Memory bandwidth speed multiple times that of current DRAM
The Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium has published its first specification for HMC. Specification 1.0, after 17 months of work by the companies forming the consortium, details how manufacturers can create platforms and RAM using 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB chips, offering high-speed memory architectures that are also power-efficient.
Microcomputer capable of more memory-intensive applications
The Raspberry Pi has received a RAM upgrade. The miniature computer has now got 512MB of RAM, double that of the original release, and allows the Raspberry Pi to be used in more memory-intensive applications. Despite the increase in onboard memory, the non-profit foundation chose to keep the price at $35, instead of raising it higher.
Microsoft takes interest in 3D memory chip technology
Microsoft has joined the Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium. Fronted by Micron, Samsung, and IBM, the HMCC aims to create more efficient memory for high-performance computing and other similar applications, using increased bandwidth compared to what current memory architectures can provide.
Research may lead to faster, longer lived media
A thirty-year-old concept in computer memory may be making a resurgence. Material engineers at Johns Hopkins University have turned to diamonds to change the properties of elements used in phase change memory such as used in CD-RW and DVD-RW discs. This development could lead to higher data density storage systems that both last longer and react quicker than current optical, flash, or magnetic media.
SD card capacities up to 32GB
Samsung has announced that it is ready to ship its full line of SD and microSD cards that will be sold under the company's own branding. The lineup includes seven new models in the 'High Speed' series and 'Plus Extreme Speed' series. The latter offerings include 8GB and 16GB Class 10 SD and microSD cards that are claimed to support 21MB/s write speed and 24MB/s read speed.
Companies threatened by Korean competitors
Chip makers Elpida Memory and Micron Technology are reportedly set to join forces in the memory market. The companies are said to be attempting to combine their production capabilities, which would give the partnership approximately 20 percent market share for DRAM components.
Purdue shows-off FeRAM technology
Purdue University researchers have demonstrated a proof of concept for a new form of computer memory. The breakthrough has the potential to drastically reduce the amount of power consumed by currently flash-based memory solutions, while also offering significant speed boosts. Although at a nascent stage, the researchers have shown how ferroelectric transistor random access memory (FeRAM) can be developed.
Up to $229 savings on 8GB upgrades
Other World Computing (OWC) has announced that 4GB and 8GB kits of DDR3 1333MHz RAM, specifically for the new "Mid 2011" Mac minis, are now available. The RAM kits work with all speeds and chip models of the new Mac mini, and can be up to $229 less expensive than similar upgrade offers direct from the Apple online store. OWC also offers a small discount on the RAM kits when users trade-in their factory RAM modules when ordering.
Breakthrough in Resistive Random Access Memory
Samsung has announced that it has achieved a significant breakthrough in resistive random access memory (RRAM) technology. The company's engineers and scientists have reportedly made significant improvements in durability, enabling RRAM prototypes to switch between writing and deleting up to a trillion times. The milestone is said to be approximately a million times higher than standard flash-memory durability.
16GB Chips max out at up to 96GB
Other World Computing has launched 16GB RAM chips for Mac Pro 2009 and 2010 models, exceeding factory-shipped maximums by a factor of 1.5x to 3x -- allowing maximums of 48GB or more depending on configuration and available memory slots, with a 12-core 2010 model reaching 96GB of RAM. Kits are available for both 2009 and 2010 models.
Samsung memory tech based on 40nm processes
Samsung has announced that it has begun pass producing 8GB DDR3 memory modules based on the SODIMM form-factor used by many notebooks and mobile workstations. The modules are based on four-gigabit, 40 nanometer-class DDR3 memory chips operating at 1,333MHz while using 1.5 volts of power.
Tech said to be highest density on one chip
Toshiba has announced that it has begun mass production of NAND flash components constructed using 24 nanometer technology. The manufacturing process is said to be used for 2 bit-per-cell 64-gigabit components, which are claimed to reach the highest density (8GB) on a single chip.
