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Samsung Takes 128-Gbit Flash Memory Below 20 nm

Published on April 17, 2013, in FAB, Press Release.

Samsung Electronics has announced it has begun volume production of a 128-Gbit, 3-bit Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND memory using 1x-nm class process technology. Samsung defines 1x-nm class to be somewhere between 10-nm and 19-nm. Samsung claims its chip has the highest physical density and the highest performance as it can move data at 400-Mbits per

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Samsung Increasing Purchases of Memory Products from Outside

Published on April 11, 2013, in FAB, NAND Prices.

Samsung Electronics reportedly has expanded the purchase of memory products from outside, including the purchase of mobile DRAM chips from Elpida Memory as well as NAND Flash and eMMC devices from Toshiba/SanDisk. Samsung’s own supply of memory products is already falling short of internal demand, including that for its Galaxy-series smartphones and tablets, industry sources

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Updated: SanDisk CFO Talks About Their Future NAND Roadmap

Published on April 11, 2013, in FAB, Future Flash.

Judy Bruner, SanDisk’s executive vice president of administration and chief financial officer talked at the Morgan-Stanley financial event late February where she provided an outline of the expected transition of memory types coming at SanDisk. and does not expect to use extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography for the manufacture of memories until it begins manufacturing Resistive RAM (ReRAM)

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Micron, Samsung, Hynix Agree to 3D Memory Spec

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Micron-led Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium HMC has issued version 1.0 of its specification for a vertical memory stack with a defined logic-layer interface. Now the group will turn its focus to higher-speed variations of a dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) module stacked using through-silicon vias. In its next-generation spec, the group

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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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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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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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NAND Flash Market Grow in Q3 2012 Moving Makers Into Positive Ground

The NAND flash market successfully turnaround in the third quarter, as improved demand and significant production cuts brought the industry’s supply and demand balance into better alignment, according to an IHS Flash Memory market brief. NAND revenue rose to $4.5 billion, up 5 percent from $4.3 billion in the second quarter, with industrywide operating profits nearly doubling

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SK Hynix Turns to profit on 3Q12

Published on October 30, 2012, in FAB.

SK Hynix has reported net profits for the third quarter of 2012, ending four straight quarters of losses. SK Hynix turned to net profits of KRW2 billion (US$1.81 million) in third-quarter 2012, from losses of KRW53 billion (US$48.3 million) in the prior quarter and KRW563 billion (US$512.7 million) a year ago. The company credited the

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