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Samsung is the first manufacturer to utilize 30-nanometer scale technology for NAND flash chips. It introduced its very powerful and very small 64 gigabit flash chip earlier today. 30 nanonmeters is 30 billionths of a meter.  A single chip could be assembled from the maximum 16 of these little wonders that would hold the equivalent of 80 DVDS.  Interestingly, the manufacturing process Samsung is using is capable of even finer circuit size and greater miniaturization. Samsung said the latest chip was developed by applying a new manufacturing technology dubbed ``self-aligned double patterning technology (SaDPT).’’ ``Without additional investment, the technology enables us to make even... Read more...
SAMSUNG Introduces 60nm-class Processing for 2Gb DDR2 DRAM Seoul, Korea - September 12, 2007 : Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced today that it has developed the industry's first 60 nanometer (nm)-class 2 gigabit DDR2 DRAM and will begin mass producing it later this year. Compared with 80nm 2Gb DDR2, the 60 nanometer (nm)-class with a speed of 800 megabits per second has improved DRAM performance up to 20%. Moreover, production efficiency for the new 2Gb DDR2 will be enhanced by about 40 percent using the finer 60nm-class process technology. Besides its greater efficiencies, the new... Read more...
In an attempt to capitalize on the name recognition of Java, which is more well-known to the general public than Sun Microsystems itself, Sun will be changing its stock ticker symbol next week from SUNW to JAVA. "The number of people who know Java swamps the number of people who know Sun," Schwartz wrote. "JAVA is a technology whose value is near infinite to the Internet, and a brand that's inseparably a part of Sun (and our profitability)." Sun estimates that 1 billion consumers recognize the steaming coffee cup symbol of Java, it said in a press release. At the same time that they attempting greater name recognition with the new ticker symbol, they are also... Read more...
Sun Microsystems has recently launched its newest CPU, the Niagara 2, which they allege is the world’s “fastest performing computer processor and one of the most energy efficient.” The Niagara 2 features eight cores and can process up to 64 individual threads at any given time. What’s interesting is that the Sun company is most famous for its software products, including JAVA. Sun is hoping to change this trend with the high-performance Niagara line of server processors. It seems that Sun Microsystems has intentions of competing with Intel and AMD in the server market. "While Niagara 2 may well be the codename of the new Sun chip and while it may become the popular name too, the official designation... Read more...
As we reported earlier, technical difficulties at a transformer substation caused Korean memory factories owned by Samsung to go shut down until the situation could be resolved.   It seems that issues have now been resolved and the plants running again are ramping up to full production as quickly as they can.The outage has come a particularly bad time for companies that make hybrid drives, solid state drives, and of course, MP3 players.  Increasing demand and off-line factories mean higher priced products for consumers, at least in the short-term. “Samsung said all six lines were fully operating by 12:00 p.m. (11:00 p.m. EDT), earlier than expected. Samsung previously said full operation would... Read more...
After an accidental power cut near one of Samsung’s plants in Seoul, Korea that forced some six factories to halt production, the number one DRAM manufacturer may face a serious problem with NAND flash supply. Used in portable media players, cell phones, and other such devices, the recent event has cost the company an estimated loss of over $54 million. Moreover, the immediate, non-contract price of a regular chip has already soared 9% as a result of the incident. “The accident could also trigger a cascade effect that may affect supplies in a crucial period, according to analyst Lee Min-hee of Dongbu Securities. Samsung's production queues at the affected factories may be set back by up to... Read more...
In the race to develop the first LCD panel that supports the new DisplayPort interface, the champion turns out to be none other than memory chip giant Samsung. After its approval by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA), DisplayPort is said to be the successor to the DVI, LVDS, and eventually VGA interfaces. As for Samsung’s first LCD panel to incorporate DisplayPort, it measures 30 inches and supports a total data rate of 10.8Gbps, which is twice the rate of contemporary display interfaces and thus allows the LCD panel to display a 2,560x1,600 pixel resolution image at 10 bits of color depth (1.07 billion colors) without any color smear. Such a feat is said to require at least three... Read more...
