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Micron Makes Monolithic 8Gb DDR3
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7/29/2014   5 comments
Using a 25 nm manufacturing process, Micron has created a monolithic 8 Gb DDR3 SDRAM component, while a startup is squeezing 8 Gb into a single chipset using proprietary techniques.
Apple in China: Best Is Yet to Come?
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7/24/2014   21 comments
Apple CEO Tim Cook described Apple’s business prospect in China as "a watershed moment."
Learn Signal Integrity Online
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7/22/2014   1 comment
Signal-integrity evangelist Eric Bogatin's classes are now available through an online subscription.
NAND Suit: Toshiba Seeks $1.1B From SK Hynix
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7/21/2014   7 comments
South Korea's SK Hynix Inc. disclosed in a regulatory filing that Toshiba Corp. is seeking $1.1 billion in damages over the suspected theft of data related to NAND flash memory chip technology.
OCZ Updates SQL Flash Accelerator
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7/18/2014   Post a comment
Toshiba-owned company makes flash acceleration simple for SQ L DBAs with updates to support the latest version of the popular Microsoft database software and virtualized environments.
Intel Readies Super-Resist for EUV
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7/17/2014   7 comments
Intel partners with Berkeley Lab to create extreme ultraviolet (EUV) resists.
MCUs, Memory Balance Security, Performance
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7/10/2014   1 comment
The need to secure devices at the MCU or SSD level is becoming more pressing thanks to BYOD and the Internet of Things, but perceptions linger that encryption degrades device performance.
DesignCon Extends 2015 Abstract Deadline
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7/9/2014   Post a comment
DesignCon 2015 has extended its deadline for submitting abstracts to July 18, 2014.
Medical Devices Require Radiation-Tolerant Memory
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7/8/2014   8 comments
While a great deal of focus for memory in medical applications is placed on size and power consumption, devices that are smarter and implantable will need to withstand sterilization through radiation.
Chip Market Growth Moderated in May
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7/8/2014   Post a comment
Europe's three-month average chip sales in May pushed forward showing strengthening growth year-on-year while the rest of world saw growth rates decline, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA), that referenced the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization.
Magnetic RAM Remains Niche Memory – for Now
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6/30/2014   4 comments
One report is bullish on MRAM's growth prospects and its potential to replace DRAM and SRAM, while the primary vendor of the nonvolatile memory still sees plenty of short-term opportunity in niche applications, including enterprise storage.
Ultra-Low-Power FRAM-Based MCUs Target Next-Gen Applications
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6/24/2014   21 comments
TI's MSP430 FRAM-based MCUs, coupled with EnergyTrace++ technology, are designed from the ground up to enable the world’s lowest-power MCU systems.
Stealth Mercenary Team Boosts Fortune 500 Companies
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6/24/2014   13 comments
Synapse Design styles itself as a mercenary design team. Working for Fortune 500 companies, Synapse Design has taped out 33 SoCs in the last 12 months.
Micron 3D Memory Supercharges Xeon Phi
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6/23/2014   8 comments
Analysts have speculated wildly about the technical details of the massively parallel next-generation Knights Landing Xeon Phi. Today Intel and its 3D memory partner, Micron Technology Inc., put all that speculation to rest.
SanDisk Acquires Fusion-io
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6/19/2014   2 comments
SanDisk pays $1.1 billion in cash deal to expand its solid-state drive line that supports the PCI Express (PCIe) interconnect.
Is China the World's Leading Cyberspy?
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6/17/2014   6 comments
This is the first of a three-part series examining the fallout on industry from China's alleged cyberspying. Today we examine the proof of spying and its effects on industry.
DRAM's Mood Swings Stabilize
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6/17/2014   5 comments
From factory fires to consolidations, DRAM manufacturers have been through a lot, but now appear to be stabilizing as the market takes off.
Power-Conscious Controllers Reduce Energy Consumption
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6/17/2014   1 comment
While a great deal of effort is put into reducing power consumption of memory, controllers are playing a key role in driving down energy needs of overall systems.
Top Mobile Memory Vendors
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6/16/2014   Post a comment
In a recent report, Gartner ranked the top vendors of eMCP and eMMC mobile memory. In an interview with EETimes, Gartner's principal analyst, Brady Wang, explained the details.
IoT, Wearables Drive Lower Power Memory Innovation
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6/10/2014   8 comments
As the functionality of smartphones begins to get squeezed into smaller form factors, new pressures are being put on memory power consumption for wearables and other devices
Ziptronix & EVG Improve Wafer Alignment
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6/9/2014   3 comments
Collaboration between Ziptronix and EVG has led to submicron post-bond alignment accuracy on customer-provided wafers. The process supports stacking and can be applied to memory and image sensors.
Seagate Acquires LSI Assets to Address Flash Market
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6/3/2014   Post a comment
LSI’s PCIe and SandForce controller technologies will help Seagate expand its SSD and flash portfolio, but it has a lot of work ahead of it to make inroads in the enterprise and PC SSD segments
Marvell to Hitch Apple's Smart Home Ride
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6/3/2014   3 comments
As Apple guns for a big stake in technology for monitoring health and home, Marvell, Broadcom, and TI are looking to piggyback on the Apple campaign. Marvell launched three separate IoT SoCs made for iDevices.
Parallel NOR Delivers Performance SPI Can't
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5/27/2014   2 comments
The focus of systems designers is usually on reducing cost and power consumption by using serial flash, but many automotive and embedded applications require the high performance of a parallel interface.
DesignCon Issues 2015 Call for Abstracts
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5/22/2014   7 comments
The annual conference on high-speed digital design, signal integrity, and power integrity is now taking submissions for paper abstracts.
