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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
Micron HMC chip during manufacture

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
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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

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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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

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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Micron: Hot DRAM. We don't need no steenkin' PCM

Micron has reportedly withdrawn Phase Change Memory (PCM) products from its portfolio. Electronics360 says Micron has removed “128-Mbit 90nm serial and parallel NOR pin-out PCM devices from the products listed on its website". Sure enough we couldn’t find them there. Micron once supplied 45nm 1-Gbit PCM chips to Nokia for use …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2014

Nvidia to stack up DRAM on future 'Volta' GPUs

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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DRAM, bam, thank you ma'am: How XtremIO gets its speed

EMC’s XtremIO array has been launched into general availability today. Its details are as we said here and the storing of metadata in memory is key to understanding its speed. Data is stored in 4K blocks with each block having a unique hash address. There are two levels of addressing in the metadata. First an incoming data …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2013
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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

SMART Storage, Diablo brew a wee DRAM of MYSTERY tonic

SMART Storage and Diablo Technologies have promised to glue SMART's flash drives and Diablo's memory-channel storage (MCS) electronics into a combined product. Diablo's website says MCS is "where the memory and flash subsystem are fused together". Well, what does that actually mean? It goes on to say: "MCS will ... allow …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2013
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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
The Register breaking news

Rambus' patent evidence-shredding slices into Hynix DRAM payout

A US judge has ruled that legal attack dog Rambus destroyed evidence prior to its patent lawsuit against SK Hynix - but decided the paper-shredding wasn't a deliberate attempt to derail Hynix's defence. Judge Ronald Whyte reduced the royalties that Hynix owes on memory chips to just "reasonable non-discriminatory" levels. The …
Apple Maiden data center Teradata

Teradata boosts DRAM on appliances for in-memory queries

If it were as simple as adding more main memory to a server to crank up the performance of a parallel database, Teradata would have done it by now. But with memory capacities going up on x86 servers and memory prices coming down, now is the time to add more in-memory processing to data warehouse appliances – and that is …
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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

US and Japanese chip firms team up on MRAM project

A group of over 20 Japanese and US chip companies are joining forces to develop a way to mass produce new low power memory chips that operate ten times faster than DRAM. Firms including Micron Technology – the world’s number two DRAM producer – Renesas, Hitachi and Tokyo Electron will send experts to Tohoku university to begin …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Nov 2013

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
Intel and Micron's 20nm, 128Gb NAND chip

Fusion-io: Ah, Microsoft. I see there's in-memory in SQL Server 2014... **GERONIMO!**

Microsoft has given SQL Server2014 an in-memory operation ability and server flasher Fusion-io has quickly jumped in to take advantage. Its ioMemory product can run the in-memory flavour of SQL Server and deliver, Fusion claims, ”up to 4x improvements in transactions per second and a significant reduction in data latencies in …
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2014
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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
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Behold! Or rather, don't: Bendy see-through DRAM

Boffins at Rice uni in the States have devised bendy transparent memory chips using pure silicon crystals. James Tour, a polymath chemist at the university working at the Tour Lab - he is also a professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, as well as Rice’s T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in …
Chris Mellor, 29 Mar 2012
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Kaminario drops DRAM SSD pricing drawers

Kaminario, which supplies DRAM-based solid state drives, has dropped its entry-level pricing and raised its maximum capacity. When introduced in June last year its K2 DRAM product cost $200,000 for a 500GB entry-level version with two I/O directors, and scaled up to 1.25TB. The big box supplied 1.5 million IOPS and 16GB/sec …
Chris Mellor, 28 Mar 2011
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DRAM, Flash in same box named after killer mountain

You can now buy a tiered solid state device with both DRAM and flash because Kaminario has added Fusion-io flash to its DRAM-based K2 storage box. Kaminario introduced its K2 solid state storage device using DRAM last year, competing with DRAM RamSans from Texas Memory Systems. A flash option was quietly introduced earlier this …
Chris Mellor, 13 Sep 2011

Whew! 13-year-old lawsuit finally over, but it did smack our bottom line - Micron

Micron’s business is booming with first quarter 2014 revenues surging to $4.04bn. The quarter finished in 28 November and its revenues were "42 per cent higher compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 and 120 per cent higher compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2013". Net income wasn’t anywhere near as impressive at …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2014
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Rambus versus Micron FINALLY OVER

One of the IT industry's “Bleak House” lawsuits, between Rambus and Micron, has finally wound up after 13 years. The battle of the DRAM makers dates back to an era when investors were just about to discover that their dotcom money was feeding an evanescent bubble. After funding the education of enough lawyers' children to fill …
ULLtradIMM Latency

