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JEDEC Unveils Low-Power Memory Standard
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8/26/2014   5 comments
JEDEC published its LPDDR4 specification, which, with a redesigned architecture, operates twice as fast as LPDDR3, while still saving power.
SanDisk Bullish on SSD Adoption
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8/26/2014   2 comments
Ultra II is aimed at consumers looking to upgrade HDD or first generation SSD with simple migration tools in a PC market that has experienced flat growth at best.
NAND, DRAM 3D-Transition Roadmaps
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8/25/2014   Post a comment
IC Insights has done its best to encapsulate the latest information from DRAM and NAND vendors to provide a roadmap for the transition to finer geometry processes and to multi-layered memories.
mCube Forms Indoor Navigation Subsidiary
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8/21/2014   2 comments
Fabless chip company mCube has formed Ten Degrees Inc. as a wholly owned subsidiary to focus on business related to indoor navigation.
Startup Sees Enterprise Op for TLC NAND
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8/19/2014   Post a comment
NxGn Data looks to make TLC viable as cold storage for enterprises while moving data and computation closer with its In-Situ Processing.
AMD Enters Storage Sector
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8/19/2014   1 comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has entered the storage sector with a line of Radeon-branded solid-state drives targeted specifically at the game console market.
Semiconductor Funding Deals Dip
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8/16/2014   1 comment
Venture capitalists are still a bit wary about investing in the semiconductor industry. The GSA reports that, despite a 2.4% drop, companies are receiving more financing on average.
The Limits of Moore's Law Limits
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8/13/2014   20 comments
Moore's Law has limits, some of which are quickly approaching. Several other limits, however, are more flexible, giving room to continue progress. Igor Markov explores limits of fundamental limits for future chip scaling.
Destroying Data Is Hard Work
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8/13/2014   1 comment
Spinning media retains data despite corruption and damage, but flash and SSDs are more complex when it comes to guaranteeing sensitive information is truly banished from a device.
Racetrack Memory to Beat Hard Drives & Flash
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8/12/2014   12 comments
Researchers believe they have a promising new material that can make IBM's invention of racetrack memory into a reality.
SanDisk Expands ULLtraDIMM Reach
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8/12/2014   Post a comment
Supermicro is the latest to adopt SanDisk’s enterprise SSDs using a memory channel storage architecture, while its Fusion-io acquisition addresses latency using PCIe.
Canada Ahead of US in Chip Ed
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8/8/2014   19 comments
The Canadian Microelectronics Corp. (CMC, Kingston) helps academics--professors and graduate students to build semiconductor prototypes including all steps from conception, to EDA to testing.
IBM Puts Brain On-a-Chip
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8/7/2014   19 comments
IBM demonstrates its second-generation neurosynaptic chip modeled on the human brain yet consuming 5,000 times less power than a typical microprocessor.
Samsung Tips 3-Bit Vertical NAND
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8/5/2014   8 comments
Samsung said it will ship a version of its 128 Gbit vertical NAND supporting three bits per cell within weeks.
Flash Fails 5 Ways, Says Alibaba
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8/5/2014   4 comments
An R&D manager for cloud services at China's Alibaba datacenters gave a laundry list of problems flash vendors need to address in a keynote at the Flash Memory Summit.
Silicon Motion SSD Controller Anticipates TLC Growth
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8/5/2014   1 comment
Triple-level-cell NAND appears to be following a path similar to that of MLC, with adoption picking up steam in client devices. But TLC finding its way into the enterprise could take another few years.
PMC Plugs DRAM Into PCI Express
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8/5/2014   Post a comment
PMC-Sierra is using its NAND flash controller in a flash-backed DRAM memory card that plugs into the PCI Express 3.0 bus, aimed at memory-constrained systems that demand more performance.
New Fujitsu-Panasonic Co.: 6 Things Left Unsaid
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8/4/2014   7 comments
Fujitsu and Panasonic agreed to establish a new fabless chip company. More revealing, however, was what they didn't say in the release. They include whether Intel will serve as a foundry for the new company.
6 Things to Expect at Flash Summit
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7/31/2014   6 comments
A coming out party for NVMe PCIe SSDs, more flash appliances and arrays, incremental news on vertical NAND and next-gen memories, and more are on tap for next week's Flash Memory Summit.
Micron Makes Monolithic 8Gb DDR3
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7/29/2014   6 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.
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