Nanotech Hub Targets 7nm, Beyond
Slideshow 8/27/2015 2 comments
We toured the College of Nanoscience and Engineering, part of a State University of New York campus, a hub for advanced semiconductor manufacturing research in areas such as lithography, 450mm wafers, and new materials as well as photonics, biotech and workforce development.
Inside GlobalFoundries' Fab 8
News & Analysis 8/18/2015 5 comments
We tour GlobalFoundries' Fab 8, one of the largest chip fabs in the United States, in Malta, N.Y. and a hub for innovations developed at R&D centers in Albany.
Rambus to Enter Fabless Chip Biz
News & Analysis 8/17/2015 9 comments
Seizing the opportunity in a growing market of datacenters, Rambus is unveiling a server memory interface chipset. The move is significant because the company will enter a fabless chip business for the first time, instead of IP business.
15 Views from the Flash Summit
Slideshow 8/14/2015 3 comments
The Flash Memory Summit provided a look back at the start of the solid-state drive as well as the future for SSDs, flash and memory chips beyond.
Intel Preps Crosspoint Server
News & Analysis 8/13/2015 6 comments
Intel will debut next week a new class of high performance servers using the 3-D Crosspoint memories it recently announced with Micron, said one expert.
Samsung Drives Up 3-D Flash
News & Analysis 8/11/2015 1 comment
Samsung announced a handful of novel products using its 3-D NAND flash chips, but the mass market for such products may be more than a year away, said analysts.
Why 3D XPoint Isn’t Phase Change Memory
Blog 8/6/2015 12 comments
Since Intel and Micron are being rather tight-lipped about what’s actually under the hood of what they say is a new class of memory, the door is wide open for speculation as to what it might be
Will The World Coalesce Around USB Type C?
News & Analysis 8/3/2015 5 comments
USB Type C is still too new for any market forecast numbers. But some analysts anticipate that USB Type C with its alt modes could “bring some ‘consolidation’ in the connector market,” where consumers need just one cable.
Samsung's Slippage Stirs Smartphone Angst
News & Analysis 7/30/2015 6 comments
Samsung’s downbeat outlook is stirring up worries over the global smartphone market. A bigger question is if this dip is an isolated incident, or a harbinger of an inevitable slowdown in the smartphone market.
The History of Jitter
Blog 7/27/2015 2 comments
Jitter, that pesky little timing error in high-speed serial links, has a history that longer than billions of unit intervals.
China Bids $23B for Micron
News & Analysis 7/13/2015 9 comments
Tsinghua Unigroup bid $23 billion for Micron in a deal that would put China at the forefront of the memory chip business but face close scrutiny from U.S. regulators.
ARM’s Wish List for IoT
Blog 7/7/2015 4 comments
With his company dominating the market for processor cores in mobile systems, ARM chief executive Simon Segars has his eyes set on the Internet of Things.
Freescale MCUs Secure IoT
News & Analysis 6/23/2015 Post a comment
Freescale announced a new family of microcontrollers designed with a focus on security for the Internet of Things. The Kinetis K80, K81, and K82 sport several layers of hardware security.
On China’s List: Memory, Market Share, M&A
Blog 6/2/2015 4 comments
In the eyes of Western investors, the semiconductor sector is a lousy business. In contrast, China sees chip vendors, especially Chinese chip vendors, as worthy of big investment. Why a huge gap?
AMD Preps GPU, DRAM Stack
News & Analysis 5/19/2015 Post a comment
AMD plans to combine on a single device one its graphics processors and the SK Hynix high bandwidth memory DRAM stack, aiming to beat to market similar devices described by its rival Nvidia.
FRAM's Slow, Unending Journey to Dominance
News & Analysis 5/18/2015 Post a comment
Much like MRAM, PCM and RRAM, FRAM has never gained the foothold that was predicted at its inception. Niche applications are providing opportunities for more widespread use as alternatives to other NVRAMs.
MediaTek Rolls 10-Core Monster
Blog 5/12/2015 3 comments
MediaTek essentially created an extension of ARM’s big:LITTLE technology with its latest mobile SoC, showing differentiation is still possible in this space.
IBM Tackles Phase-Change Memory Drift, Resistance
News & Analysis 5/1/2015 3 comments
Researchers demonstrate that reliable 2 bits-per-cell storage and subsequent data retention can be achieved in PCM cell arrays at variable temperatures, opening up the possibility of practical MLC storage in PCM chips
The Changing Face of Computer Storage
Blog 4/28/2015 Post a comment
The newest storage innovations will change how things are done for the logistics chain, both upstream of the drive and array makers, and downstream in channels of distribution of their products.
Storage Giants Eye Startups
Blog 4/6/2015 4 comments
Storage giants, many of them losing market share in a stagnant market, are seeking acquisition targets among a group of growing startups in flash, software-defined storage and hyperscale markets.
Micron, Intel Flash 3D NAND
News & Analysis 3/26/2015 1 comment
Micron and Intel have co-developed a 3-D flash NAND chip sampling now that is denser than the parts Samsung has been shipping since July.
13 Images from Nvidia’s GTC
Slideshow 3/17/2015 3 comments
With new cards and developer systems, Nvidia aims to ride a rising tide of deep learning apps into applications such as self-driving cars it said at its annual graphics event.
SoC Spec Hits Version 1.0
News & Analysis 3/16/2015 2 comments
The AMD-led Heterogeneous Systems Architecture Foundation has finished its 1.0 spec, turning attention to what SoCs will support it.
Smart Glasses Go To Work
News & Analysis 3/12/2015 1 comment
Epson, Google, Sony and others are seeking traction for their smart glasses among business users, according to exhibitors at an event on wearable devices.
Marvell CEO: The Tinkerer at The Top
News & Analysis 3/12/2015 10 comments
Marvell CEO has been obsessed with a computer architecture that’s unchanged for decades. Why must its progress depend on more memory and faster CPU? “We are going to fix it for once and all.”
Facebook Unveils Servers, Switches
Slideshow 3/11/2015 2 comments
Apple and Hewlett-Packard were the latest to join the Open Compute Project at its annual gathering where Facebook showed its latest server and switch designs.
Samsung Phones Pack 14nm SoC
News & Analysis 3/1/2015 4 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.
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 10 comments
Marvell CEO Sehat Sutardja announced a new SoC interconnect and virtual-memory initiatives aimed to make next-generation chips and systems cheaper.
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.