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Why Arira Platforms Built an HMC Evaluation Board

Dan Williams   |   August 1, 2014   |   Memory

HMCDan Williams, Vice President Sales & Marketing / Arira Platforms

Tools and resources for customer testing and evaluation are key to the success of any emerging technology.  Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) is no different.  At Arira, we saw the potential in HMC and started to consider creating an HMC evaluation board and development kit in April 2011. The platform would be used by customers to perform detailed evaluations of HMC performance in their specific applications and would enable the HMC to be exercised via a program written by that customer. The power supply design would have to enable monitoring of power levels on individual rails to both the HMC and the FPGAs.

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Add Some Sizzle to Your VMware Deployment

Matt Wokas   |   August 19, 2014   |   All Products

Virtualization is driving big demands on enterprise equipment—creating opportunities to overcome those demands with high-performance storage and memory. Micron is excited to be a Gold sponsor at VMworld 2014. Visit with us to discuss how our solutions can enhance the performance of vSphere, Virtual SAN, and VDI deployments. Micron Speaking Sessions vSAN is Good – Make it Better with a Properly Designed All Solid-State Drive Solution Wednesday, Aug 27, 9:30am–10:30am; Moscone W...

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Enabling the Evolution of Wearable Devices

Jim Cooke   |   August 5, 2014   |   Innovations and Trends

I recently attended the Wearable Tech Conference, July 23−24, at the Javitz Center in New York City. Thanks to our embedded MCP (eMCP) support of Freescale’s wearables reference platform (see WaRPboard.org), Micron was invited to share Freescale’s booth space and help answer memory-related questions about the WaRPboard.Read more

Hiroshima's Top Leaders Visit Boise and Micron

Corporate Communication   |   August 1, 2014   |   Our Communities

The city of Boise and Micron welcomed special VIP guests from Japan over the weekend.

Hiroshima Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki and the East Hiroshima City Mayor Yoshio Kurata were greeted by President Mark Adams and other Micron executives when they arrived in Boise on Friday evening.


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Tags: Community, USA, Japan

Micron 16nm NAND Awarded Semiconductor of the Year

Naga Chandrasekaran   |   July 31, 2014   |   Storage

Last week, Ramin Ghodsi and I had the honor of accepting TechInsights Semiconductor of the Year award on behalf of our process and product development teams. It’s the second time in a row our NAND process technology has won this award, and marks an important third-party recognition of our cell designs. TechInsights does an exceedingly thorough analysis of the semiconductor design—down to the cellular level—and chooses winners based on the innovation in the design and its impact on the marketplace.

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Micron-Sponsored Exhibit Chronicles Digital Revolution

Corporate Communication   |   July 10, 2014   |   Our Communities

It's a visual journey back in time – back to a time many Micron team members remember well. The Computer History Museum just opened Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985-2000. It's an exhibit featuring 50 photographs by renowned documentary photographer Doug Menuez. The exhibit is sponsored by Micron and chronicles the rise of pioneering innovators such as Steve Jobs (Apple), Bill Gates (Microsoft), Charles Geschke (Adobe), and John Doerr (Kleiner Perkins).

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Tags: Community

Certifiably Awesome: Our Enterprise SSD Receives Rave Reviews

Scott Shadley   |   July 2, 2014   |   All Products

We don’t like to brag about our products like they’re our children (well, no too often, anyway)—but we couldn’t help ourselves from sharing the recent recognition that our M500DC SATA solid state drive (SSD) has been receiving in the industry.

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Recruits: Be Prepared for Change, Challenges, and Opportunities

Corporate Communication   |   June 27, 2014   |   Our Communities

Micron team member Pauline Romanoff was recently featured in an article in Singapore’s Straits Times Recruit section—a “Top Talent” article that provided insights into how Micron is Making a Difference for team members, the semiconductor industry, and Singapore.

Pauline, who has been working with Micron since she graduated with an electrical engineering degree from the National University of Singapore 10 years ago, says, “My job satisfaction comes really from knowing that what I do, and the company I work with, makes a difference by enhancing people’s lives. Memory is an integral part of our daily living, and I am proud of my work at Micron for having such a huge impact on society.”

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Tags: community

Q&A: Three Keys to Choosing the Right Server Flash

Corporate Communication   |   June 20, 2014   |   All Products

If your data center applications are struggling to keep pace with user demand, you may be looking to SSDs to close the gap.  While SSDs will generally offer a host of performance advantages over hard disk drives (‘HDDs’), not all SSDs are the same, and neither is the NAND flash inside them.

I recently did a webinar with Storage Switzerland’s Lead Analyst George Crump during which we discussed this very topic – how do we choose the ‘right’ solid state storage for data center applications?

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Dan Skinner Praised for Extraordinary Industry Leadership

Corporate Communication   |   June 19, 2014   |   All Products

Dan Sk

On June 18th, 2014, Micron’s Daniel Skinner was honored with JEDEC’s Award of Excellence. The award is the highest honor given by JEDEC—the leading global standards organization for the microelectronics industry. It recognizes just one out of its more than 3,000 members for dedicated service to the association and its mission.

Dan was selected based on his exemplary leadership as chairman of the LPDDR3 and LPDDR4 task groups, which established memory standards critical to furthering mobile innovation. Several JEDEC members, as well as JEDEC’s president, John Kelly, endorsed Dan’s technical expertise and collaboration skills, which were key in speeding these low-power memory standards to completion.

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Tags: DRAM, LPDRAM, Mobile, USA

Two years in sea water, a Lexar memory card holds up

Corporate Communication   |   June 13, 2014   |   All Products

Buy from Lexar VANCOUVER , B.C. (June 4, 2014) –A shipwreck, a lost camera, recovered photos and the power of social media: the story has all the attributes of great marketing and it's true. A Lexar Platinum II compact flash card survived two years in a camera lost on the sea floor but delivered the photos that reunited the owner with his lost memories. CBC News is reporting on a recovered camera Paul Burgoyne lost in a shipwreck off Vancouver Isl...

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Tags: Lexar

Totally Immersed in Mobile at Linley

Ken Steck   |   May 19, 2014   |   All Products

I just attended the Linley Mobile Conference in Santa Clara, CA. The event gave me and some of my fellow colleagues in Micron’s Mobile group a great opportunity to see firsthand what is resonating with mobile device, chip, and software designers—along with other contributors to the mobile market. Here are some of my takeaways from the event. Micron Memory Waterfall The first day, I listened to a talk on the mobile memory “waterfall effect,” which covered LPDDR2, LPDDR3, a...

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Tags: LPDRAM, Mobile, USA

Micron PAC Legislator of the Year Award

Micron Foundation   |   May 15, 2014   |   Our Communities

Congressman Mike Simpson honored for company and industry support Executives and team members recently honored Congressman Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) with the first Micron Political Action Committee (PAC) Legislator of the Year Award during his legislative update to Micron PAC team members. The newly established award recognizes those in federal office who stand out in their support of the company and our industry. Micron PAC team members voted for Simpson in the U.S. House of Representatives catego...

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A Community Focused on STEM

Micron Foundation   |   April 30, 2014   |   Our Communities

Through partnerships, programs and volunteer efforts, Micron and the Micron Foundation have helped Virginia students see how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) play a role in everyday life and can be part of their future. On April 30, these efforts took a significant step forward as Micron and longtime partner SySTEMic Solutions helped launch the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s (NVTC) STEM Challenge. During a special kickoff event on April 30 all three organizations pr...

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Partnering With Freescale to Enable Internet of Things

Wendy Lee-Kadlec   |   April 28, 2014   |   All Products

Over the past few years, “Internet of Things” (IoT) has become an industry buzz word. Not surprisingly, IoT was also the main theme of the Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) held earlier this month in Dallas, Texas. FTF brings together embedded designers, as well as innovation enablers, like Freescale and Micron, to discuss current industry topics. This is my fifth year attending FTF—and it turned out to be one of the most exciting events yet! ...

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Tags: NAND, NOR, eMMC, DRAM, DDR3

Freescale Forum Attendees Score Free Micron TWRPI Modules

Jim Cooke   |   April 21, 2014   |   All Products

Earlier this month, I attended the Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) at the Gaylord Conference Center in Dallas, TX. FTF is a unique networking and learning opportunity for embedded designers. Attendees gather in early April for Freescale president and CEO Gregg Lowe’s keynote address The “cherry on top” of this already information-rich conference came in the form of some pretty awesome &ldquo...

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Ensuring Student Access to STEM's Leading Minds

Micron Foundation   |   April 10, 2014   |   Our Communities

Foundation Gift creates Endowed Microelectronics Professorship at University of Idaho The University of Idaho announced today a $1 million gift from the Micron Foundation to establish an endowed professorship in the College of Engineering at the university. The University of Idaho, Micron, and the Micron Foundation met with industry leaders at an event earlier today to announce the first gift of its kind for the Foundation and the College of Engineering. The Micron Endowed Professor in Microelec...

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Hacking Future Engineers

Micron Foundation   |   March 21, 2014   |   Our Communities

A new STEM-focused event in Boise is receiving a boost from Process Engineer Tristan Andreas, DRAM Designer and Senior Member Technical Staff Wen Li and the Micron Foundation. The inaugural Hackfort, a new component of the Treefort Music Fest, is bringing local technology talent together with three days of talks, panels, demos, presentations, product launches and workshops—including two Hardware Hack sessions led by Andreas on Saturday, March 22. The initial “Circuit-Bending” ...

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STEM on Wheels

Micron Foundation   |   March 19, 2014   |   Our Communities

Imagine a field trip where you can build circuits, work with robotics and explore 3D printing. Now imagine that field trip coming to you. Thanks to the Micron Foundation and its partnership with Idaho-based Discover Technology, this is now a reality for students across Southwest Idaho. Earlier today, the Micron Foundation and Discover Technology unveiled a new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Mobile Discovery Lab — a bus specially designed with hands-on, interactive sci...

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Lessons from Linley

Ryan Baxter   |   February 21, 2014   |   Events

Though I left Boise the morning of February 5 at 0-dark-hundred to catch a puddle-jumper down to SFO, my morning fatigue soon waned as I found myself standing under bright lights at a Hyatt Regency podium a little after 10 a.m. addressing a room full of engineers and system architects. This was my second appearance at the annual Linley Data Center Conference which was held in Santa Clara, CA February 5-6.  One of several conferences put on by the well-respected research group, this event co...

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Accelerating System Bandwidth with Serial Memory Solutions Using Hybrid Memory Cube Technology

Jay Walstrum   |   January 29, 2014   |   All Products

For over 4 years, Micron and Altera have been collaborating on HMC technologies. This ongoing work led to the industry’s first demonstration of a working HMC controller, announced last September and demonstrated at the Supercomputing ’13 Conference in Denver. The working demonstration board consists of one Micron® HMC short reach (SR) device and four 28nm Altera Stratix V FPGAs, each of which has 40 GB/s of bandwidth for 160 GB/s of total bandwidth. This demonstration of Strati...

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Tags: HMC, Performance

Micron's Chief Technologist Featured in EDN's Profiles in Design Series

Susan Platt   |   January 28, 2014   |   All Products

Last week, our very own Tom Pawlowski was featured in EDN's Profiles in Design series leading up to his keynote address at this year's DesignCon. If you're planning to attend DesignCon at the Santa Clara Convention Center (January 28–31), make a point to check out Tom's keynote presentation on emerging technologies. Tom is a fellow and chief technologist in Micron’s Architecture Development Group. He has participated in the creation or co-creation of numerous groundbreaking memory ar...

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PCIe SSD Installation Is Easy: Part 2

Doug Rollins   |   January 15, 2014   |   All Products

In my last post, we debunked the myth that installing PCI Express (PCIe) SSDs is hard. In fact, it’s about as easy as turning a screw and counting to four. We’ve already turned the screw (see part 1), so now let’s finish up the installation in four easy steps. "Counting to Four" I’m using a Windows server in this example, but a Linux setup is easy too. Micron supplies the driver and a PCIe SSD management application in a single package. How cool is that?  So we&rsqu...

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PCIe SSD Installation Is Easy: Part 1

Doug Rollins   |   January 8, 2014   |   All Products

PCI Express (PCIe) SSDs are like a good cup of French Roast coffee with a nice, fresh bagel on a crisp winter’s morning…when the sun’s just coming up over the horizon… Good stuff. So how on earth do coffee and bagels relate to SSDs? I can’t roast my own beans, but I like coffee; and I can’t make my own onion and garlic bagel from scratch, but I sure like it when the bagel shop does. We tend to think of PCIe SSDs in the same way. We know we can buy a system w...

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Automata Processor: It’s Not Just About Speed and Power Consumption

Paul Dlugosch   |   December 19, 2013   |   All Products

At Supercomputing 13 (SC13), I participated in a discussion panel on the topic of reconfigurable computing.  One recurring theme expressed by the audience was disappointment that the industry is not moving more quickly toward exascale-class performance despite the fact that we have some very powerful CPUs, GPUs, and reconfigurable logic engaged in this effort.  Several panel members pointed to insufficient programmer productivity as the root of this problem.  In other words, ...

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Addressing the tFAW Effect for DDR3

Troy Quick   |   December 17, 2013   |   All Products

Today we announced a solution for an intrinsic DDR3 timing constraint that has been impacting our customers’ system performance. This is great news for networking apps, where tRRD and tFAW timing specifications can restrict much-needed data throughput. Here’s a little background on the issue. Activation delay or tRRD is the amount of time that must elapse between two ACTIVATE commands being issued to different banks.  Four-bank activation window or tFAW is the amount of time i...

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Tags: DRAM, DDR3, Networking

A Look Back at SC13

Richard Murphy   |   December 13, 2013   |   All Products

I attended this year’s Supercomputing Conference (SC13) a few weeks ago and have finally had a chance to sift through all the news announcements, technical sessions, and meeting notes to provide you with a few highlights. Our very own Todd Farrell gave an overview of HMC technology to conference-goers while Micron and Fujitsu announced the integration of our HMC technology into a supercomputer! I think this is a game-changing system design, which will provide flatter, more powerful memory ...

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Standout Features of New Serial NOR

Massimo Fava   |   December 10, 2013   |   All Products

We’ve just released our latest 45nm Serial NOR MT25Q high-density product family that brings several benefits to embedded designs like set-top boxes (STBs), networking infrastructure equipment (routers), and industrial applications. Today, I’ll give a brief overview of two of these benefits. Instant Power-On Most of us have experienced the convenience of almost-instant device startup and wake from sleep when using our tablets and smartphones. And we only want more instant power-on ...

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Tags: NOR, Automotive

Team Members Rake Up Boise

Micron Foundation   |   December 5, 2013   |   Our Communities

BOISE, Idaho (Nov. 22, 2013) – Team members from Micron and the Micron Foundation helped enrich our community by volunteering their time, energy and resources by participating in Rake Up Boise on Saturday, Nov. 16. For 27 years, Rake Up Boise has provided support to those who are unable to clean their yards and has become one of the largest community events in the state. Despite the snow this year, about 40 team members raked and bagged more than 130 bags of leaves to assist seniors and di...

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Team Members Donate Tons of Turkeys

Corporate Communication   |   November 26, 2013   |   Our Communities

Micron tradition supports Idaho families during the holidays Our team members recently added to a decades-long Micron tradition by donating 1,144 (12,534 pounds) turkeys and 212 hams (1,696 pounds) to The Idaho Foodbank to help local families. Since 2001, more than 20,000 turkeys and hams have been provided to Idahoans in need. In appreciation of their hard work throughout the year, Micron provides team members with an annual holiday gift that includes a choice of ham, turkey or gift certificate...

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Automata Processing: Like Mining Gold From Seawater

Michael Leventhal   |   November 21, 2013   |   All Products

At last, my friends, my mother, and the rest of the world get to learn what I’ve been working on—in secret—since I came to Micron exactly three years ago. At the venerable Supercomputing Conference this week, Micron announced a technology that is extremely rare—even to experts immersed in the exotic world of the highest-performance computing systems on the planet. It’s a completely new way to compute, and I’ll tell you why.  Serial processors improve by ...

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HMC Arrives Just in Time to Be Your New Standard for Memory Performance: Part 3

Tom Kinsley   |   November 20, 2013   |   All Products

Back again with part 3 of my blog series outlining the features and benefits of Micron’s HMC.  My last post covered HMC’s abstracted memory management, simplified and scalable interface, and superior performance.  Let’s finish up by discussing these additional key features: Uncomplicated Board Layout and Dense Package Our short-reach (SR) HMC device comes in two packages: the four-link, 31mm x 31mm package and the smaller two-link, 16mm x 19.5mm package, which are ea...

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HMC Arrives Just in Time to Be Your New Standard for Memory Performance: Part 2

Tom Kinsley   |   November 14, 2013   |   All Products

In my last post, I touched on some obstacles of traditional memory for system designers and hinted at the reasons why so many companies have selected Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) as their new standard for memory performance. Here, let’s start to break down some of the key features—including abstracted memory,  unique interface, and superior performance—that make HMC such a breakthrough solution. Abstracted Memory Management and Communication The standard DDR4 data sheet excee...

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Buzz from the Linley Tech Processor Conference – HMC and More

Jay Walstrum   |   October 31, 2013   |   All Products

The week before last, I traveled 20 minutes down Highway 101 from Micron’s San Jose offices to Santa Clara to attend the 7th Annual Linley Tech Processor Conference. The small (just over 400 participants), two-day event was like a breath of fresh air compared to some of the more massive conferences that I’ve attended. There were some targeted OEMs and a smattering of industry media, but most of the attendees were real engineers trying to solve real problems. The keynote session cover...

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Custom is the New Commodity: Different Platforms for Different Markets

Richard Murphy   |   September 30, 2013   |   All Products

Earlier this month I delivered the keynote address at the LexisNexis HPCC Engineering Summit. It was entitled, Custom is the New Commodity.  It’s exciting to be asked to attend the internal conference of a world-class company like LexisNexis.  As one of the first data aggregators on the planet, they’ve developed truly novel approaches to handling large-scale analytics, and I certainly learned a lot being a fly on the wall as they planned the future. When confronted with bi...

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HMC Arrives Just in Time to Be Your New Standard for Memory Performance

Tom Kinsley   |   September 25, 2013   |   All Products

Hybrid Memory Cube

Time-to-market and the ability to “tweak” an existing design to achieve that next level of performance are paramount for system architects, board designers, layout engineers, and others responsible for developing high-performance, cost-sensitive, dependable systems. But if you’re reading this, you understand the frustrations and challenges in trying to meet those goals with traditional memory options. The design-to-market time requirements vary greatly by industry but are all ...

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Helping Young Women See a Future in Engineering

Corporate Communication   |   September 24, 2013   |   Our Communities

Micron Foundation

Engineering careers are one of the fastest growing, highest-paying and most in-demand openings in today’s job market. In the United States women earn close to 60 percent of all associate, undergraduate and master’s degrees and more than half of all doctorate degrees, but only 10 percent of the engineering degrees. For the Micron Foundation, a driving force in promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curricula, this presented an opportunity to raise awareness and inc...

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Mono-what Counter?

Lance Dover   |   September 10, 2013   |   All Products

Today, we’ve released the industry’s first SPI Flash memory device available with an integrated replay-protected monotonic counter (RPMC). A what, you say? To understand what the RPMC is, you must first understand some of the fundamentals of cryptography. By practical and modern definition, cryptography is the secure transmission of information. By most metrics, it involves one or more basic characteristics associated with a transmitted message: privacy (confidentiality), integrity,...

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Tags: NOR, Ultrathin

See HMC Live!

Susan Platt   |   September 4, 2013   |   All Products

Our just-announced Altera/HMC reference boards represent an industry first in two ways. Not only are they the industry’s first public demonstration of HMC’s interoperability with FPGAs, but Altera is also the first enabler member of the HMC Consortium to announce product/production support for HMC in their next-generation devices. HMC will be supported by Altera’s Generation 10 portfolio, which  includes both Stratix 10 and Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs. These reference boards g...

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Not All SSDs Are Created Equal – Part 2: Keeping Data Safe With Reliable SSDs

Doug Rollins   |   July 24, 2013   |   All Products

In my last post, I talked about how we optimize solid state drive (SSD) performance by improving NAND Flash management. Today, let’s discuss how we make these high-performance SSDs highly reliable as well. There’s always a lot of talk about “reliability” in the storage industry—sometimes it’s real, and sometimes it’s just “talk.”  Almost all storage products tout “high reliability” as a prime feature. But what does reliabili...

