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Increased Functionally Drives Flash Array Adoption
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1/24/2015   1 comment
Early all-flash arrays were dedicated to a single application, but enterprises are looking for vendors that support mixed workloads and offer data services, and evaluating flash beyond just the cost per gigabyte
Wide-Spread SSD Encryption is Inevitable
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1/23/2015   1 comment
As vendors have steadily released self-encrypting SSDs for client devices over the past year, the trend is starting to hit enterprise storage and all-flash arrays, driven by customer demand and regulatory changes
SSDs, USB Drives, SD Cards Debut at CES
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1/14/2015   2 comments
Vendors including Toshiba, SanDisk, Samsung and Kingston all unveiled new or updated flash-based products with more capacity, performance and features
Tablets Will Drive Healthy Mobile DRAM Growth
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1/13/2015   Post a comment
Hereís a closer look at global demand for DRAM through 2018 according to recently released research.
Triple-Level Cell Memory Makes Gains in Storage
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1/13/2015   1 comment
Triple-level cell has ďcome out from under a rock,Ē with 3D NAND not likely to hit its stride until 2016. TLC will make inroads in the data center while single-level cell will be relegated to niche applications.
Memory Design Trends in 2014
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12/19/2014   1 comment
Memory transitions, increased-density drive design trends: Customers are looking for subsystems that can accommodate both DDR3 and DDR4, while constraint-based design is par for the course as denser memory makes manufacturing more complex.
Emerging NVM Express Spec Has Busy Year
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12/15/2014   1 comment
Since the organization's incorporation in March, more NVMe products have appeared, the specification has been updated, and new technical workgroups have formed.
Memory Test Trends of 2014: Emerging, Denser Memories Drive Test Tools
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12/9/2014   Post a comment
As DDR4 gains traction and new and emerging memories become denser, test vendors are releasing tools to address more complex components and the need for quicker validation.
HMC Spec Update Signals Healthy Adoption
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11/26/2014   6 comments
The release of the Hybrid Memory Cube specification 2.0, along with early-stage products that make use of the potential successor to DRAM, suggests it will gain traction, starting with high-performance computing and networking applications.
OCZ Cuts Into Read-Intensive SSD Segment
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11/24/2014   1 comment
The SATA-based Saber 1000 Series is yet another option in a crowded market of SSDs specifically targeting read-intensive workloads such as web hosting and distributed computing environments.
Infotainment Systems Drive Automotive SSD Adoption
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11/18/2014   2 comments
In-vehicle entertainment and navigation systems are becoming more mainstream and sophisticated, so data storage demands must keep up, not just with capacity, but with reliability and endurance as well.
Putting Memory on Paper
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11/18/2014   6 comments
Research shows that paper holds great potential as a low-cost, biodegradable surface for printing electronic circuits and components.
Dense Flash Arrays Find New Niches
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11/10/2014   1 comment
Skyera's latest all-flash array is an example of how lower prices, as compared to spinning disks, are not the only factor driving adoption of flash arrays inside and outside the data center.
IoT Data Must Be Prioritized
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11/3/2014   2 comments
The proliferation of Internet of Things devices may contribute to the big data onslaught, but ultimately this growth of information to be processed by memory and flash must be triaged like any other incoming data.
Some Memories Never Die
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10/28/2014   16 comments
When a major memory producer decides a product has hit end of life, there are often customers who still have long-term use for it and there are companies willing to step up to keep those memories alive.
Memory Transition Prompts Testing Uptick
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10/21/2014   Post a comment
As DDR4 starts to see some traction, test equipment manufacturers are seeing increased demand for their tools as system builders look to guarantee compliance and interoperability.
Racetrack Is Making Slow but Sure Progress
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10/14/2014   2 comments
IBMís experimental memory is still in the lab, but the leader of the team developing the emerging memory has confidence in its longevity.
PCM Has Muddy Future
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10/7/2014   2 comments
Phase-change memory faces numerous challenges for mainstream adoption, but some niche applications remain, and even some new use cases only recently developed.
LPDDR3 Is A Half-Step
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9/30/2014   Post a comment
The rapid evolution of smartphones drove the quick adoption of LPDDR3, but its successor is more thought out and will take over relatively quickly.
SD Cards Now Support Contactless Communication
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9/23/2014   Post a comment
A new specification allows SD memory cards in PCs, smartphones, and printers to exchange data using TransferJet, which is quicker than wireless LAN.
Micron SSD Allows MLC to Mimic SLC
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9/16/2014   Post a comment
New 16nm lithography enables Micron to offer dynamic write acceleration, enabling MLC NAND to behave as SLC and better meet the demands of mobile computing.
HGST Fires Up Flash Fabric
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9/16/2014   Post a comment
The Western Digital-owned enterprise storage company is leveraging recently acquisitions to turn Flash into a platform with clustering of PCIe storage devices.
