Articles about Dram


Filling the void between fast/expensive DRAM and slow/cheaper flash

The AupM001 storage module is made of ST-MRAM (Spin Torque Magnetic RAM) which combines DRAM speed with non-volatility and an interface compatible with DDR3 SDRAM. IT is a candidate tech to fill the void between fast, expensive and volatile DRAM on the one hand, and slow, cheaper, and persistent flash on the other. Intel and …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2015

China's make-your-own DRAM ambitions growing all the time

Comment The People's Republic of China is getting heavily into the DRAM foundry business, giving it its own semi-conductor manufacturing fabs and raising the prospect of NAND flash being the next technology to move inside the Great Wall. A bunch of Chinese investors, led by Summitview Capital, have bought Integrated Silicon Solution ( …
Chris Mellor, 17 Mar 2015

Radian Memory Systems decloaks, says it'll twin DRAM and flash

Stealthy upstart Radian Memory Systems is coming out at the Flash Memory Summit in August, and is developing storage memory software to be used in enterprise, hyperconverged, and cloud computing environments. Storage memory refers to the twinning of DRAM and non-volatile memory, meaning flash, in a single logical address space …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2015

Plexistor's latest box sounds a lot like flash memory as virtual DRAM

Comment It's all about speed; the faster apps run the better, which means they can access and process data faster. In that vein, Plexistor, born in Israel's tech startup hot-house, claims it can turn commodity servers into data munchers running at incandescent speed. We’re talking more than seven million 4KB write IOPS at 1.7 …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2015

DRAM-firm-fattened flash bods double last year's profits

Memory/flash chip maker Micron, fattened with Japanese DRAM firm Elpida, has recorded record revenues of $4.57bn. Its first quarter of fiscal 2015 finished with a bang on December 4, 2014, delivering revenues 13 per cent higher than a year ago and eight per cent up on the fourth fiscal 2014 quarter. Profits of a round billion …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jan 2015
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Ouch! Google crocks capacitors and deviates DRAM to root Linux

Last summer Google gathered a bunch of leet security researchers as its Project Zero team and instructed them to find unusual zero-day flaws. They've had plenty of success on the software front – but on Monday announced a hardware hack that's a real doozy. The technique, dubbed "rowhammer", rapidly writes and rewrites memory to …
Iain Thomson, 10 Mar 2015

Storage upstart: Our flashy gear is WAY faster than slow old DRAM

A storage memory appliance to process massive Big Data sets in real-time is being developed by startup Levyx, with help from Toshiba and the reviving OCZ business in the flash department. Levyx was founded in 2013 by Reza Sadri, CEO, previously sTec’s chief technical officer, and Tony Givargis, a computer science professor at …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jul 2015
Samsung 60nm 1Gb DDR 2 DRAM chip and DIMM

DRAM! Speedy software upstart PernixData's caching up fast

VMware IO cacher PernixData has upped the quick access ante by caching virtual machine disk IO in DRAM — much faster for data access than flash. The startup’s FVP software runs in the ESXi hypervisor, and it's also added user-defined fault domains and adaptive network compression to its clustering technology. FVP accelerates …
Chris Mellor, 02 Oct 2014
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Hot DRAM! Samsung splurges $15 BILLION on Korean chip fab

Samsung Electronics has decided to spend a massive $15bn building a memory fab in South Korea. Samsung is the world’s largest DRAM chip maker, followed by Micron and SK Hynix. It also leads the NAND chip market, being ahead of Toshiba, SanDisk, Micron and SK Hynix. Toshiba and SanDisk are partners in flash fabrication. The new …
Chris Mellor, 06 Oct 2014
Samsung 60nm 1Gb DDR 2 DRAM chip and DIMM

The long war on 'DRAM price fixing' is over: Claim YOUR spoils now (It's worth a few beers)

Remember getting hosed on those 128MB DIMM RAM sticks back in Y2K? Well, it's time to exact your revenge: with a $10 payout. A group of US Attorneys General have agreed to a $310m settlement package with memory chip makers, which is to be distributed among the public, following allegations of price gouging by vendors between the …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Mar 2014

