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From: Elroy8/31/2017 8:47:49 AM
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Silicon Motion Has Four New 3D NVME SSD Controllers
by Chris Ramseyer August 15, 2017 at 1:40 PM

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From: Elroy9/1/2017 3:23:02 AM
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At Flash Memory Summit (FMS) this month, Silicon Motion demonstrated several of their upcoming NVMe SSD controllers and engineers presented several of the technologies Silicon Motion has developed for these controllers. Between the exhibit and the technical presentations, a total of six upcoming SSD controllers were mentioned.

Currently, most SSDs using Silicon Motion controllers feature either the SM2258 SATA controller or the SM2260 NVMe controller. The SM2258XT is a DRAMless variant of the SM2258. Silicon Motion's new SM2259 SATA controller recently debuted in the Intel SSD 545s, but hasn't been spotted in any other consumer products yet and there are still new SM2258 products being announced. Silicon Motion hasn't shared much information on the SM2259 and it doesn't even appear on their website yet, but thanks to the presentations at FMS we now know that one of the key improvements over the SM2258 is Silicon Motion's second-generation LDPC encoder. Like the SM2260 NVMe controller, the SM2259 uses a 2kb codeword size instead of the 1kb codeword size used by the SM2256 and SM2258 SATA controllers. As a result of the larger codeword size and other changes to the LDPC system, the SM2259 can offer much higher error correction throughput and tolerate a higher error rate than its predecessors. The improved performance comes at the cost of requiring significantly more die area on the controller and higher power draw, but our test results from the Intel SSD 545s indicate these tradeoffs were worthwhile.

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From: Elroy9/1/2017 3:26:49 AM
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Crucial BX300 SSD Review
by Chris Ramseyer August 29, 2017 at 6:00 AM

the BX300 uses an SMI SM2258 four-channel controller

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From: Elroy9/1/2017 3:29:35 AM
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Micron has finally introduced a second consumer SSD with 3D NAND flash. Rather than a high-performance NVMe drive, they've brought back the entry-level BX product line for the Crucial BX300.

At Computex 2014, Micron introduced the Crucial MX100, the first SSD to use their 16nm MLC NAND. The MX100 was a hit with great performance and great pricing. It was followed up in 2015 by the Crucial MX200, which wasn't much of an improvement over the MX100. But at the same time, Crucial introduced a second product line with the BX100. Using the same 16nm MLC but a cheaper Silicon Motion controller, the Crucial BX100 continued to offer good performance for most purposes and was also the most power efficient SSD of its time.

Micron is again using a Silicon Motion controller for the BX line,

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From: Elroy9/1/2017 3:30:56 AM
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Today Intel is introducing their SSD 545s, the first product with their new 64-layer 3D NAND flash memory and, in a move that gives Intel a little bit of bragging rights, the first SSD on the market to use 64-layer 3D NAND from any manufacturer.

The Intel SSD 545s continues Intel's close relationship with Silicon Motion by being one of the first SSDs to use the latest SM2259 controller.

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From: Elroy9/8/2017 4:32:20 AM
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MediaTek August revenues climb to 9-month high

Jessie Shen, DIGITIMES, Taipei [Friday 8 September 2017]

MediaTek has reported consolidated revenues climbed to a nine-month high of NT$22.5 billion (US$748.8 million) in August 2017. MediaTek's consolidated sales for August 2017 represented a sequential increase of 18.6% but an on-year decrease of around 13%. Combined revenues for July and August came to NT$41.47 billion.

Market watchers expect MediaTek's third-quarter revenues to meet the company's guidance of between NT$59.2 billion and NT$63.9 billion, which will represent sequential growth of 2-10%.

MediaTek co-CEO Rick Tsai said at the company's most recent investors meeting that the Helio P series for the mid-range and higher mid-range smartphone SoC market segment will be a major product focus of the company. MediaTek expects to start regaining its market share in the fourth quarter, with better development expected in 2018, according to Tsai.

MediaTek recently introduced the Helio P23 and P30 SoC series with both built using 16nm process technology and targeted at mid-range smartphones.

Tsai noted previously there will be two more Helio P-series smartphone SoCs available in 2018, when 12nm will be the main process technology MediaTek's mobile chips will be made using. Besides, the company expects to complete tape-out of 7nm products in the second half of 2018, Tsai said.

MediaTek has also put increased focus on

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From: joeclark119/18/2017 6:44:09 AM
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Anyone can help me out with motion graphics video?


last couple months I have been working on collecting information on my up coming dissertation, my topic will be *something* to do with Motion Design - and that's the problem, I'm not 100% sure and the amount of information I have read has just made my mind melt.
These are just a few of the questions I have come up with, the first one sounding the most developed.

