With a little help from its manufacturing partner Toshiba, SanDisk today announced a 64Gb (gigabit), 2-bits-per-cell (X2) based monolithic chip produced using 19nm manufacturing technology. This, SanDisk says, is the most advanced memory process technology node in the world, and with it, the flash memory card maker intends to produce embedded and removable storage devices with high capacities for things like mobile phones, tablets PCs, and other portable products.
Never mind that the DRAM market is in shambles, so much so that some, like OCZ, have decided to get out of the RAM game altogether and focus on more lucrative components. There are still some companies willing to cater to enthusiasts with high-end kits. G.Skill is one of them, and today the memory maker announced what it claims is the world's fastest 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 memory kit rated at 2300MHz at CL9.
Eye-Fi on Tuesday announced its new Mobile X2 card, an 8GB Secure Digital card that provides instant uploads anywhere by wirelessly connecting the camera to a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet. This big new feature is what Eye-Fi calls 'Direct Mode,' which supports both iOS and Android. With Direct Mode, the Eye-Fi can can establish a direct connection to the mobile device by creating its own Wi-Fi network, even if you're miles away from a hotspot, Eye-Fi says.
We've seen a lot of funky looking RAM kits, from ones with finned heatspreaders to others with flashing LED lights. But we can't recall a memory kit that's ever looked as rugged as G.Skill's new Sniper series. If you're not rocking a case window, the Sniper series will have you rethinking that decision.
Kingston has taken its popular HyperX memory line and transformed it into a high-speed SO-DIMM kit for notebooks, mini-ITX motherboards, and any other mobile platforms that use fun sized DIMMs. The dual-channel, plug and play kits zip along at 1600MHz without the need for XMP profiles and was designed specifically Intel's Huron River platform.
Corsair on Tuesday announced a new line of high performance DDR3 memory kits aimed at the overclocking crowd who want a little bling with their RAM without spending a ton of cash. It's called Cerulean Blue Vengeance and it's comprised of memory kits with aggressive looking blue aluminum heat spreaders (the original Vengeance line came anodized in jet black).
The DRAM market is in shambles and one way to weather the storm is to put more focus in the mobile market. According to iSuppli, the percentage of annual mobile DRAM shipments will climb from 11.1 percent in 2010 to 16.5 percent in 2014, and that could be a conservative figure. Samsung saw the writing on the wall and so its team of engineers went and developed 1 gigabit (Gb) mobile DRAM with a wide I/O interface. The new part is built using a 50nm manufacturing process and is intended for mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets.
Boutique system builders, OEMs, and DIY hobbyists have all been spoiled by rock bottom RAM prices in recent months, much to the dismay of memory makers struggling to stay afloat. The latter will get a little help this month, assuming contract prices for DRAM memory chips go up as expected. According to Nanya Technology, as reported by DigiTimes, contract prices are on pace to increase by at least 5 percent in February 2011.
Shopping for RAM can be a dizzying experience. Not only are there hundreds of memory kits to choose from, but it's not uncommon for memory makers to offer several different models all sporting the same frequency, and sometimes the same latencies. And then there's the generic RAM kits boasting similar specs, but at a cheaper rate. Ever wonder what really separates one RAM kit from another? Here's how Exceleram explains it.
NAND flash memory makers will see a gigantic boost in demand in 2011 as the emerging tablet market takes off, iSuppli says. The market research firm predicts tablet consumption of NAND flash is set to explode more than 380 percent in the 2011, increasing from 476.8 million GB in 2010 and eventually climbing to 12.3 billion GB by 2014. Moreover, the proportion of NAND flash use among tablets versus the total supply of NAND memory will go up by 11.8 percent in 2011, nearly a threefold increase from 4.3 percent last year.