Micron buys Apple supplier Elpida for $2bn, becomes world's No 2 DRAM baker

The chip firm from Boise, Idaho, has done well – Micron has finally closed its deal to buy bankrupt Japanese DRAM-maker Elpida. This means Micron is now the number two DRAM chip-maker in the world after Samsung. Elpida's plant in Hiroshima, Japan For around $2.5bn, Micron gets Elpida's 300mm DRAM fab and has also bought a 24 …
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2013
Kaminario K2 v4 SPC-1

DRAM whammed, thank you ma'am: Kaminario K2 flash bests sib at SPC-1

Kaminario has submitted an SPC-1 benchmark run on its K2 flash array, and it's reached the top. It's booted the DRAM version of its K2 array off the top spot with a fourth-generation product, the K2 v4. The K2 DRAM scored 1,219,973.91 IOPS from its 1.2TB of RAM in July last year. The K2 v4 system used 28 K-Nodes, each with …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2013
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Micron: Our STACKED SILICON BEAUTY solves the DRAM problem

Dratted multi-core CPUs. DRAM is running into a bandwidth problem. More powerful CPUs has meant that more cores are trying to access a server’s memory and the bandwidth is running out. One solution is to stack DRAM in layers above a logic base layer and increase access speed to the resulting hybrid memory cubes (HMC), and Micron …
Chris Mellor, 27 Nov 2013

Riding on the memory bus: Micron brings out 8GB flash DIMM

Micron is launching an 8GB flash DIMM, providing competition for SanDisk and its ULLtraDIMM. Flash DIMMs mount a flash chip card on a DIMM socket, putting the NAND on the memory bus, which is even faster than the PCIe bus. The idea is to provide an intermediate store or cache between main memory and PCIe flash or SAS-connected …
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2015
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PC share of DRAM biz falls below 50%

PCs, once the final destination for almost all of the world's memory chips, now consume less than half of the world's DRAM shipments. During Q2, only 49 per cent of DRAM shipments ended up in desktop and laptop PCs, down from 50.2 per cent in Q1, market watcher IHS iSuppli said this weekend. This at a time when new machines …
Hard Reg, 17 Sep 2012

Analytics pusher Interana: Why tweak your seeks when you can scan your DRAM?

Startup Interana has an analytics tool that processes data in scans rather than seeks, claiming it’s designed to be great at analysing time-based streams of event data. The software is a proprietary database that organises data by time and user to allow for single-pass queries with no intermediate sorts. It runs on clustered …
Chris Mellor, 08 Oct 2014

Intel teams with Micron on next-gen many-core Xeon Phi with 3D DRAM

Intel has released more details about its future "Knights Landing" Xeon Phi many-core processor, including a new high-speed interconnect tech called Intel Omni Scale Fabric, as well as on-package Micron Gen2 Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) DRAM of up to 16GB. Intel presentation slide: what's new in Knights Landing Intel's Silvermont …
Rik Myslewski, 23 Jun 2014
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Micron blames dismal PC sales for EVERYTHING

Memory firm Micron's third fiscal 2015 quarter results were pretty poor - and the chief exec blames the slumping PC market. Revenues of $3.85bn were three per cent down on a year ago and eight per cent down sequentially. Net income of $491m compared poorly to the $806m reported a year ago and the $934m in the previous quarter. …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2015

Ex-IBM x86 server chap joins flash-in-the-DRAM upstart

+Comment IBM x86 server veteran Alex Yost has joined Diablo Technologies as president and will manage the product lines and marketing. Yost spent 18 years at IBM, rising to be its VP for Strategy and Alliances for the x86/Pure Systems product lines, before Lenovo bought the x86 server business. According to his new firm, he was …
Chris Mellor, 12 Nov 2014

Fujitsu hits the data accelerator and parallelises SSD access

Fujitsu Labs has had in-memory database software directly talk to an SSD, optimising data positioning for faster access, and boosting database performance threefold over standard SSD use. The in-memory database SW sent read and write commands directly to the flash chips. It has a read-ahead feature, cognisant of data access …
Chris Mellor, 19 Nov 2015

