Imec Tips Novel AI Chips
News & Analysis 5/16/2017 4 comments
The Imec research institute described work on two low cost self-learning chips that use MRAM and ReRAM arrays rather than neural networks.
Future Cars Face Terabyte Memory Load
News & Analysis 5/10/2017 2 comments
For a highly automated car in, say, 2020, how much memory capacity, to capture, process and store data, will be enough? An industry consensus is this connected vehicle will require data storage of close to a terabyte.
Politics Muddy Toshiba Bidding
News & Analysis 4/29/2017 8 comments
As the second round of bidding for Toshiba’s coveted memory business draws near, the opaque process is exposing a deep schism of interests in Japan among politicians, bureaucrats and bankers. But did anyone ask what engineers want?
Intel Boosts CapEx 20%
News & Analysis 4/27/2017 5 comments
Intel will boost capital spending 20 percent this year and next to ramp 3D NAND and 3DXP memories, it said reporting quarterly financial gains.
3D Chip Stacks Eye Data Centers
News & Analysis 4/12/2017 8 comments
High-end microprocessors will embrace wafer- and die-level chip stacks over the next few years, said a former Oracle researcher turned consultant.
TSMC, Samsung Diverge at 7nm
News & Analysis 2/8/2017 9 comments
TSMC and Samsung described 7nm SRAMs at ISSCC, showing how different the companies’ process offerings will be under than name.
Toshiba Confirms Memory Chip Spinoff
News & Analysis 1/27/2017 3 comments
Toshiba formally announced that it will sell a chunk -- but less than 20 percent -- of its memory chip business. Toshiba will proceed with its expansion plan for 3D flash memory production as scheduled.
Trump, Brexit Cloud Upbeat 2017
News & Analysis 1/27/2017 7 comments
The semiconductor market is posed for a better year ahead but uncertainties with President Trump, China and Brexit could sway the numbers.
Talent Hunt in China's Memory Triangle
News & Analysis 1/26/2017 19 comments
Tsinghua Unigroup’s recently disclosed d plans to build a $30 billion memory chip in Nanjing was unexpected – even by many China watchers. Unfolding are fierce battles over talent, manufacturing equipment and regional financing – among Xi’an, Wuhan and Nanjing.
Samsung Expects Strong Memory Sales in '17
News & Analysis 1/26/2017 2 comments
Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest maker of smartphones and the second-largest chipmaker, said it expects strong memory sales this year as the balance between supply and demand tightens.
Ex-Elpida CEO's China Fab Plan Dropped?
News & Analysis 1/25/2017 1 comment
A China-based memory chip called Sino King Technology, founded with ambitious goals by the former CEO of Elpida less than a year ago, has apparently ceased operations.
Toshiba Mulls Chip Business Spinoff
News & Analysis 1/17/2017 4 comments
Toshiba is considering a plan to spin off its chip business and sell a partial stake in the unit to Western Digital, reported Japanese financial daily newspaper Nikkei.
15 Views from a Silicon Summit
Slideshow 1/16/2017 4 comments
Moore’s law may last longer than originally thought, although semiconductor revenues remain stuck in mid-single-digit growth, said speakers at ISS.
China Defends Big Chip Bet
News & Analysis 1/12/2017 23 comments
Foundry and capital equipment executives from China defended the country’s government-led drive to build its semiconductor industry.
Memory Drives Chip Growth
News & Analysis 12/20/2016 Post a comment
DRAM and NAND sales and prices are expected to rise for the next several years, leading overall semiconductor growth, according to a new report from IC Insights.
China’s Memory Drama: Must-See in 2017
News & Analysis 12/19/2016 3 comments
China’s memory chip production plans became evident to close industry observers in 2016. What they’ll be watching for next is, who will make the first move in devising and negotiating technology licensing agreements or joint ventures with China.
9 Views of IEDM
Slideshow 12/16/2016 3 comments
The annual IEDM event gave a look into advances in new and traditional memories, novel processors, monolithic 3DIC stacks, and a future 5-nm node.
7nm SRAMs, 10nm SoC at ISSCC
News & Analysis 11/14/2016 8 comments
The annual International Solid State Circuits Conference will showcase advanced work on 7nm SRAMs, a 10nm SoC and an efficient AI SoC.
Supercomputer Aims for Exascale
News & Analysis 11/10/2016 Post a comment
U.S. researchers announced $34 million in software projects as part of their plan to build exascale supercomputers that may include new memory and programming technologies.
Microsoft Speeds Open Hardware
News & Analysis 11/1/2016 2 comments
Microsoft revealed early specs of ts next-generation data center server and said work on open hardware needs to become as fast and flexible as open source software.
IBM Weaves New 25G Link
News & Analysis 10/14/2016 5 comments
IBM announced OpenCAPI, a 25G interconnect for processors, accelerators and memories with backing from seven partners.
Amazon Echo & How It Resonates
News & Analysis 9/22/2016 4 comments
Amazon’s Echo-like smart speakers are on the rise. The voice interface is emerging as one of the most natural interface to control IoT devices. Analysts expect the voice interface in home automation hubs, TVs, set-top boxes, HVAC/environmental control hubs and more.
Persistent Memory Needs Apps
News & Analysis 9/20/2016 6 comments
A researcher from Hewlett Packard Enterprise called for apps that use persistent memory on servers although the chips are still more than a year away.
14 Views from the Flash Summit
Slideshow 8/12/2016 11 comments
The Flash Memory Summit showed shifts NAND flash and other persistent memories including 3D XPoint are making in arrays, accelerators and solid-state drives.
DRAMs to drag ICs to -2% in 2016
News & Analysis 8/11/2016 Post a comment
The latest version of The McClean Report projects a 19% decline in DRAMs due to falling PC and tablet sales, dragging total IC revenues to a 2% contraction in 2016.
Samsung Debuts 3D XPoint Killer
News & Analysis 8/11/2016 5 comments
Samsung announced Z-NAND, a 3D flash variant it says will have similar performance and lower cost in solid-state drives than Micron Quantx SSDs.
Micron demos 3D XPoint in drives
News & Analysis 8/9/2016 2 comments
Micron showed prototype solid-state drives using its 3D XPoint memories with data for their performance as Toshiba talked about NAND flash advances.
Western Digital Claims First 64-layer 3D NAND Memory
News & Analysis 7/27/2016 6 comments
Disk drive vendor Western Digital Corp. has claimed that it -- with Toshiba Corp. -- has developed the world's first 64-layer 3D NAND memory and that it is in pilot production at joint-venture production facilities at Yokkaichi, Japan.
Intel a Bear on PCs, a Bull on Flash
News & Analysis 7/20/2016 1 comment
Amid second-quarter results, Intel said it expects a double-digit PC decline this year but sees flash picking up as it continues a 14nm rollout and starts a 10nm ramp.