Toshiba to cut NAND output by 50% in May & June due to Supply Shortages

mercredi 20 avril 2011

According to Digitimes, Toshiba has told customers it will halve its output of NAND flash chips in May and June.
Toshiba is citing the lack of availability of raw wafers and other materials caused by the earthquake.
The company is not putting the reason for the cut-backs on any damage caused to its own factories.
The supply of NAND flash was short before the earthquake. Late in March, bankers JP Morgan forecast that the supply of NAND flash would be down around 30% in May and June.
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Study Finds 63% of Global Memory Chip Manufacturers in Earthquake Zones

mardi 19 avril 2011

SAN FRANCISCO—Nearly two-thirds of the total worldwide semiconductor manufacturing capacity is located in seismically active areas, including more than 90 percent of foundry capacity, according to a report by market research firm IC Insights Inc.
The report notes that since the early days of chip production in Silicon Valley, the semiconductor industry has always had the bulk of its manufacturing located in seismically active regions. "It appears that, over time, the IC producers and their (...)

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Windows 8 to offer ’Portable Workspaces’ on a USB-Take the OS wherever you go

lundi 18 avril 2011

Windows 8 to offer ’Portable Workspaces’ on USB - Take the OS wherever you go
Windows 8 looks set to offer users the option to store a copy of their operating system on a USB stick and boot it up on different PCs.
The feature, called ’Portable Workspace’ requires a USB stick with at least 16GB to play with in order to store all the necessary files and will please anyone who can’t bear to be parted from their OS.
It is described as "a feature that allows you to run Windows from a USB storage (...)

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Intel to support USB 3.0 in 2012, despite Thunderbolt

vendredi 15 avril 2011

Intel has confirmed that it will support USB 3.0 starting next year. Intel’s latest 32nm Sandy Bridge processors only support USB 2.0, but Ivy Bridge, which will be manufactured using a 22nm process, will come with USB 3.0.
"Intel is going to support USB 3.0 in the 2012 client platform. We’re going to support Thunderbolt capability. We believe they’re complementary," Kirk Skaugen, a vice president at the Intel Architecture Group said at Intel’s developer conference in Beijing today, according (...)

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South Korean tech companies pick up slack left by Japan Quake

vendredi 8 avril 2011

By Bryan Kay, Correspondent Seoul, South Korea
Japan is the birthplace of 20 percent of the world’s semiconductors – the crucial piece of technology behind smartphones, tablets, computers, and cars. Skip to next paragraph
The global high-tech industry is suffering significant production losses as Japan’s dominant semiconductor manufacturers struggle to resume operations. South Korean firms are moving to fill the void. But as disaster-hit Japanese technology manufacturers and parts (...)

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Custom USB Keys Remain a Great Idea for Business Promotion

lundi 4 avril 2011

Custom USB drives can be an excellent way for a business to promote their products and services. A USB drive can store a good deal of data in a portable device that can be carried on a key ring or even in a pocket. These devices are built for being transported and are not affected by actions such as shaking, dropping or other such movements. They are also resistant to magnets so that their data is not lost when they come in contact with one like older drives. This makes them very (...)

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Analysts weigh in on NAND market’s future

lundi 4 avril 2011

How has the catastrophic Japan earthquake affected the NAND flash market ?
Industry experts provide conflicting answers. A few are confident that supply chain disruptions would only slightly affect NAND shipments and prices in the next two quarters.
’’I see very little disruption from Toshiba/SanDisk NAND production (in Japan) and prices on a normal decline based on seasonality,’’ said Alan Niebel, president of Web-Feet Research.
’’Overall, the momentum is still high for another record (...)

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NAND Flash spot prices increased 5-15% in March

vendredi 1er avril 2011

According to DRAMeXchange, after the strike of the 9.0 earthquake in Japan Tohoku area on March 11th, at first, there was a rapid spot price increase in the NAND Flash market, in response to the uncertain concern of an upcoming short supply.
But because the impacts caused by the earthquake on NAND Flash supply chain were unknown at the time, some NAND Flash suppliers did not change the contract price in the first half of March. Then, the damage to the work in process (WIP) materials at (...)

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