NAND flash oversupply provides memory module makers more freedom in platform adoption
Mar 23, 2006 - in News
Taiwan memory module makers indicated that current oversupply of NAND flash in the market has provided them with more freedom to adopt various types of memory card platforms.
PS3 opens gateway for a variety of memory card standards
Mar 23, 2006 - in News
Sony has opened the gateway for multiple memory card standards for its upcoming PS3 since the game-console maker now regards PS3 as a portable multimedia center, rather than just a game console, industry players commented.
Elpida begins sampling 512Mbit XDR DRAM
Mar 22, 2006 - in News
Japan-based Elpida Memory on March 22 announced the availability of 512Mbit XDR DRAM devices in sample quantities. XDR DRAM is based on the XDR memory interface architecture developed by Rambus, and the new Elpida device operates at a 4.0 GHz data rate, providing what the DRAM maker calls an industry-leading data transfer rate of 8.0 GB/sec within a single device.
Flash memory price "to drop 25%"
Mar 20, 2006 - in News
Chip firms should brace for a slump in the price of memory chips used in small devices, Hynix has warned.
Samsung and SanDisk compete to drive NAND flash prices downward
Mar 20, 2006 - in News
Samsung Electronics has been dumping NAND flash with its customers since late February amid competition from SanDisk, and the situation is likely to become more severe this month, according to channel sources.
Samsung begins mass-production of 80 nm DDR2 modules
Mar 13, 2006 - in News
Samsung today announced that it has begun volume production of DDR2 memory modules in 80 nm. According to the company, the move from its 90 nm to the 80 nm process technology increases production efficiency by 50%.
Windows Vista makes case for 2 GB of system memory, says Samsung
Mar 9, 2006 - in News
Later this year, Microsoft will be releasing its next-generation operating system, which is considered the most significant Windows launch in a decade. The extra bling-bling in Vista - especially in the Premium version - will require a PC with lots of performance.
Industry players: No critical price growth expected for DDR2 this month
Mar 6, 2006 - in News
512 MB microSD cards to become mainstream in Q2, says SanDisk
Mar 3, 2006 - in News
With rising demand from multimedia-enabled handsets, 512 MB microSD cards will become mainstream in the SD memory card market in the second quarter of this year, according to sources at SanDisk Taiwan.
Dell doubles standard hard drive and memory sizes on XPS desktops
Mar 2, 2006 - in News
Dell today said that it now installs 1 GB of system memory and 160 GB hard drives standard in its multimedia and enthusiast PC of the XPS series. The numbers are up from 512 MB and 80 GB, respectively.
OCZ ships lower latency PC-4000 modules
Feb 27, 2006 - in News
Performance memory maker OCZ announced PC-4000 modules with 3-3-3-8 timings. The 500 MHz devices join the firm's Platinum XTC series and are available as single 1 GB modules or 2 GB dual-channel kits.
In Search of True DDR2 Bleeding Edge Memory
Feb 27, 2006 - in Reviews
We tested DDR2 modules from 16 vendors and gauged latency, overclocking capabilities and other features. Bottom line: tread carefully because there are big differences in performance.
Samsung shifts memory capacity from NAND flash to DDR2
Feb 24, 2006 - in News
After shifting part of its DDR2 capacity to NAND flash at the end of last year, Samsung Electronics moved 20,000 to 30,000 wafers of NAND flash capacity back to DDR2 memory prior to Chinese New Year, with the move expected to start influencing the memory market from April, according to many downstream sources.
Nikon ships first immersion lithography system for 55 nm chip production
Feb 16, 2006 - in News
Nikon Precision today said that it has shipped the world's first production immersion lithography system.
Samsung accelerates GDDR4 graphics memory prototypes
Feb 14, 2006 - in News
The next generation of graphics memory is beginning to take shape. Samsung tunes its GDDR4 memory prototypes while Rambus still hopes that its XDR memory will graphics chip companies. Samsung today announced a new version of GDDR4, which matches the bandwidth of XDR.
Nanya: DDR2 shortage to reach 30-40% in February
Feb 13, 2006 - in News
Nanya Technology is observing buoyant PC OEM demand for DDR2 memory and the company expects the DDR2 shortage to increase to 30-40% in February, with related contract pricing continuing its rise, according to company president Jih Lien.