8GB RAM kit beats Apple price by 50-percent
Fast on the heels of Apple's launch of the new Mac mini, NewerTech has launched 8GB RAM upgrade kits for the new device. The new RAM chips are PC8500 DDR3 1066MHz CL7 204 pin SO-DIMM memory modules. The 8GB kit is a pair of 4GB modules, and a single 4GB module option is also available.
Components could double storage on current devices
Toshiba on Monday introduced a new 64GB embedded NAND flash memory module, claimed to be the highest capacity in the industry. The component combines a dedicated controller and sixteen 32Gbit chips manufactured using the company's 32nm technology. Chip thinning and layering methods help bring the chip thickness down to just 30 micrometers.
OWC ship new RAM chips
Other World computing has launched new Memory upgrades for Apple iMacs (Early 2008 models) and the 2009 White MacBook 13". The iMac offerings include a new DDR2 800MHz 4GB module and 6GB kit, allowing for a 5GB or 6GB setup that is not available from Apple. The 4GB memory module is $150 and the 6GB combo, which includes both 4GB and 2GB RAM modules, costs $170. OWC also has 2GB and 1GB options at substantially reduced pricing vs. Apple factory charges. The memory sticks carry a lifetime OWC warranty.
SanDisk 32nm X3 flash
SanDisk, in collaboration with Toshiba, at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference announced its latest memory technology that combines X3 and 32 nanometer manufacturing processes. The multi-level cell NAND flash is designed to offer 32Gb capacity with three bits of memory per cell, all in a package small enough to fit the microSD memory card format.
OWC Modbook upgrades
Other World Computing (OWC) has released new upgrade options for the Axiotron Modbook Mac-tablet. The available components include memory modules, hard drives and optical SuperDrives. Users can choose to have their orders outfitted with 6GB of RAM and single or dual hard-drive configurations, with capacities of up to 750GB when combining a 500GB HDD in the primary drive bay and 250GB HDD in the secondary bay. Customers can forgo the two-drive option and instead add a SuperDrive that features 8x DVD-R burn speeds and support for Dual-Layer discs.
Holiday electronics prices
Online retailers continue holiday sales on digital cameras, printers, notebooks, HDTVs and more. For a limited time PCconnection.com is offering a special bundle deal that includes a Nikon CoolPix 8MP digital camera, Epson Workforce color printer and 2GB SD memory card for $99.99 with FREE shipping. BestBuy.com has a range of great gift ideas for $50 or less that include the SanDisk Sansa 2GB MP3 player for $49.99, Family Guy volume five on DVD is priced at $29.99, Jabra Bluetooth headset for $39.99 and more.
storage and memory deals
A selection of storage and memory deals are currently being featured at DealNN. The Transcend JetFlash 4GB USB flash drive has been reduced from $19.99 to $6.99, an instant savings of $13 at TigerDirect.com. Buy.com is offering the Western Digital 1TB My Book Essential external hard drive for $139.99, that's $110 off the list price of $249.99. Until 11/30/08 Neweegg.com is offering the OCZ Core Series V2 30GB SSD (model no. OCZSSD2-2C30G) for $69.99. That's $25 off the original price of $94.99 and use this mail in rebate offer to drop the price down to $49.99. BestBuy.com is offering the PNY 2GB flash drive for $18.49. On November 28th only the price is dropped by $10.50 for a final price of $7.99.
DealNN: memory upgrades
Today's deals at DealNN include a range of products from bargain priced RAM and printers to digital cameras. First up is the Kingston ValuRAM 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 SDRAM memory module kit priced at $34.99 after mail in rebate at Buy.com. Next up is the refurbished Epson Stylus CX4450 all-in-one color printer for $29, a price cut of $20 off the original price of $49.99 at J&R.com. The refurbished Kodak EasyShare C613 6.2MP digital camera is available at TIgerDirect.com for $59. For one day only (10/31/08) Newegg.com is offering the Griffin Amplifi 2.1 sound system for iPod for $78, a savings of 48% off their regular price of $149.99. Lastly, Apple's online store has the refurbished AirPort Express base station with 802.11n and AirTunes for $79.
