Oct 7-14: Memory Technology Weekly News Roundup
A busy couple of weeks in the memory technology sector:
The Internet of Things gets industry boost from the IPSO Alliance : “We are bringing together companies across the globe with the objective of using IP to interconnect physical objects with the global Internet. Through our Technical Advisory Board we will document, demonstrate and teach how IP can be used in Smart Objects and provide IPSO members with updates on technology standards. This IP Smart Object technology will play an essential role in the challenge to master our energy distribution and consumption, automate our homes and work environments, modernize our cities and satisfy many other market requirements.” Also see, Social Networks of Things.
Wall Street Journal Video: The Internet of Things example, performance technologist: – video.
Not all roses: Micron layoffs hit Idaho [nytimes]. – “Micron Technology to shut down most of a factory it shares with Intel and lay off close to 3,000 workers, the company said on Thursday. Micron will scrap NAND flash memory production at the plant, in Boise, Idaho, which is also the company’s hometown. Micron and Intel used the plant to produce memory as part of their IM Flash Technologies venture. They plan to keep making NAND memory at two advanced sites in Virginia and Utah.”
Sandisk and Samsung Showdown over X4: Buyout Battle. [WSJ] – “Many companies are advancing flash memory technology. But X4 is regarded as a breakthrough that could double the capacity, lower the cost and potentially extend the useful life of the widely used variety of flash memory known as NAND.”
Alliance Memory SRAM Aquisition: news. [PR] – “Alliance has acquired from ZMD [Dresden, Germany] its complete SRAM product line. The acquisition involves the manufacturing rights, mask sets, IP and all remaining inventory. Alliance Memory, Inc. will continue to offer former ZMD’s 64k and 256k Low Power SRAM’s in commercial, industrial, and automotive temperature ranges. This acquisition further expands the LOW POWER SRAM product range that Alliance Memory currently offers. This includes 64k, 256k, 1M, 2M and 4M in x 8 organization that is RoHS compliant. The packages offered are in DIP, SOP and TSOP.”