Thanks for the memory: XPoint put under the analyst microscope

Semiconductor market researcher Jim Handy of Objective Analysis has produced an 80-page report looking into what XPoint memory is, how it could be used and what its prospects are. XPoint memory was unveiled by Micron and Intel in July to general amazement. The pair claimed it was 1,000 times faster than NAND, ten times denser …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2015
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Micron: Those dratted PCs, dragging down our revenues

Declining PC sales took their toll on Micron's DRAM revenues, sending year-on-year growth into reverse for its fiscal 2015. Full-year revenues were $16.2bn, one per cent down on fy2014's $16.4bn. Net income of $2.9bn was five per cent lower than the $3bn recorded in fy2014. Revenues for the final quarter in fy 2015 of $3.6bn …
Chris Mellor, 02 Oct 2015

China looks to gobble Micron, acquire its own RAM and flash chipper

A WSJ report says a Chinese government owned chip-maker is bidding $23 billion to buy Micron, the USA's top DRAM and flash manufacturer. The Tsinghua Unigroup is the largest fabless semiconductor business in China. It has a somewhat opaque structure. Think if it as a branch of the Chinese Communist party, run by a party …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2015
Samsung's 128GB DDR4 DIMM

128GB DDR4 DIMMs have landed so double your RAM cram plan

Samsung's started volume production of 128GB DDR4 RDIMMS. You read that right – a single registered dual inline memory module packing 36 individual 4GB chunks of 3D TSV DDR4 DRAM, for a total of 128GB, can now be yours. The Register is aware of servers with 96 DIMM slots, which means … WOAH! … 12.2 terabytes of RAM in a …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Nov 2015

Acer shakes fist at rising DRAM and R&D costs

Acer has swung to a calendar Q2 loss caused by rising component costs and R&D investments, the Taiwanese PC maker has claimed. The world's fourth largest shifter of computer tin reported operating losses of NT$613m (£13.2m) for the three months ended 30 June compared to an operating profit of NT$433m (£9.3m) a year earlier. " …
Paul Kunert, 07 Aug 2013
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Huawei: Our servers are a flash in the DRAM – thanks, SanDisk

Huawei has swooped onto SanDisk for flash DIMMs to soup up its RH8100 servers. Flash DIMMs plug lumps of large NAND storage straight into a system's CPU memory bus rather than the slower PCIe bus that server flash cards typically use. The benefit, in theory, is that applications run faster because they wait less for IO – all the …
Chris Mellor, 16 Sep 2014
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We can give servers more memory, claims Diablo. Well, sort of

Diablo Technologies has launched its Memory1 flash substitute for DRAM, which, it claims, gives servers more "memory", enabling one server do the work of ten, saving on power, cooling and rack space, and threatening to slash server sales. Its Memory1 products are all-flash DDR4 DIMMs developed from its existing MCS (Memory …
Chris Mellor, 06 Aug 2015

It's all downhill from here: Avalanche spins STT-RAM

Startup Avalanche is sampling an STT-RAM chip offering DRAM/SRAM speed, persistent storage, unlimited endurance and scalability beyond 10nm. The holy unified memory chip grail is to replace DRAM, SRAM and flash with a single chip tech, offering the benefits of each without the drawbacks. Thus NAND cannot scale down psst 10nm and …
Chris Mellor, 01 Jul 2015

Samsung tosses lifeline to Netlist NVDIMMs

Flash DIMM technology developer Netlist has signed a five-year joint development deal with global memory leader Samsung to produce non-volatile DIMMs, giving it a lifeline from years of litigation hell against Diablo Technologies over memory channel storage IP. The basic concept is to put flash chips on DDR3 and 4 memory DIMMS …
Chris Mellor, 19 Nov 2015
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Apple places massive DRAM order at Elpida plant - report

