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September 6, 2016

DRAM, NAND Flash Prices Expected to Increase in 4Q2016

According to a new report from DRAMeXchange, DRAM and NAND Flash prices are expected to increase in 4Q2016 and beyond due to growing demand and a tightening supply.

PC DRAM prices are expected to increase as much as 15% thanks to decreasing PC DRAM supply and increasing notebook shipments which are expected to increase more than 8% in the 4th quarter. DRAM makers are scaling back PC DRAM production in order to expand mobile and server DRAM production which now constitute the lion’s share of the DRAM market. Mobile DRAM is also expected to see price increases in the coming months with some smartphone makers negotiating contracts with prices 10% higher than 3rd [...]

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August 23, 2016

Samsung, SK Hynix Discuss HBM3 – Faster, Cheaper, Up to 64GB Per Package

Samsung and SK Hynix had a lot to show off in the previous weeks with back to back to back Flash Memory Summit followed by Intel Developer’s Conference and now Hot Chips.

At the HotChips conference, Samsung already talked about what to expect with GDDR6, and both Samsung and SK Hynix also talked about their work on HBM3 (or xHBM, Extreme HBM, HBMx, and whatever else it’s being called these days). HBM3 is expected to be faster, cheaper, more power efficient, and supports higher capacities than current generation HBM2. Those who missed our original article detailing HBM technology, be sure to check it out here.

According to early HBM3 specs, [...]

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August 19, 2016

SK Hynix Mass Producing UFS 2.1 Storage Solution, Claims 3x Faster Than eMMC 5.1

SK Hynix recently announced that they’ve began mass production of their UFS 2.1 storage solution. Ranging in capacities of 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB, SK Hynix is manufacturing their UFS 2.1 solution completely in house with their own firmware, controller, and 2nd generation 3D NAND flash.

According to SK Hynix, their UFS 2.1 storage solution is the fastest embedded flash memory in the world, boasting speeds up to 800MB/s, more than 3x the performance of eMMC 5.1 which is currently the main storage medium used in most mid-range to high end smartphones/tablets.

“SK Hynix is pleased to expect the mobile gadgets such as smartphones to enhance their [...]

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August 19, 2016

Korean DRAM Maker Trashes 30-50K DRAM Wafers, DRAM Prices to Increase in Q3

Taiwanese technology site DigiTimes recently reported that a DRAM production issue has caused a Korean DRAM maker to scrap between 30,000-50,000 21nm DRAM wafers. According to DigiTimes’ industry sources, 21nm yields were not the issue; however, no specific reason was given for why the DRAM wafers were trashed.

DRAM prices have been falling since October 2014, but stabilized in June 2016 as chipmakers reduced production and fab capacity investment. While 30,000-50,000 DRAM wafers is unlikely to have a long term impact on DRAM prices, it may cause a short term price increase in Q3 as suppliers raise prices due to the constrained supply. DigiTimes sources [...]

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August 19, 2016

G.SKILL Demos 64GB,128GB DDR4-3333MHz Kits, 32GB DDR4-3333MHz SO-DIMM Kits at IDF 2016

G.SKILL is no stranger to pushing the boundaries of capacity and performance with their memory kits, and at IDF 2016 they showed off some of their fastest and highest capacity memory kits available. At the show, G.SKILL demoed both the 128GB Trident Z DDR4-3333MHz CL14 kit as well as the 64GB Trident Z DDR4-333MHz CL13 kit which represent some of the highest capacity high performance DDR4 kits out on the market today.

While DDR4 3333MHz kits have been available for quite some time, they’ve been generally only available in lower capacities such as 16GB kits. However, thanks to the use of Samsung’s new high performance DDR4 8Gb DDR4 [...]

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July 29, 2016

Patriot Unveils Blazing 3,733MHz Viper 4, Viper Elite DDR4

Need a bit more speed in your memory? Sure you do and Patriot has the solution for you. Available beginning August 3, Patriot will offer the Viper 4 and Viper Elite 16GB (2x8GB) dual channel DDR4 memory kits at frequencies up to 3,733MHz.

According to Patriot, the new Viper 4 and Viper Elite 3,733MHz kits will be spec’d with timings of 17-19-19-39 and will be rated for 1.35v. The memory kits will be hand tested, are validated for full system compatibility, and will be backed by Patriot’s lifetime warranty.

