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Micron: Hot DRAM, we're still shifting piles of kit, but somebody's missing our XPoint

Micron rode strong demand for DRAM and flash to record revenues and profits for its third fiscal 2018 quarter (PDF), but XPoint chip sales to Intel collapsed. Revenues were $7.8bn, up 40 per cent annually, with net profits of $3.8bn, more than twice last year's $1.7bn. Memory ruled the quarter with DRAM providing 71 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2018
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Who dares wins, they say, so Toshiba's SAS drive plans another hit on SATA

Toshiba has sent in a SAS SSD hit team to assault SATA SSDs and their slower interface in the shape of its RM5 vSAS drive. It has priced the drive at SATA levels, referring to it as a vSAS drive, where "v" is for value. OK. SATA interface speeds of 6Gbit/s are not good enough for servers, and cheaper SAS should, Toshiba said, …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2018
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AI servers will need much more memory. And you know who's going to be there? Yep, big daddy Micron

Analysis Micron has started to separate from Intel in NAND production, just days after whipping the veil off its 7.68TB QLC SSD, and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra and pals are keen to chat up analysts about their vision of the coming "New Micron". Earlier this week, Mehrotra told an assembly of business-botherers that the markets were …
Chris Mellor, 23 May 2018
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NAND I... will always love you, says Micron as it emits 7.68TB QLC SSD

Micron has whipped out the 64-layer 5210 ION SSD – apparently the industry's first QLC NAND flash drive – opening a new front in the SSD-HDD marketing war. QLC (quad-level cell) flash stores four bits per cell, one more than today's TLC chips that use three bits per cell. The capacities of this 2.5-inch product are 1.92TB, 3. …
Chris Mellor, 21 May 2018
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DRAM makers sued (yet again) for 'fixing prices' (yet again) of chips

Updated The three semiconductor giants responsible for nearly all of the world's DRAM supply are being sued for allegedly working together to keep memory chip prices high. A class-action complaint [PDF] filed to the US Northern California District Court late last week accuses Micron, Samsung, and Hynix of conspiring to keep the price …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Apr 2018
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Chinese boffins on 3D XPoint: If it works like phase-change memory, it's probably phase-change memory

Analysis A team of scientists from China have asserted that 3D XPoint is essentially phase-change memory, which manufacturers Intel and Micron have not publicly admitted. Phase-change memory (PCM) exploits properties of chalcogenide alloy, the internal state of which varies between crystalline and amorphous phases with different levels …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2018
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Three storage hardware devices, a cash raise and Oracle gets blocked

It has been a hardware frenzy this week, with a pair of microSD cards for surveillance cams, flash drives for video takers and makers, and good old filers from a NAS baker. These were accompanied by cash-raising from Sphere3D and Oracle adding block support to its cloud-based Linux Storage Appliance. We'll start with the …
Chris Mellor, 17 Apr 2018
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DRAM, we've shifted a lot of kit, mumbles profit-munching chip firm Micron

Micron's latest quarter revenues were up 58 per cent year on year, its CEO told an earnings call full of analysts eager to nibble at the chip-fryer's plate. The semiconductor firm reported $7.35bn revenues for the second fiscal 2018 quarter, up 58 per cent compared to $4.65bn a year ago and $6.8bn in the preceding quarter, up …
Chris Mellor, 23 Mar 2018
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Anyone fancy testing the 'unlimited' drive writes claim on Nimbus Data's 100TB whopper SSD?

Nimbus Data has introduced its 100TB ExaDrive DC series SSD, the highest-capacity flash drive available. It has some unusual characteristics but, first, let's show its size advantage by checking out the competition: Toshiba PM5: 30.72TB, 2.5-inch case, 12 Gbit/s SAS interface, 1, 3, 5 and 10 drive writes per day (DWPD) …
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2018
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Two years and $19bn later: What happened to WD's SanDisk enterprise flash advantage?

Analysis Western Digital is letting its acquired market share in enterprise SSDs slip away from a revenue and capacity perspective as rival Micron - now infused with ex-SanDisk execs - keeps on growing like a weed. According to TrendFocus estimates, tweaked by Wells Fargo senior analyst Aaron Rakers, SSD unit sales for each major …
Chris Mellor, 7 Mar 2018
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Intel to Tsinghua: I know Micron didn't work out – please buy our 3D NAND

Intel is discussing selling 3D NAND wafers to China's Tsinghua Unigroup, the same company US government barred from buying Intel's flash partner Micron in 2015. Intel and Micron have a flash chip manufacturing partnership, IMTF, and the two announced they were separating their flash interests in January. The two are …
Chris Mellor, 1 Mar 2018
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Got some fancy new flash in the works, huh Micron? Join the QLC

Later this year Micron plans to release quad-level cell flash drives that encroach on the nearline disk drive market. QLC flash stores 4bits/cell, whereas TLC stores 3, adding a third more capacity. A 6TB TLC SSD could become an 8TB QLC SSD using this technology. QLC flash has a shorter working life than TLC flash and is …
Chris Mellor, 9 Feb 2018
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Micron cranks revenue forecast up by $275m amid flash, DRAM boom

It's boom time in Micron flash and DRAM land with increased revenue expectations for the current quarter. And it has hired a new CFO. The guidance for Micron's second fiscal 2018 quarter, which ends March 1, is now for revenues between $7.2bn and $7.35bn. The earlier expectation was $6.8bn to $7.2bn. This is a $275m rise at …
Chris Mellor, 8 Feb 2018

Wanna design a chip that talks to silly-fast GDDR6? You'll have to talk to Rambus, too

Patent troll Semiconductor licensing giant Rambus announced this week a physical layer design for accessing GDDR6 – aka double data rate type six synchronous graphics random-access memory. This GDDR6 PHY blueprint is aimed at hooking up high-speed, high-bandwidth GDDR6 SGRAM to hardware accelerators and processors to rapidly …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2018
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What do people want? If we're talking mainstream enterprise SATA SSDs, reliability, chirps Micron

Micron is looking to boost its high fidelity cred. The vendor has refreshed its three-model 5100 SATA SSD with a two-variant 5200, increasing reliability from two million to three million hours mean time before failure (MTBF). The 5100 SATA 2.5-inch SSD was built from 32-layer TLC 3D NAND came in three flavours: Eco (high …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2018

Micron, Intel consciously uncouple 3D NAND development

Micron and Intel have blown their joint 3D NAND project apart but will continue to develop 3D XPoint memory together. Each company will now optimise their 3D NAND technology and products for their individual business needs. However, the two expect no change in their respective future nodes (cell sizes). Scott DeBoer, Micron's …
Chris Mellor, 8 Jan 2018

Peak NAND? Not yet. Not if you're ogling Micron's moneybags

Memory and flash maker Micron posted great quarterly results following booming demand for its mobile, server and SSD products – a sign of what it is hoping is an enduring market change. The memory and flash maker said revenues in its first fiscal 2018 quarter were $6.83bn, 71 per cent up on a year ago, and 10.8 per cent up on …
Chris Mellor, 20 Dec 2017

Intel-Micron scrap the summer diet, enlarge 3D XPoint mem DIMM fab

Intel and Micron have expanded their XPoint production fab in Utah, USA, as the clock ticks down to the launch of XPoint DIMMs in the second half of 2018. 3D XPoint is the Intel-Micron solid-state storage technology that's a little faster and more expensive than NAND, and not as fast nor as expensive as DRAM. The point of it …
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2017

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