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Taiwan IC design houses reducing exposure in NAND flash controller market

Published on June 20, 2013, in Flash Controller.

DigiTimes reveals that as more NAND flash memory chips are designed into embedded applications, Taiwan-based IC design houses have shifted their attention away from the memory controller IC segment with some already diversifying their offerings to include solutions for non-memory products, and some looking to transform their core businesses, according to industry observers. Rising demand

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Etron to Hit 10 Million USB 3.0 Flash Drive Controller Milestone in 2013

Etron Technology of Taiwan fabless IC design and product company, is expected to see its cumulative shipments of USB 3.0 Flash Drive (UFD) controllers surpass 10 million units in 2013, up significantly from the current one million units reached, according to the company. Etron indicated that the company’s recently-launched EV2669 and EV1669 USB 3.0 Flash Device controllers

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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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Intel is Developing a New SSD Standard For UltraBooks

Published on August 6, 2012, in SSD, Ultrabook.

Following on Apple’s lead, pushing SSD capacities beyond 500GB in its MacBook Air line. Intel is said to be working on a Next Generation Form Factor (NGFF) SSD replacing the limited mSATA SSD currently in used by most UltraBook vendors. Intel wishes to unify mSATA SSD specifications into one single standard and is working with most UltraBook PC

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2H 2012 NoteBook Market Trends and Shipment Forecast

Published on August 1, 2012, in Market Share.

DigiTimes just released their second half of the year projection of NoteBook sales with some very interesting insight on the mobile PC market. The global economic turmoil will continue to seriously impact on the growth of the PC market in wait of Windows 8 launch as demand continues to delay from the third quarter. DigiTimes’s projects that

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Rumors of Apple iPad Mini Resurface

Published on July 5, 2012, in Rumor, Tablets.

Ever since Apple launched the iPad in 2010, there have been rumors that Apple will launch a smaller and cheaper version of their tablet – unofficially dubbed iPad mini. Android Tablet makers unable to compete against Apple’s iPad dominance in the Tablet market, found their place in entry level $199 – $249 price range with Amazon Kindle Fire leading this

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