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2D Material Beats Graphene
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3/4/2015   2 comments
Black phosphorus is a 2D material with advantages over graphene, including a variable bandgap and other photonics characteristics.
Spansion Adds RAM to HyperBus
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3/2/2015   Post a comment
Combination of new HyperRAM and HyperFlash connected to a common HyperBus interface reduces pin counts and means smaller packages for use in automotive and Internet of Things devices
Graphene Polymer Speeds Electron Transport
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2/27/2015   Post a comment
Depositing conducting polymers on graphene gives then highly desirable electrical properties, flexibility and strength for future flexible electronics, organic solar cells, protective coatings and other practical applications.
Hi-Speed Transistors from Liquid Processing
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2/26/2015   10 comments
A University of Chicago lab has invented a new kind of solder that can electronically join disparate semiconductors that were impossible to solder before plus print crystalline-like high-speed transistors as well as revolutionize 3-D printing.
Flash for Even Commodity Servers
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2/25/2015   Post a comment
SolidFire claims to be the leading vendor of flash hardware systems for high-performance systems and servers, but now its marketing its software-only to marry your own hardware to your own flash making it affordable even by the smallest-servers.
Marvell Shakes Up SoCs, DRAMs
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2/23/2015   8 comments
Marvell CEO Sehat Sutardja announced a new SoC interconnect and virtual-memory initiatives aimed to make next-generation chips and systems cheaper.
Violin Doubles Down on Flash Fabric Architecture
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2/23/2015   Post a comment
Veteran all-flash array maker is targeting a wider market for its platform with enterprise-grade data services and aims to be cost-competitive with traditional storage vendors
3D E-Beam Enables 3D NAND Flash
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2/23/2015   2 comments
Applied Materials claims to have solved the last remaining problems around enabling mass production of 3D NAND flash memory cubes. The company says it has leveled the playing field so any semiconductor maker can make 3-D FinFETs as well as Intel already does.
Intel Carves Tiny SRAMs at 14nm
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2/22/2015   17 comments
Intel will describe at ISSCC advances based on its 14nm process technology including what it calls the world’s smallest SRAM cell and PCI Express circuit.
Quantum Transistor Harnesses New Effect
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2/19/2015   2 comments
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have discovered a new phenomenon--the quantum spin Hall effect--and have used it to create the world's first spintronic topological field effect transistor (TFET), in simulation at the Texas Advanced Computer Center (TACC) at Texas A&M University.
Samsung Makes New Package for Smartphones
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2/17/2015   10 comments
New ePoP package combines DRAM, eMMC, and controller together to reduce footprint in smartphones that could allow for smaller devices, larger batteries or additional features
IBM Adds All Vendors to its Cloud-of-Clouds
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2/17/2015   1 comment
IBM turns its attention to management software that manages both its own and the cloud-based servers of other vendors in hybrid clouds of clouds.
NeuroMem IC Matches Patterns, Sees All, Knows All
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2/17/2015   7 comments
NeuroMem, a startup, spun out of General Vision, is betting the farm on the growing demand for pattern recognition in data analytics.
Embedded Engineers: 10 Skills You Need Now
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2/9/2015   15 comments
From open source software to developing apps, industry professionals urge embedded engineers to get out of their comfort zone and acquire new skills to stay relevant.
Open-Silicon: ‘No Software Runs Without Hardware’
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2/9/2015   1 comment
As the valuation of high-tech companies goes increasingly lopsided -- disproportionately favoring the software business -- the obvious question is: Who nowadays is willing to get their hands dirty designing high-cost, low-margin hardware?
1.5 nm Metrology Extends Moore's Law
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2/6/2015   1 comment
Even a ruler can nix Moore's Law. Rulers need to be as much as 10 times finer than the semiconductors they are measure. Thanks to researchers at some US national labs collaborating with industry, the finest metrology tool is now at 1.5 nanometers.
Synopsys Adds Verification IP For Mobile Memories
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2/4/2015   Post a comment
Consumer applications for UFS, UniProSM and eMMC are driving demand for verification tools to deliver products with tight timelines as the specifications for all three continue to be updated.
Out Googling Google on Big Data Searches
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2/4/2015   4 comments
Northwestern University professor Luis Amaral has come up with a superior search algorithm that out Google's Google and he is giving it away free.
Rambus ReRAM Attracts First Commercial Customer
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2/3/2015   8 comments
Emerging memory has potential in niche applications for aerospace and military customers, according to licensee Tezzaron, with broad uses in the future to replace flash and perhaps DRAM in commercial applications
Diamond Qubits: Everybody's Best Friend
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2/3/2015   1 comment
Quantum computers got a big boost recently when scientists at MIT found a way to embed then in artificial diamonds.
SanDisk's Flash to Go Auto-Grade
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2/2/2015   5 comments
Now with its memory chips AEC-Q100 certified, SanDisk hopes to make automotive a strong focus, meeting the design and supply needs of Tier Ones and car OEMs.
Quantum Entanglement Now On-a-Chip
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1/28/2015   6 comments
Uncrackable encryption and quantum computers enabled by tiny 20 micron source of entangled photons according to Italian scientist at di Università degli Studi di Pavia.
Maxim Exits Consumer MEMS, Touch Sensors
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1/27/2015   3 comments
Maxim Integrated Products Inc. has decided to get out of consumer MEMS and consumer touch sensor markets and focus its sensor business on the automotive sensor. Meanwhile Maxim is making moves into wearable equipment, mainly with the provision of power management ICs.
