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SuperTalent Celebrates With Gold

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The special edition Pico-C crams not only 64GB capacity but also 24K gold plating.

Pico-C Special Edition

This ups the capacity of SuperTalent's Pico-C flash drives.

The manufacturer describes its Pico-C drives as "the smallest in the world" - the size of a fingertip and weighing less than 6g.

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Kingston Launches First Water-cooled DDR3

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Kingston Launches First Water-cooled DDR3

Kingston releases its first water-cooled DDR3 memory kit for PCs.

The HyperX H2O water cooled DDR3 line features three products: two 4GB dual-channel kits with 2000MHz or 2133MHz frequencies & a 6GB triple channel kit running at 2000 MHz.

Water-cooling feature aids quieter operation and reliability. Kingston says water-cooled DRAM runs consistently 10-14 degrees cooler than air-cooled.

"The original HyperX module will now be called Genesis,” says Vincent Kim, HyperX product manager, Kingston. “T Continue reading...

DRAM Prices Rise in 2010, Says Elpida

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DRAM Prices Rise in 2010, Says Elpida

DRAM industry will see higher prices per chip this year than in the last three years, says Japan's Elpida Memory.

Elpida will spend US$1 billion on new production lines and transfer chip production technology as fine as 40 nanometers and even 35 nm to its new Taiwanese partner, ProMOS Technologies (so the company can produce DDR3 on behalf of Elpida).

Elpida thinks demand for DRAM in 2010 may still rise 50% while supply will only increase 40%.

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World's Highest Single-die Memory Device

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8GB and 16GB SDHC cards Based on 43nm process technology, the 64Gb NAND flash chip (the highest-density single-die memory device in the world) enters production, reports SanDisk.

SanDisk developed a 4-bit-per-cell X4 memory stick, twice as many as the cells in conventional multi-level cell (MLC) NAND (2-bits-per-cell) memory chips.

SanDisk ships 8GB and 16GB SDHC cards using X4 technology as well as 8GB and 16GB Memory Stick Pro Duo cards.

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Highest Density Flash Memory Comes in H2 2009

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Micron will ship in second half 2009 a new higher-density flash memory chip for media players so mobile processors can be relieved of NAND management.

The 8GB/16GB Block Abstracted NAND for media players and other devices has a built- in memory controller that rids processors of CPU intensive work.

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DRAM Makers Consolidation?

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DRAM Makers Consolidation?

Losing money on every chip they make, DRAM makers in the $28.8 billion highly cyclical computer-memory chip industry must scramble for cover to survive in 2009.

The German government of Saxony may rescue Qimonda with an offer a €150 million loan if Infineon matches it. Taiwan expects to help the country's five major chip makers. Nanya is talking to USA partner Micron, to Taiwan government and to Powerchip. TSMC might buy ProMOS' fabs and shed the company's memory business.

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USB 10X Faster: 1st Upgrade in 8 Years

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USB will have its first major upgrade in 8 years — featuring 10X speed upgrade from current USB 2.0 standard. Today’s USB takes about 10 minutes to transfer a high-def video from a Blu-ray disc. With USB 3.0 (also called SuperSpeed USB), it will take only about a minute.

The first USB 3.0 devices won't show up until Q4 next year but at January CES you will probably see it in demos around HD video cameras and hard drives.

USB was first introduced in 1996 and last year more than 2.6 Continue reading...

Flash Memory Market to Fall 14%

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The worldwide NAND flash memory will see a 14% fall in revenue to $12 billion in 2008, down from $13.9 billion in 2007, predicts iSuppli. This year would be the first time ever WW NAND flash revenue declined on an annual basis.

And next year will be the second time as global NAND flash memory will decline by another 15% in value. Driving prices down are retailers as nearly 80% of the chips sold each year end up in personal media players, storage cards and USB flash drives.

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New Memory Company: Numonyx B.V.

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New Memory Company: Numonyx B.V.

Headquartered in Switzerland and incorporated in the Netherlands, Numonyx begins with 7000 employees worldwide with facilities in USA, Italy, China, Israel, Singapore, Malaysia, and Philippines.

Numonyx gets a substanial worldwide patent portfolio from parents Intel and STMicroelectronics. The patents and applications cover a variety of technologies including flash memory and PCM, graphics, cell phones, storage media, processors, semiconductor manufacturing and packaging, and various consumer devices. Continue reading...

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