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Memory Prices Heading Downwards

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Memory Prices Heading Downwards

IHS iSuppli reports global Q2 2011 DRAM prices continue freefalling further-- and will continue doing so throughout Q3 and Q4.

Suppliers will also face a "dramatic oversupply" in a "turbulent" H2 2011.

The average DDR3 DRAM (in 2GB density) price will drop from $2.10 (Q2 2011) to $1.60 (Q3 2011)-- a Q-o-Q decrease of -24%, the biggest in 2011. In Q3 2010, the average DRAM price was around $4.70.

iSuppli also predicts Q4 2011 prices will drop by -22% Q-o-Q, reaching the average price of $1.2 Continue reading...

PCM Memory in Market by 2016, Says IBM

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PCM Memory in Market by 2016, Says IBM

In their paper for IEEE's International Memory Workshop, you can read the excitement between the lines at IBM about their prototype multilevel cell phase-change memory (MLC PCM) chip.

Phase-change memory (PCM) is not as fast as DRAM, but IBM says it's 100X faster at reading and writing data than flash memory. IBM doesn't expect PCM to replace DRAM, which can read and write data much more quickly. But PCM could boost DRAM performance by caching data for fast access when it's needed.

For the Continue reading...

Memory Market on the Rebound

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Memory Market on the Rebound

DRAMeXchange issues its 2010 WW memory industry results, where revenue is up by 54% (reaching $9.3Bn) from 2009, thanks to strong demand and rising memory prices.

The analyst says the industry is recovering, thanks to DRAM prices' rebound in 2009 (following 2008's financial crisis).

Kingston is current leader in the WW memory industry, taking over 51% market share (up from 2009's 39%) and 95% Y-o-Y revenue growth. Following are A-DATA and Ramaxel, who basically nearly all remaining market share-- Continue reading...

NAND Flash Enters its Off Season

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NAND Flash Enters its Off Season

DRAMeXchange says NAND flash contract prices will decline by 2-10% in Q2 2011 as consumer purchasing of flash-based products (such as memory cards) enters its off season in May.

This couples with current high inventory levels due to earlier speculative buying after March's Japan earthquake.

The analyst predicts this off season will continue in June while only a few major vendors will fuel demand for tablet and smartphone memory products through Q2 2011.

Memory makers might start adopting more Continue reading...

1TB Platters in Seagate's Latest

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1TB Platters in Seagate's Latest

Seagate unveils what it calls the world's first 3.5" HDD with 1TB of storage per disk platter-- taking Samsung's 625 Gigabits per square inch technology and putting it in an actual product.

The first devices to carry the technology will make part of the GoFlex external HDD range, with Seagate first shipping its Barracuda XT drives in 3TB, 2TB, 1.5TB and 1TB capacities.

GoFlex HDDs are Windows and Mac compatible, with sleek black 3.5" designs sitting either vertically or horizontally for any desktop Continue reading...

Flash Memory Gets Ever Smaller

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Flash Memory Gets Ever Smaller

SanDisk and Toshiba's developments in NAND flash memory get even smaller-- producing a 64Gb X2-based monolithic chip with 19nm technology.

The 19nm 64Gb X2 device will see sampling this quarter, before high-volume production following Q2 2011. At that time Sandisk will also start producing X3 products with the 19nm technology.

The process is the company's most advanced yet, and should allow for smaller high capacity removable and embedded storage devices for use in all sorts of mobile devices, Continue reading...

New Drives From Buffalo

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New Drives From Buffalo

Buffalo Technology announces the availability of its latest portable storage solutions-- the MiniStation and Drivestation.

The MiniStation is lightweight and comes in a glossy piano-black finish. Being USB-powered, it provides instant storage space for users on the go-- and is comes in either 500GB or 1.0TB versions.

Meanwhile the DriveStation is available in USB 2.0 (with either 1TB or 2TB storage) or USB 3.0 versions (with 1TB, 2TB or 3TB storage space), and comes already pre-formatted for immediate Continue reading...

Half The World's Flash For Tablets, Smartphones

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Half The World's Flash For Tablets, Smartphones

DRAMeXchange reports the combined smartphone and tablet markets' demands for NAND flash memory will account for more than 50% of the world's total flash memory output for 2011-- keeping the memory industry robustly happy.

Smartphones will account for 43% of 2011 memory consumption, while tablets will make another 10% (an increase from 2010's 5%).

The analyst also says the tablet industry will continue its current growth-- even if Apple will remain market leader. Current predictions suggest tablet Continue reading...

Mini-SATA-- the Latest Industry Standard?

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Mini-SATA-- the Latest Industry Standard?

Some drive manufacturers believe mini-SATA (mSATA) will become the industry standard for mobile computing. Intel and Samsung, amongst others, are launching mSata products, such as Intel's 310 series.

Introduced at Intel's Developer Forum, mSATA is the smallest SATA connector, designed for the flexible form-factor offered by mini-SSDs (whereas SSDs are normally designed to fit the traditional 2.5" HDD form factor). Thus, mSATA SSDs allow vendors and OEMs to design and develop drives in a variety Continue reading...

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