Apple has taken a punt on bankrupt Japanese DRAM manufacturer Elpida, placing orders for a whopping 50 per cent of the firm’s production of chips at its Hiroshima facility, according to Digitimes. Industry sources told the Taiwanese tech title that Cupertino is keen to source the DRAM chips from Elpida to power upcoming iPhone …
Phil Muncaster, 16 May 2012

HGST sets hearts aflutter with second sexy PCM demo

HGST is being a sexy beast and strutting its Phase Change Memory stuff once again, at the Flash Memory Summit. Sex sells in the flash biz and HGST thinks it has a hot little number – again – with its Phase Change Memory technology. A year on from its 3 million IOPS/1.5 microsecs latency demo of a PCIe-connected PCM SSD, it is …
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2015

Nexgen’s QoS AFA has flash players in tiers

Nexgen has stripped out the 7.2K disks from its hybrid flash/disk N5 hardware box and replaced them with dual-port SSDs to create a 3-tier, all flash array with quality of service features driving data movement across the tiers. The Quality of Service features were introduced in July. The dual-active-active controller N5 …
Chris Mellor, 12 Nov 2015
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DRAM whammer Kaminario bigs up K2 biz

Comment Upstart Kaminario seems pleased with its position at the summit of flash array performance with its SPC benchmark-topping K2 all-flash arrays. But this mid-pack player may need to emerge from the herd to prove it has what it takes. Gartner pegs Kaminario as a visionary in the networked AFA (all-flash array) market. The startup …
Chris Mellor, 01 Sep 2014

Micron’s had its chips … and expects even more. Thanks Intel!

Intel’s Dalian flash fab news was taken to mean bad things for the Intel Micron flash partnership and XPoint activities. Well, not necessarily so, according to a Micron insider to whom we spoke. Intel announced it would pump up to $5.5bn into converting an existing chip-set fab in Dalian in China into a 3D Flash semiconductor …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2015

China decides to cook its own chips – report

Chinese government-owned Tsinghua Unigroup, having failed to buy Micron, is going to make its own memory chips. The WSJ reports that TU will spend $12bn-plus to build a fab and make acquisitions. It's being positioned as part of China's long term goal of being less dependent on Western technology. The acquisitions will be …
Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2015

Guess who: Storage chip maker [blank] can't wait for all-storage-chip data centers

+Comment Intel is pushing the idea of an all-flash data center so it can make up for slowing processor revenue growth by selling 3D NAND and XPoint chips and SSDs. Here is a re-envisaged copy of a slide Jerry Xu, Intel's general manager for NVM (non-volatile memory) solutions in China, showed at the Huawei Storage Summit in Shenzhen, …
Chris Mellor, 03 Nov 2015
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Atlantis: The DSSD, data centre disk killer rising from the deep

Interview Atlantis, the VM-accelerating DRAM cacher that’s moved into hyperconverged storage, has its eye on CrossPoint memory – the 3D XPoint stuff 1,000 times faster than NAND – as a way of cementing disk into a data centre coffin. It also aims to use it to pre-empt DSSD. CrossPoint memory was announced by Intel and Micron in July as …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2015
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DRAM it: Elpida, Toshiba may hook up

Loss-making Japanese DRAM fab fabricator Elpida is reportedly in dire straights and being pushed into an alliance with disk drive and flash-maker Toshiba by the Japanese government, sources say. That's according to tipsters who spoke to Digitimes, saying that Elpida's public debt is in danger of not being repaid, effectively …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jan 2012

Diablo trousers $28m to create a flash-in-the-DRAM technology

Diablo Technologies, a Canadian start-up founded 10 years ago, has just been given $28m to develop its flash-based in-memory technology. The MemoryChannel Storage technology involves fusing flash and DRAM together, with executing apps getting fast access to data in both DRAM and NAND through the memory subsystem - think storage …
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2012
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Wikibon takes Fusion-io founder's FaME to logical conclusion

The Wikibon consultancy has taken an idea put forward by Fusion-io founder David Flynn and formulated a flash-as-memory-extension concept (FaME). The concept involves getting rid of external IO for IO-bound applications by running them and their data entirely in logical memory. Instead of having data stored on disk, which is …
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2015

