Samsung's LPDDR3, Nanya profit surges, Greenliant and SSDs.
A rising tide floats all boats, so the saying goes. In the case of Taiwanese DRAM manufacturer Nanya Technology Corp., raising DRAM prices buoyed its second-quarter 2013 revenues to $461 million, up 49.6 percent over the previous quarter. Also highlighted as sources of growth were increased sales volume and a softening of the Taiwan currency. The company reported an operating income of almost $56 million, some $20 million of which it pulled in from its ownership stake in Inotera.
Nanya attributes the growth to the performance of its low-power and consumer DRAM -- those two segments accounted for almost 50 percent of the quarter's revenues. The company expects to put even more focus on these segments going forward, with an aim toward non-PC markets accounting for 70 percent of its revenue stream. Look for its 30 nm process to rise to 40,000 wafer starts per month (on the order of 50 percent) in October. As for the DRAM market for the second half of the year, Nanya expressed cautious optimism with expectations of modest growth.
Spansion Inc. has released a family of 16, 32, and 64 Mbit/s serial flash memory devices aimed at embedded applications like automotive, home entertainment, and smart metering applications, as well as home-computing applications ranging from printers and networking devices to tablets and PCs. The FL-1K sports flexible data protection and three one-time-programmable (OTP) security registers to guard against hacking and unintentional programming errors. A clock frequency of 108 MHz helps optimize performance.
Meanwhile, Greenliant Systems is dipping a toe into the removable solid state drive (SSD) market with its mSATA ArmourDrive GLS86 product line. The drives are available with SLC or MLC NAND flash. Boasting wear leveling, power-interrupt data protection, and the ability to estimate lifetime, the drive family is designed for high-reliability industrial and enterprise applications.
Samsung Electronics Co. has taken its 3 GB LPDDR3 mobile DRAM into volume production. Manufactured using the company’s 20 nm process, the module integrates six of Samsung’s 4 Gbit/s LPDDR3 chips configured in two stacks of three. The package rises 0.8 mm high and delivers a 2,133 Mbit/s data rate per pin. Look for the devices to show up in high-end smartphones later this year, with broad deployment to follow in 2014. The company is also touting an ultra-high-speed embedded flash memory for next-generation smartphones and tablets. With a 400 Mbit/s interface speed, it’s available in 16, 32, and 64 Gbyte densities.
Finally, in case you’re wondering what ever happened to Micron’s acquisition of Elpida, the latest report calls for the deal to close on July 31, 2013.