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Toshiba launches 128-Gbyte NAND memory module
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6/18/2010   1 comment
Toshiba has announced the launch of a 128-gigabyte embedded NAND flash memory module, claiming it is the highest capacity yet achieved in the industry.
EnOcean claims expanded cooperation with TI
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6/16/2010   Post a comment
Energy harvesting company EnOcean GmbH has said it has expanded its cooperation with Texas Instruments Inc. to provide wireless control systems for building automation.
Toshiba reports 16-nm nanowire transistor
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6/15/2010   Post a comment
Toshiba Corp. has developed technology for a nanowire transistor, a major candidate for system LSI in the 16-nm generation and beyond.
Elpida to partner for China fab, says report
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6/15/2010   Post a comment
Japan's Elpida Memory Inc. is planning to team up with a Taiwanese DRAM chipmaker to share the cost of a wafer fab in mainland China, according to a Taiwan Economic News report, which cited newswires quoting Elpida CEO Yukio Sakamoto as its source.
eSilicon links with S3 for design service
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6/14/2010   Post a comment
Design and manufacturing services provider eSilicon Corp. has teamed up with design services and IP licensor S3 Group for a worldwide deal.
TSMC's May sales rise is lower than average
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6/14/2010   Post a comment
Foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) said its unconsolidated May sales were approximately NT$33.84 billion (about $1.05 billion), an increase of 3.5 percent over April 2010 and an increase of 38.3 percent over May 2009.
IMEC ramps resistive RAM research
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6/14/2010   1 comment
Resistive RAMs in various forms are making their way on to the research roadmaps for memory at the IMEC research institute.
An IMEC Technology Forum compendium
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6/11/2010   Post a comment
Set out below are a number of articles, videos and a photographic slideshow authored from a press tour to the IMEC research centers in Eindhoven, The Netherlands and Leuven, Belgium. The tour was held immediately prior to the IMEC Technology Forum in Antwerp, Belgium, where many of the same topics were discussed.
Wafer prices, allocation up in Q1, says GSA
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6/10/2010   Post a comment
Rising wafer prices, longer lead times and, in some cases, wafer rationing, characterized foundry chip supply in the first quarter of 2010, according to a survey conducted by the Global Semiconductor Alliance.
Appeals court to rehear Rambus cases
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6/9/2010   1 comment
A U.S. appellate court will rehear arguments in cases involving Rambus and memory chip vendors Hynix Semiconductor and Micron Technology, apparently placing in jeopardy a $397 million judgment Rambus won against Hynix last year.
WSTS predicts chip market will grow 28% in 2010
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6/9/2010   Post a comment
WSTS has raised its forecast for the annual growth of the semiconductor chip market to 28.6 percent. It now projects that the semiconductor market will reach a value of $291 billion in 2010.
20-nm ready for tape out in 2012, says ST
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6/4/2010   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics NV will be ready to tape out designs using a 20-nm CMOS low power process technology in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to Jean-Marc Chery, the company’s chief technology officer.
ST sees strong demand, no inventory build up
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6/4/2010   Post a comment
STMicrolectronics told analysts that it sees strong customer demand and no signs of that demand going to inventory. With the company stating that it is running its manufacturing at full capacity utilization the comments highlighted that 2010 should be a boom year.
HP researcher predicts memory-centric processors
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6/2/2010   1 comment
Hewlett-Packard researchers are exploring ways to make their memristor the centerpiece of a future server design and have determined low power processors such as those based on ARM cores are superior for some data center workloads.
SMIC, Macronix present copper-based resistive RAMs
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6/2/2010   Post a comment
Two novel materials for resistive RAMs, both based on copper, are set to be discussed in a session at the forthcoming Symposium on VLSI Technology to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii, from June 15 to 17.
IBM makes oscillator from nanowire transistors
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6/1/2010   Post a comment
A series of functional 25-stage ring oscillators has been made by a team of researchers from the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center using silicon nanowire transistors with diameters down to 2.6-nanometers.
Analysis: Big spenders reinforce boom-bust cycle
6/1/2010   2 comments
A surge in announcements of increased chip making capital expenditure is not going to make an impact any time soon. But when the spending does hit it will almost certainly produce an oversupply bust sometime as consolidation amongsts the pure-play IDMs exacerbates the boom-bust cycle.
IBM, partners to report 22-nm FinFET SRAM
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6/1/2010   2 comments
A research team comprising authors from IBM Research, GlobalFoundries, Toshiba and NEC has produced an SRAM cell with an area of 0.0063 square microns using FinFET transistors and optical lithography.

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