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Intel's not only making mobile news this week at Mobile World Congress; it's also making memory news. The company, along with Micron Technology, announced today that the companies have entered into agreements to expand their NAND Flash memory joint venture relationship. The agreements, which are designed to improve the flexibility and efficiency of the joint venture, include a NAND Flash supply agreement for Micron to supply NAND products to Intel and agreements for certain joint venture assets to be sold to Micron. Under terms of the agreement, Intel is selling its stake in two wafer factories in exchange for approximately $600 million—the approximate book value of Intel’s share.... Read more...
It doesn't take a detective to figure out that today's mobile devices are getting smaller, slimmer, and more powerful, which means less room for heat dissipation and potentially lower battery life. To help with both of those side effects, Micron today introduced a new product category of low-power DDR3 solutions targeted at the tablet and ultra-thin markets. The company's new 2Gb (gigabit) and 4Gb DDR3Lm solutions are designed to sip less power while still offering high performance without jacking up prices, Micron says. "Power reduction is becoming ever more critical in the fast growing ultra-thin markets. Micron's expertise with traditional PC memory requirements enables these markets to enjoy... Read more...
Following the tragic news that Micron's CEO since 1994 perished late last week in a plane crash, the company has now promoted D. Mark Durcan as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Durcan will also serve as a Director on Micron's Board of Directors. Mark has been the company's CTO in the past, making it a natural step-up. It's surely a bittersweet moment, taking charge of the company that has made his career, but under such awful circumstances. The Board of Directors also announced the appointment of Director Robert E. Switz as Chairman of the Board and Mark W. Adams as President. Mr. Switz has served as a Director since 2006 and is the former Chairman and CEO of ADC Telecommunications. He has previously... Read more...
Micron has grown to become one of the world's leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions, and a lot of the company's success is due to the leadership of Steve Appleton. On Friday, the company's CEO perished in a plane crash at the age of 51. Mark Durcan, Micron President and Chief Operating Officer, said the following: "Steve was a true friend who will be dearly missed by all of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and our team members as we all grieve this tragic loss." Pursuant to the Company's bylaws, Mr. Durcan, in his role as president of the company will assume the responsibilities of CEO until a successor is appointed by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors... Read more...
Prior to the start of the CES 2012 show in Las Vegas this week, major players in the storage industry kicked off their mini conference, in an effort to get the buzz going early in consumer and enterprise storage. Of course Micron and Crucial were there in force to show us their latest SSD technologies, starting with their big, bad P320h PCI Express SSD. Micron P320h PCI Express SSD If you recall, the product is a co-development effort between Micron and IDT that sports a new Flash memory controller ASIC for direct-attached SSD storage over a X8 PCI Express Gen 2 link.  Micron didn't have the drive up and running, though it was on display.  Supposedly Micron is sampling customers right... Read more...
Intel and Micron’s 64Gb, 20nm NAND flash? Old news. It’s now in mass production. Today, Micron revealed the two companies’ hottest new collaboration, a 128Gb, 20nm NAND flash device. The little thing crams 1Tb of storage onto eight die for a total package that’s roughly the size of a fingernail. The new device, which is designed to provide flash storage to mobile devices and high-capacity SSDs alike, can hit 333 megatransfers per second (MT/s). The dramatic increase in density is enabled by the planar cell structure technology used on the 20nm NAND, which gets around scaling issues by incorporating a Hi-K/metal gate stack. Intel, Micron Extend NAND Flash Technology Leadership... Read more...
Shares of Rambus are down more than 50 percent today after a jury trial on Wednesday found Micron and Hynix Semiconductor not guilty of price fixing. Rambus had sued the two manufacturers for over $12 billion, claiming that they formed “a secret and unlawful conspiracy to kill a revolutionary technology, make billions of dollars and hang onto power." “We are disappointed with this verdict as we believe strongly in our case,” Rambus Chief Executive Harold Hughes said in a statement. “We do not agree with several rulings that affected how this case was presented to the jury and we are reviewing our options for appeal." Micron stock is up by some 20 percent as of this writing,... Read more...
Ever heard of a "memory wall?" You have now, and evidently Micron and Samsung are working together to break it all down. Both companies are obviously big players in the memory space, and the two have launched the Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium, with the goal of accelerating Hybrid Memory Cube technology development and adoption. Hybrid Memory Cube is a revolutionary innovation in DRAM memory architecture that breaks through the memory wall, setting a new standard for performance, power efficiency, reliability and cost. The Consortium will bring together OEMs, enablers and integrators committed to delivering the promise of HMC to a range of applications, including networking, storage and high-performance... Read more...
