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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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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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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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Growth of NAND Flash Slows

Published on March 20, 2013, in Market Share.

A decrease in the amount of memory carried by mobile devices like handsets and tablets is slowing overall growth in the NAND flash industry and poses fresh cause for concern among NAND suppliers, according to an IHS iSuppli Flash Dynamics brief from information and analytics provider IHS. In a convergence of density trajectories, a sampling of handsets and

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Toshiba Ships 19nm MLC NAND Flash SSD

Published on March 17, 2013, in SSD.

Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) has announced the availability in Europe of its first solid-state drive (SSD) products based on the firm’s 19nm Multi-Level Cell (MLC) NAND Flash technology. The new SSDa offer similar levels of performance as the drives unveiled in mid-2012. The THNSNH family of SSDs First announced last year but just shipping now, are designed to meet user

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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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