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Flash Memory Summit – Samsung Preps for the Show

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The old Federal Reserve Building at 301 Battery Street in San Francisco was the venue selected by Samsung to introduce their R&D foray into Silicon Valley on Wednesday evening. The usual “We are Samsung, we are the world” presentation proved that Samsung has turned into the 800 Pound Gorilla of the semiconductor industry. The company is investing a good deal of money in the San Jose R&D complex on Tasman Drive, San Jose which they’ll be moving into next summer upon its completion. The inclusion of this information in each of the presenters foil set indicates the center looms large in the companies thought processes.

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Business, Enterprise, Hardware, Software Programs

Linley Processor Conference – ARM Sweeps Next-Gen Processor Designs

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?Shift to ARM Becomes a Stampede? set the tone of Linley Gwenapp?s opening keynote address for the ?Linley Processor Conference? being held this week in Santa Clara, CA. He went on to note that the 64-bit ARMv8 ISA has opened new markets that now include servers, networking and communications for the company. Further, ?We do not believe [that a] dual-architecture strategy will endure? ? [it is] too expensive to validate CPU and Software of two ISA?s. Gwenapp predicted that although ARM has only a toehold in the network processor marketplace that the 64-bit designs just now starting will take 5-10 years of shipments before a

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Business, Hardware

UPDATE 2: Is a Massive Fire at SK Hynix Wuxi China Facility a Shot Into Shortage?

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A massive fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon at the SK Hynix production facility in Wuxi, China. The local social networks are swarming with pictures and videos of the fire. There are no casualties reported thus far. Fire at the Wuxi plant in China… can it be an introduction into shortage? The Wuxi facility is a major producer of DRAM for PCs and LP DRAM for notebook and smart phone applications ? it is in the process of ramping up additional NAND-Flash production lines. No estimates of the extent of damage to the facility are available yet. SK Hynix share price rose 0.7% on the

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Business, Enterprise, Hardware

Flash Memory Summit 2013 – 3D NAND Flash, EUV, Consolidation and More

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The Eighth Annual Flash Memory Summit convenes this week at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California. The hot topic focus this year is on 3D NAND-Flash and next generation non-volatile memories. 3D NAND-Flash IntroductionSamsung goes on record for being the first major producer to announce production status for their 128 Gbit NAND-Flash device. It was rather short on details – the expectation is that Samsung will be more forthcoming with detailed information this week at the Summit. Micron counter-announced that their 3D entry will be available in Q1 ?14. A laundry list of issues has bubbled up with the newly announced 3D flash

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Hardware, Software Programs

GPU Advances Genomic Science ? A Possible Nobel Prize?

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Professor Erez Lieberman Aidan on stage The Problem?The human genome is a sequence of 3 billion chemical letters inscribed in a molecule called DNA. Famously, short stretches (~ 10 letters or ?base pairs? of DNA fold into a double helix. But what about longer pieces? How does a 2 meter long macromolecule, the genome, fold up inside a 6 micrometer wide nucleus? And, once packed, how does the information contained in this ultra-dense structure remain accessible to the cell?? 2m genome inside a 6 um nucleus… A keynote address given last Wednesday at Nvidia?s GTC 2013 conference by Erez Lieberman Aidan disclosed results of his

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Business, Hardware

Labor Strife on Foxconn?s iPhone5 Assembly Lines

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Three to four thousand workers on Foxconn?s iPhone5 assembly lines went on strike yesterday at the Zhengzhou, China manufacturing facility. The walkout resulted from demands placed by Apple on Foxconn to improve the quality of the iPhone 5 after customers complained that the company?s latest handset had scratches, China Labor Watch said. Worker conflicts arising from ?overly strict? quality control demands on top of little, or no training, and the fact that the workers were required to work through a national holiday helped trigger the strike. Taiyuan Redux?BSN* reported earlier on labor related production problems at Foxconn?s Taiyuan facility (here). It is not clear whether

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Business

Apple, Foxconn, And Worker Unrest ? Future of Contract Manufacturing

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Contract manufacturer Hon-Hai Precision, better known as Foxconn, is once again in the midst of continuing labor unrest ? the most recent at their mega-factory in Shanxi Province 15 Kilometers South of Taiyuan. Populated by 79,000 workers, it is the most modern example of China as the ?Workshop to the World?. The nearby airport has a 3,600 meter runway capable of handling heavily loaded cargo aircraft trundling aloft with finished products bound for first world profit centers. A spike in worker suicides at several Foxconn manufacturing facilities in 2009 heightened the company?s awareness of how deplorable conditions for the average worker had become. Foxconn resolved