Love SSDs? Love security? Guess what? Micron has a match made in computing heaven for your consideration. The new and improved RealSSD C400 solid state drive features self encryption technology, which is leaps and bounds better at staying under wraps compared to a convention HDD or SSD. The C400 SED (Self-Encrypting Drive) is based on the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) Opal specifications and provides a hardware-based answer for the increasing wave of data breaches that continue to impact computer users and enterprises worldwide. "Self-encrypting drives represent the future of data protection," said Dr. Joerg Borchert, 2011 president and chairman of the nonprofit Trusted Computing Group. "Hardware... Read more...
With memory companies so focused on solid state drives these days, it's nice to see an old stalwart release new high-end memory kits. That's what we have with Crucial, who today announced two new product line additions to its popular Ballistix brand: Crucial Ballistix Tactical and Crucial Ballistix Elite. The Ballistix Tactical series takes aim power users, gamers, and enthusiasts by combining high frequencies with low latency settings. These will feature a black PCB, integrated heatspreader with a revamped Ballistix logo, and ship in both DDR2 and DDR3 form. Crucial's Ballistix Elite will only ship in DDR3 form and is designed for "extreme enthusiasts and gamers," Crucial says. Look for frequencies... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks Dave, Iyaz and Marco discuss Micron's blisteringly fast PCIe RealSSD P320h, Microsoft's revamped Windows 8 UI demo, the Pandigital Novel 7 eReader and tablet, HP's Elitebook 8560p and exciting details regarding our "Dads and Grads" Gaming Rig Give-Away! Show Notes: 01:12 - Micron Demos PCIe RealSSD P320h, Achieves Over 3GB/s Of Sustained Throughput 06:08 - Microsoft Demos Revamped Windows 8 UI, Reveals More OS Details 09:42 - Pandigital Novel 7" Android Tablet & eReader Review 14:51 - Hewlett Packard EliteBook 8560p Notebook Review 19:45 - HotHardware's "Dads and Grads" Gaming Rig Give-Away!... Read more...
Micron has just announced a new line-up of PCI Express-based, enterprise-class solid state drives that the company claims are the “world’s fastest”. The new RealSSD P320h is a Gen 2 PCIe x8, full height, half-length card built around Micron’s 34nm SLC (single level cell) NAND flash and uses a high-end controller with customized firmware to achieve up to 750,000 4K random read IOPs and about 320,000 4K random write IOPS, with over 3GB/s of sustained throughput. Part of Micron's special sauce with this PCI Express SSD, is the controller ASIC underneath the black heat sink you see below.  We're very familiar with the underlying technology in that ASIC but can't yet disclose that information... Read more...
Intel and Micron introduced a finer 20-nanometer (nm) process technology for manufacturing NAND flash memory. This new process produces an 8GB multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash device that is ideal for use in smartphones, tablets, SSDs and more. The new 20nm 8GB device measures just 118mm, which requires about 30 to 40 percent less board space (depending on package type) compared to the current 25nm 8GB NAND device. By reducing the flash storage layout, tablet and smartphone manufacturers will be able to use the extra space for things such as a bigger battery, larger screen, or can even add another chip to handle new features. The 20nm, 8GB device is expected to enter mass production in the second... Read more...
Earlier today, before the onslaught of consumer tech goodness that is CES 2011, our man Mat Miranda had a chance to catch up with Micron representatives at the Storage Vision 2011 conference that is taking place before the big show opens in sunny Las Vegas.  Micron it appears is readying their next generation of SSDs to follow-up their very successful RealSSD C300 line-up.  The new top-end model in the family will be named, you guessed it, C400 and in the event you were feeling really clairvoyant, you might also guess that Micron is rolling out SSDs that are bigger and faster versus the previous generation.  Enough with our keen sense of the obvious though.  We'll let Justin... Read more...
In general, bigger is better. But not always. Sometimes, smaller is better. But sometimes, smaller can lead to bigger, which is definitely better. Got all that? If you're a memory expert, you probably have no trouble understanding that, as the smaller the process technologies become, the bigger flash storage capacities get. Tighter packed memory modules allow even more content to be stored on prior design protocols, and both Intel and Micron are working day and night order to perfect this stuff. Now, the two companies have announced that they are the first to sample 3-bit-per-cell NAND Flash memory on an industry standard 25nm silicon process technology. That's a long way of saying that they... Read more...
