intel

On June 2 2016, Adam Shah released an article on Computer World about the new Intel Chip. The company is planning to increase the performance of the Intel chips by over 10 percent. These improvements in terms of performance could possibly go up to 20 percent. This kind of improvement fuels the rivalry fire between the two: Intel and AMD.


The chips that will be receiving the 10 to 20 percent improvements will be for the nano meter manufacturing processes. It will be specifically for the 10 and 7 nano meter processes.


AMD’s newest chip will be getting an extra 40 percent boost in terms of improvement which is measured by a metric for CPU performance.


It is common that a lot of the chipmakers don’t see huge advances and improvements in terms of performance however these two chips seem to be the exception.


Although AMD’s chip is improving more in terms of percentages, Intel is focusing its attention elsewhere. Intel is mainly focusing on keeping PCs at a price point that will remain affordable for the public while also keeping battery life at a good level. According to Shah, Intel’s focus has been to make chips smaller as well as reducing overall power consumption and manufacturing costs.


Here’s what Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, had to say about its new attention.


"If you also talk to competitors, they say there's going to be marginal improvements in performance on 10-nm, they are going to go for 7-nm for performance. We plan to have a consistent performance improvement of 10 percent to 20 percent in each one of these nodes."

Here at ASAP Memory, an ASAP Semiconductor owned company, we have the resources to supply a vast array of Intel productsWe provide our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers production lines and prototype builds are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asap-memory.com or call us at toll free at 1-714-705-4780.


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Memory

Researchers at International Business Machines, commonly referred to as IBM, have recently announced a significant breakthrough in phase-change memory. Scientists and researchers have spent several years searching for a non-volatile memory standard which is faster than NAND flash that simultaneously provides superior power characteristics, better longevity, as well as higher densities.


Phase change memory has been in development and seems to be one of the more promising technologies. IBM researchers have declared that they have discovered an innovative way to store up to three bits of data per “cell” of memory. Past work in the field has been limited to a single bit of data per memory cell.


“Phase change memory exploits the properties of a metal alloy known as chalcogenide. Applying heat to the alloy changes it from an amorphous mass into a crystal lattice with significantly different properties,”


said Joel Hruska from Extreme Tech. Scientists have long known that chalcogenide could exist in states between crystal lattice or amorphous, but building a solution that could exploit these in-between states to store more memory has been extremely difficult. While phase-change memory works on very different principles than NAND flash, some of the problems with scaling NAND density are conceptually similar to those faced by PCM.


“Storing multiple bits of data in NAND flash is difficult because the gap between the voltage levels required to read each specific bit is smaller the more bits you store. This is also why TLC NAND flash, which stores three bits of data per cell, is slower and less durable than MLC (2-bit) or SLC (single bit) NAND,” Hruska added.


Researchers at IBM have found new ways of storing three bits of data in a 64K array for one million endurance cycles as well as at elevated temperatures.


“Phase change memory is the first instantiation of a universal memory with properties of both DRAM and flash, thus answering one of the grand challenges of our industry,” said a researcher from IBM, Dr. Haris Pozidis. Dr. Pozidis is the manager of non-volatile memory research for IBM Research. “Reaching 3 bits per cell is a significant milestone because at this density the cost of PCM will be significantly less than DRAM and closer to flash.”


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wifi

Ubiquiti Networks, the American technology company based in San Jose, California is throwing its hat into the ring for a complete whole home Wi-Fi system which includes two range extenders with the purchase of its AmpliFi product. The company is new to the consumer market but as been around since 2005 and is best known for the UniFi series of wireless networking products which focuses on long-range Wi-Fi access points.


 Ubiquiti Networks is synonymous with wireless data communication products that are designed for enterprise and wireless broadband providers with a core competency for focusing on emerging and under-served markets. Ubiquiti Networks is now just getting into the mix for Home Wi-Fi and has to compete primarily with Google’s OnHub which offers a single fix-all-your-problems monolith. AmpliFi is a home edition of Ubiquiti’s Unifi Wi-Fi system which was originally intended for businesses. AmpliFi was designed to blend in with your house and only requires you to introduce the base station to your internet connection. Everything is designed to work right out of the box and comes with a maximum TX power of 22 dBm for the base model.


