Articles about Micron

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WD notebook drive shipments plummet

WD revenues and profits are declining as it finds disks and SSDs a hard sell in what its CEO calls “an increasingly challenging global economic environment”. Revenues for the second fiscal 2016 quarter, ended Jan 1, were $3.3bn, which is 2.94 per cent lower than the $3.4bn recorded for its first quarter and a decline of 15 per …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jan 2016
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China has a chip to fry with y'all: Wants its own chip smarts and fabs

China is making more moves as it tries to set up an indigenous and patent-protected semi-conductor chip capability. Xu Jinghong, the chairman of Tsinghua Holdings, said in a Davos World Economic Forum interview that Tsinghua wanted to buy two semi-conductor manufacturing companies. Analyst haus Stifel Nicolaus' MD Aaron …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2016
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Eight budget-friendly 1TB SSD data packers for real people

It wasn’t that long ago that the idea of a 2.5in 1TB class SSD roundup would have been laughable mainly because the very idea of a 1TB drive aimed at the consumer market would have been considered a flight of fancy. Until recently large capacity SSDs were the domain of the corporate and enterprise sectors with the accompanying …
Simon Crisp, 21 Jan 2016

Hey, Intel and Micron: XPoint is phase-change memory, right? Or is it? Yes. No. Yes

Comment So, is XPoint memory phase-change memory ... or not? An IM Flash Technologies co-CEO just gave a strong signal it might be phase-change, but doubt remains as Intel and Micron have kept their secret process ingredient hidden. IMFT is the Intel/Micron joint venture to manufacture flash chips in Lehi, Utah. Guy Blalock and Keyvan …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2016

2015 chip market battered by everything bar earthquakes and nuclear war

Worldwide semiconductor sales slid last year, as chipmakers were hit by sliding currencies, slumping PC shipments, and supply gluts in key markets. Gartner’s just published take on the 2015 semiconductor market shows overall revenues slipping 1.9 per cent to $333.7bn. Just to really rub it in, this compares to 2014’s 7.9 per …
Joe Fay, 07 Jan 2016
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Amazon, Azure and Google in race to the bottom ... of cloud storage pricing

Storage 2016 A period of quiet, rest and reflection is what the storage industry needs after a frankly hectic and very eventful 2015. It won't get it. The opposing forces of simplicity and complexity, access speed versus capacity, server versus array, on premises versus cloud, and tuned hardware and software versus software-defined are …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jan 2016
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Storage suppliers: Who reached for the stars, who burned up in orbit?

Storage year in review, part 3 Winners, losers, refugees, death, near-death, and a miraculous recovery ... all these were things that characterised the year for storage suppliers in 2015. They experienced earthquake-level changes as the movement of tectonic storage plates like flash, the cloud, server-based storage and activist investors shook old assumptions …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jan 2016

Baidu flash-card supplier Memblaze pockets extra funds

Chinese flash-card startup Memblaze has raised tens of millions of dollars in a C-round of funding, giving it the wherewithal to further develop its PCIe flash tech. According to Crunchbase Memblaze has had four funding events since being founded by CEO Xuebing Yin, CTO Lu Xiangfeng, and VP Marketing Zhibo Tang in 2011: 2012 …
Chris Mellor, 31 Dec 2015

Who will buy our darn DRAM? Micron smacked in wallet again

It was not a happy Christmas for Micron, as the numbers confirm it is suffering in the solid state memory and storage business with a fourth consecutive decline in revenues and fifth in profits. It made $3.35bn in revenues for its first fiscal 2016 quarter, compared to $4.57bn a year ago and $3.6bn in the preceding quarter, …
Chris Mellor, 30 Dec 2015
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2015: The year storage was rocked to its foundations

Storage year in review, part 1 The storage market in 2015 went through strategic foundation-shaking turmoil as the external shared disk array storage playbook was torn to shreds. It was a bewildering year, with rampaging and revolutionary activity at all levels of the industry. It’s best looked at from the ground up, starting with the technology vision, …
Wireless Watch, 25 Dec 2015
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We Kidd you not: Ex-NetApp CTO Jay speaks his brains on storage tech