DDR4 Ramps Up, Enterprise First
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9/9/2014   2 comments
While DDR3 got its start in client devices, DDR4 will hit enterprise servers and datacenters first, driven by in-memory systems and high transaction computing that require better performance and higher density.
IoT Gives Old Technology New Life
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9/2/2014   2 comments
Cypress Semiconductor sees a great deal of potential for SONOS technology, dating back to the 1960s, for addressing scaling and power challenges in Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
SanDisk Bullish on SSD Adoption
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8/26/2014   5 comments
Ultra II is aimed at consumers looking to upgrade HDD or first generation SSD with simple migration tools in a PC market that has experienced flat growth at best.
Startup Sees Enterprise Op for TLC NAND
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8/19/2014   Post a comment
NxGn Data looks to make TLC viable as cold storage for enterprises while moving data and computation closer with its In-Situ Processing.
Destroying Data Is Hard Work
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8/13/2014   2 comments
Spinning media retains data despite corruption and damage, but flash and SSDs are more complex when it comes to guaranteeing sensitive information is truly banished from a device.
SanDisk Expands ULLtraDIMM Reach
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8/12/2014   Post a comment
Supermicro is the latest to adopt SanDiskís enterprise SSDs using a memory channel storage architecture, while its Fusion-io acquisition addresses latency using PCIe.
Silicon Motion SSD Controller Anticipates TLC Growth
News & Analysis  
8/5/2014   1 comment
Triple-level-cell NAND appears to be following a path similar to that of MLC, with adoption picking up steam in client devices. But TLC finding its way into the enterprise could take another few years.
Micron Makes Monolithic 8Gb DDR3
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7/29/2014   6 comments
Using a 25 nm manufacturing process, Micron has created a monolithic 8 Gb DDR3 SDRAM component, while a startup is squeezing 8 Gb into a single chipset using proprietary techniques.
OCZ Updates SQL Flash Accelerator
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7/18/2014   Post a comment
Toshiba-owned company makes flash acceleration simple for SQ L DBAs with updates to support the latest version of the popular Microsoft database software and virtualized environments.
MCUs, Memory Balance Security, Performance
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7/10/2014   1 comment
The need to secure devices at the MCU or SSD level is becoming more pressing thanks to BYOD and the Internet of Things, but perceptions linger that encryption degrades device performance.
Medical Devices Require Radiation-Tolerant Memory
News & Analysis  
7/8/2014   10 comments
While a great deal of focus for memory in medical applications is placed on size and power consumption, devices that are smarter and implantable will need to withstand sterilization through radiation.
Magnetic RAM Remains Niche Memory Ė for Now
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6/30/2014   4 comments
One report is bullish on MRAM's growth prospects and its potential to replace DRAM and SRAM, while the primary vendor of the nonvolatile memory still sees plenty of short-term opportunity in niche applications, including enterprise storage.
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.
IoT, Wearables Drive Lower Power Memory Innovation
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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
Ziptronix & EVG Improve Wafer Alignment
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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.
Seagate Acquires LSI Assets to Address Flash Market
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6/3/2014   Post a comment
LSIís 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
Parallel NOR Delivers Performance SPI Can't
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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.
Samsung Ramps Up 3D NAND Fab in China
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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.
UHS-II SD Cards Await Capable Devices
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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.
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
Poetic Process Could Extend the End of Mooreís Law
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5/6/2014   5 comments
POET Technologies has developed a gallium arsenide process to build electrical, optical, and electro-optical integrated circuits on one monolithic chip.
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.
PCIe Still Strong Despite Alternatives
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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.
SSD Survey Highlights Misconceptions About Encryption & Performance
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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.
Niche SRAM Sees Steady Demand From Network Gear
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4/15/2014   2 comments
While the SRAM market is much smaller than those of DRAM or NAND Flash, itís the only memory fast enough for linecards in next-generation routers and switches.
Silicon Motion Expands FerriSSD Line, Adds eMMC
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4/8/2014   Post a comment
Embedded memory offerings are aimed at commercial and industrial applications that are temperature sensitive and require longevity and reliability.
SanDisk Optimizes SSDs for Enterprise Workloads
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4/1/2014   1 comment
New CloudSpeed products launched at Interop leverage flash management software to optimize drives and address endurance for specific use cases.
PCIe Storage Spec Group Incorporates for Added Clout
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3/24/2014   Post a comment
The NVM Express Work Group has decided to incorporate itself to further the NVM Express specification for accessing solid-state disks on a PCI Express bus.
Samsung Pushes DDR3 Design & Manufacturing to New Efficiencies
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3/18/2014   3 comments
New 20 nanometer process technology uses currently available immersion ArF lithography to manufacture 4Gb DDR3 for a wide range of computing applications.
Research Labs Push the Bleeding Edge of Shared Memory Systems
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3/12/2014   Post a comment
The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology turns to SGI's Intel-powered UV 2000 for pre and post-processing offline grid simulations for its Earth Simulator supercomputer.
