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Do Auto MCUs Need Proprietary Flash?
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5/9/2014   11 comments
As the technology moves down to the finer node, Globalfoundries sees the 28-nm process node becoming the "battleground." That might force automotive chip companies to give up proprietary embedded VNM technology.
$6 Billion Problem for Mobile Carriers
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5/8/2014   10 comments
The real issue of the three-device (smartphone, tablet, and notebook) endgame is not the form factor but a $6 billion revenue loss for carriers -- and potentially a huge problem for device manufacturers.
Post-Merger Spansion 'Integrates' With Big Move Into Auto
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5/7/2014   3 comments
Synergy is no longer the stated goal behind Spansion’s acquisition of Fujitsu Semiconductor’s MCU and analog businesses. Shown in its Q1 results, Spansion is scoring design wins globally, especially in the automotive sector.
Fully Autonomous Car? Don't Buy Shotgun Yet
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5/6/2014   29 comments
I suspect what’s discussed today as an “autonomous car” is likely to emerge in phases. These cars in each phase will come with fine print stipulating the conditions under which they must be driven.
Expansion of NVMe Support Signals Growth
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5/6/2014   Post a comment
Product announcements, OS support, and test-community support are all signs of growth for NVMe, the interface protocol for non-volatile memory (NVM)-based storage technology aimed at enabling the full potential of PCI Express SSDs.
Serial-Interface Memory Architectures for 100 GbE
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5/5/2014   Post a comment
From the need for packet processing to 100GbE line rates and the move to IPv6, the traditional memory approaches in networking are being squeezed. What's the best way forward?
Mobile Growth Shifts to Low End
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4/30/2014   9 comments
A maturation in the smartphone and tablet markets will align growth with eastern markets utilizing lower-tier devices, Analyst Linley Gwennap said in his keynote remarks during the Linley Tech Mobile Conference. Evolutions in mobile technology will also reflect these trends.
iFixit: Google’s Project Tango Features Apple Chip
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4/30/2014   4 comments
An iFixit teardown of Google's project Tango finds that a 3D imaging chip from Apple's PrimeSense. The question is whether Apple got the one up on Google with superior technology, or did Google beat Apple to the punch in using the chip first.
Major SSD Vendors Diversify Offerings for Enterprise Workloads
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4/30/2014   Post a comment
Micron, SanDisk, and Samsung are all targeting datacenters with new SSDs optimized for different applications with a wide range of drive writes per day.
IBM Shifts Cluster Tech to Cloud
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4/30/2014   Post a comment
IBM is taking distributed scheduler technology originally developed for some of its largest supercomputers and applying it to cloud computing.
PCIe Still Strong Despite Alternatives
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4/25/2014   1 comment
Diablo Technologies sees its Memory Channel Architecture as a solution to PCIe limitations, but PCIe still has a five-year roadmap and inherent scalability that will keep it alive for years to come.
Spansion Expands Auto-Grade Flash Lineup
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4/24/2014   9 comments
As car OEMs' appetite for advanced driver assistance systems and more elaborate infotainment systems soars, Spansion is beefing up its flash memory lineup to meet the automotive industry's stringent quality requirements.
Scale-Out Storage Has Limits
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4/22/2014   Post a comment
Disk may scale as your storage needs increase, but what do you do when your datacenter is maxed out?
Report: Magnetic RAM Set for 50% CAGR
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4/22/2014   13 comments
In the next five years, magnetic RAM is expected to replace older storage technologies such as DRAM and SRAM in many computing devices. This means sales are expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 50 percent during this time.
SSD Survey Highlights Misconceptions About Encryption & Performance
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4/21/2014   1 comment
Most respondents of an SNIA survey employ SSDs in storage subsystems, but those using them in mobile space notably avoided using encryption technologies, despite being the most vulnerable.
