Memory en PAX East 2014: HyperX Enthralls Attendees with Extreme RAM Overclocking Demo [Video] <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="HyperX RAM Overclocking Demo" title="HyperX RAM Overclocking Demo" width="228" height="127" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Uses liquid nitrogen (LN2) for cooling</h3> <p>HyperX recently launched a new line of <a href="" target="_blank">memory sticks dubbed Fury for entry-level gamers and enthusiasts</a>. To celebrate the launch of its new memory line, which offers automatic overclocking, HyperX decided to try and <strong>furiously overclock some memory at the PAX East conference</strong> for the amusement of visitors to its booth. One such witness to HyperX’s memory overclocking antics happened to be Maximum PC’s very own Jimmy Thang.</p> <p>Apparently, HyperX was targeting a 4000MHz speed as part of its extreme, liquid nitrogen-fueled RAM overclocking demo. Here is the video dispatch Mr. Thang sent us from the company’s booth at PAX East:</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="360" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> fury hyperX liquid nitrogen ln2 Memory overclocking pax east 2014 ram News Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:27:40 +0000 Pulkit Chandna and Jimmy Thang 27625 at G.Skill Launches 16GB DDR3L-2133 SO-DIMM Ripjaws for Laptops and Mini PCs <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ripjaws_so-dimm.jpg" alt="G.Skill SO-DIMM" title="G.Skill SO-DIMM" width="228" height="164" style="float: right;" />High performance modules sip just 1.35V</h3> <p>Advances in technology have allowed gaming PCs to shrink in size, and if you're so inclined, you can build a powerful system based on the mini ITX form factor. Most of these system use laptop memory, or SO-DIMMs, which has prompted memory makers to develop high performance kits based on the smaller size form factor. Enter <strong>G.Skill and its new 16GB DDR3L-2133 SO-DIMM memory kit</strong>.</p> <p>This 16GB (2x8GB) memory kit only requires 1.35V yet is rated to run at 2133MHz. With that combination of voltage and frequency, memory timings are set at 11-11-11-31.</p> <p>"Dubbed the F3-2133C11D-16GRSL, this Ripjaws DDR3L SO-DIMM memory kit is best used with the latest INtel i5 and i7 Haswell processors," <a href="" target="_blank">G.Skill says</a>.</p> <p>This is the fastest SO-DIMM memory that G.Skill offers. Each kit is validated with "rigorous burn-in tests," and according to G.Skill, it works great with small systems like the Gigabyte Brix Pro (Gigabyte's version of Intel's NUC).</p> <p>No word yet on price or availability.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> built a pc ddr3l-2133 g.skill Hardware Memory ram ripjaws SO-DIMM News Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:05:24 +0000 Paul Lilly 27410 at DRAM Makers Reach $310M Settlement in Price Fixing Case <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ram_legos.jpg" alt="DRAM Legos" title="DRAM Legos" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Here's how to collect your bounty</h3> <p>You can now submit claims for your piece of a <strong>$310 million settlement reached between a dozen different Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) makers</strong> in a federal class-action lawsuit accusing the companies of price fixing shenanigans. That may be putting it lightly -- in court documents, the Department of Justice (DoJ) called it "one of the largest cartels ever discovered."</p> <p>According to the <a href="" target="_blank">lawsuit (PDF)</a>, various DRAM makers colluded in 1998 to drive up memory prices, which prompted a criminal investigation in 2002. To date, four manufacturers -- Samsung, Hynix, Infineon, and Elpida -- plus 12 individuals have all pleaded guilty to price fixing charges and paid over $730 million in fines, the DoJ said.</p> <p>The class action suit was <a href="" target="_blank">filed in a bunch of different U.S. states</a>. Eplida, Hitachi, Hynix, Infineon, Micron, Mitsubishi, Mosel, Nanya, NEC, Samsung, Toshiba, and Winbond are all part of the settlement, which will see $200 million of the $310 million to paid back to affected consumers and businesses.</p> <p>Up for grabs for eligible purchasers is a minimum of $10, though that number could balloon to the $1,000s depending on the amount of DRAM purchased and claims received. Pretty much anyone who purchased DRAM or a product containing DRAM in the U.S. anytime from January 1, 1998 to December 31, 2002 is eligible.</p> <p>If you think you might qualify and want to submit a claim, head over to <a href="" target="_blank"></a> for more information.