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Business, Hardware

Toshiba Sets ReRAM Technology Roadmap ? The World Will Follow

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Buried in Nikkei Electronics is a report covering a briefing given by Toshiba Corporation on its research and development strategies on July 13, 2012. The reasons this item remained unknown to the rest of the world until now remains a mystery. Suffice to say the announcement contains two blockbuster revelations: 1)Toshiba will begin sampling BiCS 128-Gb and 256 Gb Flash memories in 2013. The devices will use a three-dimensional structure and scaling Flash technology that is near its theoretical limit and will use 16 layer stacking to provide required density. The company will begin Engineering sampling in 2014 with volume production following in 2015. Toshiba

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Apple, Companies, Hardware

Poof! ? Apple iPhone 5 Sells out in Just 1 hour

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Lovers of Apple products rejoiced at having the icon of their existence available for sale on the company?s website. In fact, Apple fans blew through the total available iPhone 5 launch pre-order inventory in just 1 hour. Disappointment soon followed when the company announced that they were slipping the expected delivery date 1 week to Sept. 21 within 1 hour of the products on-line launch. Apple has repeatedly underestimated the market response on their launches indicating that the company is extremely sensitive to inventory overhangs and wants to avoid them at all costs. On the other side of coin, Cupertino has to be happy with

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Apple, Companies, Hardware

Apple Introduces iPhone 5 ? With The Usual Fanfare

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Not to anyone?s surprise Apple launched the fifth iteration of the iconic iPhone today in San Francisco. The fanfare in front of Yerba Buena Center in Moscone Center had the all the earmarks of a Hollywood production. Invited press entered by the front door while Apple VIPs and assorted others entered by the closely guarded back entrance. Field coverage vehicles were bumper to bumper out front with the on-air newsies doing their thing creating a crowd throng on the sidewalk. Apple, the company who understands where the 1 percenters live, locates its stores in these select neighborhoods. The company very carefully guards their introductions with

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Business, Enterprise, Hardware

AMD Expands SeaMicro: Big Data Gets a High Performance Home

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Andrew Feldman, CEO of AMD?s SeaMicro, made a presentation that announced the company?s Data Center Computer Platform this afternoon in San Francisco. The SM15000 Server Platform is optimized for big data and the cloud. The company claims that they have been able to reduce power dissipation by half and have been able to supply Storage Area Network functionality at Direct Attach Storage pricing through coupling data storage through a "Freedom Fabric" switch. AMD announcing Intel-based products. Yes, that’s exactly what happened. Storage Proximity is KeyUnlike the industry standard model, where disk storage is located remote from processing nodes, SeaMicro has worked out a networking switched

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Business

AT&T Suffers Massive Outages II ? Labor Related?

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Reader feedback indicates continued widespread DSL outages in the U.S.with some businesses brought to a virtual standstill by it. AT&T Labor Issues Dallas based AT&T Inc. announced this afternoon that they have reached three-year agreements with unions covering some 22,000 works ? there?s still another 20,000 that have now formed picket lines to protest claims of unfair labor practices and have filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board. A spokesman for AT&T said that the company had been negotiating in ?good faith? with the unions since February and is ready to return to the bargaining table. He added that the company is not proposing

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Business

AT&T Suffers Massive Outages

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My DSL has been falling off line for the past several days. Today it quit working completely. You know how it is when you think it?s your fault ? this time it?s not. AT&T is suffering a rolling blackout at all levels digital. It started this morning in the Northeast propagating to the Midwest then West. There?s no response from management regarding what is responsible for the rolling blackout. Is this the result of an unreported Coronal Mass Ejection or just that AT&T has been more than a little lax on investing in their networks and equipment? BSN* Take This will certainly be an attention

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Audio/Video, Business

Infineon Bleeds ? Peter Bauer Steps Down

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Infineon has been on a downward spiral ever since its spin-off from Siemens Corporation. I failed to participate as an employee in Infineon?s initial public offering because of my belief that the company had been grossly overvalued. How?s that for insider information and making an informed decision? On a more sinister note, Infineon made bets on the European Automotive market after its divestiture of the money losing memory division. The new memory division, Qimonda, was short lived and died from a quickly deserved death from a more able market competition. Qimonda was derisively known as, ?Quasimodo, the Hunchback of Munich? by those who still had