NetApp’s ex-CTO Jay Kidd has joined object storage supplier SwiftStack’s board and we had the opportunity to ask him some questions about his views on various technologies. We wondered how much his views now might differ from NetApp norms. So we went ahead, and here are the technology topics and Jay Kidd's views: Mainstream …
Chris Mellor, 17 Dec 2015
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Oh my Tosh: SanDisk chatted to 3 other buyers before WD slurp

Comment Three other potential buyers were circling around SanDisk when it was being bought by Western Digital Corporation. A WD S-4 registration statement filing reveals Companies A, B, C and D were also involved in a potential purchase of SanDisk during the period in which it talked about a buy. The WD and SanDisk CEOs first met on …
Chris Mellor, 15 Dec 2015

Micron slurps the 66% of Inotera it doesn't already own, for US$3.2bn

Memory-maker Micron has decided that owning a third of Taiwanese supplier Inotera isn't enough, so will scoop the lot in order to preserve its margins. The former company's announced it will find US$3.2 billion bucks to acquire the company, paying $0.92 a share. Inotera cranks out about 120 thousand wafers of 30nm DRAM each …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Dec 2015

Western Digital begins navigating the non-volatile memory maze

Comment Stifel MD Aaron Rakers has taken a deep dive look at the SanDisk technology Western Digital is aiming to buy, and his report brings out cost-savings derived from HGST escaping payment of an Intel tax, 3D NAND timescales, and possibilities for future planar NAND node shrinks. SanDisk brings Western Digital a NAND chip supply …
Chris Mellor, 19 Nov 2015

Is Tsinghua Unigroup still stalking Micron for NAND IP?

China's Tsinghua Unigroup, which is set on building China's first flash chip foundry, is talking to a US chip technology concern about a stake, according to reports. Reuters reports that Tsinghua Unigroup's Chairman Zhao Weiguo said he wants the group to be the world's third-largest chipmaker in five years. A deal could be …
Chris Mellor, 19 Nov 2015
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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
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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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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
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Micron has three bits between its PC disk-killing flash teeth

Micron is targeting consumers and SMBs with a disk-replacing three bit Crucial-brand SSD. This BX200 triple-level cell (TLC) 2.5-inch flash drive uses Micron NAND chips, 16nm ones, and comes in 270GB, 480GB and 960GB capacity levels. It is driven by a Silicon Motion SM2256 controller operating Micron firmware. The basic …
Chris Mellor, 04 Nov 2015
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Huawei adds NVMe accessed SSDs to Dorado all-flash array

Huawei is updating its dual-controller OceanStor Dorado all-flash array by adding NVMe-accessed SSDs, reportedly boosting IOPS performance by up to 30 per cent. A demonstration system was exhibited at its Shenzhen storage summit and we managed to glean some information from the lid-off hardware with its labels, rolling slide- …
Chris Mellor, 04 Nov 2015
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Quick as a flash: NVMe will have you in tiers

Sysadmin Blog Non-Volatile Memory Express, or NVMe, is a game-changing storage standard for PCIe-connected drives. It is replacing AHCI and along with the U.2 (SFF-8639) connector it is replacing both SAS and SATA for high speed, low latency storage. It's the smart way to connect up flash and post-flash storage tech to your servers. The …
Trevor Pott, 03 Nov 2015
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Huawei cooks own PCIe SSD: Flash IP in a flash

Pics Chinese enterprise data centre IT supplier Huawei now makes its own PCIe flash cards, including the controller functionality. Being shown round an enterprise product exhibition hall in Huawei's Shenzhen campus* we saw a PCIe flash card, the ES3000 v2, with a capacity of up to 3.2TB, and we were able to pick it up and look at …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2015
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Huawei mixes it up with Micron and its new NVM tech

China-based telecom and enterprise IT supplier Huawei has entered a flash partnership with Micron, which means the Chinese firm will be using Micron flash in its OceanStor storage arrays. Huawei has an OceanStor range of unified file and block storage arrays plus a separate OceanStor Dorado all-flash array line with two …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2015

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
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Networking ace reveals: Intel planned NVMe for XPoint

