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To: Elroy who wrote (2051)5/28/2019 10:40:58 PM
From: jmiller099
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I like my USB portable SSD. Able to run virtual machine images from it. USB Flash drives are impossible.

Also, when reading reviews for the products it is also a nice use case for photographers to use for high speed access to large RAW images or video files for final processing.

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To: jmiller099 who wrote (2052)5/28/2019 11:19:45 PM
From: Elroy
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Ok, I don't really know much about the product line.

Isn't every USB stick sort of a small USB - SSD product?

I guess SIMO's new chip is designed for larger and more professionally oriented USB SSD products as you describe.

I've got 3 or 4 external 500GB or 750GB hard drives around the house. I guess they have disk drives inside. In theory this new SIMO product would allow the same file storage function, in a USB-sized format, and with NAND rather than a disk drive, I guess that's the pitch.

And I guess my external 500GB drive has a SATA-3 to USB connection between the drive and the USB port, and the SIMO product would make those SATA-3 cables/tech unnecessary, saving costs.

Fair enough.

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From: Elroy5/29/2019 8:51:59 AM
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Damn! 5.9x sales!

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Marvell ( MRVL), a leader in infrastructure semiconductor solutions, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which NXP will acquire Marvell's Wi-Fi Connectivity business in an all-cash, asset transaction valued at $1.76 billion. The acquisition encompasses Marvell's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology portfolios and related assets. The business employs approximately 550 people worldwide and generated roughly $300 million in revenue in Marvell's fiscal 2019.

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To: Elroy who wrote (2054)5/29/2019 8:59:45 AM
From: Sam
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They are paying 6x revenue for this business?!

Geez...

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From: Elroy5/31/2019 6:48:21 AM
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There is an investor presentation on SIMO's web site. The CFO spoke at a Cowen conference.

He didn't change guidance at all. They are still expecting flat 2019 revenues, which implies a MASSIVE H2 revenue jump compared to H1.

Also, he clearly said it's possible that eMMC + UFS for 2019 may be flat with 2018. That implies a SUPER MASSIVE revenue jump in this category in H2 2019.

So hard to believe, but lets see what happens.....

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From: Elroy5/31/2019 10:47:40 PM
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SIMO is working even on Saturday!

TAIPEI, Taiwan and MILPITAS, Calif., May 31, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Silicon Motion Technology Corporation ( SIMO) ("Silicon Motion"), a global leader in NAND flash controllers for solid state storage devices, today announced that it has completed the sale of FCI, its Mobile Communications product line, to Dialog Semiconductor Plc.

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To: Elroy who wrote (2056)6/2/2019 11:27:58 PM
From: Elroy
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Tidbits from the Cowen conference:

Color for individual segments for SIMO

SSD controllers - 55% of total continuing sales in Q1, should grow 25% in Q2, and do well going forward. Do not have procurement forecasts from customers for H2.

eMMC/UFS - Big step down in Q1, flat in Q2, and in the second half of 2019 based on the pipeline of design wins growth potential seems good, and it's possible to be flat in 2019 for the full year compared to 2018. For this also, they don't have H2 orders.

SSD solutions - Big step down in Q1, and now waiting for open channel to go into production with 2 Chinese hyperscale customers in H2 2019.

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Module makers are becoming more willing to buy NAND in Q2 because prices have stabilized somewhat, and the flash makers are giving them more advantageous terms of supply. Flash makers all have excess inventory, and more supply will come on line in H2 as 96 layer and QLC continue to come online. As a result, forecasts for H2 are uncertain across the board. No one knows if demand will return strongly, or NAND prices will again plunge lower. Without that knowledge no one is planning far out.

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What's the total available market for the China hyperscaler enterprise open channel segment?

We think it is customized for specifically what the customers need. Hyperscalers have unique requirements. They want SSDs that can be optimized to their unique data flow. Current enterprise high end SSDs cannot be configured and optimized. That's what Open Channel provides. And they can buy anything from the open channel controller to the entire open channel SSD module/driver software.