</p> <p>Image Credit: Flickr (Daniel Dionne)</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> class action lawsuit DRAM Memory price fixing settlement News Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:10:12 +0000 Paul Lilly 27400 at Blitz Red Dragon Memory From Avexir Available in Europe <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u160391/reddragon.jpg" width="250" height="201" style="float: right;" />Blitz Red Dragon memory branded to match MSI Gaming motherboards</h3> <p><strong>Avexir's</strong> latest memory kits are not only useful, but stylish, with the Blitz Red Dragon 1.1 DDR3 memory series sporting a black and red motif with tribal dragon designs. They've also got red LEDs on the top of each piece, which can be set to pulse as though they're breathing, giving the hardware a more "organic" feel. Just like a dragon. Any Targaryen fans in the house?</p> <p>The Red Dragon units range between 1600 and 3200 MHz, with timings set at CL9 and CL13 for 1600 MHz and 3200 MHz modules, complete with Intel XMP 1.3 support. Unfortunately, these memory kits are only available currently in Europe, starting at €100 for the 8 GB kit. Unfortunately, there's no word just yet on whether or not we could see these slick-looking kits in the U.S. -- if you're in Europe, however, you've got some neat-looking hardware to pick up.</p> avexir Hardware Memory memory modules news News Mon, 03 Mar 2014 05:04:53 +0000 Brittany Vincent 27366 at Origin PC Launches Own Brand Memory Built by Kingston Technology <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/origin_pc_memory.jpg" alt="Origin PC Memory" title="Origin PC Memory" width="228" height="146" style="float: right;" />Underneath Origin PC's custom heat spreaders are HyperX modules</h3> <p>Boutique system builder <strong>Origin PC has teamed up with Kingston Technology to deliver a line of its own brand memory modules</strong> offered in the company's Genesis, Millennium, and Chronos desktops. Though the DDR3 memory kits bear Origin PC's name on the low profile black heat spreaders, they're essentially rebadged Kingston HyperX modules, only they've been factory tested and approved by both Kingston and Origin PC engineers.</p> <p>Capacities range from 8GB to 64GB. All kits are compatible with Intel XMP auto-overclocking settings and use carefully selected premium chips for maximum performance and overclockability, Origin PC says.</p> <p>"HyperX is proud to team up with Origin PC to offer our best-selling high-performance system memory with a customized heat spreader featuring the Origin logo," said Lawrence Yang, HyperX business manager. "We built, tested and optimized our special-edition memory specifically for Origin. They are known for high performance, quality and high-end designs that cater to gamers and enthusiasts who want the best-in-class notebooks and desktops. HyperX shares many of the same qualities and we look forward to a long and successful partnership with Origin."</p> <p>A rose is a rose by any other name, so the question here is, should you care whether or not Origin PC's own-brand memory is built by Kingston? Perhaps there is. Back in December, <a href="">Puget Systems posted data</a> on component failures and noted that it almost exclusively uses Kingston brand RAM these days because, for them, it's been more reliable than the competition.</p> <p>While on the topic of Kingston memory, <a href="" target="_blank">take a look</a> at the company's manufacturing process for RAM and solid state drives.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> DDR3 Hardware hyperX Kingston Memory OEM origin pc ram rigs News Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:13:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 27332 at SanDisk Lifts Storage Ceiling with Capacious 128GB microSDXC Memory Card <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/sandisk_ultra_128gb.jpg" alt="SanDisk Ultra 128GB microSDXC Card" title="SanDisk Ultra 128GB microSDXC Card" width="228" height="166" style="float: right;" />Enough space to store 16 hours of Full HD video</h3> <p>SanDisk has been on a tear lately. Following up the launch of its <a href="" target="_blank">Extreme Pro SDHC/SDXC UHS-II card</a> earlier this month, which it bills as the fastest SD card from here to the edge of the galaxy, <strong>SanDisk today announced its new 128GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-1 memory card</strong>, which offers the most capacity of any microSD card ever made. That's a pretty impressive amount of storage for a part that's smaller than the size of a fingernail.