The other two configurations which are the LR with 24 dBm and the HD with 26 dBm. The AmpliFi system comes with a circular display on the front of the router to inform you of both your download and upload speeds and even comes with an app to help you configure, monitor and provision guest access. The only drawback is the steep price with a quote of just a shade under $200 for a base model that comes with two range extenders. And if you want to go even further and get the AmpliFi HD which comes with full Wi-Fi broadcast strength you will have to shell out a pretty penny at nearly $350. Currently the routers aren’t scheduled to ship out until another six to eight weeks. Ubiquiti has already opened up pre-orders for AmpliFi and Ubiquiti has yet to reveal the prices for the separate Wi-Fi Extenders addons that you can order later on but for the time being that date has not yet been disclosed.


Here at ASAP Memory, we have a dedicated and expansive array of Ubiquiti Networks products. We are your one-stop shop and go destination for a  simplified sourcing solution. ASAP will  ensure that our consumers’ needs are addressed in the most expeditious and transparent manner all the while offering cost-effective component solutions therefore improving our your negotiation power and profit margins. If you are interested in a quote, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly sales staff at http://www.asap-memory.com call us at toll free at 1-714-705-4780.


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Firepro

On April 16 2016, VR World released an article talking about AMD’s Firepro W9100 with 32 GB memory. They talk about how the first memory card as released by AMD themselves last year. This was the Firepro S9170 with a 32 GB GDDR5 memory. This was designed for servers using a very expensive 16 GB/ 2 GB memory chips. Not only were these memory chips very expensive, they were not widely available for the public to purchase alone.


AMD has released information about the Firepro W9100 with 32 GB memory just in time for the oldest tradeshow located in the western hemisphere. What makes this interesting is the fact that the W9100 is actually powered by a three year old GPU, called the Grenada XT.


Here’s what Raja Koduri, Senior Vice President and Chief Architect of Radeon Technologies Group, AMD has to say about this new W9100.


“The imagination of the creator is limitless so much so that the professional creator consumes all available resources to produce new and never before seen designs and experiences. Some professional creative workflows demand very high bandwidth memory subsystems while others demand high memory size.


AMD pioneered the era of High Bandwidth and Ultra Efficient Memory through the introduction of HBM technology in 2015 and will bring it to content creators with the introduction of Radeon™ Pro Duo graphics. With the new AMD FirePro W9100 32GB, AMD is unleashing the world’s largest memory size professional workstation graphics card. Along with exceptional hardware, AMD is also delivering software tools to leverage our high bandwidth and large memory GPU configurations effectively.”


AMD’s Firepro 32 GB is of the highest caliber in terms of workstation users.


Here at ASAP Memory, an ASAP Semiconductor owned company, we have the resources to supply a vast array of AMD products. We provide our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers production lines and prototype builds are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asap-memory.com or call us at toll free at 1-714-705-4780.


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flastblade

It was just last week that Coho Data engineering team unveiled their latest creation: FlashBlade. FlashBlade is a blade-based flash storage array that addresses a problem that users have openly discussed over the past few years which is that the performance density of the PCle flash demands a completely fresh set of architectures for storage systems. In 2013, the Coho Data engineering team decided to pass on building a similar platform for FlashBlade because the main focus was developing the initial version of Coho’s storage software.


This unsurprisingly left little effort to build the densest, network integrated hardware platform that is needed today. Back in 2012 Coho saw these problems very clearly as the team started working with PCle flash. One needed a lot of CPU because the cards themselves were so fast that a single device could easily saturate a 10Gb NIC. This led Coho Data to build systems that could scale compute and integrate storage and connectivity together. The only remaining issue was density as these flash devices were incredible yet needed to be paired with compute and network to really scale the way it needed to.


The challenge for Coho Data was how to pack all of these things together as tightly as possible into a single physical form. Working with Intel and other boutique design firms, Coho began to explore the idea of integrating Intel’s Seacliff Trail 10Gb top of rack switch architecture as a bsis for a backplane of a blade-based storage server. This prototype system was christened SwitchStore with the idea of creating a completely converged top of rack switch and storage system.


However with the design in place Coho Data decided not to go ahead with SwitchStore due in part to a variety of issues. The first is that building a system based on proprietary hardware assuredly involves longer cycle times, higher costs and bigger challenges in validation and quality assurance.


Building their own hardware meant that Coho Data would be slower to hit the market on a less established and reliable platform all the while falling behind to all the other new technologies while they are still refining theirs. The second issue is that scaling out is a network problem.


