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billy_ray_valentine 662 posts  |  Last Activity: 6 minutes ago Member since: Apr 22, 2008
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  • billy_ray_valentine billy_ray_valentine 6 minutes ago Flag

    When dogs bark in the neighborhood and your dog joins in. What happens? Just more dogs barking. Why not give it a rest?

    Sentiment: Buy

  • billy_ray_valentine billy_ray_valentine 22 hours ago Flag

    Having a hard time posting the rest of the article, but see Seeking Alpha.

    Sentiment: Buy

  • Intel, Micron: My Thoughts On 3D X Point Memory

    Aug. 3, 2015 11:29 AM ET | 3 comments | About: Intel Corporation (INTC), MU

    Disclosure: I am/we are long INTC. (More...)

    •Breakthrough in memory?
    •Breakthrough in computing?
    •Who wins, who loses?

    On July 29th Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) and Micron (NASDAQ:MU) held a joint webcast to announce a new memory technology called 3D X point memory. Representing Intel was senior Vice President Rob Crooke with Micron represented by CEO Mark Durcan.

    The conference was arranged in only a day and, to me, it looked like Rob was having the time of his life while it appeared that Mark wished he wasn't there.

    Technical details were short on the new memory, but it is said to be 10 times (or more {Crooke}) denser than DRAM, but not as dense as (current) NAND, 1000 times faster than NAND, but not as fast as (current) DRAM, with 1000 time the endurance of NAND, but not (YET) infinite endurance. The new memory is also scalable. Don't forget that, it is very important. The first part out of the chute is 128Gb. Two shrinks and 3D X point begins to crowd even 3D NAND.

    More interesting to me was that the new memory, whether it is made out of star dust or peanut butter, is that it is Random Access (Byte addressable like DRAM), and Non-Volatile like NAND.

    So, where does this new technology get positioned? The simple answer is that it would be sandwiched between DRAM and NAND in the memory hierarchy. The idea here is that the 3D X point would displace some (MOST) of the DRAM, yet put more Random Access Memory in the system before moving to NAND storage.

    OK, so far we get some incremental performance, with some dollar saving that ummm comes out of the DRAM budget. Beginning to see why I think Mr. Durcan didn't want to be at this meeting? It is noteworthy that when Rob referred to the density of this memory, he compared it to "conventional memory", of course conventional memory is DRAM. Rob, you old wordsmith, you.


    Sentiment: Buy

  • billy_ray_valentine by billy_ray_valentine Aug 3, 2015 9:37 AM Flag

    That should help, although it didn't at times in the recent past.

    Sentiment: Buy

  • Intel : Server Mania Announces New Dedicated Servers Based on the 8-core Intel Xeon D-1540 Processor

    Toronto, ON (PRWEB) July 31, 2015

    Server Mania, an industry-leading dedicated and cloud hosting provider, has announced a new product line based on the Intel Xeon D-1500 series processor family, which provides the processing power of the 14nm Broadwell architecture and is ideal for a variety of workloads such as dynamic web serving, dedicated web hosting, warm storage, and network routing.

    The Xeon D-1500 series represents Intel's first Xeon-based System on a Chip, and includes integrated I/O circuitry and networking.

    Server Mania customers can buy dedicated servers based on the 8-core Intel Xeon D-1540 processor. The base server configuration includes 32GB RAM, and one 1 TB SATA drive or one 120 GB solid-state drive. Customers can upgrade their storage at any time and add memory to a maximum of 128GB. Customers can also select a chassis model with four hard drive bays.

    The Xeon D-1540 draws 45W of power, and has a base speed of 2.0GHz, all core turbo speed of 2.5GHz, and one core turbo speed of 2.6GHz.

    Benchmark testing shows massive performance gains compared to the 8-core Intel Atom C2750 processor. The Intel Xeon D-1540 performed 78% better on the STREAM OpenMP benchmark for memory bandwidth, and 163% better on the SPEC CPU 2006 which measures intensive compute capabilities. In a test of its dynamic web serving capabilities, Xeon D-1500 series processors performed 240% better than the Intel Atom C2750, meaning more users can be served simultaneously without performance degradation.