Increased Functionally Drives Flash Array Adoption
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1/24/2015   1 comment
Early all-flash arrays were dedicated to a single application, but enterprises are looking for vendors that support mixed workloads and offer data services, and evaluating flash beyond just the cost per gigabyte
Wide-Spread SSD Encryption is Inevitable
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1/23/2015   3 comments
As vendors have steadily released self-encrypting SSDs for client devices over the past year, the trend is starting to hit enterprise storage and all-flash arrays, driven by customer demand and regulatory changes
FeFET to Extend Moore's Law
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1/15/2015   10 comments
The successful prototyping of a ferroelectric gate aims to extend Moore's Law beyond the end of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) circa 2028.
SSDs, USB Drives, SD Cards Debut at CES
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1/14/2015   2 comments
Vendors including Toshiba, SanDisk, Samsung and Kingston all unveiled new or updated flash-based products with more capacity, performance and features
Tablets Will Drive Healthy Mobile DRAM Growth
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1/13/2015   1 comment
Here’s a closer look at global demand for DRAM through 2018 according to recently released research.
Triple-Level Cell Memory Makes Gains in Storage
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1/13/2015   1 comment
Triple-level cell has “come out from under a rock,” with 3D NAND not likely to hit its stride until 2016. TLC will make inroads in the data center while single-level cell will be relegated to niche applications.
The Hot, the Odd and the Risky -- Spotted at CES
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1/13/2015   27 comments
A ton of interesting stuff always surfaces at the International CES. Taken together, it weaves into a tapestry of technology whose threads offer clues to the possibilities we might explore in 2015.
Memory Trends: A Look Ahead
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1/7/2015   7 comments
EE Times recently spoke with Jennie Grosslight, the memory test product manager at Keysight Technologies, about what she thinks will be the prevailing memory trends in 2015.
Samsung Bolsters Mobile Memory
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1/7/2015   1 comment
Higher quality video processing, increasing expectations for compute power, IoT, and sensors are driving demand for mobile memory. Samsung hopes to meet this need with its LPDDR4 and wearable-specific chips.
Fonts Could Set IoT Devices Apart
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1/5/2015   9 comments
Aesthetically pleasing and scalable typefaces might be the factor that makes one IoT device stand out from others, according to Monotype Imaging.
Universal Memory for Instant-On Computing
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12/24/2014   27 comments
A combination mag/ferro material uses 10X less energy to switch bits.
Memory Design Trends in 2014
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12/19/2014   1 comment
Memory transitions, increased-density drive design trends: Customers are looking for subsystems that can accommodate both DDR3 and DDR4, while constraint-based design is par for the course as denser memory makes manufacturing more complex.
True 3D Chips Harness Nanotubes
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12/19/2014   14 comments
Stanford University has learned how to stack any number of layers atop a standard CMOS chip by using low-temperature RRAM for memory and carbon nanotube transistors for logic.
Vote for the Engineer of the Year
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12/17/2014   3 comments
Finalists announced, survey below. The award, sponsored by National Instruments, includes a $10,000 grant and will be given out at DesignCon 2015.
Keysight Donates EDA Software to Georgia Tech
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12/15/2014   1 comment
Keysight Technologies continues a tradition that started when the company was part of Agilent.
Emerging NVM Express Spec Has Busy Year
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12/15/2014   1 comment
Since the organization's incorporation in March, more NVMe products have appeared, the specification has been updated, and new technical workgroups have formed.
Memory Test Trends of 2014: Emerging, Denser Memories Drive Test Tools
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12/9/2014   Post a comment
As DDR4 gains traction and new and emerging memories become denser, test vendors are releasing tools to address more complex components and the need for quicker validation.
Foundry Sales Growing Faster Than Chip Market
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12/8/2014   4 comments
Global foundry IC revenues will grow by 13 percent to $47.9 billion in 2014, following on from annual growth of 13 percent in 2013 and 18 percent in 2012, according to a report produced jointly by the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) and market researcher IC Insights.
eSilicon Offers Try-Before-You-Buy IP Tool
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12/3/2014   5 comments
eSilicon launched the IP MarketPlace web-based tool for SoC designers. It facilitates browsing IP, encouraging designers to tinker, build, and generate a complete memory subsystem before making a purchase decision.
Hot Technologies: Looking Ahead to 2015
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12/3/2014   3 comments
EDN and EE Times explore some of the hot technologies in 2014 that will shape technology trends for next year and beyond as engineers bring even more innovative ideas to reality.
Cypress Bids $4B For Spansion
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12/1/2014   13 comments
Cypress and Spansion struck a deal to merge into a $2 billion embedded chip company with half its business in memory and an expanded microcontroller portfolio with a strong focus on automotive.
Micron Expands IoT & Auto Memory Products
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11/27/2014   4 comments
Micron expanded its offerings for embedded applications and the connected automobile with new products launched at Eletronica.
HMC Spec Update Signals Healthy Adoption
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11/26/2014   6 comments
The release of the Hybrid Memory Cube specification 2.0, along with early-stage products that make use of the potential successor to DRAM, suggests it will gain traction, starting with high-performance computing and networking applications.
OCZ Cuts Into Read-Intensive SSD Segment
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11/24/2014   1 comment
The SATA-based Saber 1000 Series is yet another option in a crowded market of SSDs specifically targeting read-intensive workloads such as web hosting and distributed computing environments.
Infotainment Systems Drive Automotive SSD Adoption
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11/18/2014   2 comments
In-vehicle entertainment and navigation systems are becoming more mainstream and sophisticated, so data storage demands must keep up, not just with capacity, but with reliability and endurance as well.
Putting Memory on Paper
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11/18/2014   6 comments
Research shows that paper holds great potential as a low-cost, biodegradable surface for printing electronic circuits and components.
IBM to Build DoE's Next-Gen Coral Supercomputers
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11/14/2014   10 comments
Bring the processing to the data: IBM won two contracts with the DoE's Collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne, and Livermore (Coral) program, which aims to outperform its current supercomputers by not moving data.
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