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Whiptail's Dan Crane and James Candelaria

Why is SanDisk joining whip-round for Whiptail?

USB and camera/phone flash chip vendor SanDisk has bought into flash array startup Whiptail. Now why exactly, and how, is SanDisk doing this? A Wall Street Journal blog gave the game way. SanDisk is announcing a $75m venture fund to buy stock in companies that help SanDisk's strategic interests. The first buy is stock in …
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2012
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HP's chief techie departs, will not be replaced

HP's chief technical officer, Shane Robison, is out. Robison, an EVP as well as HP's CTO, and member of HP's executive council, will leave on 1 November, having spent 11 years at HP. He will not be replaced: HP CEO Meg Whitman appears to be pulling strategy, research and development closer to HP's portfolio of businesses. The …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2011

HP taps server exec Fink as CTO, lab director

HP has a techie-in-chief after nearly a year of leaving key CTO and lab director positions unfilled. A year ago, then-new CEO Meg Whitman decided that HP did not need a chief technology officer, and Shane Robison – who came into HP in the wake of outsider CEO Carly Fiorina – was shown the door. In April of this year Prith …
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Flash-killer nanotube memory firm teams with Belgians to try again

Carbon nanotube memory startup Nantero has inked a deal to develop dense non-volatile memory with IMEC, a Belgian research centre, using its NRAM technology. For those of you who remember, back in 2007, Nantero told The Reg it expected the tech to replace flash by 2009, which seemed over-optimistic at the time. But the new deal …
Chris Mellor, 06 Nov 2012
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Elpida aims to issue $1bn of paper to fund re-tooling

Elpida needs to raise nearly one billion dollars to fund a transition into making memory for smartphones and tablet PCs, relying less on PC DRAM in the future. Revenues from DRAM have fallen short of what's needed and Elpida will issue new shares and convertible bonds to pay for the direction change. It's a massive amount of …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jul 2011
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HP plays Violin to whip Itanium beasts into flash frenzy

HP has signed a deal with Violin Memory to flog shared flash memory arrays to its Itanium customers, El Reg has learned. HP produces and sells Itanium-based systems, running HP-UX, OpenVMS and NonStop, through its Business Critical Systems operation to customers who need extreme high-availability, reliability and robustness from …
Chris Mellor, 30 Nov 2011
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Here's a free tip, Cisco: DON'T buy NetApp unless you're crazy

Hungry Cisco may gobble Citrix, NetApp and Rackspace, according to Bloomberg. But why on Earth would Cisco buy NetApp? We'll tell you why that's a crazy idea. Bloomberg quotes Thrivent Financial’s analyst Peter Karazeris, who said: "Financially, it’s a good transaction. Strategically, it’s not crazy. [NetApp] does fit.” Thrivent …
Chris Mellor, 17 Dec 2012
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Return of the SALTY DISK BOFFINS

Micron is getting into a spin over STT-MRAM and getting into bed with a Singaporean research institute to develop it. The background is that NAND is facing increasing problems over write endurance and write power as the process size reduces from 29-20nm to 19-10nm ... and then below 10nm. The problem is exacerbated as bits are …
Chris Mellor, 01 Nov 2011
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Unity: 'We'll make a terabit chip by 2014'

Unity Semiconductor thinks its CMOx technology can be the silver bullet the storage industry needs, succeeding NAND with next-generation memory combining DRAM speed and flash non-volatility – with Micron's help. EEtimes reports that Unity COO and co-founder Christophe Chevallier will present a CMOx (Complementary Metal Oxide) …
Chris Mellor, 06 Oct 2011
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Hynix gets out tiny NAND cell

While flash fabs are producing 20nm-class product Hynix has gone one better, planning to present a 15nm flash geometry at the next International Electron Devices Meeting. A 20nm-class flash die is made using a process between 29nm and 20nm. The smaller the process, the more flash dies can be obtained from a wafer and, it follows …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2011
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LSI: Flash is just another thing, not a miracle in your pants

LSI will be a major flash player because it's treating flash as just another business extension and not a dramatic, kick-the-bucket, start-over, start-up fantasy. What LSI, a supplier of silicon to the disk drive, storage and communications markets, has seen is that it can pump flash extensions of its existing products through …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2012