Comment According to Packet Pushers networking whiz Greg Ferro, Intel created NVMe because they needed it for 3D XPoint memory, which thought totally revised my thinking of NVMe as simply a way to create a standard PCIe flash card driver, and Intel's role in XPoint development. Ferro supplied an Intel slide deck from an Intel …
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2015
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Intel inks $5.5bn deal to move 3D NAND production into China

+Comment Intel has dropped a flash bombshell by announcing it's going to make 3D NAND chips in China, implying it will add 3D XPoint chips to the mix later and raising doubts about its Micron partnership. In a blog by Intel SVP Rob Crooke, the general manager of Intel's non-volatile solutions group – such credentials underline the …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2015

SanDisk, we could make sweet flash music together, whispers WD

Western Digital is considering buying SanDisk for approximately $17-$18bn, with the companies already in advanced talks and a deal possible within weeks, according to Bloomberg, after speculation surfaced last week that SanDisk was in acquisition talks with both Micron and Western Digital. The potential deal price with WD is $80 …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2015
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New Nexus 5X, 6P smarties: Google draws a line in the sand

Review Google’s latest Nexus smartphones, the 5X and the 6P, were announced last month, and while there's a lot to be said for the upgrades, there's some unfortunate omissions. It has been five years since the first Nexus smartphone was unveiled, and since then the Chocolate Factory (and assorted hardware partners) has used the brand …
Iain Thomson, 19 Oct 2015

SanDisk 'explores' sale, WD and Micron prick up ears - report

SanDisk has hired a bank to explore selling itself, according to reports citing confidential sources. Western Digital (WD) and Micron are said to be interested, Bloomberg has claimed. SanDisk was rumoured to be an acquisition target last month, with WD in the frame. With Dell bidding US$67.1 billion for EMC, perhaps the tech …
Chris Mellor, 14 Oct 2015
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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
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Micron pulls up its flash SOCs, slurps up Tidal

The Non-Volatile Memory Express technology wave is rising and Micron has bought Tidal Systems, an early stage NVMe PCIe controller developer. Tidal Systems, which is developing system-on-chip (SOC) controllers for flash, was founded in 2013 by CEO Mike Lee and Dr Cody Wu, an former distinguished engineer at SandForce, the SSD …
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2015
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EMC and Dell considering 'a combination' – report

Update EMC and Dell are considering “a combination”, says The Wall Street Journal. Details of just what's on the table are sketchy. The Journal's referring to the usual folks familiar with the matter. Would some sort of tie-up make sense? Or more sense than the scuppered EMC/HP merger? Dell's storage range isn't as broad or deep as …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Oct 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
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Intel doubles capacity and speed of PCIe flash card

Intel has near-doubled the capacity and speed of its DC P3600 PCIe NVMe flash card with a DC P3608 refresh. It’s doubled the number of PCIe lanes from 4 to 8 and upped the maximum capacity from 2TB to 4TB, while still using 20nm MLC flash – the HET variety – in the P3608’s case. The net effect is to boost both IOPS and …
Chris Mellor, 01 Oct 2015
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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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Dialog Semiconductor gobbles Atmel for $4.6bn, with 'synergies' on the way

UK-based chipmaker Dialog Semiconductor is to acquire US chip firm Atmel for $4.6bn (£3bn) in a cash and stocks deal. The acquisition will create a company with a combined value (annual revenues) of $2.5bn, or £1.6bn. In 2014, Dialog posted sales of $1.15bn (£740m), up 28 per cent on 2013; while Atmel's full-year results …
Kat Hall, 21 Sep 2015
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D-round VC ReRAM cash comes crashing down on Crossbar

Resistive RAM memory tech startup Crossbar has snagged $35m in D-round funding to push the commercial ramp of its non-volatile memory (NVM) technology. Hong Kong-based Tyche Partners, China-based Oriza Holdings and unknown and possibly Hong Kong-based VC Cheerful Link joined all of Crossbar’s existing investors in the round, …
Chris Mellor, 18 Sep 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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Presenting Mangstor's NVMe superfast flash storage pocket rocket