In order for the array to consolidate the enormous amounts of storage performance into a single rack the loaded chassis has to be kept busy which would involve compute from multiple other racks. The resulted in a need to draw high-rate storage traffic across the core of the network. If Coho was to scale-out storage performance, they needed to do it in a way that is flexible enough to appropriately address the broader topology/network efficiency of your datacenter.


Finally scale-out essentially is expected to resolve a business problem which means it’s all about flexibility. Customers want the flexibility to maximize efficiency similar to those offered by scalable public cloud-based storage systems. Proprietary hardware would mean that a customer pays more for a bespoke, lower-volume device that is locked onto a backplane/topology that is slow to evolve.


FlashBlade is being marketed as a scale-out storage product and while it is quite an expensive proprietary piece of enterprise storage hardware that has a dedicated software team that writes enterprise code for 3 different processor architectures in Xeon, ARM, and FPGA. Only time will tell if Coho Data’s FlashBlade will solve all the issues limiting its predecessor SwithStore but for now the company remains optimistic it has finally cracked the code.


Here at ASAP Memory, we have a dedicated and expansive array of Coho Data Inc. products. We are your one-stop shop and go destination for a simplified sourcing solution. ASAP will ensure that our consumers’ needs are addressed in the most expeditious and transparent manner all the while offering cost-effective component solutions therefore improving our your negotiation power and profit margins. If you are interested in a quote, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly sales staff at www.asap-memory.com or call us at 1-714-705-4780.


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Memory types

The company Seagate is becoming the king of speed in the world of drives which is growing very rapidly for either the actual drive performances or connectivity. This technology has focused a lot on increasing the speed. From the looks of it now Seagate is doing both for the industry, with harnessing a 16 lane PCIE and also a NVME, which can push 10 gigs of data per second into a drive.


IT is known by the company that it has been the fastest drive yet. The company’s most recent score on the drive has beat the last recorded by 4GB’s faster from the last time they tested it. The best thing yet from this new system is the unit also meets the Open Compute Project specification which allows data centers and enterprise applications. The traditional SSD’s found in almost all computers, are all limited to around 500 megabytes per second.


So NVMe drives at their full potential can be a lot faster than most PC’s almost reaching up to 1.5 megabytes. So this new device will hit the technology world sometime this summer but we still have no word on how much this will be costing in the technology world just yet.


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memory supplier

You saw that correctly, a modder that goes by the name of Dr. Moddnstine has created a 128GB floppy drive out of an SD card and an old floppy disk reader. This is a part of his newly modded 1995 IBM Aptiva.


Dr. Moddnstine built a new computer gaming system from an original IBM Aptiva dated back from 1995. With all the memory upgraded parts, the only original part from the Aptiva is the case itself. The new system consists of a Micro ATX motherboard, IntelI7-6700K and AMD Radeon R8 390.  Oh, and the massive floppy disk.


The 128GB floppy drive consists of two parts. The first part is the floppy disk that is slightly modified to allow a SD card to be tucked behind the sliding piece of the floppy disk. The floppy disk needed to be cut accordingly to fit the SD card. The final part of the 128GB floppy drive is the reader, which is wired and soldered together with a USB 3.0 adapter, to allow faster transfer speeds.


The 128GB floppy is only a small component to the complete IBM Aptiva build.  The process of wiring and soldering was a very intricate process and wasn’t an easy task at hand for Dr. Moddstine. The mad modder created something that will certainly grab the attention of follow computer builders and have others trying to out build the modded 1995 IBM Aptiva.



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GPU memory standards to supercharge graphics

Virtual Reality and the ever increasing interest in life-like computer game graphics has led to the development of very advanced graphics for computers and mobile devices. With the development of these new technologies in mind, companies such as Intel, Nvidia and AMD are designing chips that work better with higher quality graphics. Improvements to chip design are being made, such as developing faster ways in which Graphic Processing Units can create and broadcast images.


To accomplish this feat companies are also developing units with faster Graphic Processing Unit architecture and increasing the speed of computer memory is another way in which computer graphics are being improved.


The GDDR5X and HBM2 memory standards are examples of improvements in memory that have recently been developed. Both of these standards were recently approved by the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association and their effectiveness in producing faster memory operations is already being honed by companies such as Samsung, Micron and AMD.