Sandisk's future is far from ULLtraDIMM: Diablo tie-up holds promise

SanDisk has an excellent chance of making it as an enterprise flash storage supply because it’s pursuing a SMART strategy that is (wait for it, wait for it) ULL-tra bright. What it’s managed to do is corner an area of the server application acceleration market that looks to be brand new and full of potential. And it’s done it …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2014
Memristor wafer

HP 100TB Memristor drives by 2018 – if you're lucky, admits tech titan

HP has warned El Reg not to get its hopes up too high after the tech titan's CTO Martin Fink suggested StoreServ arrays could be packed with 100TB Memristor drives come 2018. In five years, according to Fink, DRAM and NAND scaling will hit a wall, limiting the maximum capacity of the technologies: process shrinks will come to a …
Chris Mellor, 01 Nov 2013

Micron plumps STACKED SILICON BEAUTY with SerDes

Chip-making chappies Micron are going to use Avago SerDes technology for their Hybrid Memory Cube, indicating the firm's on track with the 3D cube's development. The Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) has layers of memory cells stacked vertically, with conducting tunnels running between the individual layers called TSVs - “through silicon …
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2014
Micron Memory Technology timelines

Micron: PCM? Pah. Gaze upon our MUTANT flashy memory cube

A Micron analysts day revealed the boys from Boise think nothing much will happen with resistive RAM technologies like the Memristor for five years, and that volatile/non-volatile memory configs for servers are going to grow. During the conference itself Micron presented lots of technology goodies. CEO Mark Durkan started out …
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2014

We're NOT DOOMED after all: Global semiconductor sales post record 2013

The PC business may be imploding and large chunks of the global economy may still be struggling, but you wouldn't know it from last year's worldwide semiconductor sales – they topped $300bn for the first time in history, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). For the full year, the industry raked in $305.6bn …
Rik Myslewski, 06 Feb 2014
SQL Server 2014

Violin array comes with new SQL sauce

Violin Memory's Steve Willson gave part of the game away on March 24, with a TechNet UK blog post: Violin's new array runs SQL 2014 in memory. Willson wrote: SQL 2014's new in-memory computing takes several leaps forward in performance and control. Application designers can now control what data is permanently staged in memory …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2014
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Avere gets edgy, speeds up flash flier filer

Avere produces clusterable FXT filer accelerators using tiering across RAM, Flash/SSD, fast SAS disk, and nearline SATA/SAS disks to accelerate access to file data from a filer behind it. Edge filers take this model further – making traditional filers look like slow, high-capacity data stores. Edge filers can store files up in …
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2014
Xeon plus stack of memory

Intel pulls up SoCs, reveals 'integrated' memory on CPUs

Intel said it was working on stacking a layer of memory on its Xeon processors to run memory-bound workloads faster. It said this in a pitch at the Denver-based Supercomputing Conference (SC13) which is running from 17 to 22 Nov. According to an EE Times report, Intel's Rajeeb Hazra, a VP and general manager of its data centre …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2013
Tangled magnetic tape

WD frees self from TYRANNY of TAPE

WD has introduced an update of the deduplicating Arkeia Network Backup Appliance product range featuring more powerful CPUs, higher capacities and less dependence on tape. Arkeia was bought by WD in January this year when its software was at the v10.0 level, and updated software, v10.1, is included in the backup appliance …
Chris Mellor, 01 Jul 2013
Micron HDIMM

Micron glues DDR4 RAM to flash, animates the 256GB franken-DIMM

Micron is developing a DDR4-compatible hybrid DRAM-NAND stick to blast data at processors faster than the PCIe bus used by rival flash cache products. DDR4 is a JEDEC standard and can move at least 2.1 billion blocks per second - the block size is set by the memory chip's word length in bits - and it beats the pants off DDR3. …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2013
Oracle ZS3-2

Oracle muscles way into seat atop the benchmark with hefty ZFS filer

Oracle has announced new cache-heavy ZFS appliances and has seized the SPC-2 benchmark top spot with one of them. Announced in early September, the third-generation ZFS appliance has most I/O served from DRAM cache, up to 2TB of it, and that makes these boxes stream data like a dragster sucking nitrous oxide. As before the ZFS …
Chris Mellor, 02 Oct 2013

Micron posts first quarterly profit for two YEARS

Hip hip hooray! Flash and memory fab operator Micron has made a quarterly profit, its first for eight quarters. Micron saw revenues of $2.3bn in its third fiscal 2013 quarter, ended 30 May 2013. This was agreeably larger than the previous quarter's $2.1bn and also the year-ago quarter's $2.2bn. Last quarter it made a loss of $ …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2013
Mushroom cloud explosion

