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Elpida, Powertech, UMC team on 3-D at 28-nm
5/31/2011   2 comments
Elpida Memory Inc. of Japan, Powertech Technology Inc. and United Microelectronics Corp. of Taiwan have announced that they have finalized a three-way collaboration to deliver 3-D IC integration technologies for advanced manufacturing processes including 28-nm.
JEDEC mobile memory standard unfolds
5/25/2011   1 comment
If you have a vested interest in the next JEDEC memory standard, consider attending one of its Mobile Memory Forum events in June
Powering DDR memory and SSTL logic
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5/24/2011   15 comments
While DDR memory is very popular for meeting modern electronics demand for large amounts of high-speed memory in a small form-factor, providing power to DDR memory can pose some difficulties.
Embedded Workbench supports TI's new ultra-low-power MSP430 FRAM MCUs
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5/23/2011   Post a comment
The software development toolsuite IAR Embedded Workbench from IAR Systems now offers complete support for the ultra-low-power MSP430FR57xx FRAM (Ferroelectric Random Access Memory) microcontroller (MCU) series from Texas Instruments (TI).
EEPROM features AES-CCM Authentication
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5/22/2011   Post a comment
An extension to Atmel’s CryptoAuthentication family, the ATAES132 devices, offer secure data storage using the AES authentication for industrial, consumer, computing and embedded applications with flexible key management features and secure counters.
Rambus to acquire Cryptography Research for USD 342.5 million
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5/22/2011   Post a comment
This acquisition will expand the breadth of Rambus' technologies available for licensing with complementary technologies from CRI that include innovations and solutions for content protection, network security, anti-counterfeiting and financial services.
Spansion NOR flash targets automotive apps
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5/18/2011   Post a comment
Spansion Inc. announced it has entered production of its 1Gb and 512Mb GL NOR Flash memory that is optimized for performance, high reliability and high density support.
Rusnano backs MRAM startup in $300M deal
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5/17/2011   2 comments
Rusnano, the Russian government investment fund for nanotechnologies, is involved in a deal to back MRAM startup Crocus Technologies Inc. in a deal worth $300 million according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Rusnano backs MRAM startup in $300M deal
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5/17/2011   2 comments
Rusnano, the Russian government investment fund for nanotechnologies, is involved in a deal to back MRAM startup Crocus Technologies Inc. in a deal worth $300 million according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Anobit announces new benchmarks for its SSDs
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5/16/2011   Post a comment
Anobit recently announced new benchmarks for its Genesis series of solid state drives (SSDs) at EMC World.
PCM-NV progress report Part 3: A new direction using polyamorphic states
Design How-To  
5/13/2011   11 comments
Ron Neale reviews Semyon D. Savransky’s paper to evaluate a new type of nonvolatile memory based on polyamorphous chalcogenide (PAC) transformations.
Micron gains as floating-body memory firm closes
News & Analysis  
5/13/2011   4 comments
Innovative Silicon, a 2002 startup that developed a floating-body single-transistor memory it called Z-RAM that it claimed could scale better than DRAM, appears to have closed.
Rambus sowing seeds with memory startups
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5/11/2011   1 comment
Rambus Inc., best known as a licensor of memory interface technology, has begun investing in startup companies and providing support to universities researching next-generation memory technologies.
Chipworks tears down Samsung PCM phone
5/3/2011   8 comments
Reverse engineering and analysis consultancy Chipworks Inc. has torn down a few Samsung GT-E2550 GSM cell phones bought in the United States but intended for different geographic markets in Asia and Europe while on the hunt for phase-change memory ICs.
TI’s FRAM MCU signals that fabs are back
News & Analysis  
5/3/2011   13 comments
Texas Instruments is unveiling today (May 3) a new suite of ultra-low-power FRAM microcontrollers.
Netlist introduces mSATA mini/slim SSDs
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5/2/2011   Post a comment
The mSATA mini and mSATA slim modules target datacenter servers, networking and storage equipment
When is a DRAM not a DRAM?
5/2/2011   Post a comment
Low Latency DRAMs, of one form or another, have been on the scene for nearly ten years. What remains before the technology can flourish is a general agreement of where LLDRAMs fit in the larger memory landscape.
Good video: SSDs in the data center
5/2/2011   Post a comment
The evolution of the data center is a key concern for the storage industry.
Silicon Motion offers 'single-chip' SSD
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5/2/2011   1 comment
Fabless chip company Silicon Motion Technology Corp. has announced its FerriSSD chip, which it describes as the world's smallest "single-chip" solid-state drive.
The Future of NOR flash memory
Design How-To  
5/2/2011   16 comments
NAND Flash devices have become a viable alternative in systems where read latency and data integrity are not critical device characteristics. This paper describes NOR’s current trajectories and operational characteristics that will enable usage in future applications.
Elpida claims it is first with 25-nm DRAM
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5/2/2011   3 comments
Elpida Memory Inc. has developed what it claims is the industry's first DRAM made using a 25-nm manufacturing process.

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