    "Compared to some of our legacy, single-core processors, the E3-1240v3 and E5-1600 series, switching to Intel Xeon D-1540 processors can provide huge performance gains," said Chris Niedojadlo, COO of ServerMania. "By providing servers with the D-1540 at our data center facilities,

    Sentiment: Buy

  • Reply to

    Board Stalker

    by wallisweaver Jul 30, 2015 9:50 AM
    billy_ray_valentine billy_ray_valentine Jul 30, 2015 10:28 AM Flag

    Your constant too and about your tormentors is what keeps them alive. You can't keep your mouth shut anymore than them. Why don't you stop posting personal rebuttal and see if things change. I now I am tired of both sides of this flame fight.

    Sentiment: Buy

  • Check out the Forbes Article.

    Sentiment: Buy

  • Micron Has 'Breakthrough' Potential, Worth $33/Share Says JMP's Alex Gauna

    9:30 am ET July 29, 2015 (Benzinga) Print

    In a report published Wednesday, JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna maintained an Outperform rating on Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU), with a price target of $33, following the announcement of 3D XPoint™ technology.

    The 3D XPoint™ technology is the "first major new memory architecture in decades and what Micron is heralding as an industry break-through," analyst Alex Gauna said.

    The new 3D XPoint memory has "substantially improved" speed, density and endurance, due to which it is expected to be used for Big Data, gaming, HPC, and "as yet unimagined high-performance applications," Gauna wrote, while adding that this technology was expected to "fill a niche between DRAM and NAND" that only Micron and its partner Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) would be able to serve.

    In the report JMP Securities noted, "Beyond its own significance as a new and differentiated revenue driver for Micron, 3D XPoint is likely to invigorate change toward more tiered memory and storage subsystems and, in the process, accelerate the adoption of Micron 3D NAND solutions."

    Gauna expects NAND SSD sales to overtake HDD industry revenues within the next couple of years. Moreover, this could generate an incremental $10 billion per year in sales by the end of the decade, which "other industry watchers are otherwise expecting to go toward HDDs."

    "Because Micron is first to market with 3D XPoint, should be second to market in 3D NAND, and is now ramping 16nm TLC NAND, we believe the company is in an excellent position to invest more aggressively in Cap Ex and improve its position from fourth to second in the NAND market over the next few years," the report stated.

    Gauna recommended investors to "aggressively" purchase Micron's shares on this opportunity as well as on "its M&A potential, prospects for improved DRAM dynamics with the ramp of Windows 10, and its strong po

  • Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) and Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) March Lock In Step To Launch Faster Chip


    by Lisa Ray - Jul 29, 2015 9:15 am EDT

    Chip making competitors Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) and Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) have initiated production of state of the art, memory chips which are designed to achieve faster processing speeds. The refurbished chips are expected to revolutionize the way current day computers go about accessing and processing large amounts of data.

    The newly engineered and fabricated chips are said to be based on the emerging, cutting edge “3D XPoint technology” platform. Industry watchers have opined that these new chips represent the latest advancement that has occurred in the memory chips market over the past two and a half decades. The background to the development and availability of these new age chips was provided by Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) and Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) on 28th July.


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    Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) and Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) have announced that they would be making available the sample of new chips to prospective customers by end of this year. They have described that the new chips are capable of processing 1000 times faster in comparison to the chips which are currently in use. The two tech companies hope that the faster processing power would allow computing devices across the networks to shift through and make sense of the enormous quantity of user data that is getting generated by users in multiple devices.

    Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) and Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) envision these chips becoming irreplaceable in data processing intensive sectors like weather mapping, satellite imaging, and “real-time tracking of diseases”. They also hope that customers who are into the busin

    Sentiment: Buy

  • Reply to

    $28 is a concrete floor

    by back_bay_professor Jul 27, 2015 11:54 AM
    billy_ray_valentine billy_ray_valentine Jul 29, 2015 9:24 AM Flag

    INTEL needs to buy back the convertible debentures, not stock.