Micron, who you might recognize better as the parent company of Crucial, has come up with a new line of solid state drives aimed squarely at the enterprise environment. Dubbed RealSSD P300, this new series comes out of the gates with SATA 6Gbps support -- a first ever for the enterprise market -- and up to 44,000 IOPS reads and 16,000 IOPS writes, or more than 15 times the write performance of competing SATA-based SSDs, Crucial claims. "Aside from its raw performance, the RealSSD P300 product was also designed to reach industry leading steady-state capabilities, even with the write cache disabled. With the P300, users no longer have to choose between IOPs or throughput and maximum data resiliency... Read more...
Process technologies continue to shrink at an alarming rate. It wasn't long ago that 65nm seemed tiny, and now Intel is shipping out NAND Flash based around 25nm. In short, shrinking the production size enables manufacturers to squeeze more memory, power, etc. onto an existing form factor. In other words, CPU sockets and DIMM slots won't change sizes very often, so the goal is to simply put more onto the modules we have. IM Flash Technologies, which is a joint venture between Intel and Micron that is targeted for producing NAND flash memory, announced in late January that they were working hard to develop 25 nanometer Flash memory. It was neat, but easy to brush off, since nothing new was actually... Read more...
Secure Digital cards may be all the rage these days, but true photographing professionals probably have no interest. Even today, most higher-end DSLRs use CompactFlash cards alone, and if you rely on rapid-fire continuous shooting to get "the perfect shot," Lexar's new pair of cards might be worth a look. The company is today revealed that their Professional ExpressCard CF Reader and Professional 600x and 300x 32GB cards are now available in traditional and online retail channels. Both cards offer increased speed and performance, with a guaranteed minimum sustained write speed capability of 90MB/s and 45MB/s, respectively, when paired with an UDMA 6-enabled device. There's also a high-speed reader... Read more...
We are back this week to talk about some serious HotHardware with our friends at TechVi, including some new notebooks and netbooks from Lenovo and Acer, Intel and Nokia joining forces to create a new mobile platform, and a high-end, solid state drive from Micron that burned through our benchmarks... Show Notes: 0:30 - Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 2:40 - Acer Aspire One 532G with NVIDIA ION 2 4:49 - Intel an Nokia Announce MeeGo Mobile Platform 7:41 - Micron RealSSD C300 Overview 10:06 - Showing The Love: HH and Cyberpower PC Sweepstakes... Read more...
Initially, only a couple of companies laid the foundation for storage processors when solid state drives first arrived, now we have a broad range of options to choose from. Intel, Samsung, JMicron, Indilinx, and Sandforce, all make SSD controllers, just to name a few. Today we're going to show you yet another new SSD based on a new controller from a long-time player in PC storage, Marvell. The Marvell 88SS9174-BJP2 controller at the heart of the Micron RealSSD C300 we're going to show you today, affords the drive a feature not yet offered on any competing product--SATA III support. This controller, in combination with some of Micron's leading-edge NAND flash, culminate in a drive that offered... Read more...
Looking at current solid state drive market, it's easy to draw some parallels with the early days of 3D on the PC. When 3D graphics cards first hit the scene (before the term GPU was coined), there were only a few major players, i.e. 3dfx, Tseng Labs, S3, etc. As the technology was more accepted by consumers, however, numerous other manufactures, like NVIDIA, ATI, 3DLabs, Matrox, Rendition, Number 9 and many others, wanted a piece of the pie as well and they all entered the fray with 3D processors of their own. Over time, the dust settled, the cream rose to the top, and we were left with only a select few GPU manufactures. We're sure you've all heard the stories by now.At this point in time,... Read more...
NOR doesn't receive nearly the attention that NAND does in the memory world, but it's just as important for companies in the industry. In many ways, the two technologies are similar, but two main differences set them apart: first, the connections of the individual memory cells are different, and secondly, the interface provided for reading and writing the memory is different (NOR allows random-access for reading, NAND allows only page access). Why's this important? Because Micron, a mainstay in the sector, just announced their intentions to purchase Numonyx, which is a rather pricey way to get back into NOR in a big way. Numonyx was a major player in the NOR industry, and Micron has been holding... Read more...
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