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The Memory Innovation Everyone's Been Waiting For

Tom Kinsley   |   July 17, 2013   |   All Products

Folks familiar with technology development know that by the time a working group or a company starts talking publicly about an innovation, it’s really just the tip of the iceberg of what may have been years of thought, problem solving, and development of a solution. All of this forward-looking momentum and investment is ultimately intended to solve problems. And the truth is that no one understands the shortcomings of a technology like the people who work in that technology every day...

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Not All SSDs Are Created Equal: Optimizing Performance Through Flash Management

Doug Rollins   |   July 9, 2013   |   All Products

To get the most out of solid state storage, you must be privy to a little secret: not all solid state drives (SSDs) are created equal. Optimal SSD performance and reliability rely heavily on all of the drive’s parts—the controller, the firmware, and the NAND Flash itself—working and playing nicely together. Well-thought-out and strategic Flash management helps this kindergarten lesson become a storage reality.  As George Crump, lead analyst for Storage Switzerland, d...

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Searching for a New Applications-Driven HPC Revolution

Richard Murphy   |   July 2, 2013   |   All Products

At the end of this year’s International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), I sat enjoying a drink with a group of high-performance computing (HPC) veterans outside the church in Leipzig where the fall of communism began, and we inevitably asked the question, “What happened this year?”  The consensus of the group was simple: nothing. That’s not to say that there weren’t deeply interesting ISC sessions and technical papers, or that China’s Tianhe-2 supercompu...

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Dean's List: ISC'13 Part 3

Dean Klein   |   June 27, 2013   |   All Products

Guten Tag on my last day at ISC in Leipzig. My panel on Memory System Design took place Thursday morning. My three panelists—Dr. Jae Jeong from Samsung, Todd Farrell from Micron, and Roger Pearce from Lawrence Livermore National Labs—each presented their views on opportunities in the design of memory systems. Given that we were the first session on the morning of the last day, I was pleased with the attendance. While it may seem to us that Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) has reached the cri...

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Dean's List: ISC'13 Part 2

Dean Klein   |   June 25, 2013   |   All Products

Greetings again from the International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany. This picture of the train station in Leipzig is, I'm told, the biggest in Germany. But what’s even bigger? The news of the new Top500 supercomputer champ, announced at ISC’s opening session last Monday. Tianhe-2, a Chinese super built of Intel Xeon and Xeon Phi chips, marks China’s first return to the No. 1 position since 2010.

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Micron Foundation’s Kami Faylor Honored as “Accomplished Under 40”

Corporate Communication   |   June 25, 2013   |   Our Communities

Idaho Business Review recognizes Community Relations Manager at recent event From a field of 129 nominations, Micron Foundation Community Relations Manager Kami Faylor was selected and recently honored as one of Idaho’s 40 Accomplished Under 40 recipients. Scored on the basis of professional accomplishments, leadership skill, community involvement and long-term goals, a panel of six previous recipients receiving the Idaho Business Review award chose Faylor and the 39 other 2013 honorees. ...

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PCIe SSD Beats HDD and NAS Devices in Boot Storm Event

Janene Ellefson   |   June 21, 2013   |   All Products

In my last post, we discussed the growing headache of boot storms for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) system users and IT managers. These virtual storms often cause extremely long boot times, which can lead to user frustration, lost productivity, and ultimately, higher costs for the organization. Fortunately, we’ve developed a solution to tame these storms while also improving general system performance. This solution comes in the form of a PCIe solid state drive (SSD) used as a vir...

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Richard Murphy Interviewed in IEEE Spectrum

Richard Murphy   |   June 19, 2013   |   Innovations and Trends

Last week, contributing editor Mark Anderson asked me to comment on the imminent release of the 2013 Graph500 Benchmark. The Graph500 is a rating of supercomputer systems that perform graph search workloads that happen in our lives every day—from academic and scientific research challenges such as genome mapping to commercial graph problems being addressed by companies such as Facebook, Amazon, and Netflix. As chair of the Graph500 executive committee, I am always happy to bring more awa...

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Dean's List: ISC'13

Dean Klein   |   June 19, 2013   |   All Products

Reporting to you (almost) live from this year’s International Supercomputing. Here are some highlights to date: On this system Audi is demonstrating advanced 3D design. Note the label on the side of the rack! The Bull X DLC blade featuring Micron DIMMs and C300 SSDs. The Student Cluster Challenge: 3000W pow...

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Welcoming the World to Boise’s Ironman Contest

Corporate Communication   |   June 12, 2013   |   Our Communities

Micron was proud to support Boise's Ironman 70.3 and our community this past weekend as Idaho welcomed more than 1,500 triathlon athletes from around the world. Several team members played a critical role in supporting the contest and the Micron campus also served as backdrop for part of the competition, as the bike course flowed through Micron facilities and into downtown Boise. 2013 marked the fifth year of Boise's Ironman 70.3, which is part of a series of middle-distance triathlon r...

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Competing to Give Back

Corporate Communication   |   June 5, 2013   |   Our Communities

Micron’s Information Systems (IS) team monitors a variety of metrics for the company, but most don’t involve friendly competitions with apples or backpacks. This changed last month, when the IS team in Boise volunteered at the Idaho Foodbank and created a couple of contests to keep things exciting. Split into two teams and covering two days, the Micron IS team worked alongside other local volunteers. During the first day, each team was asked to fill backpacks with food as part ...

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Understanding Onboard Flash Programming

Brian Bradford   |   May 21, 2013   |  

On May 10, 2013, Electronic Design published an article I wrote about the nuances of onboard programming and specific techniques used to load firmware and data onto a flash device. Get a glimpse below and click over to Electronic Design for the full article. Understanding Onboard Flash Programming Firmware often is preprogrammed into flash memory devices prior to the printed-circuit board’s (PCB) manufacture to maintain high throughput and avoid slowing the manufacturing beat rate. Yet the...

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Micron Honored by Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce

Corporate Communication   |   May 17, 2013   |   Our Communities

The Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce recognized Micron with the “Chamber Legislative Advocate of the Year” award during its annual Small Business of the Year and Best of the Chamber Awards Luncheon at the Boise Centre on May 15. “The Chamber Legislative Advocate of the Year award recognizes a Chamber Member company who has demonstrated a long term commitment to improve the social and economic well-being of the Boise Valley community, specifically through their lobbying efforts,...

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Tags: Community, USA

Tame the Boot Storm

Janene Ellefson   |   May 14, 2013   |   All Products

Minimize the Impact of Boot Storms

If you manage a network of virtual machines, you’ve probably experienced the negative effects of a boot storm too many times. These virtual storms can occur when a large number of users log in to a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) system simultaneously. If the VDI system employs traditional storage, like hard disk drives (HDDs), bandwidth gets overwhelmed quickly. Slow boot times and reduced productivity ensue, often resulting in frustrated and less-efficient users. Our ultra-high band...

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Biking to Benefit Others

Corporate Communication   |   May 7, 2013   |   Our Communities

Earlier this month, Micron’s East Kilbride and Manchester sites went bicycle-to-bicycle in a friendly United Kingdom competition to raise money for local charities. Using the 237-mile distance between the offices as the benchmark, a team from each location spent hours on stationary bike seats competing to cross the finish line first. When the pedals stopped, the Manchester team won with a pace-setting time of two hours and 38 minutes. The East Kilbride team crossed the finish line in a res...

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Shanghai Team Supports Those in Need

Corporate Communication   |   May 7, 2013   |   Our Communities

While Micron operations span the globe, we value the communities that help support us and take pride in giving back. When it comes to enriching our communities, we also realize that our team members best understand the unique needs of where they live. Recently, our team in Shanghai donated seven boxes of books, stationary and clothing to help those in need locally. Micron partnered with Yun Nan, a regional charitable organization, to determine what donations would be most impactful and where ou...

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Micron Steps Up

Corporate Communication   |   May 3, 2013   |   Events

Micron team members put on their walking shoes to join Boise Mayor Dave Bieter for the “Walk with the Mayor” challenge on Friday, May 3. For the city of Boise’s 2013 sesquicentennial celebration, the Mayor has pledged to walk 150 miles during the year with different organizations and groups in the community. Micron is proud to support the Mayor’s Walk 150 challenge as it encourages team members and our community to add fitness to their lifestyles for better health. Learn...

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Tags: Community, USA

Why Latency Matters

Janene Ellefson   |   April 30, 2013   |   All Products

Latency Matters

When you think about system performance, you have to think latency. In an IT environment, latency affects everything—from efficiency and throughput, to customer satisfaction and operating costs. We are confident that our SSDs can help solve IT latency issues. This video emphasizes the importance of latency using more general, everyday situations.  It’s not often we get to laugh at latency problems. For countless businesses—especially cloud and data center environments&md...

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Contemplating the Future of Computing

Richard Murphy   |   April 30, 2013   |   All Products

I spoke Friday at the IEEE Workshop on Microelectronics and Electron Devices (WMED) in Boise about a memory-centric vision for the future of computing. This was my first time at this workshop, and I was very impressed by two things: the high caliber of the talks and the fact that the workshop had strong representation from students at all levels. Coming from the high-performance computing community—which tends to be a somewhat more distinguished, somewhat greyer crowd—seeing a strong...

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Idaho Congressman Simpson Praises Passage of Helium Legislation

Corporate Communication   |   April 26, 2013   |   Our Communities

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today supported H.R. 527, legislation that would address the impending closure of the Federal Helium Reserve later this year by allowing it to continue supplying helium while also reforming our nation’s helium policy. H.R. 527 passed in the House 394-1 and now moves to the Senate for consideration. “The semiconductor industry is not only considered a key American industry, but it is vital to our Idaho economy,” said Simpson. “This indu...

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Tags: USA, Community

IEEE Workshop Inspires Students, Industry Leaders

Corporate Communication   |   April 23, 2013   |   Events

The recently held 2013 IEEE Workshop on Microelectronics and Electron Devices (WMED) proved that even those who shape the future of technology can learn from colleagues, educators and students. With more than 400 attendees participating in different sessions, the workshop grew substantially in its eleventh year. Speakers from across the nation, including several team members from Micron congregated at Boise State University on April 12 to share their knowledge. Members of the team who...

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Tags: USA, Community

Micron’s Xi’an Site Supports Education at Rural Primary School in China

Corporate Communication   |   April 22, 2013   |   Our Communities

In partnership with the Micron Foundation, a team of volunteers from Micron’s assembly and test facility in Xi’an recently visited Longquan Primary School located in Danfeng District (300 km/186 mi from Xi’an City) to launch a support plan for the school. Established in 2005, the school is located in an undeveloped campus in a mountain area with 70 students and five teachers. Its three classrooms and four dormitories are in dilapidated conditions, lacking basic teaching instrum...

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Foundation, Idaho Stampede Spark a Passion for Mathematics with Stampede to Math Program

Corporate Communication   |   April 17, 2013   |   Our Communities

The Micron Foundation-sponsored Micron Stampede to Math program partners with the Idaho Stampede and local teachers to help spark a passion for mathematics. By combining a series of sports-related math challenges with the opportunity for prizes, including a private suite at a Stampede home game, the program is able to reach future STEM all-stars in new and fun ways. During the Friday, April 5 home game, Micron Foundation Executive Director Dee Mooney presented a $1,000 check to challenge winner ...

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It’s a Great Time to Work in Storage

  |   April 11, 2013   |   All Products

Flash is revolutionizing how we store data. It is the solution of choice for truly reliable portability in today’s popular smartphones and tablets, and it is gaining momentum as the “performance operator” in the data center. And these two applications are undeniably linked—as we demand more mobility and instant access, we need bigger, faster, and more efficient data centers to serve up the content. It’s an exciting time for us. As a start-to-finish developer of soli...

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The HMC Consortium Sets a New Milestone

Susan Platt   |   April 3, 2013   |   All Products

Hybrid Memory Cube

With the HMC Consortium’s first specification final and publicly available, the organization is meeting today to determine next steps for the 2013 working year. Basically, the group will be working on extending the SR PHY spec to reach a signaling rate up to 28 Gb/s and the ultra-short reach PHY to 15 Gb/s. The goal is to have a second-generation spec published by early 2014.    

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Tags: Performance, HMC

Beth Elroy Receives WCA TWIN Award

Corporate Communication   |   March 25, 2013   |   Our Communities

Micron Facilities and Construction Manager Beth Elroy

For her many contributions to the community and this industry, Micron Facilities Engineering and Construction Manager Beth Elroy was honored at the 20th annual Tribute To Women In Industry (TWIN) Awards ceremony held recently in Boise. Elroy is Micron’s first female construction manager, leading the recently completed state-of-the-art research and development facility (Building 50) and has served on the Governor’s Air Permitting Task Force, the Treasure Valley Air Quality Council and...

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Tags: Community, USA

Science Bowl Winners Announced

Corporate Communication   |   March 20, 2013   |   Our Communities

Earlier this month more than 20 Micron team members volunteered at the first ever Western Idaho Regional Science Bowl (WIRSB), sharing their passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects with local students. Sponsored and coordinated by the Micron Foundation, the WIRSB featured a full day of competition amongst 26 Western Idaho high school teams seeking to represent their state nationally. While there was only one winning team that will proceed to the national comp...

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Optimizing High-speed, Embedded Memory Interface Designs

Steve Durnal   |   March 8, 2013   |   All Products

On March 4, ECN published an article that I wrote where I address considerations in high-speed bus designs for a healthy “data eye.” Read the full article below: Optimizing High-speed, Embedded Memory Interface Designs Designers of energy-efficient, high-speed memory subsystems for small form factor or power-sensitive embedded and wireless products are often making the shift from traditional DDR2/DDR3 to low power (LP) DDR2/DDR3 memory solutions. This is largely in response to the ev...

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A Fascinating Look at How Micron SSDs Are Made

Steve Janzen   |   February 25, 2013   |   All Products

Hard drives are giving way to SSDs, which are setting a new standard for storage in laptops, PCs, and other applications. At Micron, we meticulously manufacture SSDs from the ground up. It all starts with our own Flash media. Every step of the process is handled in-house—from silicon wafers to Flash components, to building out PCBs, to assembling the finished product. We build our SSDs with high-tech precision in pristine cleanrooms, test them rigorously for quality and reliability, and t...

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Tags: SSD

Science Bowl Volunteers Needed!

Corporate Communication   |   February 22, 2013   |   Our Communities

On March 4, help us play a vital role in supporting high school students across Western Idaho compete for the opportunity to represent our state in the National Science Bowl. The Micron Foundation is sponsoring and coordinating the Western Idaho Regional Science Bowl (WIRSB), and is seeking volunteers who share its passion for enriching the community and engineering the future by helping students see the valuable role STEM plays in everyday life. The WIRSB is an official regional bowl for the N...

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e•MMC—An Ideal Solution for Memory-Hungry Automotive Applications

Giorgio Scuro   |   February 12, 2013   |   All Products

Many car buyers today care more about the infotainment technologies embedded in the dashboard than what’s under the hood. Users want to be connected and have convenient access to their personal content anywhere, anytime, on all of their devices. Their vehicles become just another node in the network, an extension of the user’s digital and social lifestyle. A “connected” car is safer, more comfortable, and more energy-efficient, equipped with early access to important info...

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Tags: Automotive, eMMC, NAND

Looking to Save Space in Your Ultrathin Design?

Kris Kido   |   February 7, 2013   |   All Products

Single-Sided SODIMM

Today’s ultrathins are all about being the sleekest, lightest, and highest-performance devices available—and we have the DRAM solutions to help you get there. Let’s look at how Micron’s new DRAM form factors reduce system height and saves valuable board space. In an effort to further reduce z-height, a majority of ultrathin laptops have opted out of module form factors in favor of onboard DRAM. And while onboard DRAM is the best solution for z-height, modules bring an ele...

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NVDIMMs—The Best of Both Worlds

Brett Williams   |   February 6, 2013   |   All Products

The NVDIMM is a new “hybrid” memory module that combines the speed of DRAM with the nonvolatility of NAND Flash. NVDIMMs enable the content in DRAM to be saved into the NAND Flash based on a signal from the system. This signal could indicate power failure or any other event when you’d want DRAM content to move into the NAND, such as system checkpoints, data logging, saving metadata, etc. NVDIMMs provide performance, cost, and data-security advantages for enterprise-class serve...

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Tags: Modules, DRAM, NAND

Using SSDs to Accelerate Virtual Environments – A Risk-Free Trial

Scott Shadley   |   January 31, 2013   |   All Products

What’s the most logical method to extend support of virtual server platforms and VMWare usage models with SSD storage? Software solutions that make the most of the existing infrastructure while adding the least number of complications. Micron is always on the lookout for great ways to help customers enable NAND-based SSDs in existing platforms. While there are a lot of different Flash caching programs out there, Micron chose to partner with award-winning Proximal Data because their AutoCac...

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Tags: SSD, NAND

Great Tasting and Less Filling?

Doug Rollins   |   January 29, 2013   |   All Products

Our new P400m Enterprise SSD delivers. Performance? Got it. Endurance? Yup, got it (up to 7PBs worth). Reliability? Sure. But all at a great price point for the mainstream Enterprise space? Yeah…we’ve got that one too. Thanks to a combined effort between our NAND and SSD teams, we built the P400m from the ground up—from silicon to fully tested and qualified product. And we designed it with features that set it apart. Features like RAIN, DataSAFE, and ReCAL are part of our new...

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Introducing the P400m SSD—Customized for the Enterprise

Scott Shadley   |   January 22, 2013   |   All Products

You may have heard that our new P400m enterprise SSD provides workhorse performance and endurance at a competitive price point for data center applications. And, you may be wondering how? The answer is in the custom, onboard MLC NAND Flash. While some enterprise drives offer just one to three drive fills per day, the P400m SSD offers 10 drive fills per day for an entire five-year lifetime. Not satisfied yet? The P400m has a five-year warranty and has already been validated by several OEMs. Watch...

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"Paying Our Dues" Paid off with PCM

Paolo Cappelletti   |   January 21, 2013   |   All Products

"Paying Our Dues" Paid off with PCM

“I commend Micron for being able to put silicon down and show volume production of PCM. This blows naysayers away—of which I was one—and shows that the technology can work. It also drives home the lesson that you must pay your dues in terms of development and production time—including the ability to work around a variety of issues like thermal disturb—to achieve a good, production-ready, innovative design.”  - Alan Niebel, CEO of Web-Feet Research ...

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Tags: PCM, NAND, NOR

Dean’s List – Observations from CES 2013

Dean Klein   |   January 16, 2013   |   All Products

3,100 exhibitors, 150,000 attendees and 100 breakfast-buffet options. What could it be but the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, an event that surely must be the bane of every stiletto-heeled exhibitor and the boon of podiatrists worldwide? Last week I attended two days of this annual electronics mega-festival and had some time between meetings to catch the spirit of the event and take a peek at some of the promised technology. My feet may never be the same. First general impression: this show was...

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Transforming the Ultrathin Experience, Part 1

Ben Thiel   |   January 15, 2013   |   All Products

How do SSDs help your ultrathin be even more ultra-mobile? Two ways: form factor and power savings. In today’s era of portability, the days of lugging an 8 or 10lb laptop through the airport are over. SSDs come in slim, caseless, and lightweight form factors that take up less space, enabling even sleeker ultrathin designs. Our mSATA SSDs measure in at about one-third the size of a credit card, while our incredibly small M500 M.2 form factor is about the size of a stick of gum! Speaking of ...

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M500 M.2 SSD – The Secret is Out

Matt Wokas   |   January 11, 2013   |   All Products

M500 M.2 SSD

Until now, SSDs have been limited to the same form factors as HDDs—but not for long. This spring, our M500 SSD will be available in the ultra-compact M.2 form factor, which is the size of a stick of gum. Built using our 20nm MLC NAND Flash, the M500 M.2 is offered in high capacities from 120–480GB. It also delivers strong performance, like fast boot and application load times and almost instant wake from sleep. We’re doing everything in our power to deliver an ideal solut...

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Tags: SSD, NAND, Ultrathin

DDR3L-RS: Reducing DRAM Power Consumption in Standby

Kris Kido   |   January 8, 2013   |   All Products

Standby power savings are becoming increasingly important as computing devices continue to shrink leaving less room for large batteries, and come loaded with advanced features such as instant-on and Microsoft’s Connected Standby. DDR3L-RS (formerly referred to as DDR3Lm) is the first mainstream PC DRAM with a focus on reducing IDD6, doing so by cutting in half the self refresh rate at room temperature (standby conditions) and by selecting lower IDD6 devices. First, TCSR (Temperature C...

