Articles about Micron

Micron 'fesses up: Yes, we plan to eat limping DRAMurai warrior

After months of speculation and rumours, Micron's acquisition of Elpida has finally been announced. The firm has now signalled its intention to buy Elpida for 200 billion yen ($2.5bn, £1.6bn). Here's the Micron statement: Micron … and Elpida Memory's … trustees announced today that the parties have signed a definitive sponsor …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jul 2012

Micron CEO Appleton dies in plane crash

Steven Appleton, the long-time CEO at memory chip maker Micron Technology, died this morning in a crash of an experimental plane in the company's hometown of Boise, Idaho. He was 51 years old and one of the youngest CEOs and chairman in the Fortune 500. According to a statement released by Micron, Appleton died at Boise Airport …
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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

Micron warms up solid hardness, shoves in PCIe hole

It's PCIe flash, but not as we know it. A Micron SSD can now snuggle up as close as it likes to servers because it has been given a server PCIe bus interface. Dell loves the idea. Dell is using the PCIe-interface version of Micron's P320h SSD in its 12G PowerEdge servers. We knew it was using Micron SSDs, which normally have …
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2012
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Micron buys PCIe extender Virtensys, backers trouser hefty payout

SSD maker, Flash and DRAM fab operator Micron is buying Virtensys, a startup selling PCIe-sharing appliances Virtensys' VIO 4000 product connects to servers' PCIe busses and enables a group of servers to share PCIe peripherals, such as NICs, HBAs, direct-attached disk drives and PCIe-connected solid state drives (SSDs). Such …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2012
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Frisky Micron flashes its flash

Flash fab operator and drive supplier Micron is going to rapidly strengthen its server flash offerings, as well as developing its desktop/notebook SSDs. At the moment it offers a single PCIe flash card product, the single level cell (SLC) P320h using 34nm technology. According to a chart presented at a Needham investor …
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2011

Intel, Micron double single-chip flash capacity

Intel and Micron, through their IM Flash Technologies (IMFT) joint venture, have announced the development of what they call the world's first 20-nanometer, 128-gigabit, multilevel-cell flash-memory chip, and that they have begun "mass production" of their 20nm 64Gb chip. "Through the utilization of planar cell structure and Hi- …
Rik Myslewski, 06 Dec 2011
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Get ready for the El Reg Storage Winners-n-Losers super chart

A look at four years' worth of storage supplier revenues shows us which suppliers are winning, losing or standing still. The chart shows annual revenues for storage suppliers, or the storage business of larger suppliers, insofar as it can be identified, from 2010 to 2014. All_Storage_supplier_revenues It's crude as suppliers …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2015

NASA plots methane-detecting laser in SPAAACE

NASA is working on a laser-based instrument it hopes will be able to take flight to measure atmospheric concentrations of important greenhouse gas methane. The work is being led by Goddard Space Flight Center scientist Haris Riris, who collaborated with Jim Abshire of Goddard in developing the CO2 Sounder Lidar (light detection …
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Micron's glass memory monster chews up slowcoach flash

Micron has demonstrated Phase-Change Memory (PCM), enabling an app to run around 50 times faster than it would on NOR memory. PCM is a post-NAND and post-NOR contender in the non-volatile memory arena; it's said to combine the speed and simple data access of DRAM and the non-volatility of NAND and NOR flash memory. It stores …
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2011
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Micron's revenues circle drain for third straight quarter

The numbers are straightforward. In its second financial 2012 quarter, ending 1 March, DRAM and NAND maker Micron sold $2.1bn of chips and SSDs and made a loss of $224m. This reflects the deepening of a trend that has been underway for seven quarters, with declining revenues and falling profits turning into losses. If you have a …
Chris Mellor, 23 Mar 2012
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SanDisk goes nuclear with its Fusion flash card range

SanDisk has announced third-generation ioDrive PCIe and mezzanine flash cards, claiming up to a fourfold price performance improvement, with up to a 61 per cent list price reduction over the previous generation Fusion ioDrive 2/Atomic product. Fusion-io and its ioMemory technology was bought by SanDisk for $1.1bn in June last …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2015
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Intel and Micron reach flash frontier

Intel and Micron have claimed the flash high ground, or low ground really, with a 20nm process which is ready now. Competitors like Samsung and Toshiba are in the 25nm area and Intel Micron Flash Technologies (IMFT), the Intel Micron JV, has leap-frogged them to 20nm. The smaller the geometry, the more flash cells you can get in …
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2011
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Extensive 3D NAND drives very expensive to make

