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Samsung Phones Pack 14nm SoC
News & Analysis  
3/1/2015   3 comments
Samsung will pack a handful of new technologies -- including a 14nm Exynos applications processor -- into its new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones announced here. The handsets also sport a new fast-charging battery, novel memory stack, simplified user interface, and advanced camera features.
ECC Brings Reliability and Power Efficiency to Mobile Devices
Blog  
2/27/2015   2 comments
Error correcting code increases memory density and bandwidth while maintaining power neutrality and reliability. Here’s a detailed look at why that’s the case.
Web Giants Drive Road Maps
News & Analysis  
2/27/2015   1 comment
Big data centers such as Amazon, Google and Facebook are having outsized influence on everything from optical interconnects to the future of hard disk drives and solid-state memory.
Marvell Shakes Up SoCs, DRAMs
News & Analysis  
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
Intel Carves Tiny SRAMs at 14nm
News & Analysis  
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.
Memory Underdogs Rise by 2020
Blog  
2/18/2015   1 comment
Emerging kinds of non-volatile memory chips will get traction in mainstream applications by 2020, but DRAM and NAND will continue to dominate for years.
Samsung Makes New Package for Smartphones
News & Analysis  
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
NeuroMem IC Matches Patterns, Sees All, Knows All
News & Analysis  
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.
IoT Security: The Road Ahead
News & Analysis  
2/10/2015   1 comment
In the wake of its acquisition of Offspark, an ARM executive responsible for securing Internet of Things products gave his views on the future of IoT security.
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.
Rambus ReRAM Attracts First Commercial Customer
News & Analysis  
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
SanDisk's Flash to Go Auto-Grade
News & Analysis  
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.
16 Takeaways from DesignCon 2015
Slideshow  
2/2/2015   2 comments
At DesignCon 2015 I heard what’s happening in high-speed chip and board interface design including issues with 56G, silicon photonics and optical backplanes.
Patent Law’s Global Grey Areas
Blog  
1/28/2015   1 comment
Patent law has unresolved grey areas when it comes to patent infringement liability for transactions handled outside the U.S., say two experts.
Modern Design Tools Facilitate Tuning DDR4 Signal Paths
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1/26/2015   Post a comment
Adjusting the lengths of signal tracks so that the delays are matched and meet the DDR4 specification would be an almost impossible task without modern design tools.
Wide-Spread SSD Encryption is Inevitable
News & Analysis  
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
ARM Takes Critical Step for Functional Safety
News & Analysis  
1/22/2015   3 comments
In a crucial step to help IC vendors design SoCs compliant to functional safety standards such as ISO26262 in the automotive industry, ARM released a comprehensive safety document package for its Cortex-R5 processor.
7 Takeaways From ISS 2015
Slideshow  
1/16/2015   2 comments
Samsung and GlobalFoundries will win the race to ship 14/16 nm chips, but TSMC and Qualcomm have a kicker in store, I learned at ISS 2015.
FeFET to Extend Moore's Law
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
China to Write $10B Check for Chips
News & Analysis  
1/14/2015   3 comments
China is expected to invest about $10 billion on its semiconductor industry this year, according to a foundry exec who hopes to get a big chunk of the money.
Tablets Will Drive Healthy Mobile DRAM Growth
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
12/24/2014   27 comments
A combination mag/ferro material uses 10X less energy to switch bits.
Memory Design Trends in 2014
News & Analysis  
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.
Successful With Phones & Drones, Parrot Ponders Farming
News & Analysis  
12/18/2014   13 comments
Parrot is a 20-year-old startup that has the passion of "makers" backed by intimate knowledge of telephony connectivity, digital signal processing, and in-house ASIC design.
IBM Says PCM Non-Volatility Not Essential
Blog  
12/17/2014   2 comments
At IEDM 2014, IBM claims that for PCM, non-volatility/data-retention is no longer essential. Ron Neale takes a close look.
Emerging NVM Express Spec Has Busy Year
News & Analysis  
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.
Inside Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810
Blog  
12/12/2014   5 comments
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 is not only a killer part, it has raised the bar on what a mobile SoC has to be in 2015.
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.
eSilicon Offers Try-Before-You-Buy IP Tool
News & Analysis  
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.
Cypress Bids $4B For Spansion
News & Analysis  
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.
HMC Spec Update Signals Healthy Adoption
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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.
ISSCC Tips Hot Circuit Designs
News & Analysis  
11/17/2014   4 comments
The International Solid State Circuits Conference will host papers on new processors from Intel, AMD, and IBM and some of the first designs made in new FinFET processes.
Gimme an MMU!
Break Points  
11/14/2014   11 comments
Software is inherently fragile. A memory management unit can prop it up.
Exascale Effort Rallies Researchers
News & Analysis  
11/13/2014   1 comment
An effort to pave a path to breakthrough technologies needed to build exascale-class computers is gathering momentum among government, industry, and academic researchers.
Spansion’s Foray Into e.MMC Market
News & Analysis  
11/11/2014   Post a comment
Spansion has rolled out a family of “industrial-grade” embedded MultiMediaCard memory products by using its high-density MLC NAND flash. The company is playing catchup with Micron and Toshiba.
Big SBC RAM Roundup
Slideshow  
11/4/2014   4 comments
Single-board computers gaining more random access memory as the newest models hit the market.
IoT Data Must Be Prioritized
News & Analysis  
11/3/2014   2 comments
The proliferation of Internet of Things devices may contribute to the big data onslaught, but ultimately this growth of information to be processed by memory and flash must be triaged like any other incoming data.
Chinese Startup Halves Cost of SSD
News & Analysis  
11/3/2014   16 comments
Sage Microelectronics is shipping an SSD controller IC capable of up to 5 terabytes on a single PCB with a standard 2.5 inch form factor.
Why Xiaomi Is World's 3rd Largest Mobile Co.
News & Analysis  
10/30/2014   33 comments
Xiaomi's emergence as world's third largest smartphone vendor makes us ask how the rules have changed in global smartphone market.
Some Memories Never Die
News & Analysis  
10/28/2014   16 comments
When a major memory producer decides a product has hit end of life, there are often customers who still have long-term use for it and there are companies willing to step up to keep those memories alive.
ARM Cortex-M7: Abundance of Memory or Not Enough?
News & Analysis  
10/28/2014   31 comments
Whether the Cortex M7 meets requirements depends on who you ask; the myriad answers point to the hairball of decisions and trade-offs in hardware, software and systems today’s developers are confronted with.
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