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Improving Ultrathin Boot Performance with Quad I/O

Redge Villanueva   |   January 2, 2013   |   All Products

Random Read Access Performance vs. Data Size

In today’s fast-paced world, consumers need faster system boot times in their ultrathin devices. But other advanced system features, like security, can interfere with boot-time performance targets, posing a challenge to ultrathin designers. The new quad I/O feature in Micron’s N25Q SPI NOR Flash memory can help. N25Q SPI NOR is the first in the market to support quad I/O mode at a 108 MHz clock rate, reaching read transfer rates up to 54 MB/s and improving read bandwidth up to 85% co...

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Tags: NOR, Ultrathin

Gaming Goes Mobile—with Micron Memory Onboard

Bill Randolph   |   December 27, 2012   |   All Products

With the proliferation of mobile devices, gaming has broken its tether to the living room and is now enjoyed everywhere. In fact, according to the latest study from the NPD market research group, 59% of total game play is done on a mobile device. Market research firm Mintel found that 38% of tablet gamers and 20% of mobile phone gamers are playing five or more hours per week. Gaming is clearly a trend that is here to stay.  Additionally, gaming graphics continue to become more detailed, li...

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Made for One Another: SSDs and Ultrathins

  |   December 19, 2012   |   All Products

As the landscape of personal and mobile computing continues to intersect, our storage devices are becoming smaller and lighter while boosting system performance and adding features. Ultrathin notebooks are a new breed of mobile devices that boast the portability of a tablet and the power of a laptop. The broad range of the target market, from business people to college students and even children, means that ”the inside” needs to be tough, versatile, and can’t compromise on spee...

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Helping Children in Need During the Holidays

Corporate Communication   |   December 18, 2012   |   Our Communities

Through the Un-Trim a Tree program, Micron team members in Manassas, Virginia, purchased gifts for 100 children in need this holiday season. The Volunteer Prince William's Un-Trim a Tree program serves more than 2,500 students in the area, ensuring that they will have something under the tree to open on Christmas morning.  

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Micron Team Members in Singapore Bowl to Support Special Olympics

Micron Foundation   |   December 18, 2012   |   Our Communities

Eight Micron team members in Singapore participated in a Special Olympics charity bowling event on Dec. 1 to raise funds for Special Olympics activities and programs. The Micron team members partnered with Special Olympics athletes across multiple teams, with teams hitting at least one turkey (three consecutive strikes) each.  

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Micron Sites in Italy Support Children, Disadvantaged

Micron Foundation   |   December 18, 2012   |   Our Communities

Micron’s sites in Italy launched multiple initiatives with Micron Foundation support to sustain educational and charitable programs for children and disadvantaged people. Along with the setup support of a rehabilitation center near Catania for children affected by deep deafness, two projects in Catania and Arzano were launched with social services to organize afterschool services and donate school books to poor and deprived families to help prevent student dropouts. Additionally, approxima...

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Making a Difference in Folsom

Corporate Communication   |   December 18, 2012   |   Our Communities

Micron team members in Folsom coordinated a diverse range of charitable efforts that benefited the local community and hundreds of families in need throughout the year. Efforts included the donation of animal supplies to The Grace Foundation, answering phones during a KVIE television broadcast, serving water to thousands of California International Marathon runners, walking in the Susan G. Komen race for a cure, feeding the hungry, supplying school supplies to children in need, and making the ho...

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Micron Team Members Raise Money for East Kilbride Charities

Corporate Communication   |   December 18, 2012   |   Our Communities

Micron team members in East Kilbride recently organized and hosted a Christmas Fare that will be remembered by participants and benefiting charities for years to come. The team members raised £847.50 in just a few hours time for local charities with the Fare.  

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DDR4 Gathers Momentum

Scott Schaefer   |   December 13, 2012   |   All Products

Back in May 2012, we announced our first fully functional DDR4 module. Since then a lot has happened. For starters, our DDR4 modules were selected as one of the year’s most compelling products by EDN.  And there’s more. Since the JEDEC DDR4 standard was published on September 25, 2012, we’ve been actively engaged in supporting educational and outreach activities for the new standard, including presenting at ongoing workshops in Santa Clara and Taiwan where participants le...

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Tags: DDR4, Modules

Caring for Our Community: Micron Foundation Supports Community Partners

Micron Foundation   |   December 10, 2012   |   Our Communities

KTVB Cares Day

Reflecting the spirit of the holiday season and its commitment to enriching our communities, the Micron Foundation participated in KTVB's Cares Day on Saturday, Dec. 8. During the event, Micron Foundation Executive Director Dee Mooney presented the Salvation Army, Idaho Foodbank and Boise Rescue Mission with a $5,000 gift each to help them address the variety of and growing needs facing the Treasure Valley community. ...

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Let the Games Begin: FIRST Robotics Demo at Idaho Stampede, Dec. 8

Micron Foundation   |   December 4, 2012   |   Our Communities

FIRST Robotics

The Idaho Stampede opens up their season against the Austin Toros from Texas this coming weekend. As part of the Idaho Stampede’s community outreach efforts, FIRST Robotics teams from the Treasure Valley have been invited to demonstrate their robots during the half-time performance. Each year, the Micron Foundation sponsors FIRST Robotics teams in Idaho and Virginia as part of its mission to engineer the future for students with programs that help them see how science, technology, enginee...

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Look Out Laptops; Ultrathins are Moving In

Kris Kido   |   November 28, 2012   |   All Products

Ultrathin Infographic

The brutal fight to stay relevant in the rapidly changing client computing market spurred CPU vendors and computer OEMs to rethink their approach to personal computing. They went back to the drawing board and began defining new form factors, energy-efficient processors and systems, and touch displays. The Intel-inspired Ultrabook™ devices are breaking new ground for powerful, sleek, power-efficient ultrathin laptops. ARM vendors, who traditionally played only in the mobile segment, have m...

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SC12: Dean's List

Dean Klein   |   November 15, 2012   |   Events

Just back from SC12, the huge show highlighting huge computers capable of tackling huge problems while ringing up huge power bills. There, you have the highlights in a nutshell! :) Compared to shows like the Consumer Electronics Show, SC12 isn’t really that big. But the event filled up most of Salt Lake City’s “Salt Palace” convention center which showed that “Big Iron” scientific computing is alive and well and definitely has a lot of interest. The show featu...

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Micron Team Members Donate Turkeys & Hams to Idaho Families

Micron Foundation   |   November 14, 2012   |   Our Communities

In a Micron tradition that goes back for decades, team members recently donated 672 turkeys and 282 hams to families through The Idaho Foodbank. Since 2001, the donations have totaled to more than 19,000 turkeys and hams for Idaho families. “During the holidays, it's a great time for Micron and our team members to give something back to the community especially during these challenging economic times,” said Dee Mooney, Executive Director of the Micron Foundation. “Today’...

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Micron Donates $30,000 for Wounded Warriors

Corporate Communication   |   November 12, 2012   |   Our Communities

Earlier this year, Manassas team members selected the Wounded Warrior Project with an annual fundraising goal of $9,000. On Veterans Day, the team presented $30,000 to the project to help raise awareness and enlist aid for the needs of injured service members. Manassas team members were both dedicated and creative in their fundraising efforts, hosting several bake sales, an iPad raffle at its 10-year celebration and a 50/50 raffle at the golf tournament in June. Additionally, the Manassas team w...

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Micron Volunteers Help Rake Up Boise

Micron Foundation   |   November 12, 2012   |   Our Communities

Micron encourages team members to enrich our community by volunteering time, energy and resources. The Micron Foundation is pleased to announce that more than 60 Micron team members, families and friends volunteered their time on Saturday, Nov. 10 in the Rake Up Boise event. The Micron volunteers raked and bagged more than 115 bags of leaves to assist the senior and disabled residents.  

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Enabling Business Application Acceleration—Without Changing Existing Software of Data Storage

Scott Shadley   |   November 5, 2012   |   All Products

Recently Micron chose to work with a few select organizations to support SSD enablement in the market. While doing due diligence and research to ensure the best support possible for our customers and their needs, we were able to find a great partner in the SSD caching software market through Velobit. Velobit recently launched a campaign to support customers with a trial of their software and loaned them a Micron SSD to test, as well. When Micron and Velobit began discussions, it was very much a ...

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Tags: SSD, NAND, Enterprise

PCIe high speed, low latency and easy service? Can you really have it all?

Doug Rollins   |   October 30, 2012   |   All Products

PCI Express performance in an Enterprise-class SSD and the serviceability of front of system hot swap  as easy as SAS or SATA? Yup—with the Micron RealSSD P320h 2.5-inch SSD, you get both.  Supporting both 175GB and 350GB capacities, the P320h is design to comply with the standard 2.5-inch PCI Express form factor, connector, and behavior specifications developed by the SSD Form Factor Working Group. This game-changing design offers scalability, easy service, portability, and per...

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Server Performance Transformed

  |   October 22, 2012   |   All Products

The I/O bottleneck is one of the biggest limitations of network performance in the enterprise industry today. To alleviate this bottleneck for their servers, Dell looked to Micron’s SSDs as a way to take advantage of the faster PCIe interface.  Our collaboration resulted in the Micron  P320h 2.5-inch PCIe SSD (or as Dell calls it, the PowerEdgeTM PCIe Express Flash SSD).  This SSD is unique because it takes advantage of the fast PCIe interface while at the same time overcoming th...

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44 Terabytes in a Pizza Box?

Kevin Kilbuck   |   October 16, 2012   |   All Products

We recently announced the integration of our 20nm NAND Flash storage components into Skyera’s high-endurance, high-capacity Skyhawk enterprise solid state storage system. We talked to Skyera’s CEO, Radoslav Danilak, about the impact that high-performance, high-capacity NAND Flash can have on the mainstream enterprise market and the critical role that a collaborative effort with a storage developer like Micron can play in the successful launch of an enterprise storage system. Watch th...

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Tags: NAND, Enterprise

Engineering the Future: Micron Foundation Invests in NNU Engineering Program

Micron Foundation   |   October 9, 2012   |   Our Communities

The Micron Foundation awarded Northwest Nazarene University a $200,000 grant to assist the University’s new bachelor of science in engineering program. This will directly support the engineering program’s pursuit of accreditation upon its first graduating class in 2014. Dee Mooney, executive director, Micron Foundation stated, “The Micron Foundation supports NNU’s efforts to strengthen its engineering program which supports the State of Idaho’s goal of boosting educ...

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Virginia Intern Seekers Receive Support from New STEM Program

Corporate Communication   |   October 3, 2012   |   Our Communities

CSIIP

The Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP), a new state program supported by technology councils throughout Virginia, provides an online system that allows companies to select and hire 2013 summer interns from a pool of eligible college and university students enrolled in STEM majors (science, technology, engineering and math). As a member of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), Micron Technology in Virginia is participating in the program and has posted anticipated i...

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Tags: STEM, USA

Our I/O Virtualization Technology Part 2: Taking Full Advantage of SSD Performance with Micron’s PCIe SSD Sharing Technology

Justin Strong   |   October 3, 2012   |   All Products

In my previous post, I introduced our new I/O virtualization (IOV) technology, which can provide numerous benefits to data centers. Today, I’m talking about the benefits of PCIe sharing to SSDs. Micron offers some of the highest-performing SSDs in the industry. Take our RealSSD™ P320h PCI Express (PCIe) drive, for example, with its sustained read speeds of over 3 GB/s and random read IOPS approaching 800,000. While these performance numbers are impressive, a fixed amount of SSD stor...

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New Client SSD Firmware—Even Faster Starts and Lower Power Use

Jon Tanguy   |   September 26, 2012   |   Storage

One of the advantages of owning a Micron (or Crucial) SSD is that you often benefit from the continuous improvements we roll in to win new business and meet future design requirements. That’s certainly true with our latest C400/m4 firmware release, which provides multiple speed and power upgrades. This is optional firmware, but users who choose to install this update will benefit from the following enhancements. Faster Boot Up Thought your SSD boot times were already great? To...

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Tags: SSD, Crucial

Live from Boise State...Science Friday!

Corporate Communication   |   September 25, 2012   |   Our Communities

Science Friday

Live from Boise State! A nationwide science talk show will be broadcasting live from Boise State University this month, thanks to a sponsorship from the Micron Foundation. Airing each week as part of NPR's 'Talk of the Nation' programming, Science Friday will discuss the latest science news and topics on Sept. 28. Helping bring Science Friday to Boise aligns with the Micron Foundation’s philosophy and commitment to spark the passion for STEM in our youth, engineer the future for students...

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Tags: STEM, Foundation

Micron Foundation Supports Special Olympics in Singapore

Corporate Communication   |   September 24, 2012   |   Our Communities

Special Olympics Check

The Micron Foundation recently awarded Special Olympics in Singapore with a SG$75,000 donation to support their ongoing programs and competitions. A portion of this gift supported the first ever South East Asia Unified Football Tournament in which teams from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia came together in Singapore for two thrilling days on the pitch! In addition to cheering on the tournament teams, Micron team members were also inspired by the movement when they were inv...

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Micron Gets Artsy to Benefit Local Charity

Corporate Communication   |   September 24, 2012   |   Our Communities

Micron team member Nate Koch, along with artist Julie Clement, created an award-winning work of art with Micron-produced materials. Titled "Decode," the artwork (seen here) was on display at the Longmont Area Economic Council's Community Appreciation Luncheon last month. It was one of four collaborations between local artists and companies. Attendees voted for their favorite submissions, with Koch and Clement winning first place. For winning the competition, a donation in Micron...

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Tags: USA, Community

Micron Team Members in Israel Spread Blessings During Rosh Hashanah

Corporate Communication   |   September 24, 2012   |   Our Communities

Reflecting the Rosh Hashanah custom of helping families in need, Micron team members in Kiryat-Gat, Israel (Fab 12) are giving back to their community in a variety if ways. For the second year, Micron team members are volunteering at shopping centers in Kiryat-gat to raise grocery contributions for the holiday. More than 60 volunteers are participating this year, with plans to build on the successful packing and delivery of more than 500 food packages to local families last year. The fab i...

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Micron Team Members in Puerto Rico Support Local Student

Corporate Communication   |   September 24, 2012   |   Our Communities

Puerto Rico

Based on her outstanding academic record, team members in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico (MPR) sponsored local high school student Marlyn Roldán, hosting several fundraising events to support her during the last year of high school academic studies. Roldán received a variety of support, with proceeds from breakfast and pizza sales at the Aguadilla facility combining with donations from local businesses including shoes, dresses, jewelry and hairstyling for her prom. The team also helped ra...

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Tags: USA, Community

Micron Team Members in Munich Run to Support Children in Need

Corporate Communication   |   September 24, 2012   |   Our Communities

Seven Micron team members from Germany participated in the Munich Business to Run (B2RUN) event, a national program held in seven cities throughout the nation with the goal of making an important contribution in the lives of children, with an emphasis on battling hunger, poverty and social injustice. By participating in the event, Micron team members helped raise money for Taka Tuka, a charitable program that enables kids to take holidays who would be otherwise unable to do so due to their...

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Tags: Community

PCM—Agent of Change for Future Architectures

Valentina Arrigoni   |   September 17, 2012   |   Memory

It’s no secret in the memory industry that existing technologies are running into scaling issues. As we all know, the problem is in the physics. But so is the solution, and that’s why we’re excited that The Economist’s Technology Quarterly took notice of phase change memory (PCM)—the emerging technology that the publication posits as being poised to “lead to a radical shift in computer design.” PCM’s bit-alterability, fast random reads, low power c...

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A Bite of Science for Teachers in Virginia

Corporate Communication   |   September 11, 2012   |   Our Communities

The Micron Foundation is helping educators spark a passion in students for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by sponsoring the Center for Excellence in Education’s (CEE) upcoming Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP) event called “Bite of Science” on Tuesday, Sept. 18. This exciting, cost free dinner event will be held at George Mason University and will bring together 25 high school science and humanities teachers to meet Dr. Alessandra Luchini from George Maso...

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Tags: STEM, Foundation

The power of PCIe SSDs in a hot-swappable form factor

Scott Shadley   |   August 30, 2012   |   Storage

I met with TechFieldDay’s Stephen Foskett at VMWorld yesterday to discuss the benefits fitting the high throughput of PCIe SSDs into a standardized, hot-swappable form factor. This new drive interface is sure to be a popular solution for server-side cache solutions. Watch the video for more, or download our P320h 2.5” Product Brief for more details.  

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Tags: PCIe, SSD

Micron Business and Economics Building at Boise State University

Corporate Communication   |   August 28, 2012   |   Our Communities

The Micron Business and Economics Building, the new home for Boise State University's College of Business and Economics, recently opened and is ready for classes. In this video, Micron's CEO Mark Durcan talks about the Micron Foundation's involvement and what the new building means to the Boise community.

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Micron’s I/O Virtualization Technology: Helping to Create a More Manageable and Reliable Datacenter

Justin Strong   |   August 27, 2012   |   All Products

Back in January of this year, we acquired a company named Virtensys, along with a technology that enables I/O virtualization (IOV) through PCIe sharing. This has been an exciting acquisition for us because of the opportunities that the technology presents to take full advantage of SSD performance in a shared enterprise environment. So for the next couple of posts, I’m going to talk about why this technology is so beneficial to a data center, including an overview of just how PCIe...

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HMC Consortium – the Road to a Specification

Dean Klein   |   August 16, 2012   |   Memory

This week the HMC consortium (HMCC) announced that the managing developers had released the first draft of an HMC interface specification—a sign the group is making significant progress toward making the technology widely available and adoptable. The draft itself consists of an interface protocol and short reach (SR) PHY definition and is currently only available to consortium members, or “adopters.”  Having early access to the HMC spec is one of the major draws to joining...

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Tags: HMC

PCM-based MCPs take cell phone performance to the next level

Brian Bradford   |   July 27, 2012   |   Memory

Phase change memory (PCM) in the mobile handset market is a game-changer because of its performance, software simplification, and reliability. Cell phones today have enabled NAND-based MCP solutions for read operations and random access capabilities; however, Micron’s PCM-based MCP solution will enable cell phone users to enjoy new experiences. “Instant-on” is becoming a reality thanks to the performance of Micron’s PCM and low-power double data rate mobile DRAM...

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Supporting Those Who Serve: Micron Manager Receives ESGR Patriot Award

Corporate Communication   |   July 27, 2012   |   Our Communities

Micron SSD Systems Compatibility Manager Jon Mac Dowell  received an award as part of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Program, which recognizes companies and individuals who go above and beyond in their support for their military employees. MacDowell was presented the Patriot Award as “the epitome of a civilian boss” during a presentation at Micron’s Boise site on July 27. Mac Dowell was nominated for the award by one his direct reports, Systems Inte...

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Tags: USA, Community

Micron Math Fun Hits a Boise Hawks Home Run

Corporate Communication   |   July 19, 2012   |   Our Communities

The Micron Foundation and Boise Hawks have teamed up to show kids how math is fun and plays a critical role in everyday life. To swing the Micron Math Fun program into action, Micron VP of Corporate Development Mike Sadler threw the opening pitch at the first Micron Math Night on Tuesday, July 17.  Micron Math Night Micron Math Night is promoted during each Boise Hawks home game held on Tuesdays this season. Micron Math Fun Game and Prizes At every home game this season, a ser...

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Tags: Foundation, STEM, USA

Micron Singapore Receives Workforce Award

Corporate Communication   |   July 19, 2012   |   Our Communities

Singapore May Day

Micron Semiconductor Asia was recently awarded the May Day Model Partnership Award 2012 from the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) for being one of the top companies and institutions in Singapore that create a more inclusive workforce by improving the productivity of the company and skills of their workers.

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Micron Team Members in East Kilbride Host Book Fair, Walk to Support Charities

Corporate Communication   |   July 18, 2012   |   Our Communities

East Kilbride Walk

Team members in East Kilbride are participating in and hosting fundraising events throughout the year to benefit three charities: Kilbride Hospice, West of Scotland Football Club for the Disabled and Everyman. Earlier this year, East Kilbride held a book fair, raising £218.13, which will be put towards a final fundraising total at the end of the year which will be split between the three charities. Additionally, East Kilbride team members raised £314.50 towards a sponsored walk by ...

