The only semiconductor market segment that has not been taken over by the foundries and still remains dominated by IDMs is the memory sector. The memory market is the last bastion for true IDM manufacturers, who must be savvy in the changing trends in end market applications, advanced technology development, and must still determine how much and when to invest in additional capacity.With only four major players, the decision of when to add capacity should be more straightforward. Instead, it’s just as challenging as ever. Large memory fabs are inherently more expensive and riskier than ever.At their Winter Analyst Meeting on February 12th, Micron’s executives touched on a number of trends that memory manufacturers are addressing.• Shifting end markets: no longer dominated by the PC market, servers, networking and automotive are the focus areas for future growth.Technology transitions are not always a guaranteed success. Micron was not the first attendee to the 3D NAND … [Read more...] about Memory Lane: Far From A Leisurely Stroll
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Not every disappearing technology deserves that fate. Sometimes the “losers” have an elegance and simplicity the “winners” lack. Here are ten examples. Electric TrolleyStreetcars, the country’s first major form of public transportation, were challenged by a cheaper form of transit that gained ground through the 1930s-the bus. A persistent theory that General Motors orchestrated the demise of America’s streetcar lines is disputed by transit historians, but even without corporate conspiracies, bus systems had the clear advantage of running on existing roads-and they paid no market penalty for the greater noise and pollution they generated. After World War II, a few major cities seized on a way to get the best of both worlds: Keep the streetcar’s electrical cables suspended over the streets, hook electric buses up to them and remove the tracks, making the streets safer for cars. Electric buses, developed earlier in the century, only caught … [Read more...] about Ten Passed Technologies
For the smartphone that does everything, you need a case that does even more. Such as turn your one iPhone into two. Meet the Krimston Two, described as “a 1 phone solution to a 2 SIM card problem.” This clever little device lets your iPhone (6 or 6s only, please) accommodate an additional line, which means you can have simultaneous SIMs active at basically the same time.The perfect solution for globetrotting smartphone users who constantly find themselves switching out their SIM cards based on their geography, the Two is heralded as the very first iPhone case that will not only allow for multiple active SIMs, but will also act as an Internet hotspot, and will provide extra power thanks to its built-in battery pack.“This product is ideal for iPhone owners and travelers across the globe,” said Krimston CEO Fouad Fattal. “We are eliminating the hassles associated with carrying a phone for work, a phone for travel, a phone for data, and another for … [Read more...] about The Krimston Two lets you run two SIM cards on one iPhone … at the same time
As you’ve no doubt heard by now – and it’s nigh impossible to miss amidst all the screaming, kvetching and outright mania currently raging across online forums – the impossible has cometo pass. Out of the seeming blue, on Monday, July 31st, Entertainment Software Association (ESA) president Doug Lowenstein confirmed a weekend’sworth of rampant rumors and speculation. Annual game industry all-star gala tradeshow the Electronic Entertainment Expo (nee E3) is, for all practical intents and purposes, officially dead. Formal word from the industry trade body calls next year’s event, the freshly dubbed E3Expo 2007, an "evolution." The conference – a smaller, more private affair aimed strictly atbusinesspeople and media, versus 2005’s eye-opening spectacle which drew 60,000-plus public attendees (down from 70,000 in 2005) – will certainly be a change from past seasons. Planscall for a gathering in July vs. the … [Read more...] about E3: R.I.P.
Take-Two Interactive Software, owner of the "Manhunt" video game that was banned in New Zealand and which sparked the adoption of new video/CD purchase and rental rules in Canada, recently announced a partnership with one of the members of the record label cartel that's currently suing p2p users around the world.Take-Two's publisher Rockstar Games and Interscope Records, owned by France's Universal Music Group, have formed a joint venture to release the soundtrack to "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas." Its release is scheduled for October 25.PlayStation2 is owned by another member of the "sue 'em all" cartel, Sony. The other cartel members are BMG (Sony-BMG in Japan, Germany), Warner Music (USA) and EMI (UK).Recently a caption under a "Manhunt" graphic on CNET Networks' GameSpot said, "You get to meet -- and brutally kill -- some very interesting people." That caption has since been removed. But still there is a "Manhunt" description, prefaced by the statement that Rockstar's "Grand Theft … [Read more...] about OPINION Gaming Industry Peddles Murder-Ware to Teens