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In Honor of Nimrod Wiesz

Published on March 29, 2013, in People.

We are sorry to announce the untimely death of our dear friend, colleague and mentor Nimrod Wiesz. Nimrod was a true Solid Flash Memory SSD veteran worked for msystems (FLSH) and later for SanDisk (SNDK) and helped developed one of the first SSDs in the market. Nimrod holds 8 related patents published under both msystems and SanDisk. While

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2013 China Smartphone Market Outlook

Published on March 28, 2013, in Smartphone.

Sales of smartphones in China are expected to top 330 million units in 2013, making the market a fierce battle field for local and international smartphone brands and inducing makers in the supply chain to expect strong growth in the year. International brands, while having seen their market share in China decline sharply to below

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Intel to Separate 3rd-Generation Ultrabooks Into 3 Price Groups

Published on March 28, 2013, in SSD, Ultrabook.

Intel has unveiled its plans for third-generation Ultrabooks to downstream partners and is separating the segment into three major price levels, hoping to satisfy different consumer groups, according to sources from Notebook makers. Third-generation Ultrabooks will adopt the new Haswell-based processors and have three price levels – US$599-798, US$799-998 and US$999 and above – with

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NAND Flash Market Defies Trends and Grows to Record Level in 4Q12

Published on March 28, 2013, in FAB, Market Share.

Despite facing five consecutive quarters of decline and a slowdown in consumption in smartphones and tablets, the global market for NAND flash memory pulled off a surprise growth spurt during the last three months of 2012 promping sales to reach a record high, according to IHS iSuppli. NAND industry revenues came to US$5.6 billion in

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Japan’s Leading Semiconductor See Mixed Growth While Toshiba See Steady Growth

Published on March 28, 2013, in FAB, Future Flash.

Due to rising prices of NAND flash in the third quarter of 2012, Japan-based semiconductor firm Toshiba has reported fourth-quarter 2012 revenues of its semiconductor business unit grew by 10.5% on quarter, reaching JPY231.6 billion (US$2.4 billion). The firm has seen revenue growth for two consecutive quarters. Toshiba also reported fourth-quarter operating profits of JPY20

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Intel to Release New Enterprise and Datacenter SSDs

Published on March 28, 2013, in Enterprise, Rumor, SSD.

Intel is set to release several new solid state drive (SSD) products in April or May with competitive prices and performances, and with the price cuts of its previous-generation products, sources from the PC makers believe it will help accelerate the standardization of SSDs. Intel will unveil DC P2950 series SSD products in mid-May targeting

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OCZ Technology Appoints Rafael Torres as Chief Financial Officer

Published on March 26, 2013, in Press Release.

OCZ names Rafael Torres, who in the past has served as the CFO of chipmaker Power Integrations and networking equipment vendor PLX Technology, its new CFO. He replaces Arthur Knapp, who announced plans to retire last August. OCZ shares spiked in the final minutes of trading today. SAN JOSE, CA – (Marketwire) — 03/25/13 – OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCZ),

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Micron’s Management Discusses Flash Memory and SSD F2Q 2013 Results

Published on March 24, 2013, in FAB.

In the second quarter Micron reported a net loss of $286 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, on net sales of $2.1 billion. These results, compared to the previous quarter’s net loss of $275 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, on net sales of $1.8 billion. Micron made a reporting change in the second quarter

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IBM Scientists Discover New Molecular Technique to Charge Memory Chips

Published on March 21, 2013, in Future Flash.

As we are reaching the end of the geometry road for NAND Flash memory manufacturing technology, we need new materials beyond silicon to keep the power draw down in chips as their performance goes up. It may keep future circuitry extra-lean through a new technique that puts a metal oxide in silicon’s place and allows for non-volatile memory.

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Micron Talks about its NAND Flash at the Raymond James 34th Annual Institutional Investors Conference

Published on March 20, 2013, in FAB.

The NAND space quickly starting to consolidate. There were basically four players that had the technology or still developing the technology Micron, Samsung, Hynix and a combination Toshiba and SanDisk. So over 30 years. We finally seem like we’re down to a consolidated basis where supply for the last two to three year has been

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