Analyst notes mystery $250M payment to buyer of Apple RAM supplier Elpida
Independent analyst Matt Margolis has reported on a mysterious $250 million payment to memory maker Micron, which in turn last summer bought out another memory manufacturing firm, Elpida, for $2 billion. Among Elpida's many customers, one in particular has a habit of being both secretive and willing to pay large sums in advance to procure supply -- Apple. If the payment is from the iPhone maker, it may be trying to lock in supplies of Micron's new LPDDR4 DRAM.
Suit over price fixing from 1998 to 2002 result in $10 for those affected
A class action lawsuit brought forward by the Attorneys General for 33 states over price fixing for dynamic random access memory (DRAM) has reached a settlement, with manufacturers agreeing to pay out $310 million nationwide. Of the settlement amount, around $200 million will go to consumers and businesses that purchased devices with DRAM or DRAM itself from January 1, 1998 to December 31, 2002.
High per-pin data rate, low power touted in new mobile RAM chips
Samsung has revealed its first 8 gigabit (1GB) low-power DDR4 (LPDDR4) mobile DRAM, something Samsung believes to be the largest density available for DRAM components today. Built using a 20-nanometer process, the single-layer chip could lead to the company offering smartphones and mobile devices with 4GB of RAM in the future, eclipsing current models such as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 2014 which currently use 3GB of RAM.
New Samsung mobile DRAM doubles speed of previous generation
Samsung Semiconductor is ramping production of new 20nm 4 gigabit LPDDR3 mobile DRAM, the company has announced. The company says that it is the first to produce the ultra high speed low power double data rate 3 DRAM claiming that its performance is comparable to that which can be achieved from desktop computer RAM. According to Samsung, the bandwidth of the new chips is up to double that of previous designs.
Samsung pushes mobile memory technology forward
Samsung Semiconductor has started fabricating 128GB flash storage chips and 2GB LPDDR3 DRAM modules for mobile devices. Currently, most high-end smartphones are shipping with a maximum of 64GB of internal storage, leaving users with media-heavy libraries unable to take their music collections with them. The introduction of the new modules should go a long way to alleviating this problem, although pricing will remain a key factor in adoption.
Samsung and HTC shares suffer at the hands of Apple
Samsung and HTC stock have both taken a hit thanks to separate actions instigated by Apple. Samsung’s stock saw $10 billion wiped off its value following a report by DigiTimes indicating that Apple had placed a large order for DRAM from its struggling Japanese competitor Elpida. Separately, HTC’s shares also slumped by over 6 percent following an Apple initiated ITC injunction being enforced by US Customs, stopping the importation of its hotly anticipated One X and EVO 4G LTE handsets.