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It's a done deal, and just like that, two have become one in the memory universe. Micron and Elpida have just announced the closing of their merger, which has Micron acquiring 100% of Elpida's equity. The deal was initially hammered out in July of 2012, and just now was completed. In a related transaction, Micron also announced today the completion of its acquisition of a 24 percent share of Rexchip Electronics Corporation from Powerchip Technology Corporation and certain of its affiliates. The transactions will be recorded for accounting purposes as being effective at 11:59 p.m., Tokyo time, on July 31, 2013. Elpida's assets include a 300 millimeter (mm) DRAM fabrication facility located in... Read more...
Samsung just dropped us a note to let us know it's begun mass producing what it claims is the world's fastest embedded memory in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB densities for next-generation smartphone and tablet devices. The company's eMMC PRO memory features an interface speed of 400MB/s, which will lead to faster multi-tasking, web browsing, application downloads, file transfers, video capture and playback, application loading, and more. "With timely mass production of our ultra-fast eMMC PRO line-up offering a more than 10X performance increase over external memory cards, Samsung will accelerate the spread of high-end mobile devices as the market for devices with larger screens and more multimedia functionality... Read more...
Toshiba has announced a major upgrade to its SD card technology that should make it easier for users to record data to a device, especially HD video that requires fast access times. The company on Tuesday showed off the latest version of its Exceria SD cards. The company's flagship Exceria Pro series will be capable of a 240MBps write speed, which Toshiba says, is the world's fastest. Its standard Exceria SD card will deliver 120MBps write speeds. According to Toshiba, they were able to achieve the faster speeds by taking advantage of the UHS-II ultra-high-speed serial bus interface newly offered in SD Memory Card Standard Version 4.10. The interface is capable of delivering up to 312MBps... Read more...
Computex has been the backdrop for ton of new product announcements this week, and they’re still coming. Corsair unveiled several new components for performance and gaming PCs, some of which are designed with the new Haswell processors in mind. Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 Memory The most noteworthy Corsair product announced is the Vengeance Pro Series DDR3 memory. If you’re building a new system around a 4th generation Intel Core processor and you plan to overclock it, you’re the kind of customer Corsair has in mind for its new Vengeance modules. Kits are available in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB flavors and at speeds ranging from 1600MHz to 2933MHz. Because Corsair is targeting... Read more...
Continuing its advancements into smaller manufacturing processes, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) announced this week that it has developed second generation 19 nanometer process technology that will be used in the mass production of 2-bit-per-cell 64-gigabit NAND memory chips. Toshiba's already used the technology the develop what it claims is the world's smallest 2-bit-per-cell 64Gb NAND memory chips, which measure a scant 94 square millimeters in size. That's a 25 percent reduction over previous technology. Though small in size, the chips are capable of writing 25 megabytes of data per second, the world's fastest class in 2-bit-per-cell territory, according to Toshiba. The... Read more...
When it comes to raw horsepower within the devices that make our lives tick, it can get pretty nerdy... real fast. Take process technology, for example. Everyone loves speed, but it's companies like SanDisk who care about the nuts and bolts that make our gizmos tick. The company has just announced the commencement of customer sampling of flash memory products based on its industry-leading 1Ynm process technology, which represents its second generation 19 nanometer (nm) manufacturing technology. SanDisk’s achievement of this takes its memory cell size from 19nm-by-26nm to 19nm-by-19.5nm, delivering a 25 percent reduction of the memory cell area. SanDisk’s second-generation 19nm memory... Read more...
With all the attention paid to smartphones and tablets, it's sometimes easy to forget that Samsung also produces some of the parts that end up in these mobile devices. In fact, the South Korean company announced that it's begun pumping out what it claims is the industry's first ultra high-speed, 4Gb (gigabit), LPDDR3 mobile memory built on a 20nm-class technology. According to Samsung, the major upside with these mobile chips is that they offer comparable performance to standard DRAM found in desktop and laptop computers. The speedy chips transmit data at up to 2,133 megabits per second (Mbps) per pin, which is more than double the performance 800Mbps LPDDR2. Samsung says it's possible to transmit... Read more...