The flash industry is going to have to dig deep – really, really deep – to fund the fabs needed to build 3D NAND. Stifel MD Aaron Rakers bas been crunching numbers and comparing foundry capital costs for NAND over the next few years with those for disk drive fabs. The forthcoming flash fab costs are driven by the conversion to …
Chris Mellor, 09 Apr 2015

Cherry Creek overflows with HPC goodness at Uni of Nevada

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has signed a deal giving it access to a year-old TOP500 and Green500 supercomputer, the Intel-built Cherry Creek which has arrived at the city's Switch Supernap. In a partnership with Switch, the university says it will be offering the machine for private sector research as well as its own …
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Intel offers ingenious piece of 10TB 3D NAND chippery

IMTF, Intel Micron Flash Technologies, a partnership between Intel and Micron, has a 3D MLC NAND technology, which will be used to build 10TB SSDs in two years. With 3D flash a die is made up from layers of ordinary or 2D planar cells stacked (as it were) one above the other. The news came in a webcast for Intel investors …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2014
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Micron streaks away with PCIe flash

There's fast PCIe flash and then there's Micron's just-announced P320h PCIe flash. PCIe flash is for servers needing minimal I/O delays in fetching data to memory. Instead of having that data on hard disk drives, which have millisecond delivery times, the servers can stir on the cards attached to the PCIe bus and have the data …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jun 2011

BATMAN LASER builds smaller, faster hard drives

Swiss boffins working at the Paul Scherrer Institute have explained a mechanism allowing magnetic bits to be switched using lasers, and have turned up an accidental nano-scale Batman logo. The boffins, as part of an international team with collaborators in Germany, the Netherlands and Japan, reckon their work could let storage …
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Samsung, Micron bake 3D chips for next-gen RAM

We're hitting a memory wall, if you didn't know, and processor cores are going to be held up because DRAM can't scale up enough or ship 'em data fast enough. Samsung and Micron aim to fix that with 3D memory cubes and a consortium to define an interface spec for them. Samsung and Micron, asserting that existing 2D DRAM …
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2011

Intel cashes in its chips with Micron, bets on post-flash riches

Intel is flogging some its flash foundry capacity in its IMTF joint venture to Micron, its partner in their manufacturing love-in. Chipzilla is selling its stake in two IMTF wafer plants to Micron for $300m cash and a $300m amount held by Micron to pay for future NAND supplies from the plants or to be refunded as cash. Intel and …
Chris Mellor, 02 Mar 2012
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Elpida denies half-a-BEEELLION-dollar Micron buy-in

Speculation, reports and rumour are swirling around Elpida like leaks from a failing US primary candidate's campaign room. The latest has Micron Technology spending half a billion bucks to buy into Elpida while that company announces its first Resistance RAM chip; proving its worth so to speak. The DRAM market is over-subscribed …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2012
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Larry wants triple money back from Micron

"You over-charged us. We want triple damages." That's the essence of an Oracle lawsuit against Micron, filed last Friday in San Jose. As reported by Bloomberg, Oracle, the well-known touchy-feely company, claims Micron over-charged it when its acquired Sun business bought some $2bn of DRAM chips in the 1998 - 2002 period. In …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2010
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Shocking new low for SanDisk – 15nm flash chips rolling out its fabs

SanDisk has powered up the smallest NAND process in the industry, 15nm, meaning it should be able to get more working flash chips from each silicon wafer – and thus lower its costs. It's calling this technology "1Z", as 1X is below 20nm, and 1Y is between that and 15nm. These alphabetic suffix boundaries are not standard, and …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2014
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Micron CEO waddles onto fattest cat list

Micron CEO Stephen Appleon is the 25th most overpaid CEO in America according to a Business Insider story, citing proxy advisory group Glass Lewis's CEO pay survey. Appleton trousered $8,448,639 pay in 2009. The pay level is computed from salary, bonuses, stock options and golden hellos. Micron CEO STeven Appleton A Glass …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2010
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My my, Intel, that's one speedy NVMe flash card you have there

Intel has produced three blazing fast PCIe flash cards using NVMe – and that should upset the PCIe flash applecart nicely. Intel DC P3700 Intel DC P3700 NVMe is a standard way of accessing non-volatile memory, meaning host operating systems need only have a single standard driver instead of specific drivers for each supported …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2014
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Flash dead end is deferred by TLC and 3D