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Tags: Community, UK

Micron Team Members in Folsom Contribute to the Community

Corporate Communication   |   July 18, 2012   |   Our Communities

Folsom team members have been busy donating both money and time to a number of causes throughout the community this year. Numerous volunteers spent their evening fielding phone calls at the KVIE Sacramento Pledge Drive telethon, raising more than $10,000 in pledges for the PBS station. In April, the site's community team led a pet supply drive to benefit The Grace Foundation and the hundreds of animals it rescues each year. The Folsom team was able to deliver truckloads of supplies, toys, blank...

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Micron Team Members in Boise Paint the Town

Corporate Communication   |   July 18, 2012   |   Our Communities

Boise Paint the Town

More than 50 Micron team members, families and friends volunteered their time Saturday, June 9 at the annual Paint the Town event in Boise despite inclement weather. Over the years, Micron volunteers have helped paint and fix up a house of a senior or disabled homeowner unable to maintain their homes. Thanks to the hard work of the volunteers, including a follow-up session on June 23 (due to being rained out the previous weekend), the Micron team successfully completed the painting projects.

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Tags: Volunteering, USA

Micron Team Members in Manassas Support Wounded Warriors

Corporate Communication   |   July 18, 2012   |   Our Communities

This year, Micron team members in Manassas chose to support the Wounded Warrior Project to raise awareness and enlist aid for the needs of injured service members. Manassas has hosted several events throughout the year, raising $8,500 of its annual fundraising goal of $9,000. Fundraising events include several bake sales, an iPad raffle at its 10-year celebration and a 50/50 raffle at the upcoming Manassas golf tournament on June 24. Additionally, the Manassas team has worked with a local concer...

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Tags: USA, Community

ISC12: insideHPC at the Micron Booth

Dean Klein   |   July 2, 2012   |   Innovations and Trends

A week after ISC’12 and the buzz continues! Last Wednesday, after my session on Large Memory, Rick Brueckner from insideHPC caught up with me in the ISC Exhibition Hall at the Micron booth. Obviously, insideHPC tracks the top trends in the High Performance Computing space, so it was natural that they should come to a memory company to talk trends. When looking around the exhibition hall there were a lot of high performance systems on display and most of them had their lids off and were sho...

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Tags: Modules, DDR4, HMC, SSD

ISC12: The Future of Supercomputing

Dean Klein   |   June 25, 2012   |   Innovations and Trends

ISC Fugitsu

In Friday’s blog post, we talked about how the U.S. recaptured the Top500 supercomputing lead with the IBM-Lawrence Livermore system named Sequoia. But Fujitsu, creator of last year’s top supercomputer, K, hasn’t been standing still in this department. The K supercomputer at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science in Kobe, Japan turns in a respectable Linpack score of 10.5 petaflops and a computational efficiency of more than 93%. I stopped to chat with the Fuj...

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Tags: HMC

ISC12: Clocking Sequoia, the World's #1 Supercomputer

Dean Klein   |   June 22, 2012   |   Events

ISC IBM

In yesterday’s post, I promised to dish on what I learned about the new #1 Top500 supercomputer, Sequoia, from the IBM and Lawrence Livermore National Labs folks who built it. Sequoia is built around IBM’s Power6 CPU and BlueGene-Q architecture. This CPU has 18 cores on a chip, with one core dedicated to running Linux, one core for a spare, and 16 cores dedicated for computation. The CPUs are clocked at a conservative 1.6 GHz and are water-cooled. The CPUs are assembled onto a module...

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Tags: Modules

ISC12: Supercomputing Takes Center Stage

Dean Klein   |   June 21, 2012   |   Innovations and Trends

Dean Klein at ISC

Much to report on from ISC12 in Hamburg, Germany. The weather’s been good, and the food is… German, which means good and rich! But the memory here is what’s really impressive. This is a supercomputer show, and while the CPU and GPU vendors are all bragging about their latest advances, the role of memory in these impressive machines cannot be underestimated. The new Top500 supercomputer list was announced earlier this week. The Fujitsu-designed K supercomputer has enjoyed a yea...

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Micron Chip Camp: Inspiring Students with Hands-on Technology

Corporate Communication   |   June 14, 2012   |   Our Communities

Micron Chip Camp 2012 is in full swing this week and next week as 120 students from across the state of Idaho gather at the Dehryl Dennis Professional Technical Education Center to get hands-on experience in the science and technology that forms the basis for the semiconductor industry. "This is all about getting students inspired in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education," said Executive Director of the Micron Foundation Dee Mooney. "It helps to spark a passio...

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Tags: USA, Foundation, STEM

A Full House – 1 GHz Rounds Out DDR3 Portfolio

Steven King   |   June 11, 2012   |   Memory

Our latest DRAM product rounds out our DDR3 offering in a big way for high-end networking and graphics customers. These new 1066MHz, 2133 MT/s data rate DDR3 devices can boost your bandwidth by as much as 33%, without significantly increasing power consumption. We’ve also collaborated with AMD Graphics and LSI to make sure that these parts are optimized for the latest SoCs and GPUs, making your design-in easier and extending the life of your existing DDR3 designs. Check out our 1 GHz DDR3 page ...

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Partnering for Enterprise Flash Innovation

Corporate Communication   |   May 21, 2012   |   Memory

We’re in Las Vegas this week, taking part in EMC World. Prior to the event, I had the chance to sit down with Ed Doller (our VP of Enterprise Storage Solutions) and Mark Sorenson (EMC’s senior VP of Flash products and technologies) for a two-part talk about the growing impact of Flash memory in the enterprise. Watch the second video in this series below to learn how ongoing collaboration between our two companies has resulted in some compelling enterprise storage solutions. ...

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Tags: SSD, Enterprise

The Future of Flash in the Enterprise

  |   May 15, 2012   |   Memory

Next week is EMC World, and Micron will be at the event talking about the advantages of Flash in the enterprise. Gearing up for the event, I had the chance to sit down with Ed Doller (our VP of Enterprise Storage Solutions) and Mark Sorenson (EMC’s senior VP of Flash products and technologies) to shed some light on this topic. Take a look at the video below to see what they had to say. Also, next week we’ll publish another video discussing the collaboration between the two companies.  

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Micron Honored for Supporting Military Employees

Corporate Communication   |   May 9, 2012   |   Our Communities

ESGR

Micron’s site in Folsom, Calif. and one of our local managers recently received awards for supporting our military employees from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). During an award ceremony on May 7, ESGR presented Micron with the Seven Seals Award and Engineering Group Leader Richard Iseger with the Patriot Award. Iseger was nominated for the award by one of his direct reports, Kristoffer Berrien, as a supervisor who is "the epitome of a civilian boss."  Rea...

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Don’t Miss Micron’s Take on DRAM and NAND Markets

Corporate Communication   |   May 7, 2012   |   Memory

Want to learn more about changing DRAM and NAND markets? The VPs of Micron’s NAND and DRAM solutions groups are presenting at two financial conferences this week. Don’t miss your chance to listen to the latest updates on memory and storage trends and how Micron is driving memory architecture. Jefferies 2012 Global TMT Conference: Tuesday, May 8, 9:30 a.m. ET Who: Brian Shirley, VP & GM of Micron’s DRAM Solutions Group Topic: DRAM segment and technology trends, Micron&rsq...

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X Marks the Spot for Avnet’s Technical Training Road Show

  |   April 26, 2012   |   Memory

We’re ready to hit the road for X-fest 2012, Avnet and Xilinx’s 22-city tour that takes free technical training to FPGA, DSP, and embedded system designers around the globe. Our experts will be on-hand to show you how easy it is to integrate our memory into your applications—in fact, you’ll see mix of our DDR3, RLDRAM, and NOR Flash on the KC705, Spartan-6, and K7-MMP FPGA boards that Xilinx will be using for their training demos. We hope to see you at an X-fest event&md...

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Tags: RLDRAM, DDR3, NOR

20nm NAND: 2011 Semiconductor of the Year

Kevin Kilbuck   |   April 17, 2012   |   Memory

Memory doesn’t always get its due. It’s a foundational computing element and one of the key reasons everything is smaller, lighter, and faster than it used to be, but it’s usually the processors and end applications that get the credit. So when our JV with Intel pushed NAND to 20nm well ahead of competitors, we didn’t expect broad public acknowledgement. Today, our hardworking R&D teams get a little much-deserved recognition. After analysis of more than a dozen compe...

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Tags: NAND

Inspiring Tomorrow's Innovators

Corporate Communication   |   April 11, 2012   |   Our Communities

Micron Foundation joins state leaders to recognize outstanding educators Sparking passion in the next generation of innovators begins in the classroom, where educators play a giant role. The Micron Foundation support educators who inspire and help students connect math and science with their everyday world, including three deserving Idaho teachers who recently received the Governor's Industry Award for Notable Teaching in Science (GIANTS), which includes a $2,500 cash prize.  Additionally o...

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Tags: STEM, Foundation

Will mSATA and Ultrabook™ devices make your mom want an SSD?

  |   April 10, 2012   |   Memory

If you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance you’re pretty savvy about solid state drives; you might even own one (or a few). If you do, you’ve probably tried to tell your less-techie friends and family why they should replace their hard drive with an SSD—and you know that the general population still doesn’t quite get it. That slow public acceptance is true for almost any technology—there needs to be a defining change that sparks the imagination o...

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State Resolutions Adopted to Honor Steven R. Appleton

Corporate Communication   |   March 21, 2012   |   Our Communities

During the last few weeks, the states of Idaho, Utah and Virginia approved resolutions honoring our former Chairman and CEO Steve Appleton. Each state resolution acknowledged Steve for his contributions to their communities, professionally and personally. “We truly appreciate the thoughtfulness of each of the state governments proposing these resolutions,” said Micron Idaho Government Affairs Manager Mike Reynoldson. “It means a lot to the Micron family to have Steve’s le...

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Micron Vice President Dean Klein Honored by FIRST Robotics for Inspiring Students

Corporate Communication   |   March 20, 2012   |   Our Communities

Micron Vice President of Memory System Development Dean Klein was honored with the 2012 Woodie Flowers Finalist Award for mentoring and motivating students in the discipline of engineering and design during the 2012 FIRST® Robotics regional competition in Utah, March 16-17. This prestigious award recognizes mentors who lead, inspire, and empower using excellent communication skills while also challenging the students to be clear and succinct in recognizing the value of communication. “...

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Tags: K-12, STEM

Next-Gen, High-End Networking

Troy Quick   |   March 13, 2012   |   Memory

Today, Micron and Xilinx jointly announced our hardware demonstration of an FPGA interfacing to RLDRAM® 3 memory. For us, this announcement is exciting because it's a great example of what’s possible when industry leaders collaborate. More exciting and more important for our mutual customers is that this next-generation Virtex®-7 FPGA/RLDRAM 3 solution raises the bar for high-end networking performance by delivering 60% higher data rate and memory bandwidth than the previous platfo...

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Micron Foundation and Volunteers Support Idaho Public Television

Corporate Communication   |   March 12, 2012   |   Our Communities

Idaho Public Television (PBS) is hosting its annual “Festival” fundraiser telethon during March 3-18 to help pay for programs and Idaho productions that viewers enjoy throughout the year. Micron encourages team members to positively impact our community by volunteering time, energy, and resources. On Wednesday, March 14, the Micron Foundation and nearly 15 Micron volunteers will be supporting the telethon by taking pledges and donations over the phone during on-air programming breaks...

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Encouraging Female High School Students in Virginia to Pursue Engineering Careers

Corporate Communication   |   March 12, 2012   |   Our Communities

Since 2008, the Micron Foundation has been supporting the Chantilly High School in Virginia through annual donations, job shadow days and tours of Micron’s site in Manassas, and mentor volunteers. Their engineering academy was recently featured by NBC 4 (Washington ) in a story highlighting the success of their program to encourage female students to pursue careers in engineering. In the first year of the program, 135 female students participated and they are running at approximately an 83...

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New PCIe Interface is an Enterprise Game-Changer

Gary Gentry   |   March 6, 2012   |   Memory

Today, we announced a new 2.5-inch PCIe SSD form factor. What makes this form factor big news is how the new interface is going to be used. Our SSD has been selected as a key storage device in Dell’s PowerEdge 12th generation servers, which use innovative, front-accessible backplane designs that accommodate 2.5-inch SATA, SAS, or PCIe devices, so customers can choose the right combination of data storage and caching devices to suit their needs. These new servers and our 2.5-inch PCIe SSD r...

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Steve Appleton 1960-2012

Corporate Communication   |   February 3, 2012   |   Our Communities

We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Appleton, Micron Chairman and CEO, passed away this morning in a small plane accident in Boise. He was 51. Our hearts go out to his wife, Dalynn, his children and his family during this tragic time. Steve's passion and energy left an indelible mark on Micron, the Idaho community and the technology industry at large. Read Steve's Bio Read the Press Release The Micron family truly appreciates the overwhelming support from the semiconductor industry a...

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An Engineer’s Dream Come True: HMC named “Best Technology of 2011”

Brent Keeth   |   January 30, 2012   |   Memory

When you’ve invested a lot of hours and hard work into developing a new technology, it’s rewarding when your labors get noticed. That’s why we were especially excited when our Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) received some really BIG attention, The Linley Group’s Analysts’ Choice Award for “Best Technology of 2011.” HMC has been in development since 2006 and represents the combined efforts of three cross-functional teams: logic layer designers, DRAM design engineers, and our advanced packaging team. T...

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Tags: HMC, Performance

College of Western Idaho Receives $2.5 Million from Micron Foundation

Corporate Communication   |   January 25, 2012   |   Our Communities

Today, College of Western Idaho (CWI) was presented a $2.5 million gift from the Micron Foundation that will support the funding needed to complete the renovation of a $16.9 million new Professional Technical Education Center in Nampa, Idaho. In recognition of the generous donation, the College announced that the new Center will bear the Micron name. “We’re very proud to invest in CWI and this new technical center,” noted Dee Mooney, Micron Foundation Executive Director. “The Micron Foundation i...

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Tags: Foundation

Controlling Complexity with ClearNAND™ Flash

Mike Seibert   |   January 5, 2012   |   Memory

One of our existing NAND customers, Maryland-based Data Design Corporation, specializes in custom electronic designs for national laboratories, defense, and industrial applications. Their engineers had a great idea for a custom PCIe storage device. But they had a problem—standard NAND ECC requirements have been changing with each generation resulting in expensive reengineering of the NAND controller in order to keep pace with the most advanced NAND. Watch our interview with Data Design’s Directo...

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Tags: NAND, Enterprise, PCIe

U.S. Ambassador Visits Micron Israel

Corporate Communication   |   January 2, 2012   |   Our Communities

U.S. Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro and his staff recently visited Micron’s fabrication facility in Israel. Site Director Yonathan Wand and Fab Manager Shmulik Perez provided Ambassador Shapiro with an overview of the site’s history and involvement in the community. During a tour of the production area, the Ambassador remarked on the site’s impressive achievements and expressed his interest in the site’s community activities. In addition to his visit with Micron, Ambassado...

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Tags: Israel

3DS DRAM Memory Technology for Next-Generation Modules

Dr Aftab Farooqi   |   December 13, 2011   |   Memory

At Micron we’re always working on new memory device designs that improve performance. Right now we’re involved in a project with our JEDEC partners to standardize a new DRAM interface and die-stacking technology called three-dimensional stacking, or 3DS. The idea behind 3DS is to use specially designed and manufactured master-and-slave DRAM die, with only the master die interfacing with the external memory controller. 3DS technology uses optimized DRAM die, single DLL per stack, reduced active ...

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Tags: 3DS, DRAM

A Trillion Bits on a Fingertip

Mike Seibert   |   December 6, 2011   |   Memory

A terabit in a single NAND package—that’s what our latest NAND will deliver. I think a lot of people have a hard time understanding how these numbers relate to the real world, though. Our new 128Gb 20nm device can store a terabit of data in a single package of just 8 die, but what does that mean? To put it in perspective, a terabit (128GB) is a HUGE amount of data—according to Tech Target, it’s more than enough to store all the contents of an entire library floor o...

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Tags: NAND

Micron Chairman and CEO Appleton Receives Industry’s Highest Honor

Alyson Outen   |   November 18, 2011   |   Memory

Micron Chairman and CEO Steve Appleton recently accepted the Semiconductor Industry Association’s highest honor—the Robert N. Noyce Award. Steve was recognized as “a champion of the semiconductor industry” for his tireless efforts to strengthen the industry and for his sustained, successful leadership in the highly competitive memory business. In a Micron interview, Steve shares his thoughts about receiving the Robert N. Noyce Award, and SIA president Brian Toohey talks ...

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Micron Team Members Donate Turkeys & Hams to Idaho Families

Corporate Communication   |   November 16, 2011   |   Our Communities

In a Micron tradition that goes back for decades, team members recently donated 1,087 turkeys and 507 hams to families through The Idaho Foodbank. Since 2001, the donations have totaled to more than 18,000 turkeys and hams for Idaho families. “During the holidays, it's a great time for Micron and our team members to give something back to the community especially during these challenging economic times,” said Dee Mooney, Executive Director of the Micron Foundation. “Today&rsqu...

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For Data Centers, Consistency is Key

Scott Shadley   |   October 24, 2011   |   Memory

It’s true that the SSD market puts a lot of emphasis on bigger, faster, better—the largest capacity, the highest IOPs, the highest endurance. But it’s not only about the latest, greatest, pegging-out-the-performance-curve product. Sometimes, it’s simply about doing key things well, over and over again. Dallas, Texas-based SoftLayer Technologies—the world’s largest privately owned hosting company—needed a scalable, reliable storage solution that they coul...

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Boise Mayor Visits with Micron Team Members about the Community

Corporate Communication   |   October 7, 2011   |   Our Communities

Micron’s Political Action Committee (PAC) recently hosted a site visit by Boise Mayor David H. Bieter, where more than 70 Micron PAC members had an opportunity to interact with him and discuss the community and its future. “I want Boise to be the most livable city,” said Mayor Bieter. “We are at a critical time. We need to take what we can affect and do something with it… Similar to Micron, we need to keep our heads down and control what we can to come out ahead....

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Tags: USA

The Cube is Here!

Alyson Outen   |   October 6, 2011   |   Memory

You’ve probably heard that Micron and Samsung are collaborating to create the Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) Consortium, with the goal of defining an industry-adoptable HMC interface, thus facilitating HMC’s integration into a wide variety of technologies. I sat down with Scott Graham, Micron’s General Manager for DRAM Solutions, to discuss HMC, its future, and Micron’s role in this groundbreaking consortium. Check out this video to find out more about the consortium and what t...

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Tags: HMC, DRAM

From the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston

Alyson Outen   |   September 28, 2011   |   Memory

Micron's Vice President of Embedded Solutions, Tom Eby, delivered his keynote address this morning, saying embedded memory is poised for exponential growth...and that Micron is poised to take advantage of that. "It's estimated that 40 exabytes of unique new information will be generated worldwide this year," said Eby. "That's more than in the previous 5,000 years ... combined!" Eby broke down trends affecting memory growth into three main categories...the three Cs: consume, connect and capture...

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Helping Students in Folsom, CA Succeed by Supporting Innovative Educational Programs

Corporate Communication   |   September 27, 2011   |   Our Communities

The Micron Foundation recently made a $10,000 donation to Theodore Judah Elementary school in Folsom, CA Team members attended a ceremony on Friday, Sept. 23 to present to support the STAR Education program at the school. Micron’s team members in Folsom have also supported the school and STAR program in the past by donating funds and snacks to help lower income families.

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Tags: Foundation, K-12

PCM Real-World Demo

Brian Bradford   |   September 26, 2011   |   Memory

By now, you’ve probably heard about phase change memory or PCM. PCM is an innovative new memory technology that blends the best attributes of EEPROM, NOR, NAND, and DRAM to deliver unprecedented features in one memory device. But how do PCM’s unique features translate to user experience? The video below shows how PCM’s nonvolatility, high endurance, fast program performance, and overwrite capability can eliminate the need for multiple memory types in a digital video camera...

