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 4 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.
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.
AMD Details Next-Gen APUs News & Analysis 6/8/2016 4 comments AMD still believes in PCs and recently announced its seventh generation of A-series processors targeted for that market. Code-named Bristol Ridge and Stony Ridge, the processors are designed to boost productivity, enhance multimedia, and improve energy efficiency.
Why ReRAM/RRAM Is Like Lightning Blog 6/6/2016 2 comments What must be considered is the possibility that the filaments-in-waiting have another role to control and keep a constant current density in the switching region.
Former Intel Exec Perlmutter to Chair ReRam Startup News & Analysis 5/4/2016 5 comments David Perlmutter, a former executive vice president and chief product officer at Intel, has agreed to be non-executive chairman of Weebit Nano, a startup formed to commercialize silicon dioxide resistive RAM technology.
Intel Reorg Shows Clouds Ahead News & Analysis 4/20/2016 11 comments Intel's $1.2 billion plan to cut 12,000 employees amid an accelerating PC decline got a mixed reception from market watchers noting issues in memory, IoT and data center markets.
Sayonara, Japan Semiconductor Inc. News & Analysis 4/12/2016 20 comments The Japanese semiconductor industry’s downfall is undeniable. EE Times went back to Japan and explored what remains of Japanese chip vendors, how Japan Inc. has crumbled and if we grade recent restructuring programs, who comes out on top.
China Facing Long-Term Memory Gap News & Analysis 4/8/2016 1 comment China, Inc.’s rush to build its own memory business is real. But just how — and how soon — remains a complete mystery. But XMC claims its first 3D NAND flash memory test chip “passed the electrical verification” a year ago.
10nm DDR4 DRAM Could Defy Moore News & Analysis 4/7/2016 5 comments Samsung said it has overcome scaling challenges to address scaling challenges that were previously thought to mean the end of Moore's Law.
Google Preps for IBM, ARM Shift Slideshow 4/7/2016 3 comments Google has ported much of its data center code to IBM Power and ARM server architectures and will co-design a server on the upcoming Power9 chip which will sport 24 cores and a new interconnect.
Flash Rides HPE’s Memory Bus News & Analysis 3/29/2016 2 comments Hewlett Packard Enterprise is shipping NVDIMM-N modules, the first in a new line of persistent memory cards analysts say will bolster servers.
3D NAND Fab Seen as Milestone for China News & Analysis 3/22/2016 4 comments Breaking of ground for construction of XMC fab that will eventually produce 200,000 wafers per month signals new phase in development of China's domestic semiconductor manufacturing industry, says analyst.
Facebook Likes Intel's 3D XPoint Slideshow 3/10/2016 7 comments Facebook endorsed Intel’s 3D XPoint memories and got Google to join its Open Compute Project at its annual event that included new processors from Intel and networking code from Microsoft.
Micron, Samsung in Flash Battle News & Analysis 2/5/2016 15 comments Micron described a 768Gbit 3D NAND flash chip that is twice as dense as Samsung’s current vertical NAND, but it’s not clear it will come to market.