It seems that Samsung may be in the process of revising the specs and prices for their upcoming UMPC, the Q1 Ultra.  Sadly, it might be that the specs are going down and the price is going up.  If you've already pre-ordered one of these, you may want to re-evaluate your purchase. "The first signs of worry for the Q1U-EL came in early June. Retailers began to change the specs for the Q1U-EL before the units started shipping -- the 600MHz A100 processor was tossed in favor of the faster 800MHz A110. The additional 200MHz was a welcome addition for running Windows Vista Home Premium, but the processor switch resulted in a $100 price increase for the device -- even after retailers had taken pre-orders.Buy.com... Read more...
Samsung Mass Producing Industry's First 1.8-inch, 64GB Solid State Drive, Targeted for Notebook PCs Seoul, Korea - June 25, 2007: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, announced that it has begun mass producing 1.8-inch solid state drives (SSD) at 64GB (gigabytes) - the highest density SSD available today for mobile computing applications. "We see sharply increasing interest in SSDs among OEMs worldwide amid a growing push to launch premium SSD-based notebooks, particularly in the ultra-mobile category," said Jim Elliott, director, flash marketing, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. SSDs feature... Read more...
Google Inc. has installed solar panels on the roofs of two of its carports and eight of its buildings. This is only the beginning of a massive project that Google has launched, which is to build America’s largest corporate campus solar panel system. "Google has produced enough electricity from its headquarters in the last four days to watch about 251,073 hours of television on a flat screen." Google has been keeping a close eye on the system ever since it first fired up on Monday. The solar panel system has been producing an average of 10,000 KWh per day, which they say is equivalent to operating 8,347 coffee makers for an hour, running 6,257 dishwasher trials, or having 41,737 alarm clocks... Read more...
NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is either drinking deep on the cool-aide or he knows something we don't.  On NVIDIA's earnings call yesterday Jen-Hsun offererd some insight into brighter days ahead for AMD.  With all the buzz we've been hearing about Phenom FX processors on the horizon, maybe the pump is being primed up for an AMD CPU come-back? "Huang noted on the call that Nvidia’s motherboard graphics processor business “was affected by the significant drop in AMD’s CPU sales in Q1,” but that “we do expect AMD to regain share in Q2.” Added Huang: “We are seeing the sell-through of AMD processors picking up significantly in this channel, and I am sure many of you see that as well. And... Read more...
Dell became the darling of the Open Source crowd -temporarily- by announcing an option to purchase computers loaded with the Linux operating system instead of Microsoft Windows. Things are getting ugly over there again on the news that Dell has decided to offer a version of Linux (there are many)supplied by a partnership of Microsoft and Novell. It's not enough that you're not required to purchase the Microsoft/Novell version; Linux fans are so consumed with hate for Microsoft that they don't even want it to be offered.  Recently, Linux supporters swarmed Dell after the company put up a Web site called IdeaStorm asking for suggestions. Like teenage girls voting for Sanjaya on American... Read more...
According to a story on EE Times, Sun Microsystems has taped out its next-geNiagara 2 and Rock processors, but the company faces a major hurdle getting access to leading edge 45 and 32nm process technology for its future Sparc CPUs... "In an exclusive interview with EE Times in his Menlo Park office, Yen showed the first wafers back from the fab for Niagara 2, set to ship in systems before the end of the year. He also discussed the issues Sun faces now that its longtime silicon partner, Texas Instruments, has decided to rely on foundries to develop next-generation semiconductor process technology. Chief executive Jonathan Schwartz appointed Yen, a long time Sun veteran, to head... Read more...
If you're interested in energy efficient storage devices, consider this the dawning of a new age. Not a week passes without another company announcing a new hybrid or solid state drive (SSD). Samsung is now joining the ever-growing list of companies shipping these devices.  Here's a tidbit from their press release: "Taipei, Taiwan - March 27, 2007: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the leader in advanced semiconductor technology, announced at its annual Mobile Solution Forum in Taipei that it has developed a 1.8"-type 64 Gigabyte (GB) flash-solid state drive (SSD). The new flash-SSD is based on an eight gigabit (Gb) single-level-cell (SLC) NAND, which provides significantly higher... Read more...
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