This will be the first live commercial deployment of Open Channel SSDs in the world. If it works as advertised, and it can be scaled into a data center and into the customer's storage infrastructure, then it could eventually represent the entirely of a hyperscalers SSD requirements.

No numerical answer on the TAM

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eMMC is a mature market and SIMO is managing it as such. Growth is in non-cell phone areas, smart TVs, etc. U UFS was as big as Hynix UFS last year, which is great since MU is relatively new to cell phone memory. UFS 2nd generation chip with MU will go into production in H2 2019. Further, Hynix is actively reducing its exposure to cell phone memory. Mobile as a percent of Hynix sales has gone from 80% to about 66% over the past few years. As Hynix walks away from low end NAND chips for cell phones, the Chinese module makers are entering and picking it up, and they were successful last year in low end non-smartphone segments, and this year they are pushing into smartphone OEMs. Many of these projects are expected to enter production in H2 2019.

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From: Elroy6/4/2019 5:22:43 AM
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Chipmakers accelerate transition to 120/128-layer 3D NAND process
Siu Han, Taipei; Jessie Shen, DIGITIMES
Tuesday 4 June 2019



digitimes.com


Chipmakers have stepped up development of their respective 120/128-layer 3D NAND flash process technologies for cost competitiveness, and are gearing up to have the technology transitions kick off in 2020, according to industry sources.

Some major NAND flash chipmakers have delivered samples of their 128-layer chips targeting the first half of 2020 for volume production, said the sources. Continued falls in NAND flash prices coupled with rising uncertainty on the demand side have prompted the players to accelerate their technology advancements for cost reasons, the sources continued.

Falling NAND flash market prices are eroding chipmakers' profitability. Industry leader Samsung Electronics is no exception, as the vendor's NAND flash business has suffered from profit erosion reaching nearly break-even point, the sources noted.

Samsung and other major chipmakers have started cutting back their output since late 2018 aiming to stabilize NAND flash prices, but the efforts have hardly worked, as 64-layer 3D NAND process is already a mature technology and the 64-layer 3D NAND flash segment remains oversupplied, the sources said.

Some of the major NAND flash vendors have moved to accelerate their transitions to newer 120/128-layer 3D NAND process technology, the sources said. The move is to enhance their cost structure amid falling NAND flash market prices.

Meanwhile, chipmakers' yield rates for 90/96-layer 3D NAND process technology remain unstable which may bring more variables to the market and prices this year, according to the sources.



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From: Elroy6/12/2019 5:33:21 AM
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SSD penetration rate expected to reach over 60% in 2019

digitimes.com

The global penetration rate of SSDs is expected to reach over 60% in 2019 as prices of NAND flash-based memory devices, particularly high-capacity models, have reached their sweet spots which will help drive up demand, according to industry sources.

Some SSD suppliers have seen more pull-in of orders from system vendors and end-market channel distributors recently, partly thanks to the promotion campaigns by e-commerce operators in China for the 618 Mid-year Shopping Festival, said the sources.

Also thanks to price reductions of NAND flash chips, the latest quotes for 512GB PCIe SSD and 512GB SATA SSD have dropped to US$47 and US$45, respectively.

In China, prices of the entry-level 512GB NVMe M.2 SSD devices have dropped to below CNY400 (US$57.8), the sources added.

Meanwhile, prices of 1TB SSD have fallen to around US$120 – a level which will encourage more vendors and consumers to replace their traditional HDD devices, according to Gerry Chen, president of Team Group.

Buoyed by increased demand, Team Group saw its revenues grow 27.78% on month and 12.31% on year to NT$667 million in May. Year-to-date revenues totaled NT$2.882 billion, increasing 5.47% from a year earlier.

Adata Technology also revealed that the ratio of its SSD revenues to total sales increased to 29.87% in May, the highest level since November 2016, and that May's SSD revenues also represented an increase of 40.62% from a year earlier.

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From: Elroy6/17/2019 7:02:31 AM
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This is behind a paywall, but sounds pretty good.

Notebook supply chain sees significant increases in orders for June and July

digitimes.com

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