Category Archives: SDRAM

Is 2012 going to be another breakout year for NAND Flash and Low-Power Design?

It’s just one week into the year, I am increasingly getting the feeling that 2012 is going to be a momentous, tumultuous year for semiconductor technology and low-power system design. Among the many recent events that are giving me this … Continue reading

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Altera introduces SoC FPGA melding ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor complex with a 28nm FPGA fabric

Xilinx first started to talk publicly about the fusion of processors and FPGAs—a product now known as Zynq—in 2010 and has announced plans to roll out parts by the end of this year. It was inevitable that Altera would eventually … Continue reading

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Think Globally, Act in Parallel. What can you do with one million ARM cores acting in parallel and how do you get there?

Professor Steve Furber’s SpiNNaker project is in the news again. I wrote about Furber’s massively parallel brain-emulation project back on March 30 after listening to his keynote at this year’s DATE (Design Automation and Test Europe) conference in Grenoble, France. … Continue reading

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Multicore server, PC, and embedded designs push memory power, drive use of advanced DDR3 SDRAMs

Systems designers try all sorts of methods to reduce system power consumption. For years, we’ve relied on circuit tricks and have been reducing logic supply levels from the 5V power supplies that were so common in from the 1970s and … Continue reading

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SPMT engulfs LPDDR2 standard, making adoption a no-brainer. Meanwhile Marvell jumps on the bandwagon.

An insidious power problem has slowly crept up on embedded-system designers. While most of us were firmly focused on the power dissipation of our ever-expanding logic designs with their increasing number of processor cores in multicore designs, we mostly ignored … Continue reading

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State-of-the-Art in Low-Power Memory: Denali’s MemCon

Need gobs of cheap RAM? Need it to operate at the lowest possible power? This blog’s for you. I attended Denali’s ninth annual MemCon conference a few days ago. It was three days of intensive discussion about the state of … Continue reading

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