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Micron Bullish On Coming Year
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5/28/2015   Post a comment
Company president Mark Adams sees poor PC DRAM performance stabilizing in the latter half of 2015 with mobile continuing to perform well, but Micron needs to do some work to regain its leadership in NAND.
SK Hynix, Sharp Move Up Chip Vendor Ranking
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5/26/2015   Post a comment
SK Hynix, MediaTek and Sharp are three companies that showed strong sales growth year-on-year in the first quarter of 2015 and climbed up the top 20 chip vendor ranking produced by IC Insights.
Cypress Eyes ISSI
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5/19/2015   Post a comment
On the heels of its Spansion acquisition, Cypress has made an offer for the fabless semiconductor company that focuses on the automotive, communications and industrial markets with its DRAM, SRAM and NOR flash products
AMD Preps GPU, DRAM Stack
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5/19/2015   Post a comment
AMD plans to combine on a single device one its graphics processors and the SK Hynix high bandwidth memory DRAM stack, aiming to beat to market similar devices described by its rival Nvidia.
FRAM's Slow, Unending Journey to Dominance
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5/18/2015   Post a comment
Much like MRAM, PCM and RRAM, FRAM has never gained the foothold that was predicted at its inception. Niche applications are providing opportunities for more widespread use as alternatives to other NVRAMs.
Is D-Wave a Quantum Computer?
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5/14/2015   8 comments
Critics say that D-Wave is not a "real" quantum computer because it can only solve optimization problems, but D-Wave Systems, Inc. counters that its an appropriate start to build and application-specific quantum computer on the way to a "universal" one.
Nubia Phone Dual Antenna Tuning Debuts
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5/13/2015   2 comments
Dual antennas may save space and insertion loss errors. Fabless RF chip company Cavendish Kinetics claims a design win for nubia phone's dual antenna tuning solution.
Diablo Memory Channel Storage Architecture Gains Traction
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5/11/2015   Post a comment
Lenovo has integrated MCS with its latest X6 servers just as litigation affecting Diablo’s ability to ship technology has been resolved
Samsung Breaks Ground on $14 Billion Fab
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5/8/2015   13 comments
Samsung broke ground yesterday on what it claims is the world's most expensive fab at over $14 billion and covering 31 million square feet for 10 nanometer FinFET semiconductors.
Microchip to Acquire Micrel
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5/8/2015   2 comments
Microcontroller and analog semiconductor company Microchip Technology Incorporated has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the analog semiconductor company Micrel for $14.00 per share--an acquisition price of $839 million.
Valleytronics Qubits Travel in Graphene
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5/8/2015   1 comment
Valleytronics may challenge spintronics as a new encoding for quantum computers where qubits are encoded as electron momentum traveling in valleys between domain walls in the atomic lattice of graphene.
Facebook Shares Storage Recipe
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5/7/2015   4 comments
Engineers at Facebook shared details of their recipe for creating massive storage systems at bargain basement prices, defying traditional OEM hard drive arrays.
Solar Cell Material for Transistors Holds Promise
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5/7/2015   3 comments
Halide-perovskite complementary field-effect transistors were demonstrated for the first time possibly opening an new era of organic-inorganic semiconductors that are cheap, easy to manufacture and can be deposited on flexible substrates.
Quantum Computing Gets an OS
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5/6/2015   Post a comment
Cambridge Quantum Computing (“CQCL”; Cambridge, UK) has announced that it has developed an operating system for Quantum Computers.
Apple to Cash on Watch, Says IHS
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5/5/2015   Post a comment
According to a preliminary estimate by IHS and its Teardown Mobile Handsets Intelligence Service, the Apple Watch has the lowest hardware costs compared to retail price of any Apple product, with actual hardware costs representing just under a quarter of the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP).
Chip Market Growth Strong Q1 in US, China
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5/5/2015   Post a comment
The global chip market continued to be a tale of contrasting fortunes with Europe and Japanese markets contracting and the Americas and China enjoying double-digit percentage annual growth, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), reporting data compiled by the World Semiconductor.
SanDisk Adds Own Flash To Fusion-io Accelerator
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5/5/2015   Post a comment
SanDisk has updated Fusion-io’s PCIe application accelerators since acquiring the company and is tapping its own NAND supply to improve performance and price.
IBM Tackles Phase-Change Memory Drift, Resistance
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5/1/2015   1 comment
Researchers demonstrate that reliable 2 bits-per-cell storage and subsequent data retention can be achieved in PCM cell arrays at variable temperatures, opening up the possibility of practical MLC storage in PCM chips
HP Debuts New Campus Switch Modules, SDN App
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4/28/2015   Post a comment
HP products are among the many new technologies launching at this week's Interop. Others include EnGenius' WLAN management platform and Fiber Mountain's updated orchestration system.
Cypress Expands Error Correcting Code For SRAM
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4/24/2015   3 comments
As overall SRAM market shrinks, Cypress sees uptick in automotive, IoT and wearables segments, while adding on-board error-correcting code to meet reliability requirements and protect against the effects of radiation
EUV Deal Raises Questions
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4/24/2015   9 comments
ASML announced it struck a deal to sell 15 EUV systems to an existing U.S. customer, once again raising hopes about the readiness of the key technology for making leading-edge chips.
EDA Tool Speeds FinFET Design
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4/22/2015   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics new Calibre xACT tool extracts parasitic capacitance, resistance and inductance quickly and accurately.
Samsung Busts TSMC's 'Monopoly,' Analysts Say
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4/21/2015   2 comments
Samsung has broken the monopoly in leading-edge foundry services recently held by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), according to analysts who cover the chipmakers.
WSTS Marks America Up for 2015 Boom
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4/21/2015   Post a comment
The market for semiconductors in the Americas region will grow by 15 percent in 2015, according to a revised estimate from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization.