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Business, Enterprise, Hardware

Future of NVIDIA: Gross Margin Religion Found in Affordable Supercomputing

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NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference 2012, now over (watch all the GTC 2012 presentations and speakers), left a trail of speculation about what the company’s next strategic move will be. "Streaming Media" (Cloud Video, Cloud Gaming, Cloud Kitchen and a sink) could easily have been the unofficial title for this year’s conference. The streaming message was replete through the conference including the timbre of startup companies NVIDIA has committed investment funding to through their GPU Ventures Program. NVIDIA has entered a new phase of growth and has begun execution of a long-term strategic plan – one that bridges the next business plateau – affordable supercomputing. Origins

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Business, Hardware

Rambus Invents – An Appeal

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Rambus Inc. (RMBS) appealed their loss of a $3.95 billion jury trial over their allegations that Micron Technology Inc. and Hynix Semiconductor Inc. had conspired to prevent their memory designs from becoming an industry standard. The November jury verdict sent Rambus shares down 78% at one point the greatest one day loss since the company?s IPO in 1997.  The Jury voted 9-3 to reject Rambus?s claims that Micron and Hynix colluded to manipulate prices of DRAM pricing that placed Rambus devices at a significant price disadvantage and in violation of California antitrust law. Rambus? notice of appeal is dated April 3, 2012. Comments from Micron

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Business, Hardware

Elpida Files for Bankruptcy: Biggest Japanese Manufacturing Corporate Failure since WWII

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Elpida Memory Incorporated filed for bankruptcy protection today in the largest manufacturing corporate failure since WWII.  The filing resulted from the company?s inability to refinance debts, which total US $5.5 billion [end of March 2012]. The last remaining DRAM producer in Japan [12.5% market share], Elpida is a further sign of worldwide consolidation amongst memory producers leaving Hynix and Samsung in Korea [21.5% and 45% market share] and Micron Technology [12.5% market share] in the U.S. as the last of the big players. Yukio Sakamoto, Elpida CEO and President failed to save the company from bankrupcy Elpida decided to separate the low margin PC business

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EXCLUSIVE: SanDisk Announces Resistive Memory Effort ? Well Sort of?

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Sometimes it pays to read the want ads. Perusing one of those "jobs you might be interested in" type emails from LinkUp proved fascinating.  In order to create ReRAM and replace NAND Flash, SanDisk is doing some brain shopping Going to the following job site it led to the following posting on the brassring site: AutoReq Id8143BR Job Title Director II, Process Engineering Management Job Description posted to SanDisk.com In this position, the individual will manage the SanDisk 3D ReRAM team in Milpitas. The individual’s main responsibilities are to lead a team of about 30 engineers to develop ReRAM switching material, selector device, and technology,

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Steve Appleton, Micron CEO, Dies in Small Plane Crash

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Steve Appleton, Chairman and CEO of memory chip vendor Micron Technology Inc, died in the crash of an experimental Lancair aircraft he was piloting at Boise Airport this morning, the company said. "Our hearts go out to his wife, Dalynn, his children and his family during this tragic time," Boise-based Micron said in the statement. "Steve?s passion and energy left an indelible mark on Micron, the Idaho community and the technology industry at large." Rest In Peace: Steve Appleton, Chairman and CEO of Micron Technology Inc. Appleton was an active participant in adventure sports. According to Wikipedia: "His hobbies include scuba diving, surfing, wakeboarding, motorcycles and

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Business, Hardware

U.S. PTO Invalidates Rambus Patent – IP Tank Nearing MT

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The World of Rambus felt another terrorizing tremor rattle through near the last of the company?s most important patent covenants. This time none other than the United States Patent and Trademark Office has invalidated the third and final "Barth" patent – the last of three important patents to be invalidated by that office.  Rambus is more known for litigation than for innovation… the bill collector is now coming to company gates. These three patents, collectively known as the "Barth" patents, used by Rambus to win infringement suits against Nvidia Corp., Hewlett-Packard and others, has provided Rambus with millions of dollars of income. Rambus was successful

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