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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   10 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.
SSD Survey Highlights Misconceptions About Encryption & Performance
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4/21/2014   1 comment
Most respondents of an SNIA survey employ SSDs in storage subsystems, but those using them in mobile space notably avoided using encryption technologies, despite being the most vulnerable.
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.
Where Are DRAM Interfaces Headed?
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4/18/2014   6 comments
What comes after today’s fastest interfaces? Jim Handy talks about Wide-IO, hybrid memory cube, and high-bandwidth memory.
Correlated Electron Memory Claims From 4DS
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4/16/2014   3 comments
Ron Neale takes a closer look at 4DS Inc.’s reported progress in its development of metal oxide hetero-junction operation (MOHJO) non-volatile memory.
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.
Faroudja’s Bit Rate Reducer Gambit
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4/16/2014   10 comments
At the NAB show, Yves Faroudja and his new startup showed off new technology designed to provide up to 50 percent reduction in video bit rates without reduction in image quality.
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.
Scaling the 100 GbE Memory Wall
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4/14/2014   Post a comment
It's time to consider a new architectural approach that shifts the traditional relationship between memory and the packet processor.
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.
Archer Supercomputer Is Fastest in UK
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4/11/2014   4 comments
The University of Edinburgh has installed a Cray XC30-based supercomputer, which is now the fastest supercomputer in England.
SSDs are a Short-Term Phenomenon
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4/11/2014   4 comments
I know this sounds like a sacrilege so early in the frenzied adoption of SSDs, but this format is a clumsy kludge driven by the industry’s fixation on the fact that flash is persistent
Jobs Saved at Micron Italy: Reports
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4/11/2014   5 comments
After a contentious month of back-and-forth between management and workers, Micron has agreed to keep most of the jobs at its Italian facility. Instead of 418 job cuts, the company plans to trim about 50 positions.
High-Speed Memory: 6 Technologies to Watch
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4/9/2014   3 comments
When it comes to high-speed memory, what are the hot technologies that can’t afford to ignore? Here are six trends to follow, from DDR4 to the latest in SRAM.
Chip Market Grew 5% in 2013, Says Gartner
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4/8/2014   Post a comment
The worldwide semiconductor market hit $315 billion in revenue in 2013, thanks to robust demand for memory technology. Intel held the top spot, despite a drop in revenue.
Silicon Motion Expands FerriSSD Line, Adds eMMC
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4/8/2014   Post a comment
Embedded memory offerings are aimed at commercial and industrial applications that are temperature sensitive and require longevity and reliability.
Micron Reorg Focuses on 4 Key Businesses
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4/7/2014   4 comments
During its recent earnings report, Micron executives announced a company-wide reorganization that will focus resources on four key businesses: computing and networking, mobile, storage, and embedded.
When Will NAND Flash Be Replaced by an Alternative Technology?
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4/4/2014   14 comments
Quite a few people think that NAND flash is about to fall off the edge of the earth, and that some new technology is just about to take its place. Here's Jim Handy's take on that thought.
Internet, Apps & Now Hardware
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4/3/2014   8 comments
Web designers, software developers, and non-engineering professionals with no prior experience in designing a system are turning their attention to hardware, Marvell's Kinoma vice president says.
SK Hynix, Others Benefit From DRAM Shortage
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4/3/2014   1 comment
The semiconductor industry's record revenue is skewed by a shortage of memory and a spike in costs, according to Garter. SK Hynix is one company that has benefited.
Micron Improves in Latest Chip Vendor Rankings
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4/3/2014   Post a comment
With improved sales, memory chip maker Micron moved into the top five of IC Insight’s latest chip maker rankings. Intel and Samsung ranked first and second respectively.
European Commission Intervenes in Micron Italian Jobs Case
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4/2/2014   3 comments
The European Commission is now involving itself in a dispute between Micro and the company's workers in Italy.
SanDisk Optimizes SSDs for Enterprise Workloads
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4/1/2014   1 comment
New CloudSpeed products launched at Interop leverage flash management software to optimize drives and address endurance for specific use cases.
Silicon Labs' IoT SoC Gambit
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3/31/2014   11 comments
Silicon Labs' CEO came to Shanghai and captured the audience's imagination with a slide labeled "IoT SoC." Though it did not show the real chip, it illustrated the IoT in tangible terms.
10 Versatile Uses for USB Flash Drives
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3/29/2014   1 comment
USB flash drives come into their own with new adaptations for increased functionality.
NSA’s Huawei Spying Used Well-Tested Methods
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3/27/2014   32 comments
According to published reports, the NSA investigated China's Huawei for possible spying, creating a backdoor into a large portion of the company's network. It's a method the NSA has perfected.
Samsung, Intel Lead Chip Capex Ranking
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3/27/2014   4 comments
While SanDisk and Micron are expected to increase their capital spending in 2014, Samsung and Intel are still expected to remain the two biggest spenders during the next 12 months.
