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SanDisk, Yahoo Team on MP3/Web Combo

Flash memory maker Sandisk has partnered with Yahoo to help provide music services for its Sansa Connect digital audio player. Unlike other players in an increasingly crowded music player market, Sansa Connect is a WiFi-enabled portable MP3 player that allows users to listen to Internet radio, downl...

IBM Boosts Development of Flash Memory Successor

A new chip technology could encroach on flash memory and hard-disk drive market share, as a group of companies led by IBM explore phase-change memory. Big Blue, Macronix and Qimonda on Monday announced joint research results that give a major boost to this new type of computer memory, which they are...

Laptop Project Builds Support, Software Options

The One Laptop Per Child Project, an effort spearheaded by MIT Professor Nicholas Negroponte aimed at delivering functional, educational laptop computers to children in developing nations, is looking to wealthier nations to buy its computers for those in need. The project, which looks to rely on ine...

Zune Set to Hit Store Shelves on Nov. 14

Microsoft has confirmed pricing and delivery details for its upcoming Zune MP3 music player. The software giant on Thursday revealed its 30 GB Zune digital media player will cost US$249.99. The so-called iPod killer will be available to U.S. customers on Nov. 14, just in time for the holidays. Micro...

SanDisk Buys Msystems in $1.5 Billion Deal

Flash memory market leader and music device maker SanDisk said Sunday it would buy rival Msystems in an all-stock deal worth US$1.5 billion. The acquisition is aimed at beefing up SanDisk's share of the market for flash memory products for mobile phones, especially smartphones that double as music p...

Freescale Puts Magnetic Memory Technology Into Play

Freescale Semiconductor staked out an industry first with the commercial availability of its speedy, non-volatile Magnetoresistive Random Access Memory technology, which the Texas company is already producing in volume. The MRAM solution joins the speed of static random access memory and the stabili...

Samsung Slims Memory Chip Stack

South Korean electronics and semiconductor giant Samsung claimed a three-dimensional, stacked memory chip breakthrough this week with new technology that shrinks the space needed for stacked chip layers used in mobile phones and other devices. Samsung said by stacking eight 2 gigabit NAND flash memo...

Intel, Micron Partner to Provide, Apple, Others With Flash Chips

In a move that underscores the growing importance of flash memory chips as consumer electronics devices continue to shrink in size, Intel and Micron Technology announced a joint venture that will create flash chips for the likes of Apple and others. The two chip makers will contribute up to US$5.2 b...

AMD Making Headway With Server Market Share

When AMD reported second quarter sales of US$1.26 billion and net income of $11 million buoyed by its processors recently, it also passed the 10 percent barrier in x86 market share for the first time in company history. According to a report from analyst firm Mercury Research, AMD's share of the x86...

Samsung, Analysts Clash Over Memory Market

Conflicting messages from Samsung and industry analysts surround the spiraling memory chip market this week. Samsung's president and CEO of semiconductors Hwang Chang-gyu has said prices of Flash and DRAM chips are likely to stabilize, while some analysts clearly disagree, saying there is little cha...

Study Predicts 57 Percent Growth in Digital Music Players

After more than doubling last year, portable digital music player sales are set for 57 percent growth in 2005, according to results of a global survey released today. Market research group iSuppli said shipments of MP3 music players rose by 116 percent in 2004 and will expand to 132 million units in...

AMD’s Spansion Bets on Serial Flash Memory

AMD-Fujitsu silicon subsidiary Spansion has announced backing of an emerging Flash memory standard with a new family of processors intended for the growing market of devices -- from PC hard drives to onboard navigation systems for cars -- that rely on the embedded Flash memory technology. Spansion s...

AMD, Fujitsu Join Forces To Master Flash Market

No. 2 chipmaker AMD has unveiled a joint venture with Japan-based Fujitsu, creating a $3 billion global company bent on mastering the market for flash memory products. Known as FASL LLC, the new venture is made up of the two companies' flash businesses, with a combined workforce of 7,000. It will ma...

AMD: Q4 Sales Up, Up and Away

Buoyed by stronger-than-expected flash memory sales, number two semiconductor maker AMD has raised its fourth-quarter sales forecast by 15 percent. The company said it is now on track to book sales of $700 million in the fourth quarter. Such a result would represent an increase of nearly 35 percent ...

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