Comment The arrival of a flash dead-end is being delayed by two technologies, both involving the number three – three-level cell (TLC) flash and three-dimensional (3D) flash – with the combination promising much higher flash chip capacities. As ever with semi-conductor technology, users want more data in the same space and faster access …
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2015
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IBM, Micron tag team on 3D memory breakthrough

The Hybrid Memory Cube consortium formed by Samsung Electronics and Micron Technology this October is leveraging IBM Microelectronics' 3D wafer-baking expertise to get HMC memory to market in two years. IBM said on Thursday that it has come up with manufacturing breakthroughs to create the conduits that link stacked blocks of …
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MacBooks slimming down with Sammy's new 3D NAND diet pills

The 3D NAND revolution starts here. According to reports, Apple has signed a deal with Samsung to use its 3D V-NAND SSDs in future MacBooks, expected some time in 2016. The Korean Times estimates the deal is worth billions of dollars. Instead of having a single 2D or planar layer (as most current MLC flash dies do) 3D NAND has …
Chris Mellor, 18 Mar 2015
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Micron bought the ashes of crashed Virtensys

Analysis Far from backers celebrating anything like a fourfold payout after Micron bought Virtensys, it turns out the sad reality is that Virtensys was close to collapse and Micron is buying the ashes of a crashed startup. Stockholders will get nothing as the firm avoided a disastrous implosion by the skin of its teeth. The picture we …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2012
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Boffins FOAMING over a Nickel's worth of hydrogen

As a power source, hydrogen has a bunch of problems, but at least one of them – the cost of obtaining the gas – might be closer to a solution. Right now, most commercial quantities of hydrogen are derived from fossil fuels because electrolysis of water into hydrogen is expensive. Boffins from the University of NSW reckon that a …

Gartner: Dell nowhere to be seen as storage SSD sales go flat

Well, here's another nail in the coffin for traditional storage arrays; Gartner claims array SSD sales were up just one per cent year-on-year, while server flash sales grew 51 per cent. EMC leads the AFA players, while Cisco and Dell are nowhere. Total enterprise SSD revenue is 2014 was $5.77bn, up 30 per cent year-on-year. …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2015

HGST brings PCM to flash show, STUNS world+dog with 3 MILLION IOPS

In a terrific demo of the wrong technology for the Flash Memory Summit, HGST is showing a PCIe-connected Phase Change Memory device running at three million IOPS with a 1.5 microsecs read latency. Phase Change Memory (PCM) stores binary digits as differing resistance levels by changing the state, or phase, of the chalcogenide …
Chris Mellor, 05 Aug 2014
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A day may come when flash memory is USELESS. But today is not that day

The era of flash memory is anticipated to run out of road in the 2020s and newer technologies involving resistance and electron spin are poised to take over, delivering higher capacities, greater speed and DRAM-style addressability. Some people ask if one of these new technologies could actually unify dynamic memory (RAM) and …
Chris Mellor, 18 Mar 2015
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Chipzilla spawns 60-core, six-teraflop Xeon Phi MONSTER CHIP

Intel has set some rumours to rest, giving a media and analyst briefing outlining details of its coming 60-plus core Knights Landing Xeon Phi chip. Opening the bag to let the cat see a little bit of light, Intel has told journalists at a briefing at its Hillsboro, Oregon fab that the “honking big die” for the Knights Landing Phi …
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Micron revs flashy SSD line

Micron has revved its RealSSD C300 flash products, moving them to a smaller process technology, doubling maximum capacity, increasing performance, and christening its new line the RealSSD C400. The existing C300 line uses 34nm process technology; the C400 uses 25nm technology, which has enabled Micron to double maximum capacity …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jan 2011
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Intel and Micron expose 3-bit flash

No sooner has a leaked Intel flash roadmap shown enterprise-grade multi-level cell (MLC) flash than Intel and Micron announce they are sampling 3-bit MLC product. The two are sampling a 64Gb product built using their 25nm process technology and aimed at the Secure Digital flash card market. The die, measuring 131mm2, is 20 per …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2010
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Photons link arms on chip to hasten march of quantum crypto

A multinational collaboration of boffins reckons it's come up with a chippable solution to one of the practical problems of quantum communications: getting a good source of entangled photons. While commercial quantum key distribution (QKD) devices already exist, getting as much of the process onto silicon is the foundation of …
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Nexenta flies over the Edge into the object storage bearpit

Nexenta's hypercale block and object storage software has hit the streets, pitting Nexenta competitively against all the other object storage suppliers. NexentaEdge was introduced last August and now it's generally available, two quarters later than its then-schedule. We're having it described as "the first software-only scale …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2015