</p> <p>"SanDisk’s high-performance 128GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC memory card will reshape the way users interact with their devices," <a href="" target="_blank">said Stuart Robinson</a>, director, Handset Component Technologies, Strategy Analytics. "Until now, consumers had to spread out their content between multiple products because the memory on those devices was not able to hold enough data in one place. This 128GB microSD card is going to be popular as the preferred removable storage option, giving users fast, secure and reliable access to their personal data archives."</p> <p>The capacious card is designed for Android smartphones and tablets. According to SanDisk, it's capable of holding 16 hours of Full HD video, 7,500 songs, 3,200 photos, and more than 128 apps.</p> <p>Compared to the first microSD card (128MB) launched in 2004, SanDisk's 128GB model is capable of storing 1,000 more data. To enable that kind of storage increase, SanDisk said it developed an "innovative proprietary technique" that involves vertically stacking 16 memory die, each of which is shaved thinner than a single strand of hair.</p> <p>SanDisk says the new 128GB Ultra microSDXC card is available only at and for $200 MSRP. We checked online and didn't see it listed on Best Buy's website just yet, though Amazon has it listed (and "temporarily out of stock") for <a href=";qid=1393259370&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=SDSDQUA-128G" target="_blank">$120</a> with adapter.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> 128gb Hardware Memory microsdxc mobile world congress mwc mwc2014 Sandisk storage News Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:45:28 +0000 Paul Lilly 27326 at G.Skill Overclocks SO--DIMM Memory to 2600MHz, Proves Little Sticks Have Big Potential <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ripjaws_0.jpg" alt="G.Skill Ripjaws" title="G.Skill Ripjaws" width="228" height="143" style="float: right;" />Smaller size systems don't signal the end of overclocking</h3> <p>We still find full tower system sexy as ever, but there's a definite trend right now toward small form factor (SFF) rigs. Valve is partially responsible for the movement as it finds ways to encourage PC gamers to play in the living room via Big Picture Mode and Steam Machines, both of which are proving popular. Wondering what impact this trend will have on overclocking? No doubt trying to overclock in tightly packed systems becomes a bigger challenge due to higher temps, but it's not impossible -- just ask the folks at <strong>G.Skill who overclocked a set of Ripjaws SO-DIMM memory to DDR3-2600 speeds</strong>.</p> <p>G.Skill overclocked the memory kit inside of ASRock's latest M8 barebones system. The Ripjaws kit consisted of two 4GB modules of 2133MHz RAM with a CAS latency of 11 and 1.35V. To reach the 2600MHz mark, G.Skill had to relax the timings a tad to 12-14-14-35, up from 11-11-11-36.</p> <p>"As high end desktops slowly evolve itself into small form factor, G.Skill spared no time expanding its best-in-class quality &amp; overclocking legacy from desktop memory to SO-DIMM memory, by overclocking its 'Ripjaws' 2133MHz C11 8GB (4GBx2) 1.35V memory kit to a whopping 2600MHz under dual channel operation on ASRock M8!," <a href="" target="_blank">G.Skill said</a>.</p> <p>SO-DIMM kits have traditionally been used in laptops, though they're also found in some SFF systems. The F3-2133C11D-8GRSL kit G.Skill used is its highest performing SO-DIMM available</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> asrock g.skill Hardware m8 Memory overclocking ram sff Small Form Factor SO-DIMM News Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:57:25 +0000 Paul Lilly 27314 at Check Out How Micron Makes Crucial Ballistix Memory <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ballistix_manufactured.jpg" alt="Crucial Ballistix Manufacturing" title="Crucial Ballistix Manufacturing" width="228" height="132" style="float: right;" />Video shows an inside look at Crucial's manufacturing process</h3> <p>It's not too often that system builders and related component makers pull the curtain back to reveal what goes on behind the scenes, but that's exactly what Micron did with its Crucial division. Crucial Ballistix memory is built entirely in-house and is designed and developed by parent company Micron. In a<strong> video recently posted to YouTube, Micron shows how its Crucial Balistix RAM is manufactured</strong> and tested.