Toshiba & Sandisk to Scrap 2D NAND Fab for 300mm 3D NAND
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5/22/2014   5 comments
Toshiba announces it will demolish its No. 2 semiconductor fabrication facility at Yokkaichi Operations, a NAND Flash memory plant, and replace it with a new fab on the same site, dedicated to 3D NAND.
Samsung Ramps Up 3D NAND Fab in China
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5/20/2014   3 comments
With 3D NAND likely to hit the market in the second half of 2015, major manufacturers are expanding their facilities to prepare for the conversion from 2D.
Functional Safety Critical for Autonomous Cars
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5/20/2014   18 comments
Meeting with AEC-Q100 standard isn’t enough for chip vendors entering into a future of fully autonomous cars. Ensuring functional safety (ISO 26262) is the critical next step for both software and hardware deployed in cars.
IBM Sets World Record With Mag Tape
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5/19/2014   3 comments
IBM and FujiFilm announce a world record in data density on the more reliable and long-lived storage medium for big data, the venerable tape drive.
Spansion Courts Carmakers With Cortex-R5-Based MCUs
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5/19/2014   5 comments
In hopes of gaining a sizable share in the growing automotive chip market, Spansion Inc. is rolling out a new family of automotive MCUs, called Traveo, based on ARM Cortex 5 cores.
UHS-II SD Cards Await Capable Devices
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5/16/2014   1 comment
Vendors including Toshiba, SanDisk, and Panasonic have steadily announced SD cards in different form factors that support faster transfer and write speeds, but it will take time for UHS-II capable devices to hit the market.
Flash Storage Firms Scramble to Find, Hire Engineers
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5/15/2014   13 comments
The Solid-State Drive (SSD) business has literally exploded in the past year, and that trend has companies clamoring to recruit and hire more engineering talent.
Rambus Rejoins Jedec
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5/14/2014   5 comments
Rambus has been invited to rejoin the memory standards group Jedec after a nearly 20-year absence marked by suits with major DRAM suppliers.
3D NAND Transition: 15nm Process Technology Takes Shape
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5/13/2014   5 comments
SanDisk and Toshiba are both continuing to push floating gates until 3D NAND makes economic sense with 15nm process technology that will be applied to wide range of market segments
Fabless Chip Companies Ranked by 2013 Sales
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5/12/2014   7 comments
Chinese and Taiwanese companies were five of the eight fastest growing fabless chip companies in a top 25 ranking compiled by IC Insights.
Will Goal-Line Technology Change World Cup?
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5/12/2014   1 comment
The World Cup next month in Brazil represents a momentous advance for the sport, as far as the use of technology is concerned, since FIFA accepted the use of goal-line technology for the first time.
IBM Hawks PCM for Storage
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5/9/2014   5 comments
To meet the demands of big data, IBM believes in a hierarchical combination of DRAM, flash, and phase change memory over hard-disk drives.
Do Auto MCUs Need Proprietary Flash?
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5/9/2014   11 comments
As the technology moves down to the finer node, Globalfoundries sees the 28-nm process node becoming the "battleground." That might force automotive chip companies to give up proprietary embedded VNM technology.
Post-Merger Spansion 'Integrates' With Big Move Into Auto
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5/7/2014   3 comments
Synergy is no longer the stated goal behind Spansion’s acquisition of Fujitsu Semiconductor’s MCU and analog businesses. Shown in its Q1 results, Spansion is scoring design wins globally, especially in the automotive sector.
Poetic Process Could Extend the End of Moore’s Law
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5/6/2014   5 comments
POET Technologies has developed a gallium arsenide process to build electrical, optical, and electro-optical integrated circuits on one monolithic chip.
Major SSD Vendors Diversify Offerings for Enterprise Workloads
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4/30/2014   Post a comment
Micron, SanDisk, and Samsung are all targeting datacenters with new SSDs optimized for different applications with a wide range of drive writes per day.
Quick Recovery From Fire Helps Hynix to Profits in Q1
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4/25/2014   7 comments
A September fire at its Wuxi fab cut global DRAM supplies by 15% and drove prices up as much as 40%.
PCIe Still Strong Despite Alternatives
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4/25/2014   1 comment
Diablo Technologies sees its Memory Channel Architecture as a solution to PCIe limitations, but PCIe still has a five-year roadmap and inherent scalability that will keep it alive for years to come.
Spansion Expands Auto-Grade Flash Lineup
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4/24/2014   9 comments
As car OEMs' appetite for advanced driver assistance systems and more elaborate infotainment systems soars, Spansion is beefing up its flash memory lineup to meet the automotive industry's stringent quality requirements.
Scale-Out Storage Has Limits
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4/22/2014   Post a comment
Disk may scale as your storage needs increase, but what do you do when your datacenter is maxed out?
Report: Magnetic RAM Set for 50% CAGR
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4/22/2014   13 comments
In the next five years, magnetic RAM is expected to replace older storage technologies such as DRAM and SRAM in many computing devices. This means sales are expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 50 percent during this time.
SanDisk Finds Profit Behind the Tech Curve
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4/18/2014   3 comments
Focus and frugality put SanDisk in several sweet spots in the storage market, specifically by selling SSDs to datacenters while Samsung spends big on 3D NAND.
Micron Workers Approve Italian Jobs Deal
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4/16/2014   Post a comment
The deal between Micron and its Italian workforce will save more than 400 engineering jobs.
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   8 comments
Based on new findings, researchers call for redesigns to let computers run at normal speed with little or no electricity.
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