SanDisk slashes sales outlook as growth shudders to a stop

SanDisk expects the current quarter's revenues to be about $1.3bn, 14 per cent less than a year ago, with the flash business supposed to be a growth area. The execs must have been horrified when they heard. At the end of the poorly performing previous quarter it expected $1.40bn to $1.45bn, still down on the $1.51bn earned a …
Chris Mellor, 27 Mar 2015
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Chinese 'Superphone' manufacturer declares war on Apple

Under the moniker of “Superphones”, streaming TV company LeTV has launched a trio of high-end mobes with all the subtlety of a hippo with toothache. As the first devices to have a new reversible USB type C, the specs are impressive. The key application for the device is LeTV’s over-the-top video service, akin to Netflix. As a …
Simon Rockman, 20 Apr 2015
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Micron's new flash dies live longer

Micron is sampling new flash dies that can write data many more times than other flash chips before they expire. Micron calls its new products Enterprise NAND and is using a 34nm process to build them. It has a new 16Gbit single-level cell (SLC) die capable of up to 300,000 write cycles. Micron says this is three times more than …
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2009
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Hey - who wants 4.8 TERABYTES almost AS FAST AS MEMORY?

Chinese flash product supplier Memblaze has launched an almost memory-speed server flash card with a 14 microsecond latency - and up to 4.8TB capacity - for the hyperscale market and open compute project applications, according to a company statement. This is a variant of its existing PBlaze3 card. Speeds and feeds: 750,000 …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2014
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Micron takes wraps off 'fastest' desktop SSD

Memory maker Micron has introduced what may be the first solid-state drive fitted with a 6Gb/s Sata 3.0 connector. The RealSSD C300 is being pitched as "the fastest drive for notebook and desktop personal computers". Easy to say, that, and Micron followed it up by stating the C300 is faster than any other SSD connected by a 3Gb/ …
Tony Smith, 03 Dec 2009

Faster, Igor! Boffins stuff 255 Tbps down ONE fibre

The 2014 game of “leapfrog with fibre speed records” has a new and probably temporary leader, with boffins from China, the US and The Netherlands claiming a 255 Tbps record in a single fibre over 1 km. As always with such things, it pays to understand the conditions under which the boffins are claiming the record, and the …
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3D printer bods offer New Year's resolution (geddit?)

Formlabs, the company that makes the Form 1+ 3D printer, has announced a software upgrade that improves printing speed and reduces the size of supports to increase speed, reduce the amount of resin used and thus lower 3D printing costs. New Year, New Resolution. from Formlabs on Vimeo. The speed comes from a new Draft Mode, a …
Simon Rockman, 07 Jan 2015

French BIONIC EYE sits IN your peeper, feeds infrared light into nerves

A photovoltaic visual prosthesis developed by a French team of cyborg shepherds will be powered by the infrared light it receives as it sits inside your eyeballs. The infrared light, beamed to the prosthesis through some cyberpunk-looking goggles, is then propagated through the user's (undamaged) optical nervous system to …
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Micron lights touchpaper on flash rocket

Micron has announced what looks like a blazingly fast multi-level cell solid state drive (SSD), which supports the 6Gbit/s SATA interface. The RealSSD C300 is built using the 34nm process Micron and Intel have developed. It comes in both 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch form factors and has 128GB and 256GB capacity points. The read speed …
Chris Mellor, 03 Dec 2009
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Micron to make even teenier NAND dies

Not content with shrinking its NAND flash process to 25nm, Micron is heading below that level next year. We don't know exactly how small the NAND dies are going to get but DigiTimes reports Micron will get there next year. The company hasn't even started mass-producing its 25nm product yet and it's pretty advanced. As Micron …
Chris Mellor, 02 Mar 2010
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Intel and Micron team up for flash fab

Intel and Micron will start building a new fabrication plant for NAND flash chips by the end of the year, according to a DigiTimes report. Toshiba will have a new flash fab coming online in Japan in early 2011, and building should start this month. Samsung also has a new fab in South Korea coming online next year. Flash fabs …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jul 2010
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PCs, servers push Micron to profits

Micron bagged $365m in profits during its latest fiscal quarter, completely rebounding from a $763m loss this time last year. In the quarter ended March 4, Micron's sales nearly doubled to $1.96bn, but costs were only up a smidgen. For the six months ended in March - which more or less encompasses the period of stabilization in …