X-Gene 3 in 2016 – no, not a superhero movie. It's a 16nm FinFET 64-bit ARM chip for servers

In-brief Applied Micro has vowed to unleash upon the world the X-Gene 3, a 64-bit ARM-compatible server processor made using FinFET gates. The 32-core ARMv8-compatible chips will be manufactured by TSMC using a 16nm process, can be clocked up to 3GHz, and will feature eight DDR4-2667 memory channels and 42 PCIe 3 lanes, if all goes to …
Chris Williams, 16 Nov 2015
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Micron, Elpida, Nanya lust for a DRAM hot threesome

The boys from Boise are on a roll after buying the ashes of Virtensys last week - now Idaho-based Micron is chatting up struggling Japanese memory maker Elpida and Taiwan's Nanya to form a 3-way merger. Reuters reports that talks have reached the final stage. Elpida has not been raking in enough revenue to be either profitable …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2012

Feeding the XPoint cuckoo and finding it a place in the storage nest

XPoint memory is a spectrum-invading cuckoo. Spectrums are great ways to describe a range including different items with differing characteristics. Everyone gets used to the range, then something comes along and forces its way into the spectrum, making existing items shuffle up and down. There is a memory-storage spectrum with …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2015

China’s chip shop makes dash for flash with huge new fab

The Tsinghua Unigroup is spear-heading China’s dash to get its own flash fab off the ground. Filed plans show pilot production starting in 18 months. According to Stifel MD Aaron Rakers who has looked into the Tongfang Guoxin filing, the plant will build NAND and NOR flash wafers, not DRAM, with a 120,000 wafer starts/month ( …
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2015

SanDisk, HP take on Micron and Intel’s faster-than-flash XPoint

+Comment HP and SanDisk are joining forces to combat the Intel/Micron 3D XPoint memory threat, and developing their own Storage-Class Memory (SCM) technology. SCM is persistent memory that runs at DRAM or near-DRAM speed but is less costly, enabling in-memory computing without any overhead of writing to slower persistent data storage …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2015

DataDirect shovels ever more IOPs into core storage array

DataDirect Networks has boosted the performance of its flagship SFA12K array, upgrading it to the SFA14K with more than three times the IOPS performance. DDN boasts: “The introduction of the SFA14K delivering 60GB/s and six million IOPs in a single 4U appliance, is the largest single leap forward in performance of any large …
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2015

Flash DRAM wallop! Now Hynix fab cranks out NAND

Hynix is switching production at a memory plant in China to churn out NAND flash instead of DRAM chips. Digitimes reports that the plant at Wuxi in China will make the flash switch to help Hynix become more profitable – and perhaps to start catching up with NAND flash market leaders Samsung and Toshiba. Hynix is currently ahead …
Chris Mellor, 15 Mar 2012

Nvidia to stack up DRAM on future 'Volta' GPUs

GTC 2013 Nvidia wants to own an ever-increasing part of the computing racket and will be adding 3D memory stacking to its future graphics processors to make them more power-efficient and to boost their performance. Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and CEO at Nvidia, outlined the company's plans to used stacked DRAM on future graphics chips …
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Million-plus IOPS: Kaminario smashes IBM in DRAM decimation

Solid state storage supplier Kaminario has grabbed the SPC-1 storage benchmark with the first million-plus IOPS score, a full 134 per cent faster than previous king-of-the-heap IBM. The Storage Performance Council 1 (SPC-1) benchmark aims to provide comparison performance numbers for a storage subsystem while carrying out …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2012

Adaptec adds DRAM cache to entry-level RAID

DRAM-caching boosts entry-level Adaptec RAID controller performance past software RAID and cache-less host bus adapters. Adaptec, the adapter company that vanished down the Steele Partners plughole, exists as a RAID controller operation and brand inside PMC-Sierra. And now it has announced the "Adaptec by PMC family of Series 6E …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2011