Articles about Memory Business

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Toshiba denies NAND exit report with 'no decision made' comment

Giant Japanese conglomerate Toshiba, currently restructuring in the wake of a huge accounting scandal, has denied media reports that it intends to pursue a flash foundry spin-off. The Japan Times has reported (citing sources) that the flash foundry business could be set up as a separate subsidiary owning the Yokkaichi plant in …
Chris Mellor, 21 Dec 2015

What just went down on Intel for three months? Er, PC and mobile chips

Intel announced its earnings based on its new financial reporting structure for the first time on Tuesday, but despite having lumped its ailing Mobile & Communications unit in with its PC Client business, there was no hiding that the three months ended on March 28 were a tough quarter for Chipzilla. Total revenue for the first …
Neil McAllister, 14 Apr 2015
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Samsung's flagging phone fortunes hit profits hard

Samsung has promised to shake up its smartphone line-up to try to win back some of the ground it has lost in the sector, after it revealed that its third-quarter operating profit was the lowest in more than three years. Sammy’s operating profit was 4.1 trillion won ($3.9bn), while net profit was 4.2 trillion won. In the same …
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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
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Samsung's at it AGAIN: SHATTERING profit records, that is

Samsung Electronics has pushed profits to yet another record, jumping 26 per cent in the third quarter, but had to rely on recovery in the chip market to do it. The Korean chaebol has had a string of strong quarters as its Galaxy mobes powered to the top of the Android table and it joined Apple at the head of the smartphone …
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Business intelligence startup tarts up Hadoop for managers

For the world's most lauded open source data platform, Hadoop is remarkably difficult to use, so Tuesday brings another company slinging a tool that entices managers and analysts into fiddling with the elephant. This time it's analytics startup Platfora with the general release of its in-memory business intelligence layer atop …
Jack Clark, 26 Mar 2013

Intel pits QDR-80 InfiniBand against Mellanox FDR

As Joe Yaworski, fabric product marketing manager at Intel, put it to El Reg, the next frontier of system innovation will be in fabrics. As we see it, that frontier may also be the front line of the InfiniBand war between Mellanox and Intel – with one upcoming battle being the former's 56Gb/sec interconnects versus Intel's new …
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STEC's flash daddy on SSD rivals, NAND and having your OWN controller tech

Mark Moshayedi, CEO of flash pioneer STEC, doesn't think "flash is forever". While his firm is now battling it out in the enterprise solid state drive space, he has a different vision for the future. El Reg storage desk recently met with Moshayedi, where he expanded on the firm's current strategies and explained how it had saved …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2013
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Faster-than-disk 1TB USB on sale soon... but if you lose it, you've lost £2k+

CES 2013 CES is the time to introduce new gadget gizmos and Kingston, SanDisk and Toshiba have stepped up to the flash front to parade their latest gear. SanDisk has updated two of its SSDs with Toshiba 19nm NAND and increased performance. Kingston has introduced a terabyte USB memory stick - damned expensive if you lose it - and …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2013
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Intel gobbles Lustre file system expert Whamcloud

Intel's ambition to dominate the exascale era of computing is a little closer to realisation, as Chipzilla has written a cheque to acquire Whamcloud, a company which develops and supports the open source Lustre clustered file system. Brent Gorda, president and CEO at Whamcloud, quietly announced the deal late last Friday. The …
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Choose Smarter: Ten… Class 10 SDHC Cards

Product Round-up Until the day when broadband is truly fast and all devices have wireless internet access as well as sync'n'store services such as Dropbox or Google Drive, memory cards will remain the most convenient general-purpose, pocketable storage medium. They help everyone to move documents, photos, music and videos around safely and …
Simon Crisp, 21 Jun 2012
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Rambus drops $35m for Unity Semiconductor

Rambus is spending $35m (£22.13m) in cash to buy Unity Semiconductor and get into the post-NAND memory business. Unity is involved with CMOX resistive RAM technology, said to combine DRAM speed and NAND non-volatility. It hopes to produce a 1 terabit chip by 2014. Unity's people will be joining Rambus, putting an end to any …
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2012
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Samsung seeks new chip factory in China

Samsung has applied to build a new flash memory chip plant in China, likely to cost around $4bn. The Korean firm informed the country’s exchange today that it was seeking approval for a NAND plant. NAND is a type of flash memory mostly used for smartphones and tablets. Samsung is hoping the new plant will be operational by …
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What flash needs is a little TLC