</p> <p>The Ballistix line represents Crucial's performance memory for gamers, overclockers, and enthusiasts. It starts with pure silicon wafers that are moved through more than 800 different processes in clean rooms that are 100 times cleaner than a hospital operating room. It takes over a month just to produce a finished wafer, and that's only the beginning.</p> <p>Micron's video continues through the rest of the process, which features plenty of automated machinery. If you have 2 minutes to spare, it's definitely worth a watch:</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Props to <a href=""><em>Legit Reviews</em></a> for finding this gem.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC crucial ballistix Hardware Memory micron ram video News Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:50:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 27307 at Tight DRAM Supply Could Lead to Higher Prices in 2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hynix_ram.jpg" alt="Hynix RAM" title="Hynix RAM" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Hynix is still trying to recover from a fire at one of its fabs</h3> <p>The DRAM market pretty much bottomed out a few years ago and has never fully recovered, though we've seen prices slowly rise from time to time. In most cases we're only talking about a few dollars difference for a memory kit, which isn't so bad except that it adds up over time. That trend is likely to continue throughout 2014 as <strong>SK Hynix struggles to fully resume wafer production</strong> at a fab that suffered fire damage in China.</p> <p>Last September, <a href="">Hynix tried to downplay</a> the extent of damage and said that things appeared worse in pictures than they really were.</p> <p>"Currently, there is no material damage to the fab equipment in the clean room, thus we expect to resume operations in a short time period so that overall production and supply volume would not be materially affected," a representative for Hynix said in a statement at the time.</p> <p>Citing industry sources, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em> says</a> Hynix is having a more difficult time getting back to normal output levels than it anticipated. Hynix has resumed full operations at the fab that was damaged by the fire, but yield rates have been worse than expected, causing some PC vendors to reject shipments.</p> <p>That single fab accounts for almost half of the 260,000 DRAM wafers Hynix produces each month, which is equal to 10 percent of the world's DRAM wafer production. That being the case, DRAM production for PCs is expected to remain tight through all of 2014, which could lead to higher priced memory kits.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC DRAM Hardware Hynix Memory ram News Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:31:26 +0000 Paul Lilly 27072 at Rambus and Micron Settle Patent Dispute, Sign $280 Million Licensing Agreement <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/micron_ram.jpg" alt="Micron RAM" title="Micron RAM" width="228" height="170" style="float: right;" />Over a dozen years of litigation finally comes to end</h3> <p>There's been no love lost between <strong>Rambus and Micron</strong> over the years. The two have been mired in litigation since 1990, which is when Rambus first sought license fees and threatened infringement lawsuits against memory makers who turned to the popular SDRAM standard over its own proprietary RDRAM spec. Rambus contended that its patents and inventions also applied to SDRAM, but as far as things are concerned with Micron, it's now a moot point.</p> <p>The two companies inked a broad patent cross license agreement that grants Micron the right to use any Rambus patent for the manufacture of specified integrated circuit products, including memory products. Under terms of the agreement, Rambus will receive quarterly royalty payments for the next 7 years, not to exceed $10 million per quarter, along with a rolling 12-month cap fixed at $40 million, or $280 million during the initial term.</p> <p>At the end of the 7-year period, Micron will have the option to extend the agreement for additional renewal periods under initial terms. In addition, this cross patent license agreement deems all outstanding patent and antitrust claims null and void, including those with Elpida, which <a href="">Micron acquired</a> earlier this year.</p> <p>"This milestone agreement puts years of legal disputes behind both companies and opens doors for future cooperation," <a href="" target="_blank">said Dr. Ron Black</a>, president and chief executive officer at Rambus. "We continue to focus on developing innovative technology and furthering our more open, collaborative relationship with the broader industry."