The dawn of GPU computing came about in large part due to the immense gap in compute performance between traditional CPUs and programmable GPUs. Whereas CPUs excel with serial workloads, modern GPUs perform best with highly parallel operations. If you look at the slide below, it shows an array of Intel processors and AMD (and ATI) GPUs dating back to 2002, along with each part’s compute performance, measured in GFLOPS (or Gigaflops—billions of floating point operations per second). It gives a number of examples that show the clear disparities in compute performance we’re talking about. As you can see, even today’s fastest desktop processor, the 6-core / 12-thread... Read more...
So, now that 4K HDTVs are hitting the production line, one has to wonder: where is all of that 4K content going to come from? No doubt, some of it will be upscaled 1080p content at first, but many motion pictures are already being shot natively in 4K. It's just a matter of time before even more content arrives that way, as well. But to do it properly, you need a capture card that can handle the extreme influx of all of that data. 4K shooting requires huge amounts of storage space, and also, a memory card with tons of bandwidth to handle all of the I/O transmissions. That's where Toshiba comes in. The company has just announced a new 4K-ready, 160MB/s CompactFlash card, designed to cater to 4K-equipped... Read more...
"Hybrid Memory Cube" sounds like something out of a 80s-era science fiction movie, but as these things tend to go, sci-fi often leads to reality. More than 100 developer and adopter members of the Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium (HMCC) today announced they've reached consensus for the global standard that will deliver a much-anticipated, disruptive memory computing solution. Developed in only 17 months, the final specification marks the turning point for designers in a wide range of segments-from networking and high-performance computing, to industrial and beyond-to begin designing Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) technology into future products. A major breakthrough with HMC is the long-awaited utilization... Read more...
Kingston Technology might be known for its iconic blue heatspreaders, but that doesn't mean the company is afraid to dive deeper into its boxy of crayons. Apparently its customers have been requesting a black line of memory, and Kingston answered the call by introducing all-new black printed circuit boards (PCBs) on two of its product lines. "Our customers and fans have asked us to come out with HyperX memory featuring black PCBs to better match their system designs," said Larry Yang, HyperX business manager, Kingston. "We are able to match good looks with high performance. The black on black combination allows for easy pairing with any color component on the market." One of the aforementioned... Read more...
In the race for "smaller, faster, better," memory chip makers probably have it the toughest. They're already dealing with immensely small objects, but as software evolves, we're sure in need of lots more of the stuff to keep our app addiction on course. One of the troubles, however, is power consumption. Most consumers probably don't realize just how much energy is sucked out of their laptop, tablet and phone by nature of RAM being in there, and that's one of the things that Toshiba is looking to address with its latest introduction. The company this week announced the development of an innovative low-power technology for embedded SRAM for application in smart phones and other mobile products.... Read more...
Why choose between speed or capacity when you can have both? So proposes memory maker G.Skill, which claims its new Trident X Series 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3-2800 memory kit (F3-2800C11Q-32GTXD) is the fastest clocked 32GB kit you'll find on the entire planet. "Being the first to introduce such large capacity memory kit running at an incredible speed of 2800MHz, G.Skill continues to impress power users/professional overclockers by offering the best memory solution with highest quality," G.Skill said in a statement. The kit consists of four sticks of 8GB memory modules. Alone or apart, they're rated to run at C11-13-13-35 at 1.65V. G.Skill mentions they're a perfect complement to Z77-based boards running... Read more...
Attention DIY yourself system builders and upgraders, if you're thinking about adding more RAM to your system, you may not want to sit on the fence too much longer. According to DRAMeXchange, DRAM contract prices continue to rise, increasing by 2 percent on average in the first half of December, and still going up. The research firm says that 4GB modules rose the most, jumping 3.17 percent. Given that RAM prices have pretty much hit rock bottom, these bumps translate into nominal price increases, but hey, every dollar counts in this economy. More importantly, however, this could be just the beginning. "From the market perspective, as the Korean makers plan to drastically cut PC DRAM production... Read more...
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