Comment The breakthrough when flash becomes affordable is thought by many people to be TLC (triple-level cell) – 3-bit multi-level cell NAND – which adds a third more capacity to flash cells. But how far are we with TLC implementation, and when will we see it in mainstream IT? According to Jim Handy of Objective Analysis, SanDisk is the …
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2011
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Intel gives former CFO Bryant the chair

Chip giant Intel has named Andy Bryant – its former CFO and current executive vice president in charge of its technology, manufacturing, and services operation – as vice chairman, and tapped him to become chairman of the board next May. Bryant came to Intel in 1981 after stints at Ford Motor Company and Chrysler – and I know …
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OCZ shares trashed by short seller's research note

OCZ stock went into freefall last week after serious allegations were published about its technology and its chief executive. According to a research note, the company was alleged to have hidden CEO Ryan Petersen's youthful misdeeds from investors during the recent secondary capital-raising. This was later discovered to be …
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2011
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New super-Flash chips to run on SiOx, not graphite

Stateside chip boffins say they have developed a radical new method of building memory, which will smash through the "brick wall" that Moore's Law is about to run into. The underlying technique was thought to be dependent on the use of graphite, but in fact this has now been shown to be untrue. A plucky grad student studying …
Lewis Page, 01 Sep 2010
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Dell gets flexible with server memory chips

Maybe what Intel really needs to do with its future Xeon processors is stop jacking up the core count so high and start putting more memory controllers on the chips and more memory channels in each socket. Maybe Intel should get back into the memory business. When server maker Dell launched its two-socket and four-socket …
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Taiwan bails out memory makers

The Taiwanese government says it will bail out six indigenous DRAM memory makers and mere them into a new entity called Taiwan Memory Company, confirming months of speculation. Government officials are pursuing partnerships with either an American or Japanese chip maker, or perhaps both. The announcement of the formation of …
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Semiconductor industry tries to re-architect itself

Comment In the face of a foundry chip glut and recession-induced demand slump the world's semi-conductor industry is experiencing shock and disruption with moves afoot for government aid, mergers and a bankruptcy. The Japanese Nikkei newspaper reports that Japan-based Elpida is going to combine with three Taiwan-based semi-conductor …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2009
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AMD thanks Ruiz for courageous ability to lose money

Comment Normally, a succession plan is a good thing. You want the new CEO to slide into the old CEO's chair with an ease that says, "Our asses were molded by the same country club rib eyes and crème brûlées. Everything is under control." Yesterday, though, AMD could have done with some unforeseen CEO-swapping spatter. It should have …
Ashlee Vance, 18 Jul 2008
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There's a lot of sizzle with this STEC

Analysis For HDD manufacturers the whirlwind, the silicon sandstorm, has literally come out of the desert, the Iranian desert as it happens. In the shape of STEC, a booming Californian company with greatness being thrust upon it, the hard disk drive (HDD) triumvirate of Hitachi GST, Seagate and Western Digital face the biggest disruption …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2008

Infineon boss heads for door

The chief executive of Infineon, Dr Wolfgang Ziebart, has resigned from the company because of an inability to agree strategy with the company's board of directors. Infineon's chairman Max Dietrich Kley thanked Ziebart for his work. Kley said: "We would like to thank Mr. Ziebart for his efforts and merits. He took over the …
John Oates, 27 May 2008

Intel rejects investor call to give up its hopes and dreams

"Have you ever thought about being like Philip Morris?" Now that's just rude. Some Wall Street type wanted to prove that his Zinger 101 mail order kit was worth the $1,995 asking price. So, he nailed Intel CEO Paul Otellini with that very question during a meeting held yesterday in Santa Clara. Intel brought its largest …
Ashlee Vance, 06 Mar 2008

Qimonda samples GDDR 5

Memory maker Qimonda has begun sampling GDDR 5 video-memory chips, producing what it claimed today was the world's first 512Mb part. Like past GDDR revisions, GDDR 5 ups the maximum available data transfer rate between video memory and GPU - to 20GB/s, in this case. Error compensation, adaptive interface timing and the ability …
Tony Smith, 01 Nov 2007

Wall Street forks over Intel's future

Intel told the best possible second quarter story, and few investors listened. Wall Street pushed Intel shares down almost five per cent during Wednesday's trading. Investors seemed most concerned with the lackluster gross margins Intel reported. Meanwhile, the analyst crowd actually appeared to side with Intel's spin on the …
Ashlee Vance, 19 Jul 2007

