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IBM Says PCM Non-Volatility Not Essential
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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
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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   4 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
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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   32 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?
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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.
Kili Unveils 1-Stop Fix for Chip-Card Mandate
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10/28/2014   14 comments
While US retailers struggle to keep up with the transition of mobile payment systems to new technologies like NFC, they face an even bigger challenge as US card issuers drag them into the new world of chip cards.
DDR Memory Testing: Worst Practices
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10/27/2014   2 comments
Testing dual data-rate memory (DDR) devices and/or modules calls for careful application of some best practices. With that said, there are also some things to watch out for -- call them "worst practices.” These can adversely influence measurement accuracy or even wreck your probing setup.
Reinvention of Broadcast TV: 10 Things to Know
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10/23/2014   42 comments
As US consumers grow more comfortable with streaming video mobile devices while continuing to watch cable and satellite TV, terrestrial broadcasters find themselves fighting to redefine an over-the-air digital broadcast system that's now almost 20 years old.
Memory Transition Prompts Testing Uptick
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10/21/2014   Post a comment
As DDR4 starts to see some traction, test equipment manufacturers are seeing increased demand for their tools as system builders look to guarantee compliance and interoperability.
TI Beefs Up Driver Assist, Digital Cockpit
News & Analysis  
10/21/2014   9 comments
Car OEMs’ growing desire to meet or exceed higher NCAP ratings is driving chip suppliers to develop more sophisticated ADAS SoCs. TI is rolling out two types of solutions: “safety critical” and “informational” ADAS processors.
How to Diagnose Failed Memory
Blog  
10/17/2014   1 comment
With a purpose-built MBIST controller, both test application and data collection can be done on-chip at full operational clock speeds in the GHz range.
DDR Memory Testing Using Interposers
Blog  
10/16/2014   2 comments
Chip interposers are designed for probing extremely close to memory components and are essential tools for working with DDR memory devices.
Microservers Brew in Europe's Labs
Blog  
10/16/2014   1 comment
At least four microserver projects are brewing in European labs, testing out a variety of processor, system, and software architectures, one researcher reports.
Manufacturing RRAM: Challenges & Opportunities
Blog  
10/14/2014   1 comment
Resistive memory technologies involving simple two-terminal devices can be integrated into backend metal layers to provide an elegant solution for meeting density, capacity, and cost challenges.
Racetrack Is Making Slow but Sure Progress
News & Analysis  
10/14/2014   2 comments
IBM’s experimental memory is still in the lab, but the leader of the team developing the emerging memory has confidence in its longevity.
PCM Has Muddy Future
News & Analysis  
10/7/2014   2 comments
Phase-change memory faces numerous challenges for mainstream adoption, but some niche applications remain, and even some new use cases only recently developed.
Get 20 Takes on ARM Tech Con
Slideshow  
10/3/2014   6 comments
ARM servers are progressing, but not ready for prime time, the race is on to a mainstream FinFET node, and IoT continued to appear everywhere at this year’s ARM Tech Con.
Carbon Nanotubes in Memory & Storage Devices
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10/3/2014   Post a comment
Carbon nanotubes have various uses in building the memory and storage technologies of tomorrow.
LPDDR3 Is A Half-Step
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9/30/2014   Post a comment
The rapid evolution of smartphones drove the quick adoption of LPDDR3, but its successor is more thought out and will take over relatively quickly.
DDR Memory Testing: Best-Practices
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9/29/2014   1 comment
The strict control of clock and data timing leaves little margin for error in a DDR SDRAM interface. Testing of these interfaces demands adherence to some important best-practices to ensure accurate and repeatable results.
Securing Trustworthy & Resilient Chips
News & Analysis  
9/23/2014   4 comments
The National Science Foundation and the Semiconductor Research Corp. are funding a $10 million three-year project to make chips secure, trustworthy, assured, and resilient against hackers.
SD Cards Now Support Contactless Communication
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9/23/2014   Post a comment
A new specification allows SD memory cards in PCs, smartphones, and printers to exchange data using TransferJet, which is quicker than wireless LAN.
Top 10 Candidates for Next-Gen Storage
Slideshow  
9/22/2014   6 comments
What's the next step in the evolution of memory? This slideshow gives you the top 10 candidates for next-generation memory devices.
Memory Product Round Up: September 2014
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9/22/2014   1 comment
Summaries of memory products making news this month, including SD card controllers, SRAMs, RDIMM, LRDIMM, and RAM.
Micron SSD Allows MLC to Mimic SLC
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9/16/2014   Post a comment
New 16nm lithography enables Micron to offer dynamic write acceleration, enabling MLC NAND to behave as SLC and better meet the demands of mobile computing.
HGST Fires Up Flash Fabric
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9/16/2014   Post a comment
The Western Digital-owned enterprise storage company is leveraging recently acquisitions to turn Flash into a platform with clustering of PCIe storage devices.
Phoneless Billions Lure Google to India
News & Analysis  
9/15/2014   19 comments
Google’s rollout of Android One-branded smartphone in India has suddenly thrust that nation into the middle of the battle for emerging markets among budget smartphone vendors.
Marvell's 4K Ultra HD SoC Targets Hybrid Boxes
News & Analysis  
9/10/2014   7 comments
Marvell’s new SoC featuring a variety of interfaces (Gigabit Ethernet for IPTV, DVB-T/S input) is designed for “hybrid boxes,” allowing the reception of terrestrial broadcast, pay TV, and IP content on the same platform.
JEDEC Releases Wide I/O 2 Mobile DRAM Standard
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9/9/2014   Post a comment
Following the recent release of the LPDDR4 spec, JEDEC publishes its Wide I/O 2 mobile DRAM standard for 3D memory devices.
DDR4 Ramps Up, Enterprise First
News & Analysis  
9/9/2014   2 comments
While DDR3 got its start in client devices, DDR4 will hit enterprise servers and datacenters first, driven by in-memory systems and high transaction computing that require better performance and higher density.
Can China Buy Its Way Into Global IC Industry?
News & Analysis  
9/4/2014   13 comments
By taking over OmniVision, China will gain instant access to the global market. Such a deal also generates demand for volume production of CMOS image sensors in China -- enough to fill SMIC’s capacity.
IoT Gives Old Technology New Life
News & Analysis  
9/2/2014   2 comments
Cypress Semiconductor sees a great deal of potential for SONOS technology, dating back to the 1960s, for addressing scaling and power challenges in Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Data Centers May Ride on ASICs
News & Analysis  
8/28/2014   10 comments
Firebox, a research prototype in the works at UC Berkeley, aims to point the way to warehouse-scale computers for data centers in 2020 based on ASICs and optical links.
Google Preps Virtual Network
News & Analysis  
8/27/2014   2 comments
Google described Andromeda, a central server-based controller users will be able to access to create, run, and extend virtual networks running in Google's data centers.
SanDisk Bullish on SSD Adoption
News & Analysis  
8/26/2014   5 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.
Memory Design Articles: DDR4, LRDIMMs, MBIST, Embedded Flash
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8/26/2014   2 comments
A roundup and summary of memory design articles across the network this month.
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