TI Obsoletes FPGA
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4/21/2015   56 comments
Texas Instruments is out to kill the FPGA with a nine processor chip that can downsize avionics, military and medical applications to portable size -- from backpack radars to portable MRIs.
NVM Express SSDs Hit Servers, Workstations
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4/20/2015   1 comment
HGST begins shipping its Ultrastar SN100 series for servers announced last year as part of its flash fabric, while Samsung aims its latest offering at the PC and workstation segment.
Paper Memory Ready to Roll
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4/17/2015   3 comments
Researchers at the Finish VTT Technical Research Centre have demonstrated they could print memory circuits directly on paper, using simple roll-to-roll printing techniques with a particular mix of commercially available metallic inks.
Moore's Law: Dead or Alive
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4/17/2015   22 comments
Moore's Law is still alive and kicking after 50 years, but here are the technologies that are busting and boosting it in the 21st century.
TSMC Cuts Capex by $1 Billion
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4/16/2015   4 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) is cutting its planned capital expenditure for this year by $1 billion, citing improvements in capital efficiency and a faster-than-expected migration to its leading-edge 16nm process technology.
Odds of Success of Mie Fujitsu, Japan’s Pure-Play Foundry
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4/16/2015   2 comments
Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor is a foundry born from Fujitsu’s lack of any better options. Its genesis raises questions about the odds of Mie Fujitsu’s survival. We asked Mie Fujitsu President hard questions.
IBM vs. Intel in Supercomputer Bout
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4/15/2015   11 comments
The Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne and Lawrence Livermore (CORAL) project financed by the Department of Energy (DoE) will bring home to the U.S. the fastest supercomputers in the world made by Cray, IBM, Intel and Nvidia.
Intel Does Balancing Act
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4/15/2015   Post a comment
In its Q1 results, predictably Intel's PC business is down but data center, IoT, and nonvolatile memory made up for PC loses. Surprisingly capex goes down.
Worldwide Semi Revenue Grew 7.9% in 2014, According to Gartner
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4/15/2015   Post a comment
Booming DRAM market sees revenue increase 32 percent during 2014.
Moore’s Law Hits Middle Age
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4/14/2015   6 comments
Top technologists from Intel, IBM and TSMC who helped drive Moore’s Law forward share their stories and opinions on its 50th anniversary.
Graphene Spintronics Beats All
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4/14/2015   7 comments
Chalmers University of Technology claims graphene's high-electron mobility enables longer wires without repeaters for future spintronics that encode information on the spin of individual electrons instead of their charge like today.
3D Testing Standardized by SRC
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4/14/2015   Post a comment
The Semiconductor Research Corp. has standardized Design-for-Test method for 3D chips that has fast throughput by using a single probe to touch several TSV microbumps at the same time.
Netlist Extends NVDIMMs with EXPRESSvault
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4/13/2015   Post a comment
Latest non-volatile memory offering combines DRAM and MLC flash for use as a block storage or as a persistent memory extension
Intel, Samsung Up, Qualcomm, Toshiba Down in Chip Vendor Ranking
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4/10/2015   Post a comment
Gartner Inc. has produced an updated top-ten chip vendor ranking for 2014 based on companies' final financial results.
Taiwan Chipmakers Prepare to Transport Water as Drought Worsens
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4/10/2015   4 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), the world's largest chip foundry, and other chipmakers on the island say they are prepared to ship water supplies to their fabs here if drought conditions worsen.
Panzura Doubles Flash Controller Capacity
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4/10/2015   Post a comment
Increasing flash at the edge allows for faster file access and synchronization for organizations will multiple offices that need to collaborate
IBM Sets Memory Density Record
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4/9/2015   8 comments
IBM set yet another world record in recording density on magnetic tape, maintaining its dominance for archiving and backup, even in the cloud.
Nanotube Circuits Learn Functions
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4/8/2015   1 comment
Durham University researchers teach nanotube circuits how to perform their functions by evolutionary learning.
Vote Today! Best Nanotech
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4/7/2015   1 comment
The National Nanotechnology Initiative opens going voting on its best and brightest projects by clicking on its image in a special gallery.
CoolCube 3D Goes Monolithic
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4/2/2015   4 comments
The University of Grenoble Alpes (France) has developed their CoolCube 3D chips using a monolithic method.
Toshiba Ups Ante in 3D NAND Fray
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3/31/2015   1 comment
Toshiba’s 48-layer BiCS technology will be a stepping stone for the transition from 2D planar NAND with 3D NAND flash production likely to ramp up for all major memory makers in 2016
Why MediaTek Pushes Cross-Device Sharing
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3/30/2015   5 comments
MediaTek is creating a technology, called CrossMount, that will link and share software and hardware resources of televisions and handheld devices in ways that would fulfill their unrealized potential. What’s behind the Taiwanese IC giant’s ambition?
Researchers Claim 44x Power Cuts
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3/30/2015   2 comments
Researchers at the University of Illinois invented the worlds first on/off transceiver fast enough for commercialization, saving up to $870 million per year in datacenter power bills.
SanDisk Goes For Big Data Flash Market
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3/27/2015   Post a comment
InfiniFlash storage platform puts company in competition with customers and aims to deliver flash capacity at a price point competitive with hard disk drives
Toughening Up LPDDR4 and Parallel NOR Flash For Automotive
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3/27/2015   Post a comment
Ignoring the consumer market for now, Micron has introduced its newest generation of LDDR4 DRAMs and parallel NOR flash memory devices into the automotive market.
Micron, Intel Flash 3D NAND
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3/26/2015   1 comment
Micron and Intel have co-developed a 3-D flash NAND chip sampling now that is denser than the parts Samsung has been shipping since July.
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