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Ramping Up Your Laptop’s RAM

One of the simplest ways to improve performance on a laptop is to add more RAM, or random access memory. RAM prices have been steadily dropping over the years, and it's now possible to see a significant performance boost with an investment of twenty or thirty dollars. If your machine is sluggish, yo...

SanDisk, Toshiba Deal Addresses Memory Chip Glut

Memory chip maker SanDisk announced Monday it will sell a large chunk of its business to Toshiba for about $1 billion. The deal comes at a time when the market for memory chips faces severe oversupply. This is "a multiyear partnership and reflects a couple of different joint ventures," said Ryan Don...

Sputtering Memory Market Prompts Micron to Slash Workforce

Memory chipmaker Micron Technology will cut its global workforce by 15 percent over the next two years due to a massive slowdown in demand for memory chip technology, the Boise, Idaho-based company said Thursday. Micron employs about 22,600 people, and said the cost of restructuring would be about $...

Flash Memory Glut Eats at Intel Profits

Semiconductor giant Intel has lowered its profitability forecast, sending stock prices tumbling across the board. The company cut its first-quarter gross margin forecast from 56 percent to 54 percent "due to lower than expected prices for NAND flash memory chips," Intel said. All other expectations ...

Micron Jumps Into Solid State Drive Fracas

Micron Technology has entered the solid state drive market by announcing plans to deliver 32 GB and 64 GB SSDs in early 2008. The Boise, Idaho-based semiconductor company already produces a wide variety of DRAM, NAND flash memory, CMOS image sensors and other semiconductor components. Its subsidiary...

Fujitsu LifeBooks to Get Tougher With Solid-State Drives

Fujitsu Computer Systems unveiled two new models in its notebook line that come with something special -- solid-state hard drives that make the computers more durable for work in the field, according to the company. The two new machines, the LifeBook P1610 and LifeBook B6210 models, are now availab...

iPod Growth Driving Demand for Flash Memory

It used to be that every few years, the business media would report on the latest "slump" in sales of flash memory semiconductors. This was a decades-long trend -- demand would "hot up," as the Brits say, when new PC sales soared, and drop as they dropped. The chipmakers' fortunes no longer parallel...

Micron Packs Megapixels on Chip

Chip maker Micron touted its new image sensor silicon this week, calling it the world's first 8-megapixel image sensor packaged in a standard-sized 1 by 2.5-inch optical format, widely used in today's mainstream digital cameras. A camera using the sensor, unveiled by Micron in prototype form, would ...

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...

Micron To Build Chip-Making Plant in China

U.S.-based computer memory chip maker Micron Technology has announced plans to build its first chip manufacturing plant in China in mid-2005, according to an Associated Press report today citing a company executive in Shanghai as its source. Micron plans to spend "likely more" than US$100 million (a...

FTC Brief Alleges Rambus Misled Industry

An appeals brief filed by lawyers for the Federal Trade Commission argues that a legal decision earlier this year by an administrative law judge favoring Rambus was incorrect, and that the chip products maker may gain as much as $3 billion in illicit royalties as a result of its allegedly fraudulent...

Feds Eye Price-Fixing Allegations Against RAM Makers

The U.S. federal government is moving forward with civil -- and possibly criminal -- cases against major makers of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips. The cases are being investigated on both coasts. The Federal Trade Commission this week disclosed in court documents released in Washington, D...

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