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Eventually we're going to see next-generation graphics cards outfitted with GDDR5X memory. It's a process getting to that point, and slowly but surely, things are moving along. To wit, JEDEC ratified the GDDR5X specification back in January of this year, and not even a full month later Micron announced that its GDDR5X program was in "full swing" with sampling to soon follow. Well, that time has come.We just got word straight from Micron that it has indeed started sampling GDDR5X memory to clients. That's a big deal because it's one of the last steps in the rather long process of introducing new... Read more...
Everyone who builds a PC from the ground up faces several decisions along the way, one of which relates to storage—do you go with a fast solid state drive, or stretch your dollar-per-gigabyte with a capacious hard drive? In the end, most of us settle on a modestly sized SSD for the OS and a beefy HDD for storage chores, but what if you could have the best of both worlds? The industry is heading in that direction.Intel and Micron have been tag-teaming various storage and memory technologies, like 3D XPoint (pronounced "cross point") memory, and word on the web is that the fruits of that partnership... Read more...
Micron Technology, the memory maker headquartered in Boise, Idaho, is making waves today. First is the announcement that it's acquiring the remaining shares of Inotera for approximately $3.2 billion, and secondly Micron is talking about a next generation memory technology to rival the performance of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM). Starting with the latter, Micron's Kristopher Kido confirmed the company's plans to release its new memory next year. It will likely be called GDDR5X and offer speeds of 10Gbps to 14Gbps, up to double that of existing 7Gbps 4Gb GDDR5 memory chips. More capacious 8Gb density... Read more...
Flash storage outfit SanDisk has a couple of suitors in Western Digital and Micron, two of the company's rivals. Nothing is yet imminent, though SanDisk is in talks with both outfits about a potential sale. It's not known what the asking price is for SanDisk, which has a market capitalization of more than $14.3 billion.News of the sales talks comes from Bloomberg and the "people with knowledge of the matter" that it spoke with. According to those sources, SanDisk has hired a bank to evaluate the situation and perhaps help facilitate a sale, if talks get that far. As of right now, no decision has... Read more...
With all the hype surrounding AMD's use of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) for its Fury line of graphics card, you would be excused for thinking GDDR5 memory had died and become a footnote. You'd also be wrong. There's still more bandwidth to be squeezed out of GDDR5 memory, and that's what Micron has done. The Boise, Idaho-based memory maker announced today that the 8Gb (gigabit, not gigabyte) GDDR5 memory it was previously sampling to customers is now widely available. Compared to the current crop of 4Gb GDDR5 memory, the newly available 8Gb chips push the bandwidth ceiling from 7Gbps up to 8Gbps.... Read more...
Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd., a Chinese state-owned semiconductor design firm, is reportedly making a play to acquire Micron Technology Inc. for $23 billion. Should the transaction ultimately happen, there would be no more U.S. memory makers left standing. However, there are several hurdles that stand in the way of the transaction, including the purchase price. Citing people familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal says Tsinghua Unigroup is trying to acquire Micron for $21 per share. That represents a more than 19 percent premium over Micron's stock price at the time the story broke, and though... Read more...
Depending on the "3D" we're talking about, it could either be amazing, or "meh". 3D gaming? Awesome. 3D movies? Meh. 3D memory? Incredible. Why? Because with 3D stacked memory technology instantly gives a hearty boost to both density and bandwidth. There's a reason both AMD and NVIDIA are going to be making use of 3D memory in their respective future graphics cards. To help put things into immediate perspective, take a look at the "gumstick" SSD in the shot above (the long card). Because of their 3D memory, Micron and Intel say that hitting 3.5TB on drives of this size will be possible. Meanwhile,... Read more...
We tend to get pretty excited about new solid state drive (SSD) announcements. Why? Well, the more SSDs that flood the market, the better the chances that prices will continue to push downwards. See where we're coming from? With that in mind, Crucial took advantage of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to out its new MX200 and BX100 SSD lines. Starting with the former, the MX200 is built for performance on a SATA 6Gbps interface, and as such, these drives boast sequential reads and writes of up to 555MB/s and 500MB/s, respectively, as well as random reads of up to 100,000 IOPS and... Read more...
Intel today made a splash at the International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany by revealing new details about its next-generation Xeon Phi processor technology. You may better recognize Xeon Phi by its codename, Knights Landing, which we covered in some detail earlier this year. No matter what you call it, this represents a significant leap in High Performance Computing (HPC) that will deliver up to three times the performance of previous generations while consuming less power. A big part of the reason for this is the construction of a new high-speed interconnect technology called... Read more...
The DDR4 future looms increasingly large, as Crucial announced that it’s now sampling DDR4 server memory to channel partners who are working on platforms to support the latest generation of RAM. "Memory is one of the biggest limitations when it comes to enterprise server environments,” said Michael Moreland, worldwide product marketing manager, Crucial. “Many memory-dependent server applications are crucial to the day-to-day operations of a business, but they require higher densities of memory and increased performance." He added that DDR4 will help servers run faster and more... Read more...
Micron Technology, one of the world's largest makers of DRAM and based out of Boise, Idaho, has started mass producing next-generation DDR4 memory that will support server systems based on Intel's upcoming Xeon E5-2600 v3 product family. As time goes on, we'll also see DDR4 memory appear in high-end desktops. For now, Micron is touting the improved power and performance benefits of DDR4 as being critical to the growing enterprise market. These next-generation modules will deliver a power improvement of up to 35 percent compared to standard DDR3, along with 4Gb-based DDR4 modules running at 2133... Read more...
Next generation DDR4 SDRAM is right around the corner, folks. Leading the charge is Crucial, a subsidiary of Micron, which is pushing to make DDR4 memory modules available to consumers by the end of the year. That doesn't mean you should hit the panic button and sell off your recently assembled system sporting DDR3 memory slots, but it does mean the next time you build a PC, it may sport DDR4 RAM. There are several upsides to DDR4 compared to DDR3. DDR4 offers twice as much density, allowing you to get more out of a single memory module. The smaller dies translate into more gigabits per component,... Read more...
When it comes to solid state storage, or just about any type of storage technology for that matter, there are two things you can never get enough of -- capacity and speed.  SATA-based Solid State Drives offer a good balance of both currently, as NAND Flash density continues to scale, but they can't compete with PCI Express-based SSDs, when it comes to raw bandwidth. PCI-Express SSD cards offer "direct attached" storage on a native PCIe system interface, without the need for translation to and from the SATA (Serial ATA) interface.  As a result, bandwidth bottlenecks are alleviated and... Read more...