DRAM makers offering more of their chips in eTT form

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Persistent weak DRAM pricing has prompted more DRAM makers to offer their chips in effectively tested (eTT) form, meaning reducing demand and weakening sales at testing houses. Following Elpida Memory's increase in its eTT sales...

Nvidia Creates First Graphics Chip with Embedded DRAM

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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Nvidia Corporation have announced that TSMC has successfully produced a fully-functional sample of a graphics chip for handheld devices with embedded DRAM. "Nvidia is pleased to have collaborated with...

Samsung Mass Producing 1Gb DDR2 DRAM at 60nm

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Samsung Electronics has announced that it has begun mass producing the industry's first 1Gigabit DDR2 DRAM using 60 nanometer process technology. In its press release, Samsung estimates efficiency gains of the 60nm process are 40%...

Samsung Fined $90 Million for DRAM Price Fixing

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Throughout 2006, Samsung was under heavy investigation and has recently agreed to pay $90 million USD for participating in illegal DRAM price-fixing practices. The fine is will be divided into: $80 million to be returned...

DDR2 Finally Crowned DRAM King

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After a much longer than expected delay, DDR2 (double data rate, second generation) has finally taken over as the most popular memory chip used in PCs. The crossover to DDR2 from the previous mainstream chip,...

Hynix debuts 512Mbit GDDR4 DRAM

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Hynix Semiconductor announced the availability of its512Mbit GDDR4 DRAM for graphics applications on December 2. Hynix willsoon begin to sample its GDDR4 products to leading graphic chipsetsuppliers and the company plans to start mass production...

Infineon Executives Guilty of DRAM Price-Fixing

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Four executives at German memory vendor Infineon Technologies AG and its U.S. subsidiary have pled guilty to charges of illegally setting prices for PC memory chips, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday. The sales...

Toshiba begins shipping XDR DRAM sample chips

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Toshiba Corp. began producing sample memory chips based on Rambus Inc.'s next-generation XDR (extreme data rate) memory technology on Thursday, the Japanese company said the same day. XDR, which was formerly known by...

DRAM prices drop by 15%

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THE RECOVERY IN prices of DRAM was seasonally driven and has run out of steam, according to an analyst at iSuppli. Nam Hyung Kim claimed in a note to customers today that contract prices in...

DRAM makers home in on graphics

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DRAM makers are bearing down on the graphics market and expect in the first half of next year to launch a GDDR-III memory chip designed from the ground up for high-performance graphics applications. ...

Samsung, Toshiba rattle DRAM sabres

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Korean cheabol Samsung intends to launch a countersuit against Toshiba after the latter accused it of engaging in unfair trade practices. According to Asiabiztech, quoting Korean press, Toshiba – presumably Toshiba US -...

Koreans pump DRAM prices - again

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This is usually a time - before and during Chinese New Year - when DRAM prices fall. Not this year. Samsung and Hynix are said to be "entering negotiations with their major...

Rambus makes money in DRAM downturn

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Rambus, the pugnacious owner of all sorts of fast memory patents, many obtained legitimately, has turned in a profit for the December quarter, its Q3. So it was down - $6.2m, compared...

Micron hesitates to raise DRAM prices

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US memory company Micron, currently in the deepest of negotiations with Korean Dramurai Hynix, is waiting to see what happens before hiking the price of its own memory modules. That follows a decision by Hynix,...

NEC, Hitachi mull DRAM dissolution

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NEC and Hitachi are mulling over the dissolution of their memory manufacturing joint venture and fleeing the DRAM business entirely, according to investors cited by Bloomsberg. NEC and Hitachi are fifth and...

DRAM Market to Shrink, Shakeout Looms - Gartner

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Market researcher Gartner Dataquest said on Thursday the global market for dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips was likely to shrink an additional 19 percent in 2002 after a massive 67 percent contraction this year....

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