Intel, Altera Extend 14nm Foundry Deal
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3/27/2014   2 comments
These "multi-die" devices will boost performance and lower manufacturing costs. Intel and Altera originally announced their deal in 2013.
Samsung 2x nm LPDDR3 DRAM Scales Memory Wall
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3/25/2014   6 comments
TechInsights examines Samsung's 2x nm LPDDR3 DRAM to find a thin die with large memory density.
Micron Italian Job Cuts Get Global Criticism
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3/25/2014   12 comments
A series of proposed job cuts to Micron’s Italian operation are facing protests from unions throughout Europe.
PCIe Storage Spec Group Incorporates for Added Clout
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3/24/2014   Post a comment
The NVM Express Work Group has decided to incorporate itself to further the NVM Express specification for accessing solid-state disks on a PCI Express bus.
Topological Insulators Boost Spintronic Devices
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3/21/2014   3 comments
In a new paper, researchers from three different universities detailed a new way to control the surface electronic states of TIs. Eventually, this could lead to their use in a range of spintronic devices.
Last Gasp for Hard Disk Drives
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3/20/2014   14 comments
While solid state gains ground, vendors surprise the market with new hard disk drives. Does anyone really need them?
Android User Lawsuit Highlights Personal Data Perils
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3/19/2014   6 comments
In a 2013 lawsuit, Android users claimed that Google had gained access to personal information from their smartphones and tablets and then gave it to a third party. These users claim that they never gave permission for this, highlighting the perils of having personal information on mobile devices.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Challenged
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3/19/2014   3 comments
Even for Xiaomi, the box business hasn't exactly been a cakewalk. The Chinese company had to scramble for a modicum of cooperation from parts and components suppliers.
Samsung Pushes DDR3 Design & Manufacturing to New Efficiencies
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3/18/2014   3 comments
New 20 nanometer process technology uses currently available immersion ArF lithography to manufacture 4Gb DDR3 for a wide range of computing applications.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Unboxed
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3/18/2014   19 comments
China's Xiaomi Inc., with no prior experience in the CE business, has picked up where Sony, Motorola, and Nokia left off and has blazed a path to survival in today's cutthroat consumer market.
1TB Archive Disc Avoids Format War
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3/17/2014   2 comments
Sony and Panasonic are developing new disk storage technology that can store up to a terabyte of data on a disk, and the two companies are doing it without a fight.
What's in an Airplane's Black Box?
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3/17/2014   16 comments
In the end, it all comes down to the memory. I spoke to EDN (our sister site) contributing editor Nicole Faubert last week, and she was wondering what electronics were inside the important black box.
Spansion Scores Win Against Macronix in Patent Spat
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3/14/2014   Post a comment
New rulings in infringement allegations filed by Macronix against Spansion fail to settle the question.
Toshiba, SanDisk Sue Hynix Over Flash Memory Use
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3/14/2014   2 comments
Flash partners Toshiba and SanDisk have filed different lawsuits against Hynix over the company's use of flash memory technology.
Research Labs Push the Bleeding Edge of Shared Memory Systems
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3/12/2014   Post a comment
The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology turns to SGI's Intel-powered UV 2000 for pre and post-processing offline grid simulations for its Earth Simulator supercomputer.
Micron Gives New Life to IBM's Latent Image Memory
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3/11/2014   2 comments
Ron Neale reviews Micron’s new patent and IBM’s legacy work. He imagines a type of SRAM memory that learns.
DDR4 Heir-Apparent Makes Progress
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3/11/2014   16 comments
The final second-generation specification for Hybrid Memory Cube is expected in May, just as DDR4 is poised for wider adoption in servers. But a memory wall awaits, and HMC is its most likely replacement.
Marvell to Launch IoT Maker Kit
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3/10/2014   17 comments
Marvell has rolled out Kinoma Create, the JavaScript-powered IoT construction kit. Peter Hoddie, Marvell's Kinoma vice president, described it as "a developer prototyping device that leverages our software work to open the 'maker' movement."
Spin Waves Cut Logic Power
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3/7/2014   7 comments
In a new research paper, UCLA scientists explain how they used electron spin to slash the power consumption of logic devices.
Internet of Things: What About Data Storage?
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3/6/2014   Post a comment
The Internet of Things presents a new set of data storage and protection challenges. Here's how to tackle those issues.
OCZ Storage Solutions Bundles PCIe SSD With Software
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3/4/2014   Post a comment
Newly acquired by Toshiba, OCZ Storage offers a new form factor and management software in its latest enterprise SSD.
Showtime for the Micron-Sony 16Gb ReRAM
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3/4/2014   6 comments
New 16Gbit ReRAM is an impressive piece of design and a clear demonstration of lithographic and fabrication skills, yet absence of important details suggests the appearance of this device in standard product form is still some way ahead.
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