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Tags: PCM

Strength of the Micron Team in Puerto Rico Benefits Children with Muscular Dystrophy

Corporate Communication   |   September 26, 2011   |   Our Communities

Micron team members in Puerto Rico participated in the “Jala Jala” fundraiser event benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s (MDA) children’s programs in August. Team Members accepted the challenge of pulling an American Eagle Aircraft (ATR-72), weighing over 30,000 pounds, a distance of 50 feet. While Micron’s delegation was able to pull the aircraft in 9.13 seconds, the winners of the event were the children since MDA was able to raise $48,000. The Micron...

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An Enterprise-focused MLC SSD?

Scott Shadley   |   September 15, 2011   |   Memory

The enterprise SSD market used to be seen as a single tier in the storage market—a cohesive, expensive grouping above other storage options. That’s no longer true. The enterprise SSD market is also segmenting, largely because SSDs deliver several key features—low latency, reliability, and low power, to name a few—that can make dramatic differences in enterprise effectiveness across multiple applications and workloads, but they’re the most effective when they’r...

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Idaho Student Competes for Boys & Girls Clubs National Youth of the Year Title

Corporate Communication   |   September 14, 2011   |   Our Communities

The Micron Foundation congratulates Darnisha Victorain, a six-year member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County, for her amazing accomplishment in achieving the Boys & Girls Clubs of America 2011-12 Pacific Region Youth of the Year award. As the Pacific Region Youth of the Year, she advances to Washington D.C. for a chance to compete for the national title – the highest honor a club member may achieve. Victorain and four other regional winners will also have a chance to meet with Pr...

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Tags: Foundation

Demonstrating Phase Change Memory

Brian Bradford   |   September 13, 2011   |   Memory

When we first talk to customers about phase change memory (PCM), we’re often asked two questions: how is PCM different, and why would I want to use it in my device? PCM is a radically different memory technology that records information via the shifting state (phase change) of a unique material. PCM is able to merge the attributes of NOR, NAND, and DRAM in a single, nonvolatile memory chip. This allows designers to consolidate their different memory solutions and reduce the bill of materia...

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Tags: PCM

Enriching the Community at Gunfighter Skies 2011

Corporate Communication   |   September 8, 2011   |   Our Communities

The Micron Foundation enriches the community as a sponsor for the Silver Wings of Idaho, Gunfighter Skies 2011, in conjunction with the 366th Fighter Wing, at the Mountain Home Air Force Base, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18. Come join the Foundation in watching the United States Air Force Thunderbirds fly both days in thrilling, graceful aerobatic formations. The show is open to the public beginning at 8 a.m. and best of all, it’s FREE. For more information regarding Silver Wings of Idah...

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Summertime at Micron

Corporate Communication   |   September 7, 2011   |   Our Communities

A select group of university students discovered the reality of Micron's commitment to education, participating in the Company's Summer Internship Program. Almost 100 students worked side-by-side with career professionals at Micron sites around the world gaining valuable experience and hands-on opportunities not available in the class room. Check out Micron.com/jobs to learn more about global career and internship opportunities at one of the world's leading memory mannufacturers.   ...

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A Faster RealSSD™ C400

Ben Thiel   |   August 30, 2011   |   Memory

Like any innovative tech company, we're always searching for ways to make our products better. We've engineered some big read performance gains that will make a noticeable difference for our C400 and m4 SSDs. We're bundling the improvements into our latest firmware release, which is available now for all customers. Like any firmware release, we built in the usual stability and reliability improvements that our testing team identified over the past months. But the real news is that the new code ...

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Tags: Performance, SSD

Glen Hawk Interview from FMS

Alyson Outen   |   August 19, 2011   |   Memory

I had a chance to sit down with Glen Hawk—our VP of NAND solutions—at this year’s Flash Memory Summit to talk about the conference and his keynote there. He had a lot to share about the growth of NAND, it’s place in a cloud-computing world, and where the technology is headed. His keynote also featured some great vignettes with several Micron customers who are using NAND in interesting new ways. If you weren’t one of the thousand who got to see the keynote in person,...

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Tags: NAND

Micron Supports Relay for Life in Puerto Rico

Corporate Communication   |   August 15, 2011   |   Our Communities

Micron team members in Puerto Rico came together to support the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event. With a variety of opportunities to participate, nearly 200 team members and their families contributed to the event. Team members and their families staffed the walk, jog and run portions of the event, with the relays occurring overnight and up to 24 hours in length. In addition, Micron hosted a booth in which team members helped with decorations, prepared food, provided handmade sou...

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Micron Celebrates U.S. Independence Day in Israel

Corporate Communication   |   August 15, 2011   |   Our Communities

On behalf of Micron’s site in Israel, the Micron's Government Affairs team recently sponsored a U.S. Independence Day reception at the residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Israel which included traditional American food and red, white and blue decorations. With more than 2500 participants, including Prime Minister of Israel Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu and President Mr. Shimon Peres, the event was the largest event of the year for the U.S. Embassy in Israel. The U.S. Ambassador James B. Cunningh...

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Micron Team Members in California Help with Disaster Relief Efforts

Corporate Communication   |   August 15, 2011   |   Our Communities

Micron team members in Fremont recently raised nearly $1,000 to help disaster relief efforts. The team held a Mother's Day fundraiser potted plant sale with proceeds benefiting the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. They also held a "Dad and Grad" bake sale with the proceeds benefiting the Southern Storms Relief Fund.

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Tags: USA

Award-Winning NAND

Alyson Outen   |   August 11, 2011   |   Memory

More exciting news from FMS: Yesterday Micron and Intel received the award for the Most Innovative Flash Memory Technology at the  Flash Memory Summit. The award recognizes our industry-leading 20nm NAND process technology. Manufactured by our joint venture, IM Flash Technologies, the new device is a breakthrough in NAND process and design, providing approximately 50% more capacity than current technology And, for those who enjoy the gory details, the new 20nm 8GB device measures just 118...

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It's Time for the Flash Memory Summit!

Alyson Outen   |   August 10, 2011   |   Memory

I’m at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California where final preparations are underway on the tradeshow floor. We're a long-time participant in the Summit and are really excited for the opportunity to speak and meet with our partners and peers in the industry. On Tuesday, Micron’s Vice President of NAND Solutions Group, Glen Hawk,  gave a keynote address to an overflowing crowd of nearly 1,000 tech industry enthusiasts. In his speech on the “Alchemy of NAND Fla...

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Tags: NAND, SSD, PCM

Micron Foundation Supports Local Students as they Head Back to School

Corporate Communication   |   August 8, 2011   |   Our Communities

By partnering with local school districts, the Micron Foundation helps to support educators in sparking a passion in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Meridian School District To show its appreciation for the Micron Foundation’s recent support, the Meridian School District has expressed their gratitude on the highway digital sign located outside the school district’s office that features the Micron Foundation’s logo. Nearly 100,000 passin...

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Tags: Foundation, K-12, STEM

Micron Foundation Presents Twilight Criterium 25th Anniversary

Corporate Communication   |   August 3, 2011   |   Our Communities

The electric atmosphere and fast-paced high-stakes action drew more than 18,000 spectators to downtown Boise to watch what has become one of Boise's major summer attractions. While enjoying front row seats to the action, more than 60 Micron team members volunteered their time and resources supporting this event that helped enrich the community.   In addition to the above video, check out Micron's special interview with Olympic Gold Medalist Kristin Armstrong as she talks about the oppo...

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Micron Recognized as a May in Motion Champion for Alternative Transportation

Corporate Communication   |   July 13, 2011   |   Our Communities

Micron was recently awarded as a 2011 Platinum Alternative Transportation Champion presented by the Ada County Highway District Commuteride. Micron is proud of its team members for promoting alternative transportation during the month of May. Relax and enjoy the ride: Learn more about alternative transportation options in the Treasure Valley at the Commuteride website.

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An Inside Look at Micron's Chip Camp for Students

Corporate Communication   |   July 8, 2011   |   Our Communities

The Micron Foundation held its annual Chip Camp recently. Check out our video for an inside look of how the camp engineers the future for students.

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Tags: Foundation, K-12

Micron Team Members Volunteer under the Stars

Corporate Communication   |   July 5, 2011   |   Our Communities

Micron team members proudly dedicate their evenings to the Idaho Shakespeare Festival working as volunteers throughout the performances and being a valuable part of the Festival team. “Micron values and supports what the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and other non-profits bring to our community,” said Dee Mooney, Micron Foundation Executive Director. “That’s why the Micron Foundation is proud to enrich the community through our support as a season partner and our volunteer ...

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Micron Earns Prestigious Honor for Marketing Promotion Video

Corporate Communication   |   June 28, 2011   |   Our Communities

Micron Technology is accustomed to winning awards for its innovative products, but it’s not every day the company earns an honor for its marketing efforts. That’s why the Micron Corporate Communication & Marketing team is so pleased to receive its latest Telly Award for a promotional video it created called Power in Progress. For 32 years, Telly Awards have been granted to the finest works from advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable companies, in...

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Micron’s Chip Camp Provides Exciting Science and Technology Activities for Middle School Students

Corporate Communication   |   June 23, 2011   |   Our Communities

Micron Foundation recently celebrated its eleventh annual Chip Camp for Boise area seventh and eighth grade students introducing them to fun, hands-on science and engineering activities that are designed to make science and technology a stimulating experience, as well as expose students to the semiconductor industry, ideally influencing student course selection during high school to include challenging math and science course work. This year’s three-day camp sessions ran from June 14-16...

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Is Bandwidth per Watt Important to You?

Steven King   |   June 17, 2011   |   Memory

Today’s networking OEMs face the challenging task of designing for seemingly opposite goals—high performance in an energy-conscious “green” environment. The EPA estimates* that in 2006 the nation’s servers and data centers used about 1.5% of the total U.S. electricity consumption—a whopping 61 billion kilowatt hours (kWh)—at a cost of $4.5 billion. In 2011 these figures could nearly double, reaching more than 100 billion kWh, at a staggering annual cost...

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Micron Helps Support Boise’s Ironman

Corporate Communication   |   June 15, 2011   |   Our Communities

Boise Iron Man

More than 1,200 triathlon athletes from around the world competed in Boise's Ironman 70.3 on Saturday, June 11, where a portion of the bike course raced through Micron's campus. The Micron Foundation would like to thank the Micron team members who volunteered their time to help enrich our community by supporting the competition the day of the event, as well as the additional facilities, security, legal and risk management team members that made this event possible.

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Micron Foundation and Volunteers help Paint the Town

Corporate Communication   |   June 15, 2011   |   Our Communities

Paint the Town

The Micron Foundation is pleased to announce that more than 20 team members volunteered their time and energy Saturday, June 11 to help Paint the Town for the Boise event. The volunteers are continuing to enrich the community by putting in effort to help paint and fix up a home of senior and disabled homeowners who are no longer able to maintain their homes.

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Micron PAC Update

Corporate Communication   |   June 13, 2011   |   Our Communities

Micron Political Action Committee (PAC) members were recently joined by Rep. Raul Labrador, R–Idaho, in a lunch reception and discussion of issues before the 112th Congress. Labrador stressed his opposition to raising the debt ceiling, instead offering alternative reforms he felt would provide a long-term solution to the issue. Responding to a question on term limits, Labrador admitted his experiences have cast the issue in a new light, but stressed the importance of staying true to one&r...

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750,000 IOPs from a Single SSD?

Janene Ellefson   |   June 3, 2011   |   Storage

As promised, the video below is a live demo of the phenomenal performance you can get from our P320h PCIe SSD. It’s a simple and straightforward IOMeter measurement, but we wanted to show you how much of a leap our card makes over current solutions—the random reads output of the P320h is more than twice as fast as the nearest competitor. It all hinges on the tight integration we’ve been able to make between our custom controller and high-performance SLC NAND. I’m looking forward to keeping you ...

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Our PCIe SSD—Out of the Lab and Into Production

Janene Ellefson   |   June 1, 2011   |   Storage

If you’re an SSD fan who’s been following our blog for a while, you know that we posted a from-the-lab teaser video of a prototype PCIe SSD some time ago. Our design team has been hard at work on an ideal solution, and I’m happy to tell you that today we have production product to show you. Of course PCIe drives aren’t anything new to the market, but I think you’ll agree that our solution offers some new breakthroughs in performance and efficiency. In the video below, I walk through some of the...

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Micron's Power in Progress

Corporate Communication   |   May 31, 2011   |   Our Communities

Micron's products are in nearly every electronic device on the market today. We engineer the innovations that make computing faster, travel safer, healthcare more effective, energy greener and much more. Watch our video to find out that where there's memory…there's Micron.

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Chilled Water Economizer Takes Home 2011 Building Excellence Award

Corporate Communication   |   May 27, 2011   |   Our Communities

Chilled Water Economizer Award

The City of Boise recently granted Micron with a 2011 Building Excellence Award for its chilled water economizer. The award recognizes Micron’s efficient ability of saving power and energy. Micron’s chilled water economizer reduces energy consumption used by the chilled water cooling system by cooling 14,000 gallons of water to 42 degrees every minute. This reduces energy consumption, resulting in an estimated 10 million kWh in energy savings annually which equates to enough power t...

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Virginia Nanoelectronics Center Aims at Developing Next-Generation Electronics

Corporate Communication   |   May 26, 2011   |   Our Communities

Virginia Nanoelectronics Center Aims at Developing Next-Generation Electronics. Micron Technology’s site in Manassas, Virginia recently partnered with the University of Virginia and the Commonwealth of Virginia to announce the creation of the Virginia Nanoelectronics Center (ViNC). "The formation of ViNC underscores the long-term research partnership that Micron has enjoyed with the University of Virginia," said Scott DeBoer, Micron's vice president of process research and developm...

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Micron Supports Kid for a Night in Wonderland

Corporate Communication   |   May 25, 2011   |   Our Communities

Wonderland

The Micron Foundation was proud to sponsor St. Luke’s Kid for the Night, Alice in Wonderland themed event, held May 20, 2011 at the Boise Centre on the Grove. In addition, Micron team members volunteered at the event participating in the human bowling activity and cookie decorating. Contributions are directed toward the new and expanded Children’s Specialty Center Services at St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital. One-third of the Children’s Hospital’s funds raised...

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Treasure Valley FIRST Robotics Teams Head to World Championship

Corporate Communication   |   April 19, 2011   |   Our Communities

Micron and the Micron Foundation are pleased to support the 2011 Treasure Valley FIRST Robotics teams from the Boise, Meridian and Nampa School Districts. The teams had a strong showing at the Utah Regional FIRST Robotics Competition on April 9 and brought home the following awards: • NASKCO, FIRST Team 2594, was awarded the Judges’ Award, which is selected based on a team’s unique efforts, performance, or dynamics merit. (Nampa School District) • Team Tator, FIRST Team 2122, was a Regiona...

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20nm NAND—Smaller and Better

Kevin Kilbuck   |   April 14, 2011   |   Memory

Today, Intel and Micron announced our latest advancement of NAND process technology—20nm NAND. Our new device crams 8GB into about 40% less die area than our already-tiny 25nm NAND. That’s small enough to make it the first 8GB MLC die that can fit into a microSD® card. You can see the difference in the photo below. This shrink is well ahead of our competitors (some have just announced production on a process equivalent to our 25nm) and keeps us solidly in the leadership position ...

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For Anyone Who’s Ever Tried to Compare SSDs…

Steve Janzen   |   March 29, 2011   |   Storage

Micron's Senior Applications Engineer, Doug Rollins, is participating in Storage Switzerland’s “How to Compare SSDs” webinar this Wednesday, March 30. Doug will talk about the importance of establishing "specsmanship"—or industry-standard terms and tests—for SSDs. Listen in as he debunks SSD myths, defines important SSD terms, and highlights standardized testing methodologies that work. Register today to attend the Webinar on Wednesday, March 30 at 11:00 a.m. EST.

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C400 SSD Benchmark Results—Yeah, It’s Fast

Ben Thiel   |   March 21, 2011   |   Storage

Several of you have been asking to see additional benchmark results from the C400. Micron’s product engineering teams tailor their performance testing suites to OEM requirements, which focus on IOMeter and PCMark® Vantage data. But we know most of you are interested in seeing a wide variety of tests. Our Crucial team runs many of the tests popular with reviewers, and I’ve included screen shots from AS SSD, ATTO, and CrystalDiskMark for the Crucial m4 SSD (the consumer version o...

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Micron Foundation and Volunteers Support Idaho Public Television

Corporate Communication   |   March 15, 2011   |   Our Communities

Idaho Public Television (PBS) is hosting its annual “Festival” fundraiser telethon March 5-20 to help pay for programs and Idaho productions that viewers enjoy throughout the year. Micron encourages team members to positively impact our community by volunteering time, energy, and resources. On Wednesday, March 16, the Micron Foundation and nearly 20 Micron volunteers will be supporting the telethon by taking pledges and donations over the phone during on-air programming breaks. To learn more abo...

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Micron Stampede to Math Program

Corporate Communication   |   March 11, 2011   |   Our Communities

The Micron Foundation partners annually with the Idaho Stampede and local teachers to spark a passion for mathematics through the Micron Stampede to Math program. Through the program, students engage in a series of math challenges related to sports and win the opportunity for prizes, including a trip to see the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City. During the Saturday, March 12 home game, the Micron Foundation Executive Director Dee Mooney will be presenting a $1,000 check to challenge winner Eagle Middl...

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Tags: Foundation, STEM, K-12

The Micron Foundation helps Boys & Girls Clubs of Idaho Recognize Local Youth

Corporate Communication   |   March 2, 2011   |   Our Communities

Teens from Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Idaho compete annually for the honor of becoming the Idaho Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year. The Idaho competition is made possible by the Micron Technology Foundation, who awards a $1,000 scholarship to the local winners and a $2,500 scholarship to the Idaho Youth of the Year for his/her outstanding contributions to a his/her local Boys & Girls Club, family, school and community, as well as their ability to overcome personal challenges and...

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How to Build a Solid 25nm SSD(and how not to)

  |   February 18, 2011   |   Storage

Some of the early attempts at 25nm NAND SSDs have created some negative perceptions about the quality the NAND itself, which is really misplaced. It is possible to build great SSDs with 25nm NAND; but you do have to be deliberate about your process and objectives (it also helps to have inside knowledge about how that NAND works). I want to use today’s blog to lay out some of the key principles that guided the development of the RealSSD™ C400—our own 25nm SSD (the retail version...

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C400 Delivers Remarkable Performance

  |   January 4, 2011   |   Storage

It's true, the RealSSD™ C400 delivers some pretty impressive performance (415 MB/s reads and 260 MB/s writes). But all those IOPs and sequential performance specs are over the head of most consumers. To speak to them, we set up this simple demo of a C400 and stock hard drive running the same programs in identical laptops. Of course the demo itself isn't a novel concept by any means, but we think you'll agree that results are staggering.    

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Tech Talk: RealSSD™ C400 and the 2011 SSD Market

  |   January 3, 2011   |   All Products

Dean Klein, Micron’s Vice President of Memory System Development, discusses the new RealSSD C400 drive and how SSDs will grow in 2011 with the influx of ultra-mobile notebooks. Dean also discusses how the leading-edge performance and capacities of the C400 are poised to serve this market.

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RLDRAM® Memory Fuels Next-Gen Networking

Bruce Franklin   |   December 21, 2010   |   Memory

Micron has a long history of providing networking customers with outstanding technical expertise, dedicated customer support, and some of the best low-latency memory solutions available. I’m proud that it has led to a technical collaboration with TPACK, now a subsidiary of AppliedMicro, that pairs our low-latency RLDRAM memory with their next-generation TPX5000 100G packet processor to create a highly customizable platform that maximizes networking system performance. TPACK A/S chose our R...

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ClearNAND™ Flash–Another Reason NAND is the Best Nonvolatile Memory Available

Kevin Kilbuck   |   December 6, 2010   |   Memory

It’s a new NAND technology that’s going to enable new applications and continued NAND scaling. The difference is in the way it handles ECC. Get the details about what it is, how it works, and why it’s advantageous in this whiteboard overview.

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Micron’s Fab Leadership Efficiency Expertise Yields $305,000 in Grants for Foodbank

Corporate Communication   |   December 3, 2010   |   Our Communities

Thousands of needy families will receive emergency food supplies faster and more efficiently next year thanks to the supply chain and manufacturing efficiency expertise donated by members of Micron's senior manufacturing leadership team from around the world. During their annual strategy summit in October 2009, the team took on a fun, team-building challenge at The Idaho Foodbank to find cost-effective ways to optimize the organization's warehouse operations to increase the volume ...