The Patriot Viper 4 and Viper Elite 2,800MHz kits is expected to MSRP starting at $159.99. More information can be found at [...]

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July 15, 2016

SK Hynix Catalog Confirms 4Gb HBM2 Memory Shipping 3Q2016

After being the first to introduce first generation HBM with their partnership with AMD, SK Hynix has since fallen behind on second generation HBM, or HBM2, as Samsung announced that they began mass production earlier this year. While Samsung has had a comfortable lead over SK Hynix for some time, it seems like Samsung may not be the only producer of HBM2 come this fall. SK Hynix recently revealed in their product catalog that they’ll be shipping HBM2 in 3Q2016.

According to the catalog, SK Hynix will offer two 4GB, 4Hi-stack SKUs – H5VR32ESM4H-20C, which runs at 2.0Gbps (256GB/s per stack), and H5VR32ESM4H-12C, which runs at 1.6Gbps (204GB/s per [...]

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June 23, 2016

Corsair Puts LEDs in New Vengeance LED DDR4 Memory

So you’ve got the LED lit case, you’ve got the LED lit motherboard, you’ve got the LED lit graphics card, you’ve got the LED lit power supply, and you’ve even got the LED lit SSD, but you’re missing LED lit memory. That sounds like a pretty unfortunate situation, but thanks to Corsair, you might just be in luck.

Memory giant Corsair recently announced their new Vengeance LED series DDR4 memory which as you’ve guessed, has LED lights! Available in red and white LED variants (unfortunately, no RGB), the new Vengeance LED memory feature a light bar at the top of each memory module’s aluminum heatspreader which light up [...]

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May 19, 2016

Crucial Launches 16GB Ballistix Sport LT DDR4-2400 SODIMMs

Adding to their expanding line of DDR4 products, Crucial recently announced the availability of their Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 SODIMM designed for gaming laptops and small form factor systems. Available individually in capacities of 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB, or in kits of 8GB (2x4GB), 16GB (2x8GB), and 32GB (2x16GB), the new Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 is capable of transfer rates up to 2,400 MT/s. The kits also come with black PCBs and a slick digital camo heatsink design to ensure all your friends know you have extra tactical memory.

Those interested in the Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 SODIMMs can purchase the memory on the Crucial website here. Pricing starts at $21.99 for a [...]

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May 17, 2016

G.Skill Adds New Color Options to Its Trident Z Memory Lineup

G.Skill has updated its high-end lineup of Trident Z DDR4 memory to include a variety of new color options to better suit themed builds. The new modules will not introduce any additional speed tiers compared to the existing options. Instead, the release focuses purely on aesthetic changes.

Along with the existing brush aluminum, silver modules with red and black accents, the five new color schemes which can be seen above, include silver with white or black accents and black with white, yellow or orange accents.

G.Skill says the new modules should be available at the end of May with new color schemes available in select configurations only. [...]

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January 26, 2016

Samsung Mass Producing 4GB HBM2 DRAM, Boasting Fastest DRAM in the World

Samsung recently announced that they’re now mass producing second generation HBM (High Bandwidth Memory), known as HBM2. Samsung claims that HBM2 is up to 7 times faster than the current DRAM performance limit, which will allow better responsiveness for high end computing, machine learning and graphics applications.

HBM was first announced last year when AMD utilized the technology in their latest FURY X graphics cards. Samsung’s new product will be manufactured on Samsung’s 20nm process and will provide up to 256Gbps of bandwidth, double that of HBM1 and 7x that of currently generation 4Gb GDDR5.

Samsung is able to realize this level [...]

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November 28, 2015

Samsung Mass Producing 128GB DDR4 RDIMMs

Following the launch of Samsung’s 64GB DDR4 RDIMM modules late last year, Samsung recently announced that they’re now mass producing 128GB DDR4 RDIMMs designed for the enterprise server and data center market.

Utilizing the same 3D TSV (Through Silicon Via) technology first developed for their 64GB DDR4 RDIMMs, Samsung’s new 128GB DDR4 RDIMMs will utilize Samsung’s new 20nm based 8Gb DDR4 dies which will double total RDIMM capacity.

“The 128GB TSV DDR4 RDIMM is comprised of a total of 144 DDR4 chips, arranged into 36 4GB DRAM packages, each containing four 20-nanometer (nm)-based 8-gigabit (Gb) chips assembled with [...]

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