Down the hall from Kingston’s CES 2017 suite was HyperX, the gaming and performance components division of Kingston, which now seems to be becoming more independent than ever.
The most impressive showing at the HyperX suite was their upcoming HyperX Predator LED which is an upcoming RGB LED lit high performance memory kit. Unlike other kits on the market, the HyperX Predator LED is able to communicate with the system directly through the memory slots through a proprietary method which is supposed by all the biggest motherboard makers such as ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI. With this, the LEDs on the HyperX Predator LED can be controlled via a software [...]
Although the DRAM and NAND industry has seen quite a bit of consolidation over the past 10 years, it looks like some new players from China may be entering the market soon bringing some welcome competition to the market. According to a recent article by DigiTimes, three China based firms may be gearing up to enter the market with all three expected to begin competing for the Chinese market in 2018.
Yangtze River Storage Technology (YRST)
YRST, or Yangtze River Storage Technology, is the most promising of the companies as it’s backed by Tsinghua Unigroup, a Chinese state run technology company. YRST already owns a 12-inch wafer fab [...]
Samsung recently told investors that they’re planning to make some of the biggest investments into their semiconductor facilities this year and the accelerated development of next generation DRAM may be one of the results of that investment.
According to Business Korea sources, Samsung is planning to accelerate development their next generation 1ynm product (15nm or 16nm) in order to begin mass producing it by 2H2017. Further, Samsung expects to continue ramping up 18nm DRAM production as well, expecting 10nm class DRAM to make up half of Samsung’s DRAM shipments by 2H2017.
It was previously estimated that Samsung would completely shift to [...]
While the failure of a product launch as big as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 would typically cripple a normal company, Samsung doesn’t seem to be skipping a beat, recently telling investors that they’ll be spending a record 27 Trillion Won ($23.59 Billion USD) this year with a majority of it happening in the 4th quarter.
Up until 3Q2016, Samsung had already invested 14.7 Trillion Won ($12.84 Billion USD), which is quite a bit compared to R&D and facilities spending for most tech firms however, in 4Q2016 alone Samsung is expecting to invest another 12.3 Trillion Won ($10.75 Billion USD). According to Samsung, the largest portion of the [...]
If you’ve been thinking of building a new system this holiday season, it may be worthwhile to start picking up memory early as prices continue to rebound thanks to increasing demand and a constrained supply.
Back in September, we reported that PC DRAM prices are expected to increase 15% by the end of this year, but a new report from DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, is forecasting that DRAM prices will increase by 30%, which will put PC DRAM at its highest price in two years. During 3Q2016, memory makers scaled back PC DRAM production down to just 20% of the total production in order to expand mobile and server DRAM production. This [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]