The problems is, they seem very broad, my tutor keeps saying their quite broad, I'm not totally sure where to go from here? How can I narrow these topics down to make for an interesting dissertation.

Another problem that I have encountered, is there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of written material to read and learn from, compared to tradition graphic design methods.
Can anybody recommend any books/interviews/case studies/articles full of information relating to motion designs video.

Any help will be appreciated.
Thank you.

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To: joeclark11 who wrote (1749)9/18/2017 11:30:32 AM
From: Elroy
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Silicon Motion is a company that makes semconductors for the flash memory industry.

They don't have much of anything to do with motion video, so I don't think this is the place to look for what you're looking for.

And there's almost nobody on this board as well, just me, myself and I.......

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From: Elroy9/20/2017 5:41:56 AM
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NAND flash supply to stay tight til end-2017, says Phison chairman

Josephine Lien; Jessie Shen, DIGITIMES [Wednesday 20 September 2017]

The supply of NAND flash memory is expected to remain tight through the end of 2017, according to Khein Seng Pua, chairman of flash device controller supplier Phison Electronics.

Major chip providers Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix have recently adjusted upward their prices for eMMC, eMCP and SSD devices by 10-20% to reflect their tight supplies, said Pua. Meanwhile, Toshiba and Micron Technology have also informed their customers that the supply of their NAND flash chips will be reduced in the third and fourth quarters, Pua indicated.

Pua also disclosed that Phison's R&D expenditure for 2017 will increase 25-30% to NT$3 billion (US$99.6 million). The company is also looking to expand its workforce by 1,000 people over the next 3-5 years, Pua said.

In addition, Pua commented that artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning requiring vast amounts of data will consume a lot of storage. Phison has developed controller chips for AI applications, according to Pua.

Phison reported net profits of NT$1.59 billion for the second quarter of 2017, up 24% sequentially and hitting a record high. EPS for the quarter came to NT$8.07. The company saw its net profits climb 55.9% from a year earlier to NT$2.87 billion in the first half of 2017. EPS for the six-month period came to NT$14.57.

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From: Elroy9/20/2017 11:48:56 PM
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Toshiba agrees to sell memory-chip unit to Bain Capital-led consortium
Jessie Shen, DIGITIMES, Taipei [Thursday 21 September 2017]
Toshiba has agreed to sell its memory-chip business to KK Pangea, a special purpose acquisition company formed by a Bain Capital Private Equity-led consortium. The decision was made at Toshiba's board of meeting on September 20.

The total purchase price for the transfer is planned to be JPY2 trillion (US$17.8 billion).

Toshiba also disclosed plans to invest JPY350.5 billion in Pangea, and Toshiba will be entitled to related financial benefits such as dividends. Bain Capital and other members of the consortium will also make investments in Pangea by acquiring Pangea's shares. In addition, Pangea intends to secure loans from financial institutions and banks, Toshiba indicated.

Toshiba expects to close the deal by March 2018.

Regarding its partnership with SanDisk, which in 2016 was acquired by Western Digital, Toshiba said "any future collaboration between SanDisk and TMC will be discussed by the two parties."

On the heels of Toshiba's announcement, Western Digital announced that several of its SanDisk subsidiaries have filed an additional request for arbitration with the ICC International Court of Arbitration related to three NAND flash-memory joint ventures operated with Toshiba. The arbitration demand seeks a permanent injunction preventing Toshiba from making unilateral investments in manufacturing equipment for Fab 6 without first giving SanDisk the opportunity to make a comparable investment in expansions and conversions of JV capacity for BiCS 3D NAND flash memory.

"It is unfortunate that SanDisk is forced to initiate binding arbitration to remedy Toshiba's retaliatory breach of the JV agreement entered into by both SanDisk and Toshiba," said Western Digital. "The agreement gives SanDisk the right to participate in expansions and conversions of manufacturing capacity for BiCS 3D NAND flash memory products through joint investments in Fab 6 equipment. Toshiba has improperly denied SanDisk its rights to joint investment by unilaterally investing in manufacturing equipment at Fab 6."

"We believe that our NAND supply requirements through calendar 2018 are secure, with no meaningful supply from Fab 6 anticipated until calendar year 2019," Western Digital continued.

Western Digital also disclosed the arbitration requests filed by its SanDisk subsidiaries on May 14, 2017, and July 5, 2017, continue to move forward in the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

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