Minor disruptions seen for NAND Flash

mercredi 23 mars 2011

SAN JOSE, Calif. - What is the current state of the NAND flash supply chain following the earthquake in Japan ?
’’We believe possible supply chain disruption could mildly exacerbate NAND under-supply in the next 1-2 quarters as supply/demand balance is likely pushed-out,’’ said analyst Doug Freedman of Gleacher & Co., in a report.
’’Specific to SanDisk, impact to operations is likely inconsequential as Toshiba had little disruption to Fab 3/4’’ in Japan, he said. Toshiba Corp. and SanDisk (...)

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Analysts : Hybrid Flash-hard disk in wide use by 2016

lundi 21 mars 2011

Analysts : Flash-hard disk hybrids in wide use by 2016
by Ralph Jennings, IDG News Service
A quarter of new laptops and half of new desktop PCs will adopt an emerging data storage method by 2016, pairing flash memory with traditional hard disk drives (HDDs) for better overall performance, according to two storage experts.
Flash paired with HDDs will also cost users less than rival solid-state drives (SSDs), they said.
Although the quieter, faster, more shock-absorbent SSDs are replacing (...)

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Japan quake shakes up global IT supply chain

vendredi 18 mars 2011

Almost a week after the devastating earthquake and tsunami afflicted Japan on Mar. 11, technology companies based in the disaster-hit prefectures have been taking stock of the damages sustained. The resulting news has not been good, with one researcher predicting it would take up to six months for global hardware supplies to normalize.
Daniel Heyler, head of global semiconductor research at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, told tech news site Computerworld yesterday that manufacturers will (...)

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Microsoft pushes anti-AutoRun update at XP, Vista users

vendredi 4 mars 2011

By Gregg Keizer March 3, 2011 01:06 PM
Computerworld - Microsoft last week changed how it delivers an update that disables AutoRun, a Windows feature that big name worms, including Conficker and Stuxnet, have used to infect millions of PCs.
The company is now pushing the update to Windows XP and Vista users automatically.
When Microsoft first deployed the update Feb. 8, it said the patch would be offered as an optional download. To retrieve it, users had to manually checkmark the (...)

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USB 3.0 Adoption Moving at Parallel Port Speeds

mercredi 2 mars 2011

March 1st, 2011 by Avram Piltch
It’s amazing how fast technology moves when the people developing it have enough motivation and caffeine. Unfortunately, we might have to send a case of Jolt Cola to some of the biggest technology companies, because they seem to be moving at a snail’s pace when it comes to implementing USB 3.0, the latest and best port, on their devices. Isn’t technology supposed to be advancing at a rapid pace ? What in the name of Moore’s Law is going on here ?
The spec for (...)

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