutions Bundles PCIe SSD With Software
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3/4/2014   Post a comment
Newly acquired by Toshiba, OCZ Storage offers a new form factor and management software in its latest enterprise SSD.
Startup Slashes SRAM Power With Standard Logic Process
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3/4/2014   3 comments
A UK startup is building static memory on a standard logic process that slashes power without reducing speed.
RONNIEE Card Shares Memory Across Networks
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3/3/2014   Post a comment
Startup A3Cube's intelligent fabric blurs the lines between network and memory architectures to improve I/O performance and latency as placing applications closer to memory becomes increasingly common.
NAND Up, NOR Down in Flash
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2/24/2014   2 comments
As the overall memory market stagnates, a marked contrast emerges: NOR is doing very poorly while NAND Flash is growing strong.
$25 Smartphones on Firefox OS to Rock MWC
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2/23/2014   36 comments
Spreadtrum and Mozilla, Firefox's OS designer, have teamed up to storm emerging markets with a $25 smartphone -- its startling low cost enabled by web technologies.
Intel Drives Xeon to Big Data
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2/19/2014   11 comments
In an effort to increase data analysis power, Intel has achieved breakthrough computing speeds on its recently announced Xeon E7 v2 family of server processors. The Xeon processors can analyze large, diverse amounts of previously inaccessible data.
Spansion to Launch HyperBus I/F for Automotive
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2/18/2014   12 comments
Spansion has developed HyberBus Interface, targeting in-car systems that demand “instant-on” and “interactive graphical user interface.” The proprietary interface offers low latency, high read throughput, and low pin-count.
Deduplication & Compression Extend SSD Lifespans
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2/18/2014   1 comment
Tegile uses FlashVols to balance endurance and performance, which continue to be challenges as NAND flash scales down.
Sonics' New IP for Low-Power SoCs Patented
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2/18/2014   3 comments
Sonics revealed the issuance of patent 8,601,288 "Intelligent Power Controller" from the US Patent Office. The hardware-based power-management IP lets SoC designers partition power domains and turn them on and off without software intervention.
Startup Promises Bandwidth Boost
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2/18/2014   30 comments
Kandou Bus says it can boost data rates or cut power fourfold in many chip interfaces thanks to an insight from its founder, a math professor.
ISSCC Keynote: No Silicon, Software Silos
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2/10/2014   10 comments
As consumers and the technical community expect the next generation of computing devices to become cheaper and smaller, technology has hit a wall with energy efficiency. Specialization will be key.
Group Forms to Drive NVDIMM Adoption
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2/10/2014   3 comments
With next-generation memory technologies likely a decade away from mainstream use, NVDIMM combines DRAM and flash technologies to address latency and performance while laying the groundwork for new computing architectures.
Spansion, Post Merger, to Launch Auto SoC Mid-2014
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2/5/2014   17 comments
Spansion plans to home in on the automotive market by launching new SoC products, the first fruits of the acquisition of Fujitsu Semiconductor's MCU and analog businesses, in the middle of this year.
Solid State Thrives as Storage Declines
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2/5/2014   13 comments
The market for SSDs is up in 2013 and is expected to continue to go up next year. The market for HDDs and ODDs, however, along with the overall storage market for 2013 and beyond, looks rather bleak.
Flash Dominates Awards at Storage Visions 2014
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2/3/2014   1 comment
Annual conference highlights challenges and opportunities in storage, with memory, SSDs, and flash technologies all making a strong showing, with themes addressing non-volatile memory in storage architectures and user requirements for SSDs.
Memory Shifts Coming, Says Keynoter
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1/30/2014   28 comments
Abstracted memory interfaces, DRAM alternatives, and new kinds of processors are in the works, a Micron fellow said at DesignCon.
Qualcomm LTE IC Makes (Auto-) Grade, But Only in Module
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1/30/2014   8 comments
As car OEMs put together in-vehicle infotainment and telematics systems based on consumer technologies, the question is: Are these consumer chips automotive-qualified?
Macronix-Spansion Clash Heats Up
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1/28/2014   4 comments
The war of words between Spansion and Macronix, entangled in several separate legal fights over flash memory, escalated when Macronix issued a release entitled “Macronix Demands Spansion Cease and Desist False and Misleading Statements Concerning Macronix.”
SanDisk Ships Enterprise-Grade ULLtraDIMM SSDs
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1/24/2014   Post a comment
Leveraging the memory channel storage architecture from startup Diablo Technologies, SanDisk’s ULLtraDIMM’s SSD are already being incorporated into IBM servers with use cases ranging from VDI to transaction processing
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