DON'T PANIC says Hynix, China fab explosion is no big deal

Fears that an explosive fire at SK Hynix's Chinese fabs in Wuxi will cause a spike in chip prices are unfounded, says the company. "Currently, there is no material damage to the fab equipment in the clean room, thus we expect to resume operations in a short time period so that overall production and supply volume would not be …
Iain Thomson, 04 Sep 2013
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DRAM prices plunging into 2011

If you are out shopping for a server or a PC, you're going to be able to buy a box with considerably more memory than you could a year ago. With DRAM prices expected to fall through 2011, the longer you wait to buy, the more memory you are going to get for the money. According to chip market watcher iSuppli, as memory makers …

Everything faster than everything, boast soft flash wizards

Caching software startup VeloBit came to our notice as a provider of server flash caching software that could turn bog-standard commodity SSDs into Fusion-io-class flash caches. Now it's using its software with added tweaks to turn ordinary servers into VDI drag racers with the highest-access VDI data, like master VM images, …
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2013
CatalystNVRAM

Nuke-whisperers stuff terabytes of flash into heretical 'Catalyst' super

Three technological heavyweights have come together to spin-up a radically different supercomputer cluster designed to crunch "big data" workloads rather than the simulation and modeling jobs of typical HPC rigs. The collaboration between Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Intel, and Cray was announced on Monday and sees …
Jack Clark, 04 Nov 2013

Extreme ultraviolet litho: Extremely late and can't even save Moore's Law

To save Moore's Law, not only will the semiconductor industry need to move to not-yet-ready-for-prime-time extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV), it will also have to make a costly switch from the current 300mm wafer manufacturing standard to 450mm. So said Mark Thirsk, managing partner of semiconductor industry consultancy Linx …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Oct 2013
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DRAM patent holder sues Big Blue

Canadian embedded DRAM patent-holder Mosaid is suing IBM for patent infringement. Mosaid, founded in 1975 and based in Ottawa, calls itself one of the world’s leading intellectual property companies, and licenses patented IP in the areas of semiconductors, wired and wireless communications systems. It counts many of the world's …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2009
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Samsung offers eco-econo green DRAM

Using through-silicon vias, Samsung is stacking its memory chips higher and reducing energy consumption. It has a 32GB double data rate-3 (DDR3) RDIMM (Registered Dual-Inline Memory Module) using these through-silicon vias (TSVs) to build this 3D chip. The process technology is 30nm and the RDIMM is built from 4Gbit DDR3 memory …
Chris Mellor, 18 Aug 2011
Bursting out of a box

We wuz right: Big Blue ARE stuffing System x boxen with ULLtraDIMMs

Confirming our story about IBM stuffing ULLtraDIMMs into its an X-series servers, storage news upstart EnterpriseTech*reports that Big Blue's coming X6 servers, supporting Xeon E7 v2 processors, will have eXFlash memory channel storage: flash memory on a DDR3 module running on the memory bus. A SanDisker confirmed it was …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2014

Memory muddle muddies Intel's Exascale ambitions

Intel's lofty attempt to make a supercomputer capable of an exaflop by 2020 while consuming a mere 20 megawatts of power is running into major problems due to the pesky laws of physics. When Intel announced its exaflop goal back in 2011, the chipmaking giant talked up a variety of technologies it was bringing to bear on the …
Jack Clark, 14 Sep 2013
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Boffins read memory bits with light

Researchers from the US and Singapore have demonstrated a form of ferroelectric RAM that can be read with light instead of electricity – along the way overcoming a problem that has kept the technology locked away in a relatively small niche. FRAM is attractive as a memory technology because, unlike dynamic RAM (DRAM), it only …

Hey, PCIe flash makers. Look behind you - it's Samsung

Samsung is stalking PCIe flash companies and aims to meet them head-to-head. Yes, the South Korean giant is going to enter the PCIe flash card game. According to Peyman Blumstengel, a strategic business development man at Samsung Electronics, the company has PCIe flash cards on its roadmap and products should appear in the …
Chris Mellor, 04 Mar 2013
The Hulk

Huawei's TOP MUTANT smashes aside puny SPC-1 contenders

Huawei has crushed the SPC-1 benchmark lists for hybrid SDD-HDD arrays with its OceanStor 18800 delivering over a million IOPS. SPC-1 benchmarks are used to test the random I/O performance of a storage array, and Kaminario claims the top two spots with all flash and all-DRAM K2 arrays. Huawei’s hot box delivered 1.005,893.43 …
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2014