</p> <p>What this boils down to is another win for Rambus, which also settled with Hynix earlier this year as part of a $240 million patent licensing agreement. Rambus has also inked license agreements with <a href="">Nvidia</a> and <a href="">Broadcom</a> over the years.</p> <p>Image Credit: Flickr (Mike Deal aka ZokneDancer)</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Hardware Licensing Memory micron patents ram Rambus News Wed, 11 Dec 2013 17:11:48 +0000 Paul Lilly 26862 at Crucial’s DDR4 Memory Out By December <!--paging_filter--><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">Twice the speed, two times the density, and 20 percent less voltage</span></h3> <p>It’s been six years since <a href="" target="_blank">DDR3</a> memory was adopted and it’s just about time to start moving over to DDR4. A&nbsp; <a href="" target="_blank">Crucial</a>&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">promo page</a> for the company’s <strong><a href="" target="_blank">DDR4</a> </strong>memory lists “late 2013” as a release date which means that we should be seeing the new modules by December.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u162579/ddr4-memory-specs-and-performance.jpg" alt="Crucial Specs" title="Crucial Specs" width="434" height="1200" /></p> <p>Don’t get too excited yet. It’s probably been a while since you’ve switched from DDR2 to DDR3, but just like previous changes, DDR4 will require new motherboards compatible with its different architecture. The incentive to upgrade is definitely there. Crucial lists a base memory speed of 2133MHz running at only 1.2V. The DDR4 memory will also have a smaller die which means that DDR4 can hold up to 16GB per stick over the 8GB limitation of DDR3. That translates to a 20 percent decrease in voltage, 100 percent increase in speed, and a 300 percent increase in density.</p> <p>There aren’t any DDR4-compatible motherboards yet, but with Crucial announcing the first DDR4 memory—and other memory manufacturers sure to follow—they shouldn't be too far off.</p> <p><em>Follow Ben on <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a>.</em></p> Crucial ddr4 Memory ram News Fri, 15 Nov 2013 20:09:57 +0000 Ben Kim 26704 at G.Skill Sets Record for World's Fastest Quad Channel Memory at 4,072MHz <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/tridentx_0.jpg" alt="G.Skill TridentX" title="G.Skill TridentX" width="228" height="137" style="float: right;" />Chalk up yet another record for G.Skill</h3> <p><a href=""><strong>G.Skill</strong></a> has quite the collection of world records to boast, the latest being the first quad-channel DDR3 memory kit to race past 4GHz. Intel's Ivy Bridge-E platform has only been on the market a week and G.Skill wasted no time testing the limits of the new silicon, along with its own brand memory kits. This time around it was <a href="">again a G.Skill TridentX memory kit</a> that achieved the record breaking frequency, which now sits at DDR3-4072MHz.</p> <p>The quad-channel TridentX kit sat in an <a href="">Asus Rampage IV Black Edition</a> motherboard with an Intel Core i7 4960X Extreme Edition processor. <a href="" target="_blank">Setting the world record</a> also required liquid nitrogen (LN2) cooling, a definite buzz kill if you were hoping to pick up one of G.Skill's kits and achieve the same results at home (it's not going to happen on air).</p> <p>This was all about overclocking the RAM, and as such, only one of the Ivy Bridge-E CPU cores was active, which was running at 2,035MHz. As for the RAM, timings were set at 14-31-15-45 for the record breaking OC.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Build a PC g.skill Hardware Memory overclocking quad-channel ram News Thu, 19 Sep 2013 13:15:00 +0000 Paul Lilly 26338 at G.Skill Adds 15 DDR3 Quad Channel Memory Kits to RipjawsZ Family <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ripjawsz.jpg" alt="G.Skill Ripjawsz" title="G.Skill RipjawsZ" width="228" height="193" style="float: right;" />A memory kit for every occasion</h3> <p><a href=""><strong>G.Skill</strong></a> went a little nuts today (not necessarily a bad thing, mind you) and expanded its <a href=";series=32" target="_blank">RipjawsZ</a> line with a whopping 15 new DDR3 quad-channel memory kits, all of which the company claims have been optimized for Intel's Core i7 processor line for socket LGA2011 and X79 motherboards (Ivy Bridge-E, in other words). The new kits range in frequency from 1866MHz (10-11-10-30 timings) to a blistering fast 2933MHz (12-14-14-35 timings).