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We don't know if Transcend is dabbling in voodoo these days or what's going, but somehow the company figured out a way to cram 2TB of storage into a container that's about the length of a USB thumb drive and only slightly thicker than a penny. Some of the credit also goes to Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), which co-developed the 'Thin Card' device.
DRAM makers haven't had much to celebrate in a long time, and as profits took a nose dive, some wondered if they'd be better off bailing on the PC RAM industry, as OCZ did earlier this year. But at least one memory maker is optimistic about the DRAM and NAND flash memory markets going forward. Transcend chairman Peter Shu believes things are getting ready to improve in the second half of 2011, which is good news for memory makers, but at what cost?
You better stock up on Dramamine if you intend to follow the volatile DRAM market, which has had more ups and downs than Nicholas Cage's career. Should you buy now or wait a month? That's always the question, and making matters even more confuzzling, the answer often depends on who you ask.
Transcend chairman Peter Su, for example, says that DRAM chip prices are too high right now, and one of the keys to pushing new devices to the end market will be lowering DRAM parts to below $2. At the same time, Su notes that chip vendors, module makers, and consumers all seem content with current NAND flash prices. Go figure.
According to Su, both DRAM and NAND flash chip pricing is expected to rise in the second half of 2010, even though he thinks they're too high already. This, he says, will negatively impact the demand for devices with embedded memory, which is everything from smartphones to digital cameras, MP3 players to handheld consoles, and more.
Transcend can now focus all of its attention on putting out products rather than worrying about defending itself in court. That's because the memory maker said it has received notification from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin that rival SanDisk has withdrawn its patent infringement lawsuit.
The suit dates back to October 2007 when SanDisk went on a suing spree, accusing 25 companies of patent infringement through three separate lawsuits. These were all companies that either made, sold, or imported USB flash drives and other memory related products.
SanDisk had sought both damages and a permanent exclusion order from the International Trade Commission (ITC) banning importation of the products in the U.S.
It's unclear whether SanDisk dropped its patent suit against all 25 companies or just Transcend.
Transcend this week announced a pair of ultra high-speed CompactFlash cards -- Ultimate 600X and Premium 400X -- the company claims offers "unmatched transfer rates."
Backing that claim is the Ultimate series 600X, which operates in a quad-channel configuration. Read and write speeds top out at about 90MB/s, while capacity ramps up to 32GB.
For those who require a little more storage, the Premium series 400X offers capacities ranging from 16GB on up to 64GB. They offer the same 90MB/s read speeds as the Ultimate series, but a bit more subdued write speeds at up to 60MB/s.
Both cards offer full support for UDMA mode 6 and built-in ECC to automatically detect and correct any errors.
Samsung Electronics, well known for its wide variety of computer peripherals, flat screen televisions, and digital cameras, appears poised to enter the memory card market.
DigiTimes is reporting that Samsung has struck an agreement with memory card maker Transcend to jointly market the cards for the Taiwan market. Samsung’s offerings will be targeted to the high-end market. Further details were not provided.
Neither Samsung or Transcend commented on the report. A formal announcement of the agreement is expected on October 20.