Ramjet 6GB Macbook RAM
Ramjet now offers the capability to expand memory to 6GB in any new aluminum MacBook or black bezel MacBook Pro. The kit uses one 4GB DDR3-1066 SO-DIMM module to fill one slot, combined with a 2GB module in the second slot to bring the system RAM up to 6GB. The modules fit the 204 pin SO-DIMM slot and are claimed to be compatible with the latest Apple firmware and ship pre-configured for the particular MacBook.
DealNN: $50 and under
Today's DealNN deals include a selection of products for under $50. Starting at $7 is the Dane-Elec 2GB SD memory card from J&R.com. Next up is the Patriot Razzo 4GB USB flash drive for $9.99 after a $10 instant rebate from TigerDirect.com. Buy.com has the Genius G-pen 4500 graphics tablet priced at $34.99, a savings of $30 off the list price of $64.99. The refurbished second generation 1GB iPod shuffle (in green, blue and pink) is available for $39 at the Apple store. Lastly is the Seagate Barracuda 250GB SATA hard drive for $49 at Newegg.com.
Micron releases 32GB e-MMC
Micron Technologies announced the latest additions to their line of "e-MMC" high-density embedded memory devices. Storage capacities from 1GB to 32GB are offered and feature an extended range of operating temperatures (-40C to +85C) for automotive or industrial use. Micron claims the devices can read data at speeds up to 52 megabytes per second. e-MMC memory is found in cell phones, PDAs, hand-held electronics, digital video cameras, gaming devices and more.
Magnetic RAM technology
German engineers and physicists have made a prototype of an advanced RAM system that nears the theoretical speed limit for the process. According to a NewScientistTech report, this technology – known as Magnetoresistive Random Access Memory (MRAM) – is claimed to be faster and more efficient then RAM currentlyavailable. Some companies speculate the capabilities and low power consumption of MRAM may push the mobile market in the years to come. So far, however, the technology is in experimental stages at the moment, and is not available for distribution.
reQall reminder software
reQall has released the first memory aid created specifically for the iPhone and iPod touch. reQall is based on research into memory protheses from MIT's Media Lab, and allows users to add reminders simply by speaking things. Voice reminders are then instantly converted into text and delivered back to users at the appropriate time. reQall can remind users in various ways, such as in a text message ,instant message, email or calendar alerts. reQall has been built to recognize certain keywords so that it knows what to do with different messages. If a user says "buy" reQall will take that message and add it to a shopping list, if a date is said, reQall adds the date right into the calendar. reQall also lets users take pictures and store them for remembering things that may be hard to describe.
Image Moments 8
Digital Foci is now shipping the new "Image Moments 8" 8-inch screen digital photo frame. The device features LED Backlight Technology, 450MB of internal memory, and built-in memory card slots to let you display and share photos on its high-resolution digital LCD screen. It also features an Auto-Start feature, that will automatically start a photo slideshow. Hardware components include an 8-inch high-resolution SVGA (800x600) digital LCD screen with 500:1 contrast ratio and a proprietary Adapter Ring design that supports custom framing options The frame also features an interchangeable mat with 3 color selections; a hinged memory card door and an easel leg for alternating between landscape and portrait positioning. The device also features 450MB internal memory.
Corsair ships Mac memory
Computer and flash memory maker Corsair announced today the addition of high-density 2GB and 4GB DIMM kits to its Mac Memory line. Each new kit features two sticks of either 1GB or 2GB fully buffered 667MHz memory made to work in Mac Pro desktop computers. Previously, Corsair offered only 1GB, 2GB kit, 2GB and 4GB kits for the MacBook, MacBook Pro and Intel-chipped iMacs. The laptop memory chips were launched last month.
The long-awaited NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT upgrade for Mac Pros has been released. The graphics card features 512MB of dedicated GDDR3 memory, uses the PCI Express interface, and includes two dual-link DVI ports, and is capable of driving up to two 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Displays. It requires a Mac Pro (bus speed 1.33GHz) with PCI-Express. The card is priced at $280 and can be purchased as a standalone, user-installable item or as a build-to-order option for Early 2008 Mac Pros through the online Apple Store. Controversy ensued when Apple introduced this upgrade card as an option available exclusively to newly purchased Mac Pros in January. At the time, users presented research that shows the cards should be backwards compatible. Apple is now making the kit available, in supported fashion, to all Mac Pros with a bus speed for at least 1.33GHz.
