|NAND revenue fell|
The overall decrease in average selling prices (ASPs) is much greater than the total bit shipment growth for the first quarter. Consequently, branded NAND Flash manufacturers suffered an average quarterly revenue drop 2.9%, marking two consecutive quarters of decline.
|Kaysight beats estimate|
Keysight Technologies (NYSE: KEYS) on May 19 reported 2016 fiscal-year second-quarter profit of $88 million, equivalent to 61 cents a share, exceeding expectations of many analysts.
|Samsung announced 10nm 6GB LPDDR4 DRAM|
Manufactured on the 10nm architecture, these DRAM memory chips are going to boast better efficiency and are going to be powering up the next wave of smartphones and other tablets.
|Applied Material sales jumped|
Machines that make flash memory, used as storage in phones and tablets, provided 49 percent of Applied’s total of $1.97 billion in chip equipment orders. That area is being boosted by the switch to chips called 3D Nand. Companies that manufacture smartphone displays also flooded Applied’s order books.
|3D NAND has limits|
3D NAND chips are 32- and 48-layer devices, but the technology will likely hit the ceiling at 128 layers in the 2018 timeframe. Vendors might stack three separate 48-layer 3D NAND devices, creating a 144-layer chip. Even with string stacking, though, 3D NAND could hit the wall at 300 layers.
|IBM created a Tri-level PCM memory|
Three-bit PCM could be used as a faster tier of storage within arrays, including all-flash arrays, so the most-used data gets to applications faster. It could also take the place of a lot of the DRAM in systems, cutting the cost of technologies like in-memory databases.