Apple and Samsung aren’t exactly on the best terms, but sometimes you just have to set aside your differences to ensure that you’ll have enough NAND to produce your next generation of iPhones.
According to a recent report by Digitimes, Apple suppliers SK Hynix and Toshiba are both experiencing bad yields on their 3D NAND resulting in a shortfall of as much as 30%. In order to ensure an adequate supply of NAND, Apple has reportedly turned to Samsung which not only has relatively good 3D NAND yields, but also has the manufacturing capability to handle the increased demand.
Due to poor yields, global supply of NAND is expected to remain constricted [...]
Samsung announced today that its new fab in Pyeongtaek, South Korea has entered mass production and is shipping its first products to customers. The newly-opened plant which will be the largest single fab in the industry will focus on production of Samsung’s latest 4th generation, 64-layer 3D V-NAND. Samsung’s 64-layer TLC 3D NAND enables capacities of up to 256Gbit per chip bringing increased performance and storage capacity to consumer and enterprise devices. The new factory represents a major step towards Samsung’s goal of shifting 50% of its production to 64-Layer 3D NAND by the end of this year.
Within the next four years, Samsung is also [...]
Samsung now has the biggest monitor on the market with the announcement of its CHG90 HDR gaming monitor.
The CHG90 comes in a whopping 49-inch form factor. Yep. You read that right – a full 49 inches. For those of you yearning for a larger, wider monitor monitor, it doesn’t get bigger than this.
Having a 49″ monster monitor erected in your face can make your head spin and that’s why the CHG90 features an 1800R curvature for your viewing pleasure. With all that wideness is also a wider resolution of 3,840×1080, the combined resolution of two 1080p monitors placed next to each other.
Being one of Samsung’s top-end displays, the [...]
In a recent announcement, Samsung has begun volume production of its 4th generation, 64-layer V-NAND. The new 3D NAND flash chips are the successor to Samsung’s existing 48-layer V-NAND.
Storage capacity of the 64-layer V-NAND remains at the same 256Gbit density as the 48-layer V-NAND it’s designed to replace. The major difference with 64-layer V-NAND is the size of each chip as it’s physically smaller, allowing more chips to fit on a single wafer. This improves production efficiency as well as internal parallelism when it’s ultimately implemented on SSDs and other storage devices.
In addition to greater areal density, the new 64-layer [...]
IBM Research Alliance recently announced that they’ve developed a process to produce the world’s first 5nm transistors. The new transistors will allow IBM to squeeze as much as 30 billion transistors into a chip just 50mm² resulting in as much as 40% improvement in performance at the same power or a 75% reduction in power at the same level of performance when compared to current generation cutting edge 10nm technology.
In order to shrink the transistors down to the 5nm feature size, IBM researchers spent 10 years developing a new technology which they call Stacked Nanosheet Gate-All-Around Transistor (GAAFET) technology.This simpler [...]
Were you planning on surprising mom with a new flagship smartphone this weekend? How about surprising yourself with one as well?
Currently, T-Mobile, in partnership with Samsung and LG, is offering buy one, get one free deals on both the new Samsung Galaxy S8 as well as the LG G6.
Here’s how it works.
For the Samsung Galaxy S8, simply purchase two Samsung Galaxy S8 devices on a 24-month EIP and add a new line (T-Mobile ONE or Simple Choice with High Speed Unlimited Data). Then, simply head over to T-Mobile’s promotions site to submit a rebate request using the promo code 17SAM8BOGO. Within 6-8 weeks, you should then receive a prepaid [...]
Aside from the whole exploding thing, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was an awesome smartphone, which is a shame since all units were recalled shortly after launch. However, it looks like all that R&D may not have gone to waste as refurbished versions of the recalled smartphones have recently been approved by the FCC.
According to a recent article by SamMobile, the refurbished Galaxy Note 7 will be available in Korea in three variants: the SM-N935K, SM-N935L, and SM-N935S, each tweaked for a specific Korean carrier. The refurbished models are reported to feature a smaller battery rated at 3,200mAh and will sport Android 7.0 out of the box. To distinguish the refurb [...]
Samsung Electronics is poised to surpass Intel (aka Chipzilla) as the world’s largest chip manufacturer.
Analyst firm IC Insights predicted recently that if the current price of DRAM and NAND hold for Q2, Samsung could generate enough revenue to take the number one spot. The firm predicts that Samsung will achieve $14.9 billion in revenue, while Intel is predicted to reach $14.4 billion.
The increase in the price of NAND and DRAM is fueled by significantly increased demand amid a major industry-wide supply shortage. The depleted inventory and industry-wide transition to 3D NAND is significantly increasing the price of storage and isn’t supposed to [...]
According to a recent article from Digitimes, two of the world’s largest memory manufacturers may be having a hard time perfecting their sub-20nm DRAM processes. Micron is experiencing low yield rates transitioning into its 1xnm DRAM node, while Samsung had to recently recall a large batch of DRAM modules built on its 18nm process.
Last month, Micron announced that it was planning to spend $1 billion to upgrade its TaiChung fab to 1x nm, aiming to make its chips ready for the market by the end of the year. Due to the lower yields, its products may be delayed.
Samsung on the other hand had to recall more than 100,000 DRAM modules after PC OEMS reported [...]
According to a recent post by market intelligence firm TrendFocus, SSD prices have jumped over 36% year over year in certain areas despite increasing shipments suggesting demand for flash memory is currently significantly outpacing supply. Trendfocus speculates that these prices are likely to stay inflated until at least 2018, when production of flash memory is expected to increase to match demand.
The current NAND shortage has been caused by a perfect storm of factors which include the transition by all NAND manufacturers to 3D NAND production, major increases in storage capacities of smartphones and significantly increased amounts of laptops adopting SSDs. Currently, [...]