    Sentiment: Buy

  • Intel, Micron unveil "breakthrough" 3D XPoint memory tech; shares higher

    Jul 28 2015, 12:16 ET | About: Intel Corporation (INTC) | By: Eric Jhonsa, SA News Editor

    Intel (INTC +1.5%) and Micron (MU +3.7%) proclaim their jointly-developed 3D XPoint (pronounced "3D crosspoint") non-volatile memory technology delivers speeds up to 1,000 times faster than NAND flash (also non-volatile), and is 10x denser than DRAM (much faster than NAND, but volatile).
    The NAND JV partners also declare 3D XPoint "significantly reduces latencies, allowing much more data to be stored close to the processor and accessed at speeds previously impossible for non-volatile storage." Unique materials and a cross point array structure are said to make 3D XPoint possible.
    Major write endurance improvements are also promised relative to NAND. The first product will be a 128Gb (16GB) chip.
    Intel/Micron are sharing additional at a San Francisco event (webcast). Shares of both companies are higher amid a 0.6% gain for the Nasdaq.
    Update: More details from Fortune. 3D XPoint samples are expected by year's end, and commercial shipments are set for 2016.
    Update 2: During the Q&A session for the announcement, the cost for 3D XPoint is placed "somewhere between" that of NAND and DRAM. Intel/Micron affirm their commitment to 3D NAND, while noting its high densities.
    Update 3: Both Intel and Micron plan to make 3D XPoint products. Micron CEO Mark Durcan claims he doesn't know of any comparable rival products on the way, and predicts 3D XPoint will be used for both storage (like NAND) and main memory (like DRAM).
    Four months ago: Intel, Micron launch 3D NAND line, promise cost/capacity edge

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • billy_ray_valentine by billy_ray_valentine Jul 28, 2015 12:10 PM Flag

    • Intel and Micron begin production on new class of non-volatile memory, creating the first new memory category in more than 25 years.
    • New 3D XPoint™ technology brings non-volatile memory speeds up to 1,000 times faster1 than NAND, the most popular non-volatile memory in the marketplace today.
    • The companies invented unique material compounds and a cross point architecture for a memory technology that is 10 times denser than conventional memory2.
    • New technology makes new innovations possible in applications ranging from machine learning to real-time tracking of diseases and immersive 8K gaming.

  • billy_ray_valentine by billy_ray_valentine Jul 28, 2015 9:50 AM Flag

    Micron Technology (NASDAQ: MU) was in focus Monday on news it plans to hold a joint conference with Intel an MU Details are unknown.

    Sentiment: Buy

  • billy_ray_valentine by billy_ray_valentine Jul 20, 2015 10:02 AM Flag

    Maybe they are upgrading to make a more liquid market for selling. At any rate this stock is becoming much like PFE 10 years ago. Always sold .

  • Reply to

    Huge Breaking News!!!

    by wallisweaver Jul 16, 2015 5:27 PM
    billy_ray_valentine billy_ray_valentine Jul 16, 2015 7:29 PM Flag

    the stock didn't react to that news, well it id go lower.

  • Reply to

    Laughing Out Loud at Wall Street

    by wallisweaver Jul 16, 2015 9:39 AM
    billy_ray_valentine billy_ray_valentine Jul 16, 2015 2:25 PM Flag

    certainly nothing to laugh about today.

  • Reply to

    Lucy troll despondent, on last legs

    by mike.putzman Jul 15, 2015 6:25 PM
    billy_ray_valentine billy_ray_valentine Jul 16, 2015 10:46 AM Flag

    It is rather discouraging that the earnings Call wasn't bad at all considering the avalanche of predicted woe. However, strong selling is evident and likely the owners of the convertible debentures for the most part.

  • billy_ray_valentine by billy_ray_valentine Jul 16, 2015 9:55 AM Flag

    Isn't it usually out by now?

  • billy_ray_valentine billy_ray_valentine Jul 16, 2015 9:36 AM Flag

    INTC showing poorly.

  • Intel's stock price target raised to $35 from $34 at Wedbush

    7:36 am ET July 16, 2015 (MarketWatch)



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    July 16, 2015 07:36 ET (11:36 GMT)

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    Sentiment: Buy

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