SanDisk Finds Profit Behind the Tech Curve
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4/18/2014   3 comments
Focus and frugality put SanDisk in several sweet spots in the storage market, specifically by selling SSDs to datacenters while Samsung spends big on 3D NAND.
Where Are DRAM Interfaces Headed?
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4/18/2014   7 comments
What comes after today’s fastest interfaces? Jim Handy talks about Wide-IO, hybrid memory cube, and high-bandwidth memory.
Correlated Electron Memory Claims From 4DS
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4/16/2014   3 comments
Ron Neale takes a closer look at 4DS Inc.’s reported progress in its development of metal oxide hetero-junction operation (MOHJO) non-volatile memory.
Micron Workers Approve Italian Jobs Deal
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4/16/2014   Post a comment
The deal between Micron and its Italian workforce will save more than 400 engineering jobs.
Faroudja’s Bit Rate Reducer Gambit
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4/16/2014   10 comments
At the NAB show, Yves Faroudja and his new startup showed off new technology designed to provide up to 50 percent reduction in video bit rates without reduction in image quality.
Niche SRAM Sees Steady Demand From Network Gear
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4/15/2014   2 comments
While the SRAM market is much smaller than those of DRAM or NAND Flash, it’s the only memory fast enough for linecards in next-generation routers and switches.
Scaling the 100 GbE Memory Wall
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4/14/2014   Post a comment
It's time to consider a new architectural approach that shifts the traditional relationship between memory and the packet processor.
Electron Spin Could Yield PCs That Run Fast While Turned Off
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4/14/2014   8 comments
Based on new findings, researchers call for redesigns to let computers run at normal speed with little or no electricity.
Archer Supercomputer Is Fastest in UK
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4/11/2014   4 comments
The University of Edinburgh has installed a Cray XC30-based supercomputer, which is now the fastest supercomputer in England.
SSDs are a Short-Term Phenomenon
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4/11/2014   4 comments
I know this sounds like a sacrilege so early in the frenzied adoption of SSDs, but this format is a clumsy kludge driven by the industry’s fixation on the fact that flash is persistent
Jobs Saved at Micron Italy: Reports
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4/11/2014   9 comments
After a contentious month of back-and-forth between management and workers, Micron has agreed to keep most of the jobs at its Italian facility. Instead of 418 job cuts, the company plans to trim about 50 positions.
High-Speed Memory: 6 Technologies to Watch
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4/9/2014   3 comments
When it comes to high-speed memory, what are the hot technologies that can’t afford to ignore? Here are six trends to follow, from DDR4 to the latest in SRAM.
Chip Market Grew 5% in 2013, Says Gartner
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4/8/2014   Post a comment
The worldwide semiconductor market hit $315 billion in revenue in 2013, thanks to robust demand for memory technology. Intel held the top spot, despite a drop in revenue.
Silicon Motion Expands FerriSSD Line, Adds eMMC
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4/8/2014   Post a comment
Embedded memory offerings are aimed at commercial and industrial applications that are temperature sensitive and require longevity and reliability.
Micron Reorg Focuses on 4 Key Businesses
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4/7/2014   4 comments
During its recent earnings report, Micron executives announced a company-wide reorganization that will focus resources on four key businesses: computing and networking, mobile, storage, and embedded.
When Will NAND Flash Be Replaced by an Alternative Technology?
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4/4/2014   14 comments
Quite a few people think that NAND flash is about to fall off the edge of the earth, and that some new technology is just about to take its place. Here's Jim Handy's take on that thought.
Internet, Apps & Now Hardware
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4/3/2014   8 comments
Web designers, software developers, and non-engineering professionals with no prior experience in designing a system are turning their attention to hardware, Marvell's Kinoma vice president says.
SK Hynix, Others Benefit From DRAM Shortage
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4/3/2014   1 comment
The semiconductor industry's record revenue is skewed by a shortage of memory and a spike in costs, according to Garter. SK Hynix is one company that has benefited.
