How New Diagnostic Data And Operations Equip Flash Memory ICs For The Demands Of Automotive Functional Safety Standards


Automotive systems OEMs are starting to demand a new breed of flash ICs which can support the requirements of functional safety design at the system level better than previous generations of devices. This article studies the mode of operation of conventional NOR flash ICs, and explains the features that new automotive serial flash products will need to offer if they are to fully support system ... » read more

How Is The Chip Industry Really Doing?


Throughout 2023, the general consensus among chip industry watchers was that IC sales were flat to down, fueled by market saturation for smart phones and PCs and excess inventory and capacity in DRAM and flash. But that doesn't tell the whole story, which is becoming highly nuanced and complicated. Unlike in the past, understanding how the chip industry is faring is no longer a simple math f... » read more

Flash Memory Market Ushered In Fierce Competition With The Digitalization Of Electric Vehicles


By Craig Huang and Yulia Lee Governments worldwide have been paying close attention to alternative energy vehicles recently. Many have launched related electric vehicle subsidy policies, accelerating global sales over recent years. In 2021 at IAA Mobility in Munich, Germany, many major car manufacturers, including Porsche, showcased their all-electric or related concept cars. In addition ... » read more

Achieving ISO/SAE21434 Cyber Security Using Secure Flash


ISO/SAE21434 specifies the requirements for making a car system more robust against cyber-attacks. It outlines the criteria during the concept, development, production, usage and decommission of automotive systems. The requirements of ISO 21434 applies to systems, subsystems and components whose development started after the publication of the standard in August 2021. ISO21434 has been made ... » read more

Exploring The World Of Flash Memory: Serial, Dual, Quad, And Octal Interface


By Dharini SubashChandran and Manoj Kachadiya In the world of digital data storage, flash memory has become an indispensable technology. Flash memory devices are non-volatile storage solutions that can retain data even without power. They are widely used in various applications, including smartphones, digital cameras, USB drives, and solid-state drives (SSDs). In this blog post, we will delv... » read more

Samsung PM9A3 All Flash Reference Platform


Software Defined Storage continues to gain momentum in the modern datacenter storage market. As datacenter storage in- frastructures and technologies evolve, the need for speed and flexibility in the storage system becomes evident. NVMe is at the forefront of these advancements. Weka is a software defined storage system that is designed to meet the needs of today’s I/O intensive workloads. It... » read more

Reducing Security Vulnerabilities In Connected Cars And Factories With Secured Flash


Analysts estimate that more than half of all cars sold in the U.S. this year will come with internet connectivity(1), and Gartner believes more than 750,000 cars with autonomous driving capabilities will roll off manufacturing lines by 2023(2). As more vehicles become connected and go autonomous, the possibility of bad actors taking control of cars on the road is very real, and likely to become... » read more

How Memory Design Optimizes System Performance


Exponential increases in data and demand for improved performance to process that data has spawned a variety of new approaches to processor design and packaging, but it also is driving big changes on the memory side. While the underlying technology still looks very familiar, the real shift is in the way those memories are connected to processing elements and various components within a syste... » read more

Making More Reliable And More Efficient Auto ICs


Sam Geha, executive vice president of memory solutions at Infineon Technologies, sat down with Semiconductor Engineering to talk about automotive chips, supply chain issues, and integration challenges. What follows are excerpts of that conversation. SE: How do you build an automotive chip that will work in any environment? Geha: The automotive market is, of course, one of the most demand... » read more

SOT-MRAM To Challenge SRAM


In an era of new non-volatile memory (NVM) technologies, yet another variation is poised to join the competition — a new version of MRAM called spin-orbit torque, or SOT-MRAM. What makes this one particularly interesting is the possibility that someday it could supplant SRAM arrays in systems-on-chip (SoCs) and other integrated circuits. The key advantages of SOT-MRAM technology are the pr... » read more

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