Intel rides laptop chips and lower costs during Q2

Strong notebook and server chip sales carried Intel to a second quarter that neared the high end of previous forecasts. Investors, however, seemed unmoved by the results, as Intel noted strong pricing competition in the desktop market and a reliance on cost-cutting measures to gloss its results. Intel reported second quarter …
Ashlee Vance, 17 Jul 2007
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Dell sees the channel light while Microsoft is cast as open source redeemer

It's finally happened. Dell has publicly stated what we in the channel have known all along. You can't live without resellers and partners. Not long after his second coming at the company and after many years of outright hostility to the indirect channel, CEO Michael Dell has undergone a conversion, telling CRN US: "There are …
Billy MacInnes, 24 May 2007
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Intel frees Flash biz

Intel has followed AMD's lead by creating a separate flash memory business with a partner. Intel and STMicroelectronics have signed an agreement to create an independent flash memory company based in Geneva. The new venture could have annual revenue of up to $3.6bn and will create products for mobile devices such as MP3 players …
Ashlee Vance, 22 May 2007

AMD profits, shipments up

AMD has turned in a good Q3 with sales of $1.33bn and net income of $134m, or 27 cents a share. Processor shipments rose 18 per cent from Q2 and revenues climbed nine per cent from Q2 and, on a like-for-like basis, 32 per cent from Q3, 2005 (last year's figures included the lossmaking memory business, since spun off). AMD says …
Drew Cullen, 18 Oct 2006
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AMD delivers on promise of Q2 disappointment

AMD did everything it promised during the second quarter. The company underwhelmed investors, while posting healthier results than rival Intel. AMD reported revenue of $1.22bn and a profit of $89m for the second quarter. Those figures compare to revenue of $797m and a profit of $11m in the same period last year, excluding the …
Ashlee Vance, 20 Jul 2006
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Intel gives up on world's biggest chip market. Why?

Comment Intel's name looks forever to be associated with the PC, now that it's ended a nine year dalliance with the phone business. The firesale of its 1,400 strong XScale processor division, and the write down of its cellular investments, means that Intel has passed up the chance to play in the largest volume chip market of them all. …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Jun 2006
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Intel comms business 'for sale'

Intel may sell off its communications business as part of a deep review of its business. Boss Paul Otellini said in April the firm was beginning a detailed strategic review. He suggested this would go beyond just cutting jobs. Analysts said last month that the comms business was first in the firing line. Intel's IXP network …
John Oates, 06 Jun 2006
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Opteron carries AMD to banner Q1

Freed of a money-losing memory business, AMD posted clean first quarter results that reflected gains in the server, desktop and mobile processor markets. AMD reported first quarter revenue of $1.33bn and a profit of $185m. Those figures compare with revenue of $780m and income of $64m in the same period last year. AMD enjoyed …
Ashlee Vance, 12 Apr 2006
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Spansion settles for IP Low

Flash memory venture Spansion started off the day with a humble IPO but managed to reach a reduced target by the end of Friday's trading. Spansion - the joint venture of AMD and Fujitsu - had once been looking to pull in between $16 and $18 per share from its IPO. Earlier this week, however, it reduced that target to between $ …
Ashlee Vance, 16 Dec 2005
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AMD forced to be more modest with Spansion IPO

AMD is feeling the pinch as tepid interest in its Spansion spinoff has forced a reduction in the IPO price range. In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, AMD revealed a cut in the price range for the memory company IPO down from between $16 to $18 a share to between $13 and $14 a share. The Wall Street rumor …
Ashlee Vance, 16 Dec 2005
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Infineon CEO plays down memory biz IPO plan

Infineon may be backing away from a plan to IPO its soon-to-be-spun-off memory products division during the second half of 2006. In an interview with German newspaper Suddeutschen Zeitung, Infineon's CEO, Wolfgang Ziebart, said that while an IPO remains the preferred outcome for the memory business' future, Infineon is not …
Tony Smith, 29 Nov 2005

AMD cheers banner Q3

AMD enjoyed broad success during its third quarter with notebook, PC and server chip sales increasing and driving record revenue totals. The strong processor group performance helped offset a still flagging memory business. Total third quarter sales were $1.52bn, while net income came in at $76m. The sales figure stands as a 23 …
Ashlee Vance, 11 Oct 2005
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Infineon shuffles management team

