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October 15, 2014

Annual Half-Day Symposium on Memory

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FRIDAY November 14, 2014
SCV Electron Devices Chapter
— flash memory, SSDs, density, scaling, 3D, projections …
Speakers: Jim Handy, President, Objective Analysis; Deepak C. Sekar, Director, Rambus; Krishna Parat, NAND Flash Scaling, Intel; Akira Goda, Micron; Stan Williams, Senior Fellow, HP
Time: Registration at 12:30 PM; Presentations from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Cost: TBD
Place: Texas Instruments Building E Conference Center, 2900 Semiconductor Dr., Santa Clara
RSVP: from website

Mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, watches, digital cameras using flash memory have become ubiquitous and are everywhere.  Flash memory is enabling ever increasing use of on-line cloud services and applications for everything from picture and video archiving to games and video streaming. With rapid increase in capacity and decrease in price more and more users can afford a PC with flash-based solid state drives (SSD).
For mobile computers SSDs are becoming most feasible choice since they do not have moving parts, are robust to vibration and shock, enable low power and prolong battery life, can boot up quickly, and considerably lighter. Besides consumer devices, flash memory products are becoming more common in enterprise storage application. There is dramatic increase in utilizing SSDs in enterprise data centers as compared to CPUs and HDD upgrades. SSDs and other flash memory products can provide higher level of performance in terms of input/output operation speed and lower cost compared to HDDs. Huge energy cost savings for SSDs vs. HDDs add to key advantages.
At the time when traditional memory technologies face serious scaling and physical limits, the advent of 3D NAND architectures provide for new and additional opportunities of taking flash â??virtual scalingâ? to the next level. Further, down the road 3D memories based on new physical principles, such as resistive or magnetic may come into play. All this will enable semiconductor memories to continue on the path of further advancement and opening up more and more applications and devices that transform human lives and experiences.
So how far can we go in scaling, increasing density, improving performance and power, and reducing cost of advanced memory devices and processes? What are the current status and trends?
What are the best and most promising architectures and replacement opportunities for traditional memory technologies, currently and going forward, near and longer term? This Symposium will help answering some of these critical questions.


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