DDR4 Heir-Apparent Makes Progress
News & Analysis  
3/11/2014   16 comments
The final second-generation specification for Hybrid Memory Cube is expected in May, just as DDR4 is poised for wider adoption in servers. But a memory wall awaits, and HMC is its most likely replacement.
RONNIEE Card Shares Memory Across Networks
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3/3/2014   Post a comment
Startup A3Cube's intelligent fabric blurs the lines between network and memory architectures to improve I/O performance and latency as placing applications closer to memory becomes increasingly common.
Roundup: Next-Generation Memory
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2/25/2014   4 comments
There are a number of next generation memory technologies on the horizon. Hereís a few that merit watching in the next year, including several DRAM alternatives.
Deduplication & Compression Extend SSD Lifespans
News & Analysis  
2/18/2014   1 comment
Tegile uses FlashVols to balance endurance and performance, which continue to be challenges as NAND flash scales down.
Group Forms to Drive NVDIMM Adoption
News & Analysis  
2/10/2014   5 comments
With next-generation memory technologies likely a decade away from mainstream use, NVDIMM combines DRAM and flash technologies to address latency and performance while laying the groundwork for new computing architectures.
Flash Dominates Awards at Storage Visions 2014
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2/3/2014   1 comment
Annual conference highlights challenges and opportunities in storage, with memory, SSDs, and flash technologies all making a strong showing, with themes addressing non-volatile memory in storage architectures and user requirements for SSDs.
SanDisk Ships Enterprise-Grade ULLtraDIMM SSDs
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1/24/2014   Post a comment
Leveraging the memory channel storage architecture from startup Diablo Technologies, SanDiskís ULLtraDIMMís SSD are already being incorporated into IBM servers with use cases ranging from VDI to transaction processing
USB Flash Drives Still Have (a Little) Life Left in Them
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1/21/2014   11 comments
Pervasive WiFi and cloud services mean there's less need for USB thumb drives. They will die a slow death as users hit connectivity and online storage constraints, as well as limited drive space on tablets.
Samsung Aims SSD Encryption at Enterprise Environments
News & Analysis  
1/14/2014   1 comment
Firmware, third-party software support part of broader strategy to offer more SSD-based applications for enterprises and regulated industries.
DDR4 Gets Update Before Getting Much Uptake
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1/3/2014   Post a comment
JEDEC is revising the standard with new features for 2014, while commercial availability is not expected until the spring.
Fusion-io Ramps Up Flash Caching Software
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12/24/2013   3 comments
Latest ioTurbine software alleviates pressures on storage array networks by caching hot disk data in server flash caches across storage silos.
LPDDR4 Remains a Work In Progress
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12/16/2013   Post a comment
JEDEC is on track for a 2014 release for a specification that will double its speed and cut power consumption in half, and LPDDR3 has yet to fully supplant its predecessor.
Toshiba Expands Read-Intensive SSD Lineup
News & Analysis  
12/10/2013   7 comments
PX03SN series uses Toshibaís NAND flash memory and targets server and storage systems, but itís a crowded landscape as many SSD and storage vendors address read-intensive applications.
Mass 3D NAND Production May Not Mean Mass Adoption
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12/3/2013   4 comments
Itís still not clear if 2D NANDís successor can be made more cheaply, and there are other memory technologies that show long-term potential.
Micron's Automata Exploits Parallelism to Solve Big Data Problems
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11/22/2013   13 comments
The new Automata Processor architecture tackles the memory bottleneck while providing software tools that simplifying programming. Early university partners are already reaping the benefits.
Diablo Memory Architecture Finds Favor With High Performance Apps
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11/19/2013   Post a comment
60East Technologies will incorporate Memory Channel Storage architecture into messaging platform while SanDisk will collaborate with Diablo to develop ULL technology for servers
UFS Set to Eclipse e-MMC
News & Analysis  
11/11/2013   2 comments
Vendors such as Toshiba see UFS meeting demand for high performance and capacity as early as next year, but donít write off e-MMC just yet.
IBM Flash Improves European Cloud
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11/5/2013   Post a comment
Managed service provider ties together all-flash arrays and other storage using IBM FlashSystem while controlling space, power, and cooling in its datacenters.
Flash Is the Present, Not the Future, of Enterprise Storage
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10/29/2013   1 comment
While innovative upstarts expand and raise financing, established enterprise storage vendors are updating their architectures to leverage flash, through both partnerships and acquisitions.
Violin Tunes Memory Array Platform to Speed Up Microsoft Apps
News & Analysis  
10/22/2013   1 comment
Both data and applications have direct access to persistent memory to reduce latency and improve throughput.
CMTL Expands Memory Testing to Industrial Platforms
News & Analysis  
10/15/2013   2 comments
Independent compatibility testing lab sees potential beyond traditional Intel platforms for commercial modules as well as growth in SSD flash memory


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