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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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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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SanDisk Has Hired Henri Richard From Freescale

Published on April 10, 2013, in People.

SanDisk (SNDK) has hired Henri Richard, until now the sales/marketing chief for fellow chipmaker Freescale (FSL), to be its new enterprise/OEM sales chief. RBC Capital praises the move, reiterated its Outperform rating and $65 price target on SanDisk Tuesday following the hiring of Henri Richard as senior vice president of worldwide OEM & enterprise sale. RBC analyst Doug

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Demand for MicroSD Diminishing Says Phison

Published on March 15, 2013, in Cards.

Demand for flash-based microSD cards will drop significantly as feature phones are gradually losing ground to smartphones, which will result in a dwindling NAND flash memory controller market, according to Khein Seng Pua, chairman of Phison Electronics. Feature phones utilize mainly 4GB microSD cards – still a major market for NAND flash controller suppliers, said

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Micron Talks About the Future of Embedded Automotive Memory

Micron held a Memory for the Interconnected World Webcast of February 21, 2013 where they talked about their Embedded Memory business and market condition in this series of articles I will cover the different Embedded market that Micron is pursuing. The main driver for the growth in Embedded Memory is the interconnected systems. The two main

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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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Samsung Mass Producing High Performance 128GB Embedded NAND

Published on October 15, 2012, in Press Release.

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics has started volume production of its high performance embedded multimedia card (eMMC) 128-gigabyte (GB) embedded NAND for next-generation smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. The new 128GB is part of the Pro Class 1500 NAND family launched in August 2012 and available in 16-, 32- and 64-GB densities. Although Toshiba Corp. has since 2010 offered 128-GB embedded NAND, the Samsung

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Silicon Motion Talks about its NAND Market Future

Silicon Motion Technology Corporation’s (NasdaqGS: SIMO) Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Riyadh Lai talked about the company’s NAND Flash current and future products, customers and market condition at Deutsche Bank 2012 Technology Conference. Silicon Motion is a fabless semiconductor company that designs, NAND Flash controller solutions for multimedia consumer electronics applications, such as mobile phones, smartphones, digital cameras, camcorders, notebook, tablet

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