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RAM Contract Price Rebound in 2011?

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RAM Contract Price Rebound in 2011?

DRAMeXchange says PC OEMs' restocking at Q1 2011 (and early Q2 2011) will result in a DRAM price rebound of 20-25%.

The price rebound will partly be the result of Sandy Bridge processors' launching, higher penetration of 64bit operating systems and low memory prices creating a new model content level of 4GB or above.

Manufacturer contract prices are at a low-- the average price for 2GB DDR3 is at $17, while the low price is $16.

Due to the continual decline in prices, module houses and retail Continue reading...

SD Gets Speedier

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SD Gets Speedier

The SD Association announces its UHS-II bus-interface specification-- with HD recording speeds of up to 312MB/s.

The new protocol will make part of SD 4.00 specification, available later this quarter for SDXC and SDHC products.

A second row of pins on UHS-II cards carries the new high-speed interface signals. The interface does not effect current SD card form factors-- products will be available in standard full-size and micro formats.

This also means devices supporting the UHS bus interface Continue reading...

USB 3.0 for Kingston's 2011

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USB 3.0 for Kingston's 2011

Kingston plans to develop a full range of USB 3.0 flash drive products this year, following its CES showings.

The company should release its fastest USB 3.0 device yet, the DataTraveler HyperX 3.0. It is part of Kingston's HyperXperience line of high-performance flash products.

The line will also include SSDs, USBs and cards complementing HyperX enthusiast memory modules.

A second generation of the DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 (the companys's first USB 3.0 flash drive using a SATA bridge chip) will Continue reading...

Hitachi Goes For Slimmer HDDs

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Hitachi Goes For Slimmer HDDs

Hitachi unveils its latest Travelstar model, the Z5K500. The HDD carries either 500GB, 320GB or 250GB in a one-disk, 5400RPM, 7mm z-height model.

The drives are designed as a replacement for the standard 2.5" 9.5mm drives in external drives, laptops and blade servers.

The company says its Z5K500 drive family has the best cost per GB and GG/mm3 when compared to SSDs and 2.5" and 1.8" 9.5mm HDDs.

The drives feature 1.8W read/write power and 0.55W low power idle, as well as 8MB cache and SATA 3Gb/sec Continue reading...

3D Memory Stacking From Samsung

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3D Memory Stacking From Samsung

Samsung stacks memory chips on top of each other in its new 8GB DIMM and increases memory density by 50% (compared to conventional DIMM technology)

The new registered or buffered (RDIMM) product is based on Samsung's own Green DDR3 DRAM and 40nm circuitry.

The industry refers to the process as through silicon via (TSV). It creates vertical micron-sized holes through the chip silicon (instead of just horizontal) to create a denser architecture.

Samsung says the technology saves up to 40% of power Continue reading...

Micron Goes After NAND Memory Errors

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Micron Goes After NAND Memory Errors

Micron integrates error management techniques with its NAND products with ClearNAND.

As semiconductor circuity shrinks, data error rates increase, calling for more sophisticated error correction code (ECC).

ClearNAND eliminates the ECC burden from the host processor through an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) and an 8 byte capacity NAND die acting a data collection cache.

The ClearNAND itself appears as a standard NAND interface to the host processor.

Micron uses its 25nm MLC process Continue reading...

DRAM Prices To Fall Through 2011

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DRAM Prices To Fall Through 2011

DRAMeXchange reports DRAM prices are to keep falling through 2011's first half before eventual recovery.

The market researcher predicts 2GB DDR2 module prices will fall to $20 by 2010's end. Prices already fell by 24% this year, from a peak of $46.50 in first half 2010 to $25 in November 2010's first half.

Low PC sales (due to shaky consumer confidence), together with increased production from DRAM producers combine to make prices fall down even further.

DRAMeXchange mentions Samsung's increased Continue reading...

Strong Embedded NAND Flash Growth Continues

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Strong Embedded NAND Flash Growth Continues

Trendforce's DRAMeXchange predicts the strong growth in embedded NAND flash to continue through 2011, thanks to the smartphone and tablet PC markets.

NAND Flash demand for embedded systems reaches 40% of the memory market in 2010, and will grow up to 63% in 2011. The diversification to system products should help ease the impact on the memory card and UFD market section.

Handsets will make over 40%  of total NAND flash consumption, while the growing tablet PC will take over 10%.

The UFD market Continue reading...

Lexar Media on the State of Memory

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Lexar Media on the State of Memory

Due to the economic crisis, NAND and DRAM supply is limited but demand is high, says Lexar Media EMEA Marketing Director Saul Matthews. With lot of manufacturer capacity offline, prices increased over 200% in the past last 2 years.

Crucial

Lexar urges its business partners to create value-added solutions for their customers, such as software trials and discounts or automatic backup and encryption solutions

With its Crucial brand, Lexar also pushes SSD technology. The company's C300 range matches HDD Continue reading...

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