Infineon today said it had appointed a new chief of the company's memory business following the resignation last week of the unit's previous head, Andreas von Zitzewitz. His replacement is Kin Wah Loh who, until today, was in charge of Infineon's communications product division. Loh's old post will be filled by Hermann Eul, the …
Tony Smith, 28 Jul 2005
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Infineon memory boss quits

The boss of Infineon's memory business has quit the company and the board while police investigate corruption charges. Andreas von Zitzewitz offered his resignation on Saturday following police raids on Infineon's offices on Friday. Von Zitzewitz faces possible charges relating to "payments made for contracts regarding …
John Oates, 18 Jul 2005
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Intel rides mobile express to strong Q1

Intel rumbled to a strong first quarter, posting a surge in revenue on higher than expected mobile processor sales, the company said today. Intel flashed investors with first quarter revenue of $9.4bn - a 17 per cent rise year-over-year. This revenue total came in at the high-end of Intel's mid-quarter forecast delivered in …
Ashlee Vance, 19 Apr 2005
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AMD profits disappear in a Flash

After dropping a bombshell on investors last Monday that its fourth quarter of 2004 would be a disappointment, AMD formally announced the numbers today. AMD lost $30m on sales of $1.26bn in the final quarter of the year (and AMD's fiscal year). Despite processor sales rising 26 per cent over the corresponding period in the …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Jan 2005
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Investors gut AMD on memory slip

Shares of AMD were battered during Tuesday's trading after the company warned that its fourth quarter earnings would not likely please investors. At the time of this report, AMD's shares were down more than 20 per cent to $15.57. This drop erases a late 2004 run in which AMD's stock hit a high of $24.95 per share. Investors …
Ashlee Vance, 11 Jan 2005
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AMD issues revenue warning

Weak demand for flash memory will drag down AMD sales for Q3. But net income will be up a little on Q2's $32m, reflecting the higher margins from sales of microprocessors, the chipmaker warned yesterday. Previously, it expected sales to increase moderately from Q2's sales of $1.1262bn. Now for a quote for Robert Rivet, AMD's …
Drew Cullen, 05 Oct 2004
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Intel disappoints investors with lowered Q3 outlook

Intel has pulled back its third quarter revenue guidance, pointing to a slowdown in chip and flash memory sales as reasons for the move. Intel is now looking for third quarter revenue to come in between $8.3bn and $8.6bn. The chipmaker has previously advised analysts and investors that revenue for the period would be between $8 …
Ashlee Vance, 02 Sep 2004
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AMD rides memory sales to solid Q2

Strong memory sales helped push AMD to a solid second quarter, the company reported today. AMD pumped out $1.26bn in revenue and $32m in net income for the period ended 27 June. These figures compare to revenue of $645m and a net loss of $140m in the same quarter a year ago. "We are pleased to report a ninety-six percent year- …
Ashlee Vance, 14 Jul 2004
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Hynix creditors rethink China DRAM plant plan

Hynix's creditor banks are rethinking their rejection of the memory maker's plan to build a DRAM plant in China, now that there's a chance that STMicroelectronics will come in on the deal. The Korea Development Bank (KDB), is looking at the scheme once again having voted against it last April, South Korean newspaper JoonAng …
Tony Smith, 08 Jul 2004
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AMD mocks the Street with bumper Q1

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) surged past analyst expectations in its first quarter with strong sales across the board helping it post a profit for the second quarter in a row. AMD reported $1.24bn in sales for the first quarter and net income of $45m. This marks a 73 per cent increase in sales compared to the same period a year …
Ashlee Vance, 14 Apr 2004
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Hynix rejects bid for its non-memory biz

Hynix has rejected the latest offer US banking combine Citigroup has made for its non-memory business as "unacceptable", the South Korean manufacturer said today. Negotiations between Citigroup Venture Capital (CVC), the bank's seed-investment division, and Hynix began last September after CVC submitted a letter of intent. Non …
Tony Smith, 13 Apr 2004
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Intel XScale biz to take $600m charge in Q4

Intel narrowed it Q4 sales forecast yesterday, tightening the focus from its earlier prediction of $8.1-8.7 billion to $8.5-8.7 billion, as anticipated. However, the company also said it would take a $600 million one-off charge during the period. Revealed during Intel's mid-quarter update yesterday, the "goodwill impairment" …
Tony Smith, 05 Dec 2003