Memory

In the midst of a global DRAM shortage, Digitimes reports that the market prices for graphics memory from Samsung and SK Hynix have increased by over 30% for August. This latest jump in memory prices is apparently due to the pair of DRAM manufacturers repurposing part of their VRAM production capacities for server and smartphone memories instead. As Digitimes’ sources report, this VRAM pricing is expected to increase further in September, impacting graphics card and gaming notebook manufacturers. Consumers have already felt the pain through skyrocketing DDR4 prices, and TrendForce/DRAMeXchange expects the upward trend of PC DRAM chips to continue to 2018. Generally speaking, this production prioritization is not new. Late last year, the top three memory suppliers, Samsung (55% market share), SK Hynix (35%...

Geil Announces EVO Spear Series DRAM: Up to DDR4-3466

Geil recently announced the availability of its new EVO Spear series of memory, with kits labeled specifically for either Intel and AMD Ryzen based systems. Geil states the EVO...

5 by Joe Shields 3 days ago

G.Skill Unwraps Flare X 32 GB and 128 GB DDR4 Kits for AMD Threadripper: Up to 3600 MT/s

G.Skill has announced its lineup of DDR4 memory kits compatible with AMD’s new Ryzen Threadripper CPUs. The Flare X quad-channel kits are offered in 32 GB and 128 GB...

22 by Anton Shilov on 8/11/2017

SK Hynix: Customers Willing to Pay 2.5 Times More for HBM2 Memory

SK Hynix was the first DRAM manufacturer to start producing HBM Gen 1 memory in high volume back in 2015. However, the company is somewhat behind its rival Samsung...

23 by Anton Shilov on 8/4/2017

EagleTree and Partners Acquire Majority Stake in Corsair for $525 Million

EagleTree Capital, the Investment Management Corp. of Ontario (IMCO), and the Honeywell pension fund on Wednesday announced that they had reached an agreement to acquire a majority stake in...

7 by Anton Shilov on 7/27/2017

Samsung Increases Production Volumes of 8 GB HBM2 Chips Due to Growing Demand

Samsung on Tuesday announced that it is increasing production volumes of its 8 GB, 8-Hi HBM2 DRAM stacks due to growing demand. In the coming months the company’s 8...

34 by Anton Shilov on 7/19/2017

Toshiba Weds 3D NAND and TSV: Up to 1 TB 3D TLC Chips with 1066 MT/s I/O Incoming

Toshiba on Wednesday introduced its first BiCS 3D TLC NAND flash chips with 512 GB and 1 TB capacities. . The new ICs stack 8 or 16 3D NAND...

6 by Anton Shilov on 7/14/2017

Patriot Publishes List of AMD Ryzen Compatible DIMMs: Up to DDR4-3400, 64 GB

Patriot has published a list of its memory modules that are verified and compatible with AMD Ryzen processors. This includes the Viper 4 and Viper Elite modules that are...

3 by Anton Shilov & Joe Shields on 7/13/2017

Samsung’s Multi-Billion Fab in Pyeongtaek Starts Production of 64-Layer V-NAND

Samsung on Tuesday announced that it had started mass production of 64-layer V-NAND memory in its newly build fab in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, and the first batch had already...

17 by Anton Shilov on 7/6/2017

Toshiba's 768Gb 3D QLC NAND Flash Memory: Matching TLC at 1000 P/E Cycles?

Toshiba last week announced its first 3D NAND flash memory chips featuring QLC (quadruple level cell) BiCS architecture. The new components feature 64 layers and developers of SSDs and...

36 by Anton Shilov on 7/3/2017

G.Skill Announces Quad-Channel DDR4-4200 Kit for Intel Skylake-X CPUs

G.Skill this past week has formally announced its quad-channel memory kits designed for the latest Intel Core i7 (Skylake-X) CPUs and the Intel X299 platform. The flagship 64 GB...

11 by Anton Shilov on 6/29/2017

Micron Discontinues Lexar Business, Plans to Focus on Higher-Margin Products

Micron this week announced plans to discontinue its Lexar removable media storage business as a part of the company’s strategy to shift to higher margin NAND flash-based products. The...

18 by Anton Shilov on 6/28/2017

Western Digital Announce BiCS4 3D NAND: 96 Layers, TLC & QLC, Up to 1 Tb per Chip

Western Digital on Tuesday formally announced its fourth-generation 3D NAND memory, developed as part of the Western Digital/Toshiba joint venture. The fourth-generation BiCS NAND flash chips from Western Digital...

22 by Anton Shilov on 6/28/2017

Micron Discusses GDDR: 16 Gbps GDDR5X, 16 nm GDDR6 and GDDR5

Micron has made a number of announcements in recent weeks regarding its GDDR memory for graphics cards, game consoles and networking applications. The company is reporting that they've been...

20 by Anton Shilov on 6/18/2017

DRAM and Motherboard Makers Demonstrate Quad-Channel DDR4-4000+ Operation

Over the course of Computex, manufacturers of memory modules and motherboards alike took to the show to showcase the latest developments in high-speed quad-channel memory configurations. Powered by Intel’s...

16 by Anton Shilov on 6/9/2017

SK Hynix Advances Graphics DRAM: GDDR6 Added to Catalogue, GDDR5 Gets Faster

SK Hynix has added GDDR6 memory chips to its product catalogue, revealing their general specifications and launch timeframe sometimes in Q4 2017. As expected, the new GDDR6 ICs will...

17 by Anton Shilov on 5/20/2017

CORSAIR Unveils Dominator Platinum Special Edition Torque 32GB DDR4 Memory Kits

Corsair has just launched a flamboyant new addition to its flagship Dominator Platinum memory series in the form of two 32GB DDR4 kits that have apparently been designed to...

17 by Patrick MacMillan on 5/16/2017

SK Hynix to Ship GDDR6 Memory for Graphics Cards by Early 2018

In a surprising move, SK Hynix has announced its first memory chips based on the yet-unpublished GDDR6 standard. The new DRAM devices for video cards have capacity of 8...

27 by Anton Shilov on 4/30/2017

G.Skill Announces 16 GB DDR4-4333 Memory Kit for Intel Kaby Lake CPUs

G.Skill on Friday announced its new top-of-the-range DDR4 memory kit for dual-channel PCs running Intel’s Kaby Lake processors. The new Trident Z kit for operates at 4333 MT/s (DDR4-4333)...

23 by Anton Shilov on 4/15/2017

G.Skill Announces Trident Z RGB DDR4 Kits with 16 GB Modules, Up to 128 GB

G.Skill has recently launched new Trident Z RGB memory kits, this time aimed at Intel X99 platforms, and following the RGB trend they give owners of high-end desktops an...

11 by Anton Shilov on 4/10/2017

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