</p> <p>If you favor capacity over raw speed, two of those 15 kits are 64GB packages (8x8GB) running at DDR3-2666. They're not the fastest of the bunch, but at the same time, 2666MHz is hardly considered slow. In fact, G.Skill also rolled out four other 64GB kits at slower frequencies (1866MHz, two at 2133Mhz, and 2400MHz).</p> <p>While overclocking performance is never guaranteed, G.Skill said it was able to push one of its 16GB (4x4GB) kits to 3000MHz on air cooling using an Intel Core i7 4960X processor and Asus Rampage IV Extreme motherboard.</p> <p>Good stuff, though we'll temper our excitement until pricing and availability becomes known.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> Build a PC DDR3 g.skill Hardware Memory ram ripjawsz News Wed, 11 Sep 2013 15:17:14 +0000 Paul Lilly 26283 at Hynix Downplays Fire at Chip Factory, Expects to Resume Production Soon <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hynix_memory.jpg" alt="Hynix Memory" title="Hynix Memory" width="228" height="195" style="float: right;" />Maybe PC component and mobile device prices won't rise, after all</h3> <p>News of a fire at <a href=""><strong>SK Hynix's</strong></a> plant in China blazed across the Internet earlier this week, leading to speculation that prices for for devices like solid state drive (SSDs), tablets, and smartphones would all see a spike. Pictures showed black smoke billowing from the facility, and based on similar incidents to other memory makers in the 1990s, <a href="" target="_blank">TrendForce surmised</a> it might be six months or more before Hynix is fully operational.</p> <p>Hynix has a different time frame in mind.</p> <p>"Currently, there is no material damage to the fab equipment in the clean room, thus we expect to resume operations in a short time period so that overall production and supply volume would not be materially affected," company representative Seongae Park <a href="" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>, according to <em>Reuters</em>.</p> <p>Hynix expects insurance to cover the bulk of the damage, which the company says looks much worse in pictures than it actually is. According to Hynix, the plumes of dark smoke were created because the fire was concentrated in the air purification facilities linked to the fab's rooftop.</p> <p>The fire broke out while installing chip equipment. It caused one minor injury before it was extinguished in less than two hours. While Hynix doesn't expect the damage to be significant, the situation could have been much worse, considering the plant produces up to 15 percent of the world's memory chips.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> fire Hardware Hynix Memory Production News Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:12:46 +0000 Paul Lilly 26249 at Micron Gains a 300mm DRAM Fabrication Plant in Elpida Acquisition <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/untitled-4.jpg" alt="Micron" title="Micron" width="228" height="170" style="float: right;" />Micron beefs up its memory portfolio</h3> <p><strong><a href="">Micron</a></strong>, the memory maker based out of Boise, Idaho, has completed its acquisition of Elpida, a struggling DRAM player in Tokyo. All of Elpida's equity and assets now belong to Micron, including a 300mm DRAM fabrication facility located in Hiroshima, Japan. Other notable assets include a 65 percent stake in Rexchip, which itself owns a 300mm DRAM plant in Taiwan, and 100 percent ownership interest in Akita Elpida Memory, which owns an assembly and test facility in Akita, Japan.</p> <p>"We are pleased to bring together Elpida with Micron to form the industry's leading pure-play memory company. This combination will result in enhanced R&amp;D and manufacturing scale, significant cost and production synergies and a stronger memory product portfolio to provide solutions to our customers," <a href="" target="_blank">said Micron CEO Mark Durcan</a>.</p> <p>The move also ensures Micron's continued presence in an industry that's made a sharp transition to survival of the fittest in the past several years. Starting around 2008, the DRAM market took a turn for the worse, prompting <a href="">Adata to say</a> it had been the worst year for DRAM in 15 years.</p> <p>According to Micron, the manufacturing assets of Elpida and Rexchip together can produce more than 185,000 300mm wafers per month, which represents about a 45 percent increase in Micron's current manufacturing capacity.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> DRAM eplida Hardware Memory micron News Fri, 02 Aug 2013 15:11:48 +0000 Paul Lilly 26054 at