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Trends in Flash Memory–The Future is Clear

  |   December 1, 2010   |   Memory

We recently sat down with Glen Hawk, our VP of NAND Solutions, to talk about the company’s direction and vision for NAND Flash memory. It’s a candid look at the challenges that NAND technology presents and our response in terms of developing NAND solutions that can go the distance and continue to provide advantages and create exciting possibilities well into the future.

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Enriching the Community: Micron team members donate to the Idaho Foodbank

Corporate Communication   |   November 18, 2010   |   Our Communities

Boise Food Bank

On behalf of the generous team members who donated their holiday gift, the Micron Foundation and a handful of Micron team members stopped by the Idaho Foodbank on Thursday, Nov. 18 to deliver 1,469 turkeys and 182 hams (~ 10 tons of meat!). The Micron Foundation and Micron team members are pleased to enrich the community by helping to fight hunger this holiday season.

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The RealSSD™ C300 Ranked #16 on PCWorld’s 100 Best Tech Products of 2010

  |   November 8, 2010   |   Storage

PCWorld recently published its list of top technology products of 2010, and coming in at No. 16 out of the 100 best in the world is the RealSSD C300 solid-state drive. In a year that has seen a fair share of breakthrough technologies – Apple’s iPad and iPhone 4, the latest version of the Amazon Kindle, and Google’s Android 2.2 smartphone operating system, just to name a few – earning a spot in the top 20 is a notable achievement. And in the Best of 2010 subcategory of &ld...

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Choosing the Right Enterprise SSD

Steve Janzen   |   October 18, 2010   |   Storage

We just concluded a busy few days at the fall Storage Networking World in Dallas. Not surprisingly, a lot of the discussions centered on doing more with less. Nearly everyone is interested in what SSDs could do for their enterprise, but they’re cautious too, and not sure they know enough about this new technology to choose the best SSD for their application. So how do you know which SSD will work best for you? Unfortunately, it’s not such a simple question. All SSDs are not created e...

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Hitachi-LG Data Storage Uses Micron 25nm NAND in New Hybrid Drive

  |   October 4, 2010   |   Memory

Micron today announced that our 25nm NAND is being used in a new all-in-one storage and media solution from Hitachi-LG Data Storage (HLDS), called Hybrid Drive. The innovations Micron has made in NAND flash memory continue to spark new and compelling end-product designs from our customers – the Hybrid Drive being one of them. We wanted to learn a bit more about the Hybrid Drive, so we asked a few questions to HLDS’ Jack Lee, Senior Manager, and here’s what he had to say: What...

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NAND Demand is on the Rise, Bolstered by the Tablet Market

Kevin Kilbuck   |   October 1, 2010   |   Memory

Analyst firm iSuppli recently issued a report forecasting a major surge in shipments of NAND flash memory, driven by the explosion in the tablet device market. Led by Apple’s introduction of the iPad™ earlier this year (and its immediate success with consumers), we’re now seeing a flood of competitive tablet offerings from OEMs spanning the industry--from the traditional PC manufacturers to smartphone OEMs and other mobile gadget makers. It’s impossible to predict which t...

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NAND Flash Scaling is EZ

Kevin Kilbuck   |   September 23, 2010   |   Memory

NAND Flash represents the most advanced semiconductor technology in the world, and is approaching the atomic level where storage cells are separated by a countable number of electrons. Taken at face value, one might assume that these advances are creating a palpable opportunity for designers to capitalize on increased market demands for higher density applications in consumer electronic devices, computing platforms, and industrial systems. However, there are a few hurdles that we need to overcom...

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P300 SSD Demo Highlights Key Performance Advantages

Kevin Dibelius   |   September 14, 2010   |   Storage

It’s easy for me to talk about the advantages that our P300 SSDs can deliver for server systems—but it’s even better when I can show someone. At the Flash Memory Summit, I used a side-by-side comparison of similar systems, one using a single P300 solid state drive versus another using 12 SAS hard drives, to highlight some of the key advantages—one of the most notable being a 3X difference in IOPs delivered. See for yourself.

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UBM TechInsights Takes a Closer Look at the RealSSD C300

blogadmin   |   September 8, 2010   |   Memory

As mentioned in our post last week, we asked the analysts at UBM TechInsights to write a blog post that goes into more detail on their recognition of the RealSSD C300 with an Insight Award. We are honored to be recognized by such a renowned analysis firm, and are proud of the hard work our engineers put into designing this award-winning SSD. Read on to learn why UBM TechInsights chose the RealSSD C300 as “Most Innovative SSD Technology.” Taking a closer look at the RealSSD C300 By ...

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Excerpts from Micron’s Keynote at Flash Memory Summit

Steve Janzen   |   September 7, 2010   |   Memory

For those of you that didn’t attend the 2010 Flash Memory Summit, we grabbed a few excerpts from a keynote given by Ed Doller—Micron’s Vice President & Chief Memory System Architect—and created a highlight reel. Take a look at the video to learn some of the reasons why 2010-2020 is the decade of flash memory, and why, as Ed puts it, “It’s Gigabytes, not Gigahertz.” As always, drop us a line if you have any questions or comments.

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New Accolades for the RealSSD C300

  |   September 1, 2010   |   Memory

Our RealSSD C300 has garnered some impressive industry accolades since its introduction back in December. Recently, the RealSSD C300 was awarded the Most Innovative Solid-State Storage Technology from UBM TechInsights, beating out both Intel and Toshiba’s drives. This award is great validation for Micron’s C300 design since TechInsights’ selection process includes a rigorous product tear-down and in-depth technical analysis. (Side note, in the coming weeks we’ll be f...

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Why SSD Testing Standards are Important

  |   August 24, 2010   |   Storage

One of the great benefits of the Flash Memory Summit is the opportunity to interact with other people and companies that are serious about advancing Flash technology. One of those is Eden Kim, CEO of Calypso Systems—a company that builds SSD testers and is helping lead the push for standardized test methods (you might remember our recent post on their P300 performance testing results). On Wednesday, I interviewed Eden about what his company does, how their testers work, and why standards a...

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Updates from the Flash Memory Summit

  |   August 18, 2010   |   Events

The 2010 Flash Memory Summit has been a great show—lots of attendees and new innovations in flash (remember our post from yesterday?). For those of you who couldn't make it, we pulled together a quick video summary of what's going on in the Micron booth.

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The Scoop on 25nm TLC NAND

Steve Janzen   |   August 17, 2010   |   Memory

We put Kevin Kilbuck, our director of strategic NAND marketing, in front of a whiteboard so we could get some high-level perspective on today's Micron/Intel 25nm Triple Level Cell (TLC) NAND technology announcement.  Is this brief video he reviews MLC, SLC, and TLC technology and demonstrates what a 25nm TLC NAND offers for consumer storage. Watch to learn more.  

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Setting A New Benchmark for Enterprise SSDs

Kevin Dibelius   |   August 11, 2010   |   Memory

Today we announced our RealSSD™ P300 drive for enterprise applications. Like the C300 before it, the P300 is an incredibly fast drive built to take advantage of the bandwidth available via the SATA 6 Gb/s interface. In fact, it outstrips the bandwidth of a typical SATA 3 Gb/s connection in both reads and writes. But comparing against a drive designed for client applications doesn’t really make sense. After all, the P300 is built with our high-performance, high-endurance, ONFI 2.1 SL...

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The RealSSD P300—Dramatic Performance Improvements for Enterprise Apps

  |   August 11, 2010   |   Storage

I had the chance to sit-down with Dean Klein, Vice President of Memory System Development at Micron to talk about the RealSSD™ P300 solid-state drive that was announced today. We had a good conversation about the drive, how it compares competitively, and why it’s important to be a NAND manufacturer in SSDs. Take a look at the video and if you have any questions, let us know. I’ll bring Dean in to answer a few!

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Is PCM the Next Big Memory Technology?

Ed Doller   |   August 10, 2010   |   Memory

Future Memory: What Will Replace DRAM? That’s the title for the panel I was asked to sit on at last week’s MemCon 2010 event. It may seem premature to think about replacing DRAM now (we still see several generations of DRAM development ahead with a long-term home in computing systems), until you think about HW and SW design cycles. Hardware platforms for 2015, 2016, and even 2017 are being developed right now. So we need to pick the best option that’s working today and start thinking about how w...

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What’s the future for PCM?

  |   August 4, 2010   |   Memory

With the recent Numonyx acquisition, we’ve heard lots of questions about Micron’s commitment to phase change memory (PCM). Ed Doller, Vice President and Chief Memory Systems Architect, addressed some of these questions in a recent keynote at the MemCon conference in San Jose. His talk focused on PCM’s future as a viable, next-generation, nonvolatile memory and its position in the memory hierarchy. We’ll provide a video of his full presentation later this week on our blog. In the meantime, we wa...

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25nm NAND Scores Award for Most Innovative Process Technology

  |   July 30, 2010   |   Memory

In the battle for process technology leadership, Micron and Intel's NAND Flash joint venture, IM Flash Technologies (IMFT), wins. Micron and Intel’s 25nm NAND was awarded Most Innovative Process Technology by UBM TechInsights, beating out Samsung's 48nm 1Gb DDR3 and Hynix' 32nm 2Gb MLC Flash, among other leading memory processes. Here's an excerpt from TechInsight's press release announcing IMFT's receipt of this award (the full press release can be viewed here.) "The technical and manuf...

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New DDR2 Designs to Support Next-Gen Tablet PCs

Matthias Buchner   |   July 27, 2010   |   Memory

The tablet market is booming as evidenced by a slew of recent market reports. ABI Research forecasted that 11 million tablets will be sold by the end of 2010. And according to the Consumer Electronics Association, the number of tablet shipments in the U.S. is expected to double in 2011. Those are some pretty remarkable statistics given that tablets (in their current form, anyway) weren’t really available twelve months ago. The tremendous growth in the tablet space can be attributed, in pa...

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TechTalk: Embedded Strategy

  |   July 21, 2010   |   Memory

Last week I was down in Micron’s Folsom office and interviewed Glen Hawk, Vice President of the Embedded Solutions Group to learn more about the recent acquisition of Numonyx and how it has helped shape a new era of growth for Micron in the Embedded market. Take a look at the video below.

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Micron Foundation Supports STEM Research with a Million Dollar Donation

Corporate Communication   |   July 21, 2010   |   Our Communities

The Micron Foundation supports universities all over the world by funding laboratories and research projects for both students and faculty. With a $1.2 million leadership gift from the Micron Foundation, the University of Idaho is launching a new research initiative to learn why some Idaho students may not perform well, or pursue careers, in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and to develop educational programs based upon those findings. The Micron Foundation is commi...

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Micron Foundation’s Chip Camp Engineers the Future for Junior High Students

Corporate Communication   |   July 13, 2010   |   Our Communities

The Micron Foundation recently celebrated its 10th anniversary of Chip Camp, a three-day summer camp for Boise area seventh and eighth graders introducing them to fun, hands-on science and engineering activities. Check out this Chip Camp video, where 120 students from 40 different schools participated in the exciting summer science and technology experience.

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Building an Ecosystem of RLDRAM® 3 Memory Partners, A Discussion with Xilinx

  |   June 30, 2010   |   Memory

Micron recently announced its new RLDRAM 3 memory designed specifically for high bandwidth, networking applications. Micron is working with a broad ecosystem of partners including Xilinx, a leading FPGA provider, who is designing RLDRAM 3 memory into their next generation, Virtex 7 line of products. We had an opportunity to sit down with Rina Raman, Xilinx’s senior director of applications and technical marketing, to talk about their products, collaboration with Micron, and the broader tr...

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Tags: DRAM, Networking

RLDRAM 3 Memory; Building Tomorrow’s Network

Bruce Franklin   |   June 30, 2010   |   Memory

Giga Om wrote an interesting article back in December on how much data America consumes. Based on UC San Diego’s research findings, it was reported that people in the U.S. accessed about 3.6 zettabytes of information in 2008 (that’s 3.6 billion trillion bytes). For some visual frame of reference, that’s about the same amount of information included in “thick paperback novels stacked seven feet high over the entire U.S.—including Alaska.” Staggering numbers, ri...

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Tags: DRAM, Networking

Engineering the Future: Micron Hosts Idaho Students and Faculty in Italy

Corporate Communication   |   June 25, 2010   |   Our Communities

Micron’s Avezanno site recently hosted a group of 15 students from the University of Idaho College of Business & Economics during their trip to Italy. Accompanied by University of Idaho President M. Duane Nellis, the students were part of a faculty-led trip to explore Italian business practices, economy and culture. "The collaboration with the academic world represents a crucial element for us," said Claudio Mari, Micron Communication Manager in Avezanno. "In this case we are proud t...

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The 64GB RealSSD™ C300: Compelling Performance, Affordable Price

  |   June 23, 2010   |   Storage

Lexar Media today introduced the 64GB RealSSD™ C300, extending its award-winning portfolio to offer a high performing and affordable SSD option. Like its predecessors, the 64GB RealSSD C300 natively supports SATA 6Gb/s, offering the industry’s most compelling consumer SSD solution for capacity, price and performance. We thought our readers might want to know more about the newest entry to the RealSSD line of products, so we sat down with Ben Thiel in Micron’s SSD group to shed...

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Micron Virginia Site Director Appointed to Governor’s Commission on Higher Education

Corporate Communication   |   June 21, 2010   |   Our Communities

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell recently announced members of the Governor's Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment. Micron Technology’s Virginia Site Director Raj Narasimhan was appointed as a member of the prestigious commission focused on promoting an environment in the state that fosters innovation.  “I am honored to serve on this important commission by Governor McDonnell,” said Narasimhan. “Micron’s success in Virginia is direc...

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Tags: Community, USA, STEM

Micron Technology Foundation Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Summer Chip Camp for Junior High School Students

Corporate Communication   |   June 15, 2010   |   Our Communities

Highlighting the company's commitment to education and the regional Boise community, Micron today kicked off its tenth anniversary Chip Camp for Boise area seventh and eighth graders to learn more about the intricate business of designing and manufacturing semiconductors and integrated circuits. Hosted by the Micron Foundation, Chip Camp was created to make science and technology a stimulating experience and expose students to the semiconductor industry, ideally influencing student course select...

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Micron Volunteers Help Paint the Town

Corporate Communication   |   June 14, 2010   |   Our Communities

Micron encourages team members to enrich their communities by volunteering time, energy, and resources. The Micron Foundation is pleased to announce that more than 35 Micron team members, families and friends volunteered their time on Saturday, June 12, at the Paint the Town event in Boise. For the last 16 years, Micron volunteers have been participating in the effort to help paint and fix up a home of senior and disabled homeowners in Boise who are no longer able to maintain their homes. ...

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Micron Hosts Portion of Boise’s Ironman 70.3

Corporate Communication   |   June 14, 2010   |   Our Communities

  More than 1,500 triathlon athletes from around the world competed in Boise’s Ironman 70.3 on Saturday, June 12, where a portion of the bike course raced through Micron’s campus. By hosting a portion of the bike-course on campus, Micron and team member volunteers helped support the community in providing a safe route for competitors and alleviating some traffic congestion experienced by commuters in southeast Boise from the route used in previous years.

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Micron Foundation Hosts FUNDSY Event

Corporate Communication   |   May 13, 2010   |   Our Communities

Every other year, one of Idaho's oldest and largest non-profit organizations, FUNDSY, holds a Gala Dinner & Auction to benefit various charity organizations throughout the Boise Valley area. As a part of their fundraising and planning efforts in 2010, they partnered with the Micron Foundation to be this year's event host. The Micron Foundation, a separate non-profit organization with its own endowment fund, is committed to enriching the communities where Micron team members live and work. ...

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It’s Earth Day. What Role Do SSDs Have in “Greening-Up” the Data Center?

  |   April 22, 2010   |   All Products

In recognition of Earth Day, we thought we’d publish a post on a certain “green” topic that we’re passionate about around here—the power and performance efficiencies achieved by using SSDs in enterprise servers. As you know, Micron has a lot to say on the topic, so we decided change it up a bit and bring in a longtime storage industry veteran to provide a different perspective. (BTW, we’ll have more to say on Micron SSDs in the enterprise here soon ... stay tu...

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LPDDR2 and Mobile Market Trends

Steve Janzen   |   April 20, 2010   |   Memory

To offer some additional insight on today’s LPDDR2 announcement and trends in the mobile market, we sat down with Eric Spanneut, Micron’s director of mobile memory marketing. Micron today announced a 2Gb monolithic LPDDR2 part, which would enable 8Gb packages for smart phones and tablet PCs. Are we really starting to see mobile applications that need this level of performance and DRAM density? How do they make use of it? There are a lot of designs that need up to 4Gb LPDRAM this ye...

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P300 SSD Preview from SNW 2010

  |   April 15, 2010   |   Storage

I attended Storage Networking World this week in Orlando, Florida where I had the chance to talk with Kevin Dibelius of Micron’s SSD group and learn more about their enterprise SSD initiatives. Take a look at the video for your “sneak peek” at the RealSSD P300.

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Micron Supports Future Engineers in Robotics Competition

Corporate Communication   |   March 17, 2010   |   Our Communities

The Micron Foundation strives to build excitement for youth in the fields of science, math, engineering and technology. This year, the Foundation is one of the sponsors of the Utah Regional  FIRST Robotics Competition (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) meeting March 18-20 on the University of Utah campus in which students and technology industry professionals team together to solve engineering design problems. Teams are challenged with building a robot that w...

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Micron Foundation and Volunteers Support Idaho Public Television

Corporate Communication   |   March 15, 2010   |   Our Communities

Idaho Public Television (PBS) is hosting its annual “Festival” fundraiser telethon March 6-21 to help pay for programs and Idaho productions that viewers enjoy throughout the year. Micron encourages team members to positively impact our community by volunteering time, energy and resources. On Wednesday, March 17, the Micron Foundation and nearly 20 Micron volunteers will be supporting the telethon by taking pledges and donations over the phone during on-air programming breaks. To le...

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Making Memories

  |   March 10, 2010   |   Memory

Recently, I traveled to Lehi, Utah with a select group of media and industry analysts for a tour of IM Flash Technologies, the fabrication facility where we make our NAND flash memory. Together with some colleagues from Intel, we enjoyed a rare opportunity to see the inner workings of this state-of-the-art fab. This was the first time Micron has ever allowed media and analysts inside the fab – an experience that many reported was well worth it. Just ask Allyn Malventano from PC Perspectiv...

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Tags: NAND

RealSSD C300 Demo: MacBook® Side-by-Side

Steve Janzen   |   March 1, 2010   |   Storage

We've seen a lot of interest in our C300 SSD from Apple users, so we put two identical MacBooks side by side to show the huge performance gains possible with a RealSSD C300 drive. There are a lot of thorough performance benchmarks out there—our effort here was to create a simple video that shows what differences you might expect to see in everyday applications when you install a RealSSD C300. We cloned the factory hard drive onto a Micron C300 SSD and ran a few simple tasks.

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Crucial Launches RealSSD™ C300 Drives

  |   February 24, 2010   |   Storage

Now available through crucial.com—the RealSSD C300 client drive that everyone’s talking about. Crucial is offering the 2.5” drive in 128GB and 256GB densities (priced at $499.99 and $799.99, respectively). Visit crucial.com for more information.

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Micron Foundation Supports Local Youth Innovation at Boise Art Museum

Corporate Communication   |   February 23, 2010   |   Our Communities

To complement Boise Art Museum's exhibition Robots: Evolution of a Cultural Icon, the Micron Technology Foundation is collaborating with the museum to present a series of robots built by young engineering students in the FIRST Robotics program locally sponsored by Micron. Aesthetically interesting and sculptural in appearance, these large-scale robots will also come to life during the museum’s educational programs in which the creators demonstrate the robots in action and discuss the process...

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Why Copper is Critical to the Best DRAM Technology

Scott DeBoer   |   February 9, 2010   |   Memory

Yesterday we announced our 42nm DRAM technology with a 2Gb DDR3 device. If you just skimmed the headlines, you could have missed an important point—our DRAM is built with copper for critical metallization layers (not aluminum, like some others are). Now, that might be something you’re tempted to shrug off, “Isn’t DRAM just built to standardized specs? Does the metallization type really matter?” It absolutely does as we move below 50nm process technology and DRAM pro...