Kingston memory for Xserve
Kingston today announced availability of 800MHz DDR2 fully buffered DIMMS, designed to fit in the new Mac Pro and Xserve computers, in 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB capacities. The memory comes in paired sets, which ultimately allow for 25.6GB per second transfer speeds when the Mac Pro is fully outfitted. As with all Kingston memory, each chip features a lifetime warranty. Kingston is selling the memory modules starting at $180 for the 2GB chips.
3D memory designed by IBM
Researchers at IBM's Almaden lab have developed a new type of memory that operates in three dimensions, according to an announcement. Termed "racetrack" memory, it is composed of U-shaped nanowires, which are aligned perpendicularly to a chip and work as a shift register. While information can only be read or written at the base of the wire, the remaining space in its shape can be used to store and shuffle bits, thanks to minute pulses of electricity applied to the tips. In a finished racetrack chip, numerous wires would be built next to each other.
CalDigit has announced HDElement, a new compact 4 bay storage device that works in conjunction with the CalDigit RAID card offering full hardware RAID capabilities. Users can connect up to 3 HDElements to the CalDigit RAID card. The HDElement is also bootable. CalDigit's RAID Shield GUI allows users to manage drives, run performance checks and monitor system settings are a snap. In the event of any errors, alerts or changes to the RAID array can send an email notification. The CalDigit RAID card offers dedicated Intel processor, and 256MB of built-in cache memory. This gives true hardware RAID capabilities via PCI-e expansion slot.
Micron 4GB DDR3 SO-DIMM
Micron Technology today unveiled 4GB DDR3 SO-DIMM modules, and announced its previously released 512MB, 1GB, and 2GB DDR3 modules are fully certified to work with Intel's upcoming Centrino 2 platform. The memory, rated at 1333MHz, requires a 64-bit aware operating system, such as Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, or a 64-bit version of Windows XP or Vista. The 512MB, 1GB, and 2GB modules are currently in production, with 4GB modules following later in Q2 2008.
Cheetah3D 4.5, a new version of the 3D modelling, rendering and animation solution for Apple Mac OS X, was released today. It improves the MacOS X 10.5 (Leopard) compatibility and should solve the last minor problems. The new release also mproves the memory efficiency of the render manager. Now only active render jobs are kept in RAM and finished render jobs are swapped to the hard disk. This also allows the render manager to recover the results of finished rendering jobs if Cheetah3D should crash. In addition, the PDF import has been improved to allow an even better workflow between Illustrator and other applications.
Upgrades for new MacBooks
Other World Computing (OWC) today announced that it is offering 4GB memory kits for Apple's new MacBook and MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo notebooks, which began shipping yesterday. "OWC is providing memory for these new MacBook 13-inch 2.1GHz/2.4GHz Core 2 Duo Models and MacBook Pro 15-inch & 17-inch 2.4GHz/2.5GHz (including 2.6GHz optional configuration) Core 2 Duo models," the company said. "OWC memory is available in modules and kits of up to 4.0GB for these models as well as the previous MacBook Pro models." OWC's 4.0GB Memory Upgrade Kits are available for $100, and include two 2GB modules.
Crucial RAM for Mac Pro
Lexar Media today unveiled fully buffered Crucial 800MHz memory modules for the Mac Pro, available in 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB paired kits. The memory includes heat dissipation fins to balance the temperature, and feature a lifetime warranty. The new Mac Pro is capable of holding 32GB of memory, and Apple states that each increase to the system memory enhances the machine's performance due to the nature of the RAM pairings. Lexar did not unveil pricing, but said the modules are currently shipping.
Nikon D60 & Eye-Fi
Nikon's new D60 SLR, announced just yesterday, will additionally be one of the first cameras to be a part of Eye-Fi's Connected program, the latter company has announced. Eye-Fi produces self-named Wi-Fi memory cards, which allow people to copy data without removing a card from a device; this involves a special configuration process, which sets up automatic transfers. Files can not only be sent to computers, but websites such as Facebook and Flickr.