Comment The Register storage desk thinks NVMe fabric linking for storage arrays will be very big, as it's a SAN/NAS latency killer. Startup Mangstor has built an NVMe fabric-accessed array, so we've seen what such a beast looks like. We looked at its MX6300 PCIe flash card recently and thought it was a marvelously fast product. We …
Chris Mellor, 08 Sep 2015
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Dog walkers, the San Andreas fault ... and the storage industry

Comment Mainstream storage arrays are being harassed by a wolf-pack of sleeker competitors. Looking at storage is like looking at a dog walker on the beach with a hundred howling dogs of all sizes and breeds on the leashes. Some are puppies, some young and sleek, some old and fat. They bark and growl and run in all directions …
Chris Mellor, 07 Sep 2015
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Drifting phases and noise in phase-change memory

Phase change memory cells can, well, change, over time. Once set in their crystalline or amorphous phases the material can drift towards the other state rendering the cell's resistance level less clear and weakening its ability to story a binary one or zero. PCM (Phase-Change Memory) is one of the candidate persistent storage …
Chris Mellor, 04 Sep 2015
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Is SanDisk becoming an acquisition target as the market consolidates?

Rumors and speculations are mounting that SanDisk might be an acquisition target, with reports indicating it's been chatted up by two suitors wanting to buy it, with Western Digital (WD) in the frame. There is strong logic for such a deal, as SanDisk is a hugely hot flash product supplier, and partners Toshiba in the flash …
Chris Mellor, 04 Sep 2015
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Storage boosters: Six mSATA format SSDs on test

Product Round-up The M.2 format for SSDs seems to be hogging all the headlines of late and the form factor may well be the future for storage for thin and light notebooks, tablets and nano-sized PCs. Yet the market is still gearing up to support it, so devices that can accommodate the format are still pretty thin on the ground, albeit improving …
Simon Crisp, 28 Aug 2015
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DDN: Quicker storage access passes HPC buck to CPU makers

Comment At a DDN user group meeting in Frankfurt earlier this year, Alex Bouzari said high-performance computing (HPC) exhibits an enduring tug-of-war between compute and storage. The co-founder and CEO of DataDirect Networks – which makes fast-access and capacious storage for supercomputing and HPC – speaks from the storage side of …
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2015

A magic bracelet that unlocks PCs, dancing robot spiders, and more in Intel's circus

IDF15 It's party time at Intel. The mixtape is in the deck. The beers are chilling in tub. The chip giant has 99 per cent of the data-center market. Its profits in a single quarter can slip a few per cent, and still stand at $2.7bn. AMD is still AMD. What has Intel got to worry about? OK, mobiles, PCs, laptops, and tablets are …
Chris Williams, 19 Aug 2015
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Rambus decides to enter the semiconductor chip manufacturing game

Serial litigant and denizen of chip makers' nightmare realms, Rambus, known for its licensing business model and the resultant court cases, has announced it is getting into the manufacturing game itself. Rambus has stated that its products will aid the company to move away from its often litigation-linked business model. CEO …
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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

XPoint memory ruminations: Expert says it's not PCM

Comment A presentation at the Flash Memory Summit contained speculation about Intel/Micron’s 3D XPoint memory – what it is and how Intel might use it. We’ve tested some of its contents with a knowledgeable industry expert and can cast a little more light, hopefully, on what it is and where it’s going. The Thursday August 13 …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2015
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Watch out, Tokyo! Samsung readies a 15 TERABYTE SSD

Samsung has revealed what can only be described as the Godzilla of flash drives, a 15TB SSD, at the Flash Memory Summit. Sammy opened the kimono on the new drive at its keynote session Memory Technology Advances Shape a New Era in Flash Innovation on 11 August. As reported by Golem.de the PM1633a uses Sammy's third generation …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2015
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Data centre disk use is spinning down – Wikibon report

Decades of disk domination are coming to a close: Wikibon sees flash replacing disk entirely for primary data storage enterprise and hyper-scale cloud data centres over the next ten years. Disk will still be used as the cheapest and fastest – for the price – bulk-capacity media for archival and other low-access rate data. The …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2015