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DRAM's Mood Swings Stabilize
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6/17/2014   5 comments
From factory fires to consolidations, DRAM manufacturers have been through a lot, but now appear to be stabilizing as the market takes off.
Power-Conscious Controllers Reduce Energy Consumption
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6/17/2014   1 comment
While a great deal of effort is put into reducing power consumption of memory, controllers are playing a key role in driving down energy needs of overall systems.
Engineer Hackers Rejuvenate DLP
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6/16/2014   11 comments
Over the last two decades, largely unbeknownst to TI, Digital Light Processing technology has gradually found its way into unintended applications -- industrial and medical included -- thanks to persistent hacking by engineers.
Top Mobile Memory Vendors
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6/16/2014   Post a comment
In a recent report, Gartner ranked the top vendors of eMCP and eMMC mobile memory. In an interview with EETimes, Gartner's principal analyst, Brady Wang, explained the details.
Of World Cup & 10nm
Blog  
6/13/2014   6 comments
How is the economics of hosting the World Cup justified when the stadiums will be left empty after the World Cup championship finishes? I see a parallel in the semiconductor industry building fabs.
4K Video in Focus at World Cup
Blog  
6/12/2014   5 comments
Engineers may see in Brazil's World Cup visions of future video design challenges as resolutions move toward 4K ultra-high definition.
ON Semi's Aptina Acquisition Aims at Automotive
News & Analysis  
6/11/2014   2 comments
ON Semiconductor's $400 million acquisition of Aptina Imaging makes ON Semi the world's repository of CMOS image sensor experts.
IoT, Wearables Drive Lower Power Memory Innovation
News & Analysis  
6/10/2014   8 comments
As the functionality of smartphones begins to get squeezed into smaller form factors, new pressures are being put on memory power consumption for wearables and other devices
Know Cost & Options Before You Design SoC
Blog  
6/10/2014   1 comment
eSilicon launches new Web-based tools letting IC designers explore design and delivery options before they start designing new SoCs. It's equivalent to what Kayak is to consumers when travel shopping.
Ziptronix & EVG Improve Wafer Alignment
News & Analysis  
6/9/2014   3 comments
Collaboration between Ziptronix and EVG has led to submicron post-bond alignment accuracy on customer-provided wafers. The process supports stacking and can be applied to memory and image sensors.
VLSI 2014 Memory: Lessons Learned & Photonics
Blog  
6/9/2014   2 comments
A preview of Micron's presentation plans at 2014 VLSI Symposia.
Design Cars Like Planes, Use Them Like Cellphones
News & Analysis  
6/4/2014   6 comments
A Ford executive cautioned that, without tools that keep up with the automotive design challenges, a car's complexity will just keep growing. No longer will consumers be able to say: "It just works."
Seagate Acquires LSI Assets to Address Flash Market
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6/3/2014   Post a comment
LSI’s PCIe and SandForce controller technologies will help Seagate expand its SSD and flash portfolio, but it has a lot of work ahead of it to make inroads in the enterprise and PC SSD segments
Marvell to Hitch Apple's Smart Home Ride
News & Analysis  
6/3/2014   3 comments
As Apple guns for a big stake in technology for monitoring health and home, Marvell, Broadcom, and TI are looking to piggyback on the Apple campaign. Marvell launched three separate IoT SoCs made for iDevices.
Apple’s IoT 'Good Housekeeping' Label: MFi
News & Analysis  
5/30/2014   33 comments
Expect Apple to beat Google to the punch by unveiling the company’s IoT strategy on its home front at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference next week in San Francisco.
Parallel NOR Delivers Performance SPI Can't
News & Analysis  
5/27/2014   2 comments
The focus of systems designers is usually on reducing cost and power consumption by using serial flash, but many automotive and embedded applications require the high performance of a parallel interface.
Phase Change Memory: From Multi-Level to Multi-Tasking
Blog  
5/23/2014   5 comments
Here's a preview of what's in store for PCM at this year's VLSI Symposium 2014.
HP Plans 16,000 More Layoffs
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5/22/2014   21 comments
Hewlett-Packard stunned analysts with plans to lay off 16,000 more employees, but execs insisted the company is on the road back.
DesignCon Issues 2015 Call for Abstracts
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5/22/2014   7 comments
The annual conference on high-speed digital design, signal integrity, and power integrity is now taking submissions for paper abstracts.
Samsung Ramps Up 3D NAND Fab in China
News & Analysis  
5/20/2014   3 comments
With 3D NAND likely to hit the market in the second half of 2015, major manufacturers are expanding their facilities to prepare for the conversion from 2D.
IBM Sets World Record With Mag Tape
News & Analysis  
5/19/2014   3 comments
IBM and FujiFilm announce a world record in data density on the more reliable and long-lived storage medium for big data, the venerable tape drive.
Spansion Courts Carmakers With Cortex-R5-Based MCUs
News & Analysis  
5/19/2014   5 comments
In hopes of gaining a sizable share in the growing automotive chip market, Spansion Inc. is rolling out a new family of automotive MCUs, called Traveo, based on ARM Cortex 5 cores.
UHS-II SD Cards Await Capable Devices
News & Analysis  
5/16/2014   1 comment
Vendors including Toshiba, SanDisk, and Panasonic have steadily announced SD cards in different form factors that support faster transfer and write speeds, but it will take time for UHS-II capable devices to hit the market.
NXP Car Plan Teams NFC, Bluetooth
News & Analysis  
5/15/2014   6 comments
The biggest issue for the current version of Bluetooth Low Energy may be "its security and pairing mechanism." NXP is proposing NFC for secure transactions, while BLE offers a data link.
Rambus Rejoins Jedec
News & Analysis  
5/14/2014   5 comments
Rambus has been invited to rejoin the memory standards group Jedec after a nearly 20-year absence marked by suits with major DRAM suppliers.
NVMe Emerges as Memory Independent
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5/14/2014   Post a comment
The first of a planned series of Tech Talk presentations by Intel focused on NVM Express and was given to a worldwide web audience by Amber Huffman, senior principal engineer and NVM Express Workgroup chair.
3D NAND Transition: 15nm Process Technology Takes Shape
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5/13/2014   5 comments
SanDisk and Toshiba are both continuing to push floating gates until 3D NAND makes economic sense with 15nm process technology that will be applied to wide range of market segments
IBM Hawks PCM for Storage
News & Analysis  
5/9/2014   5 comments
To meet the demands of big data, IBM believes in a hierarchical combination of DRAM, flash, and phase change memory over hard-disk drives.
Do Auto MCUs Need Proprietary Flash?
News & Analysis  
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
Blog  
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
News & Analysis  
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
Blog  
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
News & Analysis  
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
Slideshow  
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
News & Analysis  
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
Blog  
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
News & Analysis  
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?
Blog  
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
Blog  
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
News & Analysis  
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.
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