CTO confirms IBM's PCM expectations
News & Analysis 11/29/2010 17 comments
Jai Menon, an IBM Fellow and chief technology officer with IBM's systems and technology group, has confirmed that IBM believes that phase-change memory (PCM), a non-volatile technology, could scale beyond where flash memory can go and could be of use in server computers in three to five years.
Establishing industry endurance standards for solid-state storage
Design How-To 11/27/2010 6 comments
While HDDs use standard methods for determining overall reliability ratings based on mean time between failure (MTBF) or annualized failure rates (AFR), SSDs are just now establishing a standardization process. Testing with a validated format is critical for any OEM provider of enterprise servers or client-based systems that will integrate SSDs.
Is IBM moving to fab-lite, research heavy?
News & Analysis 11/24/2010 16 comments
IBM appears set to gradually back away from semiconductor manufacturing and to rely for its leading-edge silicon on Samsung and GlobalFoundries as foundry suppliers. Both Samsung and GlobalFoundries are set to have wafer fabs for foundry operations in the United States, which could help cement relations.
Adesto adds Nelson Chan to board
News & Analysis 11/23/2010 Post a comment
Adesto Technologies Corp., a startup developing Conductive Bridge RAM (CBRAM) technology has announced that Nelson C. Chan has been appointed to its board of directors, effective October 12, 2010.
NAND, PCM vie for ISSCC attention
Research 11/22/2010 1 comment
Multiple non-volatile memory technologies will be represented at next year's International Solid-State Circuits Conference, due to take place in San Francisco, California, Feb. 20 to 24, 2011.
Synopsys unveils DesignWare STAR ECC IP
Product News 11/17/2010 3 comments
Synopsys Inc. has delivered the DesignWare STAR ECC (Self-Test and Repair Error Correcting Codes) IP as part of its DesignWare STAR Memory product family to help reduce embedded memory transient errors.
Micron samples 512-Mbit automotive NOR flash
News & Analysis 11/9/2010 Post a comment
Micron Technology Inc. has announced the sampling of a 512-Mbit NOR flash memory for automotive applications. The device is being manufactured in a 65-nm process technology. It has a parallel interface. Micron said it plans to begin mass production in 2011.
Is IBM serious about phase-change memory for servers?
News & Analysis 11/3/2010 26 comments
IBM is looking forward to improving its server computers within a few years through the use of phase-change memory, according to two separate reports that reference different senior executives with the company. This is despite review papers and discussion within a patent application that seems to acknowledge problems with the scaling of PCM.
Rice University: Making memory out of silicon oxide
Design How-To 11/3/2010 5 comments
I came across the authors' research on the ACS web site and contacted them to see if they were willing to write up their work for the Memory Designline. Happily, they agreed and have given us a glimpse into some of the research going on in resistance random access memory (ReRAM).
Sidense files to nix rival's patents
News & Analysis 11/2/2010 2 comments
Sidense, a licensor of one-time-programmable fuse-based memory intellectual property, has petitioned the United States Patent and Trademark Office to invalidate one-transistor memory patents that rival Kilopass has attempted to assert against it.
Elpida posts profit, sees DRAM price erosion
News & Analysis 11/1/2010 1 comment
Japan's Elpida Memory reported strong year-to-year gains for the second quarter and first six months of its fiscal year, but the company experienced sequential sales decline between its first and second quarters due to eroding DRAM selling prices.