Micron Improves in Latest Chip Vendor Rankings
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4/3/2014   Post a comment
With improved sales, memory chip maker Micron moved into the top five of IC Insight’s latest chip maker rankings. Intel and Samsung ranked first and second respectively.
European Commission Intervenes in Micron Italian Jobs Case
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4/2/2014   3 comments
The European Commission is now involving itself in a dispute between Micro and the company's workers in Italy.
SanDisk Optimizes SSDs for Enterprise Workloads
News & Analysis  
4/1/2014   1 comment
New CloudSpeed products launched at Interop leverage flash management software to optimize drives and address endurance for specific use cases.
Silicon Labs' IoT SoC Gambit
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3/31/2014   11 comments
Silicon Labs' CEO came to Shanghai and captured the audience's imagination with a slide labeled "IoT SoC." Though it did not show the real chip, it illustrated the IoT in tangible terms.
10 Versatile Uses for USB Flash Drives
Slideshow  
3/29/2014   1 comment
USB flash drives come into their own with new adaptations for increased functionality.
NSA’s Huawei Spying Used Well-Tested Methods
News & Analysis  
3/27/2014   32 comments
According to published reports, the NSA investigated China's Huawei for possible spying, creating a backdoor into a large portion of the company's network. It's a method the NSA has perfected.
Samsung, Intel Lead Chip Capex Ranking
News & Analysis  
3/27/2014   4 comments
While SanDisk and Micron are expected to increase their capital spending in 2014, Samsung and Intel are still expected to remain the two biggest spenders during the next 12 months.
Intel, Altera Extend 14nm Foundry Deal
News & Analysis  
3/27/2014   2 comments
These "multi-die" devices will boost performance and lower manufacturing costs. Intel and Altera originally announced their deal in 2013.
Samsung 2x nm LPDDR3 DRAM Scales Memory Wall
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3/25/2014   6 comments
TechInsights examines Samsung's 2x nm LPDDR3 DRAM to find a thin die with large memory density.
Micron Italian Job Cuts Get Global Criticism
News & Analysis  
3/25/2014   12 comments
A series of proposed job cuts to Micron’s Italian operation are facing protests from unions throughout Europe.
PCIe Storage Spec Group Incorporates for Added Clout
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3/24/2014   Post a comment
The NVM Express Work Group has decided to incorporate itself to further the NVM Express specification for accessing solid-state disks on a PCI Express bus.
Topological Insulators Boost Spintronic Devices
News & Analysis  
3/21/2014   3 comments
In a new paper, researchers from three different universities detailed a new way to control the surface electronic states of TIs. Eventually, this could lead to their use in a range of spintronic devices.
Last Gasp for Hard Disk Drives
News & Analysis  
3/20/2014   14 comments
While solid state gains ground, vendors surprise the market with new hard disk drives. Does anyone really need them?
Android User Lawsuit Highlights Personal Data Perils
News & Analysis  
3/19/2014   6 comments
In a 2013 lawsuit, Android users claimed that Google had gained access to personal information from their smartphones and tablets and then gave it to a third party. These users claim that they never gave permission for this, highlighting the perils of having personal information on mobile devices.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Challenged
News & Analysis  
3/19/2014   3 comments
Even for Xiaomi, the box business hasn't exactly been a cakewalk. The Chinese company had to scramble for a modicum of cooperation from parts and components suppliers.
Samsung Pushes DDR3 Design & Manufacturing to New Efficiencies
News & Analysis  
3/18/2014   3 comments
New 20 nanometer process technology uses currently available immersion ArF lithography to manufacture 4Gb DDR3 for a wide range of computing applications.
Exclusive: Xiaomi Unboxed
News & Analysis  
3/18/2014   19 comments
China's Xiaomi Inc., with no prior experience in the CE business, has picked up where Sony, Motorola, and Nokia left off and has blazed a path to survival in today's cutthroat consumer market.
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