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Tags: DRAM, Performance

RealSSD C300—The Mac Experience

Eric Boles   |   February 4, 2010   |   Storage

I haven't used a Macintosh that didn't have an internal hard drive since I played around with a Macintosh Plus in 1986.  Now the 13" MacBook Pro that I use here at the office is missing one ... and I couldn't be happier. We've had a fair number of questions from folks on YouTube and our blog about how the RealSSD C300 would work in a Mac—and I've been lucky enough to get my hands on one of our first 256GB drives as we near production.  Needless to say, it didn't stay in my hands...

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Just How Small is 25nm?

Kevin Kilbuck   |   February 1, 2010   |   Memory

Technology moves fast. It was only 14 months ago that we went into production with our world-leading 34nm process NAND, and we’ve already moved on to 25nm NAND. In this brief whiteboard video, I explain just how small 25nm is (3,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair) and why our ongoing quest to shrink process technology is vital to the future of storage.

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World’s Most Advanced Semi Process

Kevin Kilbuck   |   February 1, 2010   |   Memory

Today, Micron and Intel announced 25nm NAND, the smallest, most advanced semiconductor process technology in the world. This achievement allows us to double the capacity of our highest-density MLC device, enabling up to 64GB in a single package and paving the way for big developments in storage, computing, and consumer electronics. The video below features highlights from a presentation given by Intel and Micron executives at our 25nm announcement. Learn what our aggressive scaling strategy me...

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Boise State University Meets Fundraising Challenge from Micron Foundation

Corporate Communication   |   January 7, 2010   |   Our Communities

Boise State University announced today they met their fundraising challenge from the Micron Foundation and plans to begin construction later this year on a new $37 million home for the College of Business and Economics. The Micron Technology Foundation committed to a $12.5 million lead gift for the business building in 2007, with $5 million of it contingent on Boise State raising matching funds by Dec. 31, 2009. “The Micron Foundation is committed to excellence in education,” said Dee Mooney, Mi...

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RealSSD Wins at Storage Visions

  |   January 7, 2010   |   Storage

RealSSD C300 just took home the award for best Home Consumer Electronics Storage Product at the Storage Visions conference in Las Vegas—beating out some heavy competition. The judges noted several features of the RealSSD C300 including its SATA 6Gb/s interface, an industry-first, that doubles the bandwidth available to the SDD (when compared to the standard SATA 3Gb/s interface). And of course, it was recognized for its unmatched speed and performance. As the benchmarking videos below d...

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The C300 RealSSD™ Drive—Available Soon at Crucial.com

  |   January 6, 2010   |   Storage

We created quite a buzz when we announced the C300 RealSSD drive last month—the world’s fastest client SSD. Following the announcement, many of you were eager to know: Where can I buy it? How soon will they be shipping? Today, we have answers to those questions. I’m happy to announce that Lexar Media will be carrying the C300 at www.crucial.com. Many of you already know Crucial as a reliable retailer of top-quality performance memory upgrades, so the RealSSD drive is a perfec...

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Top 10 Product Innovations of 2009

  |   December 31, 2009   |   Memory

Let’s commemorate the close of the year with … a list! OK, to be honest, ending the year with a Top 10 List is not very, um, well, innovative. But it’s what’s on our list that’s innovative. And the year 2009 for Micron and Lexar Media can be summarized like this: Bigger. Faster. Better. So, that’s our Top 10 list for 2009, innovatively reduced to three memorable points. Still not ready to let go of tradition? Then, on with the Micron and Lexar Top 10 Innovati...

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AS Benchmarks for RealSSD C300

  |   December 10, 2009   |   Storage

We received a couple requests to show the AS benchmark results for the new drive. So we asked Todd to provide a couple screen shots of the results--and here they are. Of course, our immediate goal is to get these in the hands of independent reviewers. You should see third-party tests coming out in the next month or so as we ramp to production and get drives sent out.

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Tags: Performance, SSD

Micron Hosts Annual Shareholders Meeting

Corporate Communication   |   December 10, 2009   |   All Products

Steve Appleton addresses shareholders

At today’s Annual Shareholders Meeting at Micron’s headquarters in Boise, company executives  discussed the challenging environment the company endured in 2009 and how it is poised to take advantage of improving market conditions heading into 2010. Micron Chairman and CEO Steve Appleton discussed how the company is in a strong financial position relative to competitors in the memory industry. Micron executives covered how the company continues to achieve strong cost per bit redu...

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You asked for it: RealSSD C300 random IOPs

  |   December 7, 2009   |   Storage

A lot of people are excited about the C300 demos we posted last week, and a number of you asked to see the random read/write IOPs numbers for the new drives. So I've asked one of our Apps guys, Todd, to shoot a video of the C300 running through the Iometer test. These are 4K transfers on 100% random read/write tests  with a queue depth of 32. We’re using the same Intel Core2Duo system, equipped with our 256GB RealSSD C300 drive and a 6 Gb/s SATA host bus adapter. We also test it at SA...

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RealSSD C300 goes head-to-head with a hard drive in everyday tasks

  |   December 3, 2009   |   Storage

By now you've seen our SSD vs SSD benchmarks, but to show you how that speed translates to the real world, we pitted our 256GB C300 SSD against a standard issue 7200rpm HDD in identical systems. We then tackled a handful of everyday tasks—boot up, file copy, and opening large files in Adobe® Photoshop®. System Details MoBo: Intel® X48 chipset based Processor: Intel Core2Duo E8500 Memory: Micron® 2GB DDR3 1066 (PC3-8500) OS: Windows® 7 Pro 64-b

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Benchmarking the World’s Fastest Client SSD

  |   December 2, 2009   |   Memory

Our new RealSSD C300 outperforms every client SSD currently available on the market. To prove it, we ran a few standard benchmarking tools (PCMark Vantage’s disk suite and the classic disk benchmark ATTO) on identical systems. The only difference: a 256GB Micron RealSSD C300 in one system and the leading competitor’s 160GB SSD in the other. System Details MoBo: Intel® X48 chipset based Processor: Intel Core2Duo E8500 Memory: Micron® 2GB DDR3 1066 (PC3-8500) Drive Interface: S...

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Tags: Performance, SSD

Announcing the new RealSSD C300

  |   December 2, 2009   |   Storage

To explain why today’s announcement of Micron’s new RealSSD C300 is a game-changer for speed and storage in notebook and desktop PCs, I asked our SSD expert, Dean Klein, to share some of the thinking that went into the product and what you’ll experience the first time you boot up a computer with a RealSSD C300 inside.

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Advanced MCPs for the Changing Mobile Market

  |   November 3, 2009   |   Memory

An interview with Eric Spanneut, director of mobile memory marketing. Chris Smith: Eric, thanks for talking with me today. I’ve noticed that Micron has been focusing more and more energy on the mobile market. Today, the company introduced a new line of MCPs; could you tell me a bit about these products? Eric Spanneut: We are announcing the adoption of our latest process technologies---both NAND and DRAM---to our line of high-end MCPs. It means that we have leveraged our 34nm single-lev...

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Windows 7: One Small Step for SSDs, a Giant Step for NAND-kind

  |   October 29, 2009   |   Storage

Microsoft’s new Windows 7 is the first operating system to detect the presence of a solid state drive (SSD) in a system and then optimize the OS to boost performance and endurance of the drive’s NAND flash memory blocks. Call it another sign the era of mechanical hard drive domination is ending. And another small step toward flash freedom. “This is the first step, and as good as Windows 7 is for SSDs, it’s still a baby step with so much more potential ahead,” Dean...

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Enterprise NAND—Some Industry Perspective

  |   October 23, 2009   |   Memory

We've had tremendous feedback from customers, partners, media and analysts on our Enterprise NAND announcement.  So I thought I’d include a couple of perspectives from the industry on the potential impact of Enterprise NAND: • “a significant milestone for the industry, one that's likely to increase confidence in the technology.” —Bob Merritt, analyst InternetNews.com • “proves wrong all those people who think that high-endurance devices will never...

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Ready for Windows 7? Don’t Forget the Memory.

  |   October 22, 2009   |   Memory

I had a chance to sit down with Micron’s Matthias Buchner, director of segment marketing for Micron’s DRAM product group, to talk about the launch of Windows 7, the memory impact and other trends in the industry. Chris Smith: Thanks Matthias for talking with me. I was hoping you could give us some perspective on how the launch of Windows 7 today will impact DRAM demand? Matthias Buchner:  Sure, happy to talk with you. It’s important that we first look at it from the OS...

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Tags: DRAM, DDR3

Micron Recognized for Environmental Excellence

Corporate Communication   |   October 21, 2009   |   Our Communities

Micron was recently recognized for its commitment to the environment at its Boise site. Boise Mayor David Bieter presented Micron with the annual EnviroGuard Award at the Boise WaterShed Environmental Education Center for its proactive approach to environmental protection.  "Micron has a longstanding commitment to being an environmental protection leader in our industry, and this honor certainly affirms our commitment," said Rick Murray, Micron's Water and Chemical Services ...

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Huge Reliability from Tiny NAND

Kevin Kilbuck   |   October 18, 2009   |   Memory

Since introducing our 34nm NAND nearly a year ago, we’ve made big  strides in both performance and reliability. Now, nearly all of our NAND products are built on 34nm—leading the industry in density and efficiency. In fact, our 34nm process is so solid, we’ve even moved our super-high cycling Enterprise NAND parts to it. We just announced 34nm SLC and MLC Enterprise NAND parts that can hit 300,000 and 30,000 cycles, respectively. These new parts deliver unmatched density, ...

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Tags: Enterprise, NAND

Is NAND Ready For Enterprise Applications?

Kevin Kilbuck   |   October 13, 2009   |   Memory

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about NAND in enterprise applications. Can NAND hit enterprise requirements? Will sub-40nm NAND ever serve this market? Is it really a compelling choice? Put simply: yes. Here are a few reasons why: Multiple Routes to Quality & Reliability More than any other segment, enterprise apps want high quality and high reliability NAND. While we create specially-designed “Enterprise NAND” that delivers super-low defect rates and high enduran...

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Micron Foundation Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

Corporate Communication   |   October 5, 2009   |   Our Communities

A decade ago, Micron Technology strengthened its commitment to education by establishing the Micron Technology Foundation, Inc., a private, non-profit organization. The Micron Foundation was formed to further the advancement of science, technology, engineering and math education world-wide and to support the communities where Micron has facilities. Since its formation, the Foundation has enriched communities around the globe by providing more than $40 million in grants to educational a...

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Innovation in the Manufacturing Industry Innovation Summit

Corporate Communication   |   September 25, 2009   |   Our Communities

Scott DeBoer accepts the Five million American Recovery Act stimulus award from Governor C.L. Butch Otter

On Sept. 24, Micron participated in the Idaho Governor's Innovation Summit bringing together leaders from various industries to discuss how the state of Idaho can help turn ideas into careers and economic growth. Micron's Vice President of Process Research and Development, Scott DeBoer, represented Micron on the panel discussion related to innovation in the manufacturing industry.  DeBoer talked about the significance of R&D in Idaho, the need for an education system that prepares ...

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Tripling NAND Performance in Mobile Systems

Wanmo Wong   |   September 14, 2009   |   Memory

We’ve been getting great response from customers who’ve seen our NAND performance demonstration, so we wanted to share it with a wider audience. The test pits our single- and dual-plane SLC devices and NANDCode™ FTL software against Samsung’s OneNAND™ running on Microsoft’s FTL. The test system is a TI OMAP™ 3430 development platform running Windows Mobile® 6.5 OS. We changed out the onboard NAND with a simple PISMO card swap and then ran a 10MB syst...

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Tags: NAND, MCP, Mobile

No Joke! Attorney for Senator Al Franken Visits with the Micron PAC

Corporate Communication   |   August 26, 2009   |   Our Communities

Micron PAC members recently had a rare opportunity to participate in a private visit and discussion with Mark Elias, one of the top election law attorneys in the country. Elias has been involved in some interesting election work with some very interesting politicians, including lead counsel for former Saturday Night Live cast member and newly elected U.S. Senator Al Franken, D-Minn. Elias provided Micron PAC members a glimpse into what took place in the election and the subsequent fight to get S...

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Micron Workshop Helps Bring Math and Science to the Classroom

Corporate Communication   |   August 20, 2009   |   Our Communities

Each summer elementary teachers visit Micron to experience hands-on, real-world activities designed to excite students about science, technology, engineering and math. Nearly 40 teachers from the Emmett School District participated in the Micron Foundation’s Partnering to Spark a Passion for Math and Science workshop held Aug. 19-20. During the two-day workshop, teachers are introduced to Micron’s curriculum resources and participate in the same lessons Micron employees conduct for ...

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Tags: Foundation, K-12, STEM

Micron’s Memory Prowess

Corporate Communication   |   August 17, 2009   |   Memory

Find out more about Micron’s industry-leading memory prowess in an Aug. 17 article in DigiTimes.

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A look inside the Flash Memory Summit '09

Kevin Kilbuck   |   August 13, 2009   |   Memory

Micron’s Kevin Kilbuck, director of strategic NAND marketing talks about the hottest buzz happening at this year’s FMS. It’s been a lively show this year, with an interesting debate about bringing high-quality NAND to enterprise applications, as well as a big announcement from us and Intel on 3-bit-per-cell MLC NAND technology. Let us know what you think about our interview with Kevin, and be sure to stay tuned for future news and updates.

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SLC, MLC, & 3-bit MLC NAND—What’s the Difference?

Kevin Kilbuck   |   August 11, 2009   |   Memory

In this 5-minute whiteboard video, strategic marketing director Kevin Kilbuck provides a brief description of the technical differences between SLC, MLC, and 3-bit MLC NAND. He also discusses how these products fit into a NAND process roadmap and why 3-bit MLC can be an effective complement an aggressive shrink roadmap (not a substitute for one). You’ll learn: How the cell bit count controls the relationship between die size and density Why cell density affects performance and...

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Driving the Next Generation of Server Performance with LRDIMMs

Corporate Communication   |   July 30, 2009   |   Memory

LRDIMM Module

Today we announced the world’s first DDR3 LRDIMMs, built with our advanced 50nm, DDR3 SDRAM components. If you’re in the server industry, you know that load-reduced DIMMs are going to deliver some much-needed performance and bandwidth boosts for next-generation servers. Their much higher capacity and performance specs mean that early LRDIMM servers will have up to 57% better bandwidth and as much as three times the memory density—up to 144GB. And you can expect those specs to r...

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Micron's New Memory Modules Improve Server Performance and Capacity

Corporate Communication   |   July 30, 2009   |   Memory

On the technology front, Micron announced today its new LRDIMM memory modules that can triple server memory capacity and improve bandwidth by 57 percent. These new modules give servers the ability to run more programs, handle larger data files and perform better overall. And because the modules are made with Micron's leading-edge 2Gb 50nm DDR3 chips, servers not only get a boost to capacity and performance, they also can reduce their overall power consumption.

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CNET's Road Trip Stops in Boise to Check Out Micron's New Display Tech

Corporate Communication   |   July 13, 2009   |   All Products

CNET News.com recently stopped in Boise to see Micron's new FLCOS microdisplay technology in action. CNET’s visit to Micron (and the City of Trees) was part of the broader Road Trip 2009 series, featuring the best of technology and science in the Mountain West. The article goes into detail about Micron's projection technology, the applications where it could be used and its future potential. The writer closes the article by asking "when can I get that?" We think he liked it. You can check...

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Micron’s New NAND: Great Space, Less Filling

Kevin Kilbuck   |   June 30, 2009   |   All Products

No doubt about it—our appetite for mobile digital downloads continues to thrive. We’re downloading video, music, games and photos at a record pace. In fact, Nielsen says that online music stores saw more than 1 billion downloads last year. I'm a contributor to these downloads too--as I sit here and write this post, I'm jamming out to my iPod listening to the ever-so inspiring Mick Jagger. But I digress. The point is, we need the storage capacity in our mobile devices to hold the huge...

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Micron Chip Camp Sparks a Passion for Science and Technology

Corporate Communication   |   June 25, 2009   |   Our Communities

Led by Micron engineers and scientists, more than 120 students from 40 different schools participated in the ninth annual Chip Camp held June 16-18 and June 23-25 in Boise. The Micron Foundation sponsors the free, hands-on science and technology camp designed for teens that have completed either seventh or eighth grade. The goal of Chip Camp is to expose students at a young age to the semiconductor industry, encouraging them to include math and science classes in their course selection during th...

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Tags: Foundation, K-12

Micron Volunteers Help Paint the Town

Corporate Communication   |   June 15, 2009   |   Our Communities

Micron encourages team members to positively impact their communities by volunteering time, energy, and resources. The Micron Foundation is pleased to announce that more than 30 Micron team members, families and friends volunteered their time Saturday, June 13, at the Paint the Town event in Boise. For the last 15 years, Micron volunteers have been participating in the effort to help paint and fix up a home of senior and disabled homeowners in Boise who are no longer able to maintain their homes...

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Idaho Math Initiative Adopts Micron’s Math Fun d’Mentals Program

Corporate Communication   |   May 19, 2009   |   Our Communities

The State Department of Education has partnered with the Micron Technology Foundation to distribute 45 free Math Fun d’Mentals kits to school districts across Idaho. The effort is part of the Idaho Math Initiative, a comprehensive statewide effort to improve student achievement in mathematics. At a Family Math Night, parents and students work together on fun games and activities that reinforce critical math and problem-solving skills. The Micron Foundation developed the Math Fun d'Mentals...

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Tags: Foundation, STEM

Micron Foundation Donates to the Equal Footing Foundation

Corporate Communication   |   May 15, 2009   |   Our Communities

On May 12, the Micron Foundation donated $10,000 to the Equal Footing Foundation, a non-profit organization that strives to provide equal educational opportunities to all students. Micron has a fabrication facility located in Manassas, VA., and the donation will help to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related programs in the Northern Virginia community.

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Standards, Questions, and the Big Dialogue: Talking is Good for the Whole Industry

Doug Rollins   |   May 11, 2009   |   Storage

I’m headed to Chicago today to attend the Storage Networking Industry Association’s Technical Symposium. Now, I know what you’re thinking “Gee, Chicago in May sounds lovely, count me in!” but really; as much as I like Chicago, I’m also really looking forward to this conference (and I don’t just say that because my SNIA colleagues might be reading this post). First up–who the heck is SNIA?  Usual blogger shortcut here–a quote from their website: “SNIA [advances] IT technologies, standards, and ...

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Green Groundbreaking

Corporate Communication   |   April 27, 2009   |   Our Communities

 Last week’s Earth Day marked the groundbreaking for USTAR Interdisciplinary Research Facility at University of Utah, funded in part by the Micron Technology Foundation. Read more about “green” research center here.

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Micron Foundation Hosts University Research Symposium

Corporate Communication   |   April 27, 2009   |   Our Communities

On April, 16, the Micron Foundation assembled undergraduate and graduate researchers from Utah State University, the University of Utah and Brigham Young University together for the first Micron-Utah Research Symposium. From coupled thermal-structural analysis of 3-D FPGAs to slow-light waveguides on silicon chips to tubes without walls, these students are on the cutting-edge of engineering research. The Foundation has invested in engineering education at each of these universities, and the symp...

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Micron Foundation to Host Charity Event

Corporate Communication   |   April 22, 2009   |   Our Communities

The Micron Foundation will partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho as this year’s party host for the 2009 Magical Moments event. The Foundation will welcome approximately 600 students, volunteers and guests to the Micron campus on Saturday, April 25. “The Micron Foundation and many Micron team members have a long history of supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs and events that strengthen our community,” said Dee Mooney, executive director of the Micron Foundatio...

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Recognizing Teachers in Science and Technology

Corporate Communication   |   April 20, 2009   |   Our Communities

The Idaho Governor’s Office recognizes teachers annually through its Governor’s Industry Award for Notable Teaching in Science (GIANTS) program for integrating real-life applications of science and technology into their classrooms. The Micron Foundation is one of the coalition supporters, and Micron’s Linda Somerville, director of process engineering, provided this year’s industry keynote. Congratulations to the 2009 GIANTS Award Recipients: Salvatore Lorenzen, Post Falls High School, Post Fall...

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Tags: Foundation, STEM

Overprovisioning: Give a little, get a lot.

Doug Rollins   |   April 10, 2009   |   Storage

Suppose I told you that the local car dealership was selling a car that offered double the gas mileage of standard models (or double the top speed for you daredevils).  You'd probably say something like "Sure, but what is it going to cost me?"  Suppose I told you that the models were identical, but the performance version had just one less seat.  In order to double the gas mileage or top speed, all you had to do was give up a single seat.  Would you buy it? If you used you car as a vanpool, and...