HBM2 is considered revolutionary primarily due to the changes in the way it helps move data in Graphic Processing Units. Unlike other memory standards HBM2 cells are stacked in a 3D format, thereby making the movement of data within its cells much faster. As stated by Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst at Insight 64,


“With HBM2, there are multiple chips stacked and instead of increasing the frequency, you are widening the interface.”


In a similar manner GDDR5X is twice as fast as its predecessor, GDDR5. It is an incremental improvement, with a memory structure that has been redefined and has data rates of 10 to 14 gigabits per second. Both of these memory standards no doubt will have huge impact on how computer graphics are developed and how Graphic Processing Units function.


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For the first time flash memory's areal density surpasses hard drive’s

It was revealed recently during the 2016 IEEE International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco, that Micron’s 3D NAND flash memory has surpassed Hard Disk Drive technology in areal density for the first time.


According to Tom Coughlin of Coughlin Associates, Micron’s 3D NAND flash memory was able to achieve an areal density of 2,77Tbpsi.


This is more than double the 1.19Tbpsi achieved by Samsung’s flash memory in 2015. Coughlin when on to say that “HDDs have not stopped evolving…On the other hand, flash memory is getting denser with technology announcements of 2.77Tbspi, higher than any announced HDD areal density.


This is a new development. So flash is developing and certainly getting competitive in terms of areal storage density, but the chips are still more expensive to make than disks and the raw costs of storage will likely remain less for HDDs for some time to come announcements “


According to Coughlin the highest areal density for current HDD products is about 1.3Tbpsi, however most commercial HDD products are well below that. For example, Seagate desktop hard drives have a max areal density of 850Gbpsi.


This means that while still a best case scenario based on laboratory figures, the results from Micron’s 3D NAND flash memory are a very great technological improvement. On the same note Samsung have made it known that they will be releasing 15TB 2.5inch SSD soon and Tokyo-based Fixtstars already has a 13TB 2.5inch SSD on the market selling at a price of $13,000.


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Solid-state drive

The prices of mainstream consumer SSDs have fallen dramatically every year over the past three years. By 2017, they are expected to be within 11 cents of the per-gigabyte price of hard disk drives (HDDs). Solid-state drives are superior to hard drives in every way but one: they’re faster, lighter, and less fragile, but they’re also more expensive. The last one has been the only thing keeping HDDs alive, and that thread appears to be getting thinner by the day.


Researchers at DRAMeXchange understand that the price per gigabyte of an SSD has fallen off a cliff in the past three years, and the trend is only accelerating. If the company's estimates are on the mark, these drives could cost just 11 cents more per gig than conventional hard drives by 2017. At that rate, you might not have to choose between high capacity and breakneck speed when you're on a budget -- you could easily afford both. Next year, SSDs are expected to be in 31% of new consumer laptops, and by 2017 they'll be in 41% of them, according to DRAMeXchange senior manager Alan Chen.


"Branded PC vendors and channel distributors are holding back on their SSD purchases due to lower-than-expected notebook sales," Chen said. "However, 256GB SSDs will be moving close to price parity with mainstream HDDs in 2016, so the adoption of SSDs in the business notebook segment will rise."


While SSD pricing has dropped dramatically over the past three years, HDD pricing hasn't. From 2012 to 2015, per gigabyte pricing for HDDs dropped one cent per year from 9 cents in 2012 to 6 cents this year. However, through 2017, the per-gigabyte price of HDDs is expected to remain flat: 6 cents per gigabyte. That means a 1TB hard drive will continue to retail for an average of about $60, though they can be found for under $45 on many online retail sites.


The drastic drops in SSD pricing are likely due to increased competition from storage makers, who’ve made some significant technological advances in the last year. In August, Samsung introduced the first 16TB solid state drive, and while it’s solely aimed at servers for now, the underlying 3D NAND technology also appears in much cheaper consumer drives. SanDisk and Toshiba have also been working on 3D NAND flash chips, and Intel has been collaborating with Micron on 3D NAND as well.


Here at Just ASAP Memory, we have the resources to distribute a vast array of SSD products. We provide our customers with a simplified and speedy procurement process. We ensure that our customers’ production lines and prototype builds are always up and running effectively. We offer cost-effective component solutions by improving our customers’ negotiation power. If you are interested in a quote, please contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asap-memory.com or call us at 1-714-705-4780.


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