Toshiba and NEC develop new fast, high density MRAM
Feb 7, 2006 - in News
Toshiba and NEC today announced that they have developed a magnetoresistive random access memory (MRAM) that combines the highest density with the fastest read and write speed yet achieved.
Nanomemory market volume to reach $7 billion by 2010
Feb 6, 2006 - in News
According to NanoMarkets, a Glen Allen Virginia-based market research firm, the nano memory market will grow to $7 billion in 2010. The firm believes the processor and memory industry is reaching the limits of current technology, namely electrical leakage issues at the 65 nanometer level and future 45 nanometer chips.
Nantero to roll out Carbon Nanotube memory in 2007
Feb 3, 2006 - in News
Sometime next year, you may be able to throw out your old memory chips and replace them with new faster and cooler carbon nanotube (CNT) memory. Greg Schmergel, co-founder, president and CEO of Nantero told TG Daily that his company is on track to bring drop-in memory sometime next year.
In loving memory of our friend Claire Goodhue
Feb 2, 2006 - in News
We started TG Publishing in California in August, 2001. Coming off of the worst breakdown in the tech sector; we were suffering from the hangover of the Internet Bubble bursting, and we had very little idea how the company was going to survive and whether we could keep the team intact. It was a very difficult time. In those early days, one person went out of her way to help us more than anyone else. Her name was Claire Goodhue.
Intel to introduce DDR3 memory platform in 2007
Jan 26, 2006 - in News
Even with first DDR3 memory modules already being taped, DDR2 is going to stay with for some time, industry sources suggested today. The information we received is in line with what we have heard from memory manufacturers that the transition from DDR2 to DDR3 will happen in a much more conservative way than what we have seen with DDR and DDR2.
AMD licenses Z-RAM technology
Jan 24, 2006 - in News
Following rumors in the past week, Innovative Silicon (ISi) today announced that AMD has licensed its Z-RAM technology that may enable the processor manufacturer not only to increase on-chip memory sizes for its CPUs but also reduce I/O power consumption. ISi claims to have Z-RAM technology currently running on 90 nm SOI silicon.
Nanya: DDR2 shortage to increase to 30-40% this quarter
Jan 24, 2006 - in News
With PC OEMs expected to increase their DDR2 penetration rates to 80% by the end of this quarter, Taiwan memory maker Nanya Technology predicts that the DDR2 shortage should increase to 30-40% in February, with related contract prices growing more than 10%, according to company spokesperson, Pei-lin Pai.
Chaintech rolls out GeForce 7300 GS graphics card
Jan 23, 2006 - in News
Walton Chaintech on January 20 launched the SE73GS-G2, a graphics card utilizing Nvidia's GeForce 7300 GS graphics processing unit (GPU).
AMD eyes chip memory expansion
Jan 20, 2006 - in News
Advanced Micro Devices is exploring new types of onboard memory for its chips as a way to bump performance and squeeze more out of its manufacturing plants.
Sapphire launches AGP version of X1600Pro graphics card
Jan 20, 2006 - in News
Sapphire Technology is now shipping the AGP version of its latest graphics card offering based on the ATI Radeon X1600 Pro graphics chip, which offers complete support for DirectX 9.0 and Shader Model 3.0 and utilizes ATI's Avivo Technology.
Transcend: 8Gb NAND flash chip prices to drop 45% this year
Jan 19, 2006 - in News
Leading Taiwan memory module maker Transcend Information predicts that the price of NAND flash will drop dramatically amid an anticipated mass increase in supply from Samsung Electronics, according to company chairman Peter Su.
Memory upgrade enhances performance of Fujitsu's FinePix S3 Pro digital SLR camera
Jan 16, 2006 - in News
Fujifilm has begun offering a buffer upgrade for its 12.3-megapixel digital SLR camera FinePix S3 Pro.
DRAM makers look to reduce DDR2 testing times
Jan 10, 2006 - in News
Since late last year, several DRAM makers have begun requesting that testing houses cut their DDR2 memory testing times by 20-40% amid cost concerns, according to sources.
Kingmax Digital to ramp up microSD card capacity
Jan 2, 2006 - in News
Kingmax Digital, an affiliate of memory solution provider Kingmax Semiconductor, aims to ramp up production capacity of microSD memory cards to six million units in the second quarter of 2006 to meet increasing demand from handset vendors, according to company sources.