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Crucial.com Wins the Buzzillions Reviewers’ Choice Award

Corporate Communication   |   April 10, 2009   |   Our Communities

Three popular computer memory upgrades on Crucial.com won 2008 Buzzillions Reviewers’ Choice Awards, which are selected based on the opinions of real consumers who have purchased and used the product.

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Micron’s DDR3 Server Memory Validated with Intel’s Next-generation Xeon®-Nehalem Processors

Corporate Communication   |   April 8, 2009   |   Our Communities

Micron’s suite of DDR3 server memory modules are designed to meet growing performance and density requirements of servers, and today we’re pleased to announce that they have been validated with Intel’s next-generation Intel® Xeon®-Nehalem processor chips. The 1, 2, 4 and 8-gigabyte (GB) DDR3 modules are performance-driven, delivering speeds of 1066 megabits per second (Mb/s) and 1333 Mb/s, greatly increasing server throughput. Learn more about Intel’s validation o...

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Tags: DDR3, Servers

Winning Innovations! Micron NAND and DRAM Technology Recognized by Semiconductor Insights

Corporate Communication   |   April 2, 2009   |   Our Communities

Congratulations are in order for Micron. The company was recognized by Semiconductor Insights for their industry-leading innovations in DRAM and NAND technology. As part of its annual Insight Awards program, Micron’s 50nm DRAM was presented top honors in the category of Most Innovative DRAM and its 34nm NAND won the award for Most Innovative Process Technology. Learn more about these award-winning technologies from Micron by viewing the press release.  

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Idaho Students Head to National Science Bowl

Corporate Communication   |   March 27, 2009   |   Our Communities

In its first high school tournament competition, the Treasure Valley Mathematics and Science Center team challenged 28 other Idaho teams on science and mathematics knowledge to vie for the title of the 19th Annual INL Scholastic Tournament. The state championship tournament recently held in Boise is a qualifier for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl in Washington D.C., April 30 through May 5. The “Jeopardy-style” national competition is expected to attract more than 13,000 hig...

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Tags: STEM, USA

Analysis: The Race to 50nm DRAM Puts Micron on Top of the Competition

Corporate Communication   |   March 23, 2009   |   Our Communities

EE Times published a review today by Semiconductor Insights (SI), comparing Micron’s 50nm DRAM to similar 50nm-class products from the competition. Elegance and efficiency were two words the SI analyst used to describe Micron’s 50nm DRAM. When comparing it to similar products from competitors the analyst notes that Micron’s process delivers the “…smallest cell size ever seen in a DRAM device.”  Check out the full article here, and read how Micron ha...

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Teamwork: Micron Foundation and Employees Help Support Robotics Competition and Special Olympics

Corporate Communication   |   March 16, 2009   |   Our Communities

The Micron Foundation and Micron employee volunteers recently supported two successful competitions: The 2009 FIRST Robotics national contest to promote engineering careers to high school students and the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games, which empowers individuals with intellectual disabilities to achieve their full potential. Thanks to financial grants from the Micron Foundation, a separate non-profit entity with its own endowment fund, six high school teams in Idaho and Virginia fiel...

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Micron Launches BA NAND Portfolio

Corporate Communication   |   March 11, 2009   |   Our Communities

Micron today introduced its high-density portfolio of block abstracted (BA) NAND flash memory for use in personal media players and other portable applications. Utilizing Micron's industry-leading 34nm process technology, BA NAND is a single-package solution that combines MLC NAND with a memory controller that eliminates the need for controllers / systems to undergo arduous re-designs in order to adopt successive generations of NAND. BA NAND is currently sampling at 8GB and 16GB. Micron p...

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Introducing Block Abstracted NAND: Simplifying NAND Integration

Kevin Kilbuck   |   March 11, 2009   |   All Products

All the changes that NAND routinely goes through—architecture changes, process node migrations, and die shrinks—mean that keeping up to date as you are designing with it can be challenging. Or worst case, designing your processor to manage all these changes can cost your embedded design time and money. But BA NAND is different—its embedded controller and standard interface will handle all the NAND management for you—the ECC, wear leveling, and block management.  Check out my BA NAND Chalk Talk t...

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Micron CEO Appleton Testifies on Patent Reform

Corporate Communication   |   March 10, 2009   |   Our Communities

Micron Chairman and CEO Steve Appleton testified this morning before the Senate on the Patent Reform Act of 2009. Read more about Appleton's testimony at the Coalition for Patent Fairness blog.

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Micron and the Patent Reform Act of 2009

Corporate Communication   |   March 4, 2009   |   Our Communities

The Patent Reform Act of 2009 was introduced on March 3 by a group of senior Congressional leaders on intellectual property policy. The Patent Reform Act of 2009 is the third time that major patent reform legislation has been introduced in the Congress. Patent abuse is a serious issue that is growing at a dramatic rate. Patent abusers — including inventors who tailor their claims and file extensions over time to target manufacturing activities, patent house businesses and patent attorneys — are ...

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Lexar Professional Card Earns Top Award

Corporate Communication   |   March 4, 2009   |   Our Communities

Coinciding with the PMA show happening this week, we are proud to announce that the Lexar® Professional UDMA 300x 16GB CompactFlash memory card has won the Professional Photographer 2009 “Hot One” award. This is the third consecutive year the Lexar Professional memory card line has been recognized with this prestigious award. Many professional photographers—with names you’ll recognize, like Moose Peterson and Joe McNally—use Lexar Professional cards to ensure th...

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Beyond MLC NAND: Some Perspective

Kevin Kilbuck   |   February 17, 2009   |   All Products

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE There has been quite a buzz in the industry lately about NAND flash products that are capable of storing more than two bits per cell, so I wanted to just take a minute and provide our perspective. Simply put--what ultimately matters is having the lowest cost-per-bit solution in ...

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Tags: NAND, Performance

History of Digital Storage. Part 7: NAND in SSDs

Dean Klein   |   February 16, 2009   |   Storage

The Marriage of NAND Flash and SSDs A History of Digital Storage Tape Drives Magnetic Drum Memory The Birth of the Hard Drive The 5.25-inch Hard Drive Limitations of the HDD The RAM SSD & NAND NAND in SSDs NAND technology paved the way for a new breed of SSD that is able to emulate HDDs in most enterprise or consumer applications. These SSDs are far less expensive than DRAM-based SSDs and still offer several adva...

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Tags: SSD, Datacenter

Mobile Industry Innovation

Corporate Communication   |   February 12, 2009   |   Our Communities

Micron today introduced three separate technology innovations that reflect the company's status as a leader in the mobile memory sector. The new technologies include Micron’s 16 gigabyte All-in-One NAND MCP, LPDDR2 Memory and our NANDcode Software and Services. The mobile industry is experiencing a convergence across newly-charted middle ground with mobile devices that blur the lines between ultra-mobile PCs and highly functional, full-featured smart phones. Micron’s mobile technolog...

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Tags: NAND, MCP, Mobile

History of Digital Storage. Part 6: The RAM SSD and NAND

Dean Klein   |   February 9, 2009   |   Storage

The RAM Solid State Device: The NAND SSD Forerunner A History of Digital Storage Tape Drives Magnetic Drum Memory The Birth of the Hard Drive The 5.25-inch Hard Drive Limitations of the HDD The RAM SSD & NAND NAND in SSDs In 1978, StorageTek introduced the first modern SSD. This pioneering SSD had a maximum storage capacity of 90MB and sold for about $8,800 per megabyte. [42] "The SSD served the mainframe indus...

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History of Digital Storage. Part 5: Limitations of the HDD

Dean Klein   |   February 2, 2009   |   Storage

An HDD's Mechanical Limitations A History of Digital Storage Tape Drives Magnetic Drum Memory The Birth of the Hard Drive The 5.25-inch Hard Drive Limitations of the HDD The RAM SSD & NAND NAND in SSDs In spite of new technologies like perpendicularly aligned bits and HAMR, HDDs are mechanical devices at heart and, as such, they face many performance challenges. Indications are that, ultimately, as storage systems continue to evolve, HDDs will be replaced. Mechanical devices...

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Choosing the Right NAND

Dean Klein   |   January 29, 2009   |   All Products

[caption id="attachment_244" align="alignright" width="192" caption="A 2Gb NAND Flash memory device organized as 2048 blocks"][/caption] We just published a new white paper that offers an overview of some of the various technologies of NAND across the burgeoning market--from basic MLC and SLC to High-Endurance and Serial NAND. Because each of these flavors offer significantly different performance capabilities, features, and benefits, my hope is that it can be worthwhile starting place in helpi...

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History of Digital Storage. Part 4: The 5.25-inch HDD

Dean Klein   |   January 26, 2009   |   Storage

A History of Digital Storage Tape Drives Magnetic Drum Memory The Birth of the Hard Drive The 5.25-inch Hard Drive Limitations of the HDD The RAM SSD & NAND NAND in SSDs In 1980, Seagate Technology introduced the world's first 5.25-inch hard drive, bringing HDDs to a broader audience; prior to 1980 only large and well funded companies could afford the technology. HDD capacity grew as much as 30% each year in the 1980s before accelerating to more than 60% per year in the 1990...

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Semiconductor Insights Gives Impressive Review for Micron’s NAND and DRAM Process Technology

  |   January 25, 2009   |   Our Communities

Semiconductor Insights (SI), a leading technical advisor that provides in-depth technical review and patent analyses of integrated circuits and structures, recently reviewed two of Micron’s industry-leading process technology developments from 2008. Posted to its website, SI outlines its initial findings of Micron’s latest 50nm 1Gbit DDR2 SDRAM and Micron’s 32Gb 34nm NAND Flash. The company describes Micron’s 32Gb 34nm NAND Flash as having “the highest density (32Gbit) monolithic MLC...

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Netbooks: A New Frontier for Solid State Drives, If Done Right

Ryan Baxter   |   January 23, 2009   |   Storage

The industry is ablaze with talk of high-performance SSD solutions like PCIe and SAS for enterprise and even traditional notebook applications, but we shouldn’t forget about one of the best and most interesting opportunities for the SSD--netbooks. And sure, netbook SSDs don’t deliver mind-blowing performance, like 100k IOPs, but--if done right, they should be on par with some of today’s standard notebook SSDs--of course at a cost and density point that makes sense for a netbook. Why bring this ...

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Tags: SSD, Tablet, Mobile

History of Digital Storage. Part 3: The Birth of the Hard Drive

Dean Klein   |   January 19, 2009   |   Storage

IBM's RAMAC: The Birth of the Hard Drive A History of Digital Storage Tape Drives Magnetic Drum Memory The Birth of the Hard Drive The 5.25-inch Hard Drive Limitations of the HDD The RAM SSD & NAND NAND in SSDs The hard disk drive (HDD) is the workhorse of modern storage systems, from personal computers to enterprise networks. To record data, HDDs change the polarity of tiny sections (magnetic domains) of a magnetic platter. Flipped one way, a domain represents the binary 0;...

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History of Digital Storage. Part 2: Magnetic Drum Memory

Dean Klein   |   January 12, 2009   |   Storage

Magnetic Drum Memory: A Forerunner of the Modern Hard Drive A History of Digital Storage Tape Drives Magnetic Drum Memory The Birth of the Hard Drive The 5.25-inch Hard Drive Limitations of the HDD The RAM SSD & NAND NAND in SSDs Almost in parallel to tape drive development, magnetic drum memory was finding use as a data storage media. While working under a contract with IBM (The Tabulating Machine Company) in 1928 [14], Austrian engineer, Gustav Tauschek, who was self-taug...

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Two Micron Engineers Recognized for Technical Innovation

  |   January 8, 2009   |   Our Communities

Congratulations are in order for two Micron engineers – Todd Farrell and George Pax – for their contributions to memory device and module standards. Earlier this week, JEDEC, the leading developer of standards for the memory industry, announced that Todd and George have been presented with the highly prestigious JEDEC Technical Recognition Awards. Given by the JEDEC Board of Directors, the Technical Recognition Award is JEDEC’s most significant award for technical achievement and acknowledges ou...

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History of Digital Storage. Part 1: Tape Drives

Dean Klein   |   January 5, 2009   |   Storage

The 726 and UNISERVO Tape Drives: The Beginning of Digital Storage A History of Digital Storage Tape Drives Magnetic Drum Memory The Birth of the Hard Drive The 5.25-inch Hard Drive Limitations of the HDD The RAM SSD & NAND NAND in SSDs Engineers first used magnetic tape to record audio signals prior to World War II [4], but it would take nearly two decades of refinement and development before magnetic tape drives were capable enough for data storage and commercialization. I...

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Part 6: The RAM SSD and NAND

Dean Klein   |   December 29, 2008   |   All Products

The RAM Solid State Device:  The NAND SSD Forerunner A History of Digital Storage Tape Drives Magnetic Drum Memory The Birth of the Hard Drive The 5.25-inch Hard Drive Limitations of the HDD The RAM SSD & NAND NAND in SSDs In 1978, StorageTek introduced the first modern SSD.  This pioneering SSD had a maximum storage capacity of 90MB and sold for about $8,800 per megabyte. [42] "The SSD served the mainframe industry as a virtual memory exten...

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Part 7: NAND in SSDs

Dean Klein   |   December 29, 2008   |   All Products

The Marriage of NAND Flash and SSDs A History of Digital Storage Tape Drives Magnetic Drum Memory The Birth of the Hard Drive The 5.25-inch Hard Drive Limitations of the HDD The RAM SSD & NAND NAND in SSDs NAND technology paved the way for a new breed of SSD that is able to emulate HDDs in most enterprise or consumer applications. These SSDs are far less expensive than DRAM-based SSDs and still offer several advantages over HDDs—particularly in ...

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Part 2: Magnetic Drum Memory

Dean Klein   |   December 29, 2008   |   All Products

Magnetic Drum Memory: A Forerunner of the Modern Hard Drive A History of Digital Storage Tape Drives Magnetic Drum Memory The Birth of the Hard Drive The 5.25-inch Hard Drive Limitations of the HDD The RAM SSD & NAND NAND in SSDs Almost in parallel to tape drive development, magnetic drum memory was  finding use as a data storage media. While working under a contract with IBM (The Tabulating Machine Company) in 1928 [14], Austrian engineer, Gusta...

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Tags: NAND, SSD

Part 3: The Birth of the Hard Drive

Dean Klein   |   December 29, 2008   |   All Products

IBM's RAMAC: The Birth of the Hard Drive A History of Digital Storage Tape Drives Magnetic Drum Memory The Birth of the Hard Drive The 5.25-inch Hard Drive Limitations of the HDD The RAM SSD & NAND NAND in SSDs The hard disk drive (HDD) is the workhorse of modern storage systems, from personal computers to enterprise networks. To record data, HDDs change the polarity of tiny sections (magnetic domains) of a magnetic platter. Flipped one way, a domain...

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Tags: NAND, SSD

Part 4: The 5.25-inch HDD

Dean Klein   |   December 29, 2008   |   All Products

A History of Digital Storage Tape Drives Magnetic Drum Memory The Birth of the Hard Drive The 5.25-inch Hard Drive Limitations of the HDD The RAM SSD & NAND NAND in SSDs In 1980, Seagate Technology introduced the world's first 5.25-inch hard drive, bringing HDDs to a broader audience; prior to 1980 only large and well funded companies could afford the technology. HDD capacity grew as much as 30% each year in the 1980s before accelerating to more than ...

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Tags: NAND, SSD

Part 5: Limitations of the HDD

Dean Klein   |   December 29, 2008   |   All Products

An HDD's Mechanical Limitations A History of Digital Storage Tape Drives Magnetic Drum Memory The Birth of the Hard Drive The 5.25-inch Hard Drive Limitations of the HDD The RAM SSD & NAND NAND in SSDs In spite of new technologies like perpendicularly aligned bits and HAMR, HDDs are mechanical devices at heart and, as such, they face many performance challenges. Indications are that, ultimately, as storage systems continue to evolve, HDDs will be repl...

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Tags: NAND, SSD

Part 1: Tape Drives

Dean Klein   |   December 29, 2008   |   All Products

The 726 and UNISERVO Tape Drives: The Beginning of Digital Storage A History of Digital Storage Tape Drives Magnetic Drum Memory The Birth of the Hard Drive The 5.25-inch Hard Drive Limitations of the HDD The RAM SSD & NAND NAND in SSDs Engineers first used magnetic tape to record audio signals prior to World War II [4], but it would take nearly two decades of refinement and development before magnetic tape drives were capable enough for data storage ...

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A History of Digital Storage

Dean Klein   |   December 29, 2008   |   All Products

A History of Digital Storage A History of Digital Storage Tape Drives Magnetic Drum Memory The Birth of the Hard Drive The 5.25-inch Hard Drive Limitations of the HDD The RAM SSD and NAND NAND in SSDs Throughout modern history many and various digital storage systems have been researched, developed, manufactured, and eventually surpassed in an effort to address ever-increasing demands for density, operating speed, low latency, endurance, and economy[1]. This ...

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Violin Memory Plays an Enterprising Flash-y Tune

blogadmin   |   December 18, 2008   |  

Greetings all—I’m Donpaul Stephens, president of Violin Memory. If you’re not familiar with us, we make memory appliances for applications that demand very high IOP/s or low latency for use in data-center operations. Micron’s Kevin Kilbuck and I were talking the other day and we thought it might be interesting for me to write a quick post on our work with Micron re: the enterprise space and NAND Flash memory. We started working with Micron a little more than a year ago to leverage their work in...

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Enterprise-Class NAND: Coming to a Server Near You

Kevin Kilbuck   |   December 17, 2008   |  

Hey guys. The MAST folks asked me to get the blog up to speed on a very exciting announcement—our Enterprise NAND. In a nutshell, Enterprise NAND is a very high endurance SLC NAND device.  It has a write/erase cycle endurance of 1 million cycles. Seriously cool--that’s 10X standard NAND. So, what does it mean? Well, it means that NAND, in its various flavors, can play and perform in everything from thumb drives to performance SSDs and now, it also has a home in high endurance, high-transaction a...

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Micron Employee Recognized by Manassas Chamber of Commerce

  |   December 17, 2008   |   Our Communities

Micron’s K-12 Program Coordinator Denyse Carroll was recently named the Gold Star Winner by the Prince William County-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce. Carroll was recognized for her leadership and contributions to the organization through community activities, such as school supply drive, the National Young Readers Day and scholarship fundraising. Read more about this honor here.

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Micron Hosts Shareholders, Discusses Business Environment

  |   December 16, 2008   |   Our Communities

At its annual Shareholders Meeting on Dec. 11, Micron executives discussed how the company is not immune to the difficult global market conditions, but the measures the company has taken during the past 24 months have resulted in Micron maintaining a strong position relative to its competitors in the memory industry. Check out what one news organization wrote about the meeting and subsequent press session hosted by Micron Chairman and CEO Steve Appleton.

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Setting the NAND Speed Record: Optimization Blows Away the Bottleneck

Ji   |   December 15, 2008   |  

High Speed NAND, ONFI 2.0 and our PCI-e Demo Wow--there's a been a lot of buzz about our recent PCI-e demonstration so I thought I'd take a minute and talk a little about the NAND we use, as it illustrates how NAND flash, managed to run at its optimum performance, can deliver incredible performance to apps like these. So--our demo device utilizes NAND that’s based on standard SLC (Single Level Cell) NAND which has 100K write/erase cycles. However, we've optimized the flash component to be a ...

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Micron Announces Serial NAND Technology

  |   December 11, 2008   |   Our Communities

On Tuesday, Dec. 9, Micron announced serial NAND technology for embedded applications. As embedded systems evolve, they are requiring more robust and higher-density memory solutions. Micron’s serial NAND offers a significant cost-per bit advantage when compared to serial NOR, providing increased density, improved write performance and greater scalability, allowing manufacturers to expand their application storage capacity without having to perform a complete system redesign. See coverage o...

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Micron Innovation Highlighted in Semiconductor International

  |   December 5, 2008   |   Our Communities

Micron innovations in through-silicon integration technologies have been highlighted on two occasions recently by Semiconductor International. Micron technologist Gurtej Sandhu's discussion of TSV innovation is featured in a Nov. 29 blog post and Micron technologist Kyle Kirby is quoted in the November issue of Semiconductor International on the topic of TSV.

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