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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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?
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
US Launches Smart Cities Effort
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8/26/2014   12 comments
The US has launched a challenge to municipal governments around the world to work with vendors in the Internet of Things to deploy smart cities applications.
NAND, DRAM 3D-Transition Roadmaps
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8/25/2014   Post a comment
IC Insights has done its best to encapsulate the latest information from DRAM and NAND vendors to provide a roadmap for the transition to finer geometry processes and to multi-layered memories.
DDR4 LRDIMMs: Ready for Enterprise Memory
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8/22/2014   1 comment
Here's a look at the advances the industry has made with the latest memory technology DDR4 and, more specifically, on DDR4 LRDIMM.
Startup Sees Enterprise Op for TLC NAND
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8/19/2014   Post a comment
NxGn Data looks to make TLC viable as cold storage for enterprises while moving data and computation closer with its In-Situ Processing.
AMD Enters Storage Sector
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8/19/2014   1 comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has entered the storage sector with a line of Radeon-branded solid-state drives targeted specifically at the game console market.
25 Views of Hot Chips 2014
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8/18/2014   3 comments
ARM commanded much of the spotlight at Hot Chips 2014, but the event made it clear Intel maintains its position as king of the microprocessor hill.
China vs. Qualcomm: Chip's 'Nationality' Still Matters
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8/15/2014   22 comments
China is using every possible tool to pressure foreign companies. It appears a little too convenient for Chinese regulators to scrutinize multinationals for antitrust allegations while China's chip vendors, now "state-owned," become less transparent.
Destroying Data Is Hard Work
News & Analysis  
8/13/2014   2 comments
Spinning media retains data despite corruption and damage, but flash and SSDs are more complex when it comes to guaranteeing sensitive information is truly banished from a device.
SanDisk Expands ULLtraDIMM Reach
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8/12/2014   Post a comment
Supermicro is the latest to adopt SanDisk’s enterprise SSDs using a memory channel storage architecture, while its Fusion-io acquisition addresses latency using PCIe.
9 Peaks From the Flash Summit
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8/8/2014   8 comments
Flash controllers want to be compute nodes, vertical NAND wants to ship and next-gen non-volatiles want a shot, I was told at the Flash Summit.
Intel's Embedded DRAM: New Era of Cache Memory
Blog  
8/7/2014   29 comments
With SRAM so costly to make, Intel's Embedded DRAM is an intriguing option. Techinsights examines eDRAM and its potential.
Samsung Tips 3-Bit Vertical NAND
News & Analysis  
8/5/2014   8 comments
Samsung said it will ship a version of its 128 Gbit vertical NAND supporting three bits per cell within weeks.
Flash Fails 5 Ways, Says Alibaba
News & Analysis  
8/5/2014   4 comments
An R&D manager for cloud services at China's Alibaba datacenters gave a laundry list of problems flash vendors need to address in a keynote at the Flash Memory Summit.
Silicon Motion SSD Controller Anticipates TLC Growth
News & Analysis  
8/5/2014   1 comment
Triple-level-cell NAND appears to be following a path similar to that of MLC, with adoption picking up steam in client devices. But TLC finding its way into the enterprise could take another few years.
PMC Plugs DRAM Into PCI Express
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8/5/2014   Post a comment
PMC-Sierra is using its NAND flash controller in a flash-backed DRAM memory card that plugs into the PCI Express 3.0 bus, aimed at memory-constrained systems that demand more performance.
EV Battery Management Gets More Intelligent
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8/4/2014   Post a comment
The EV battery management system is being more broadly redefined, so that it can be responsible for battery fault detection and reaction, control and monitoring, system-level thermal management, and security/brand protection.
Micron Makes Monolithic 8Gb DDR3
News & Analysis  
7/29/2014   6 comments
Using a 25 nm manufacturing process, Micron has created a monolithic 8 Gb DDR3 SDRAM component, while a startup is squeezing 8 Gb into a single chipset using proprietary techniques.
Samsung's Silicon Valley Home
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7/25/2014   11 comments
Samsung is building a 10-story complex in the heart of Silicon Valley that will be home for some of its memory and display researchers and a whole lot of ecosystem efforts.
Future of PCM: Optoelectronic?
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7/22/2014   4 comments
Work by a team at the University of Oxford and the University of Exeter may well become recognized as the first steps on the road to a new and bright optoelectronic future for phase-change memory materials.
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