The incredible shrinking NAND: I'm MEELLLLTING

NAND is heading to the graveyard, getting closer and closer with every geometry shrink and every added cell bit. Any replacement NV-RAM technology will require controller software rip-and-replace, which could kill one trick pony flash array startups. NAND flash is non-volatile but expensive to make and both ways of making it …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jun 2012
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Phase change memory arrives

Numonyx has launched two Phase Change Memory (PCM) products under an Omneo brand. Both are 90nm, 128Mbit parts with the P5Q product having a serial peripheral interface and the P8P one using a parallel NOR interface. The P8P is a second-generation product that supports, Numonyx says, one million write cycles. The gen 1 product …
Chris Mellor, 22 Apr 2010

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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Samsung ships phase-change memory for mobes

Samsung is shipping phase-change memory in a multi-chip package (MCP) as a NOR replacement for mobile phones. Phase-change memory involves storing binary digits as different levels of resistance caused by phase changes in an alloy of germanium, antimony and titanium. The phase changes from amorphous to crystalline and back again …
Chris Mellor, 30 Apr 2010

Flash DOOMED to drive itself off a cliff - boffins

Microsoft and University of California San Diego researchers have said flash has a bleak future because smaller and more densely packed circuits on the chips' silicon will make it too slow and unreliable. Enterprise flash cost/bit will stagnate and the cutting edge that is flash will become a blunted blade. The boffins presented …
Chris Mellor, 21 Feb 2012

No toys to throw from the PRAM

Phase-change memory (PCM or Phase-change RAM - PRAM) seems to be changing its phase, from promising-newcomer-technology to fading-candidate-going-nowhere. PCM is a memory technology involving a change of material state and electrical resistance in a memory cell's chalcogenide layer. The theoretical attractions are that it is non …
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2011
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HP demonstrates mega-memory concept

Research work on HP's never-ever-forget Memristor concept is proceeding apace. Memristor technology could provide a new type of computer memory that's much faster than flash memory. HP Labs' engineers in Palo Alto have demonstrated control over how the technology operates, opening the door, they say, to its incorporation into …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2008
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IBM boffins claim phase change memory breakthrough

Fast and reliable non-volatile memory of some sort that will replace flash memory is the dream of more than a few semiconductor researchers and chip makers. And boffins at IBM Research in Zurich, Switzerland, think they have come up with a new encoding technique that will allow for multi-level cell (MLC) phase change memory to …

HP pulls memory Missing Link from bottle of beer

More than 35 years ago, when the world assumed that circuits were crafted from three basic building blocks, a man named Leon Chua predicted the existence of a fourth. The capacitor, the resistor, and the inductor, he said, would be joined by something called the memristor. Today, scientists at HP Labs announced that this …
Cade Metz, 01 May 2008
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Hitachi GST SVP takes a punt on STT-RAM

The general manager and VP of Engineering at Hitachi GST has left to join a NAND and DRAM replacement technology company, Grandis. That seems like a risky move. Said GM and VP Mohamad Krounbi is joining Grandis to be its SVP for engineering, taking on responsibility for "all STT-RAM technology and product development at Grandis …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2010
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Fujitsu CTO: Flash is just a stopgap

Flash is a necessary waystation as we travel to a single in-memory storage architecture. That's the view from a Fujitsu chief technology officer's office. Dr Joseph Reger, CTO at Fujitsu Technology Solutions, is that office-holder, and – according to him – flash is beset with problems that will become unsolvable. He says we are …
Chris Mellor, 08 Aug 2011
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IBM races bits along a nanowire track

IBM scientists have found out how to move bits precisely at an atomic scale along a nanowire, bringing racetrack memory closer to reality. It's glamming up this project by saying a portable racetrack memory box could store a year's worth of movies. Racetrack memory involves the setting of the magnetisation direction of magnetic …
Chris Mellor, 24 Dec 2010
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FLASH: The Disruptening

We have had a flash of insight: all the storage array vendors are going to have to face up to all-flash arrays and do something about the technology – buy, partner or build. Denial is not a strategy. Just as disk storage bifurcated into server/PC direct-attach storage (DAS) and shared networked storage (NAS and SAN), so too will …
Chris Mellor, 15 Aug 2011
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PCM prototype beats PCIe flash

A first-generation Phase Change Memory device has been built, faster than OCZ's VeloDrive PCIe flash card with random blockI/O but slower with sequential writes. University of California, San Diego (UCSD) student boffins in the Computer Science and Engineering department at the Jacobs School of Engineering built their Moneta …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2011