UMC Files Countersuit Against Micron
News & Analysis 1/15/2018 21 comments
United Microelectronics Corp. last Friday said that it filed a lawsuit against Micron subsidiaries in China for patent infringements that are part of a growing wrangle related to memory chips.
With Alkaline Chemistry, Copper Could Be Forever
News & Analysis 12/12/2017 3 comments
Aveni’s alkaline chemistry for building copper interconnects at and below the 5-nm node could realize IBM’s recent prediction that there will be no need to switch to cobalt or any other interconnect metal less conductive than copper.
RISC-V Spins into Drives, AI
News & Analysis 11/28/2017 5 comments
Western Digital and startup Esperanto tipped plans for storage and machine-learning chips using the open-source RISC-V architecture.
Analysts Applaud Marvell-Cavium Deal
News & Analysis 11/21/2017 6 comments
Analysts generally praised the merger of Marvell and Cavium as diversifying into broader comms and networking markets but were wary of revenue and profit growth.
WD Gives Hard Drives New Spin
News & Analysis 10/12/2017 1 comment
Western Digital said it will start shipping in 2019 a new recording head technology that will enable 40 TByte hard disk drives by 2025.
DDR5 Runs in Rambus’ Labs
News & Analysis 9/20/2017 4 comments
Rambus has working chips in the lab for DDR5, the next-generation DRAM bus, while the industry debates the road ahead for memory in servers.
Facebook Shows Smartphone AI
News & Analysis 9/1/2017 4 comments
Facebook demoed neural network inference in smartphones at its @Scale event, where a researcher described work on DNA storage.
Ex-Baidu Scientist Blazes AI Shortcut
News & Analysis 8/31/2017 4 comments
Ren Wu, formerly a distinguished scientist at Baidu, has pulled a new AI chip company out of his sleeve, called NovuMind. In an exclusive interview with EE Times, Wu discussed the startup’s developments and what he hopes to accomplish.
Samsung to Invest $7 Billion in China Fab
News & Analysis 8/29/2017 3 comments
Samsung will invest $7 billion over a three-year period to ramp up a Chinese fab to expand production of NAND flash memory that’s in strong demand for smartphones and other mobile devices.
Can ST Unseat NXP in iPhone NFC?
News & Analysis 8/17/2017 10 comments
When Apple next month rolls out its new iPhones, whose NFC chip will be inside? Right now, ST is keeping mum. Most analysts remain skeptical of the possibility, although some said it’s “conceivable.”
NAND Clash Spans Chip to Code
News & Analysis 8/14/2017 4 comments
The Flash Memory Summit saw NAND chips move toward four bits/cell as new options for solid-state drives and software emerged for data centers.
Gen-Z Points to New Memories
News & Analysis 8/10/2017 2 comments
The Gen-Z Consortium has first prototypes for its interconnect, pointing toward a disruptive future of many persistent memories.
IBM Claims Tape Density Record
News & Analysis 8/3/2017 2 comments
In a boost for Big Data, IBM Research has set a tape areal-density record of 201 gigabytes/square inch on nano-grained sputtered tape from Sony Storage Media Solutions.
AMD Rolls Epyc Server SoCs
News & Analysis 6/20/2017 3 comments
AMD formally announced Epyc, a family of server SoCs using its Zen x86 core, weeks before Intel is expected to debut its 10-nm Skylake Xeon chips.
Exascale Project Awards $258M
News & Analysis 6/15/2017 1 comment
Six U.S. chip and systems companies will split $258 million in grants to do research toward building an exascale-class supercomputer by 2021.
Apple Turns Up Speakers, AR
News & Analysis 6/5/2017 4 comments
Apple rolled out a Siri-powered music speaker, developer’s kits for AR and machine learning and new iMac and iPad Pro systems.
What’s Driving Automotive Storage?
Blog 5/30/2017 Post a comment
In addition to rapidly changing infotainment systems, more connected cars, ADAS and autonomous cars are drastically altering automakers' requirements for local on-board storage in the vehicle.
Imec Tips Novel AI Chips
News & Analysis 5/16/2017 4 comments
The Imec research institute described work on two low cost self-learning chips that use MRAM and ReRAM arrays rather than neural networks.
Future Cars Face Terabyte Memory Load
News & Analysis 5/10/2017 2 comments
For a highly automated car in, say, 2020, how much memory capacity, to capture, process and store data, will be enough? An industry consensus is this connected vehicle will require data storage of close to a terabyte.
Politics Muddy Toshiba Bidding
News & Analysis 4/29/2017 8 comments
As the second round of bidding for Toshiba’s coveted memory business draws near, the opaque process is exposing a deep schism of interests in Japan among politicians, bureaucrats and bankers. But did anyone ask what engineers want?
Intel Boosts CapEx 20%
News & Analysis 4/27/2017 5 comments
Intel will boost capital spending 20 percent this year and next to ramp 3D NAND and 3DXP memories, it said reporting quarterly financial gains.
3D Chip Stacks Eye Data Centers
News & Analysis 4/12/2017 8 comments
High-end microprocessors will embrace wafer- and die-level chip stacks over the next few years, said a former Oracle researcher turned consultant.
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