8GB Eee supply problems
The 8G (8GB) version of ASUS' popular Eee PC may have limited availability for the foreseeable future, say executives with the company. The management notes that as the supply of SLC (single-level cell) NAND memory is currently tight, it has temporarily cut off shipments of the 8G Eee to Taiwan. President Jerry Shen comments that this is compounded by a shortage of batteries, which may actually be a greater threat to ASUS.
Mac Pro memory upgrades
Trans International today announced that is is offering fully-buffered memory chips for Apple's quad-core and 8-core Mac Pro desktop workstations. The memory chips feature specially designed heat-sinks that conform to JADEC standards as well as Apple's Thermal, Mechanical, Electrical Design Specifications and guidelines. The memory chips come in 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB capacities and work with 2GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.8GHz, 3.0GHz, and 3.2GHz Mac Pros. Prices range from $120 (2GB) to $2,800 (32GB).
Flash market and Macworld
The health of the NAND flash market is now heavily dependent on this month's Macworld Expo, anonymous industry sources say. Demand for flash in North America and Europe is said to be very weak at the moment, foremost because the lucrative Christmas season is over, but also because Apple in particular -- one of the largest memory consumers in the world -- is simply requesting less than it has in recent times. NAND manufacturers are thus hoping that Apple will announce new products at Macworld, restoring demand to the market.
Refurb Xserves, Apple TVs
Apple's online store is once again offering reconditioned Xserve Quad Xeon server systems, as well as its Apple TV set top box at discounted rates. Refurbished Xserve 2.66GHz Quad Xeon servers each feature 1GB of memory, an 80GB hard drive, and Mac OS X Server 10.4 Unlimited-Client Edition for $2,999. Apple's faster Xserve 3.0GHz Quad Xeon servers with 1GB of memory, an 80GB hard, and Mac OS X Server 10.4 Unlimited-Client Edition are each available for $3,799. Reconditioned Apple TVs with 40GB and 160GB hard drives are also available for $229 and $339, respectively.
Samsung, Toshiba NAND
Samsung and Toshiba have announced an unusual deal connecting the companies' memory technology. Through a new agreement, Samsung will be able to produce and sell memory using Toshiba's LBA-NAND name and specifications, while Toshiba will in turn gain the rights to Samsung's OneNAND. Device builders will thus be able to turn to either company for either memory format. Although normally a move not conducive to profit, the deal should be mutually beneficial in the unique conditions of the NAND market, which recently recovered from a crippling shortage.
Samsung GDDR5 Memory
Samsung began the week by revealing GDDR5, the latest incarnation of double data rate memory built specifically for video cards. The technology is billed as the fastest memory available of any kind and provides information to a graphics chipset as quickly as 6 gigabits per second -- nearly twice as fast as the 3.2 gigabits found on the more commonly used GDDR3 format, Samsung says. On a typical 512 megabit design with 32 stacked chips, this amounts to 24 gigabytes of bandwidth that the firm claims is enough to play 16 DVD videos at once. This memory is also 20 percent more power-efficient than the earlier graphics technology.
Micron enters SSD market
Although long known as a RAM producer, Micron has only just introduced its first SSD flash drives, the RealSSD line. Coming in 1.8- and 2.5-inch sizes, the drives are limited to 32 or 64GB capacities, but bring with them a few distinguishing traits. They use a native SATA II interface instead of a bridge chip for example, and can be removed from a computer without turning off power beforehand. They also consume a mere 2W when active, and less when idling or in standby. Plastic casing is said to cut weight by at least 50 percent over similar-sized HDDs.
Rambus Terabyte Initiative
Memory maker Rambus today unveiled its Terabyte Bandwidth Initiative, a new effort to cross a symbolic barrier for computer memory speed. The plan will see a new form of RAM that can pass 32 bits of data in one clock cycle versus the two bits of today's memory and splits the signaling between data and commands or memory addressing. The net effect is to provide 16 gigabits per second of bandwidth with a single 500MHz memory chip -- about 16 times the performance of today's DDR2 memory standard at the same clock rate.