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Micron Updates Memory and Storage Strategy – Commits to CXL, Ends Development of 3D XPoint

BOISE, Idaho, March 16, 2021 — Micron Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: MU), today announced updates to the company’s portfolio strategy to focus on memory and storage for the data center. Micron will increase investment in new memory products that leverage the Compute Express Link (CXL), the recently introduced industry standard interface that enables flexible connection between […]

CXL Consortium Releases Compute Express Link 2.0 Spec

The CXL Consortium has announced the release of the Compute Express Link 2.0 specification, which adds support for switching for fan-out to connect to more devices; memory pooling for increased memory utilization efficiency and providing memory capacity on demand; and support for persistent memory – while preserving industry investments by supporting full backwards compatibility with […]

Gen-Z Consortium’s Activity Lineup at Upcoming Flash Memory Summit, SC20

The Gen-Z Consortium has announced it will participate in the upcoming Flash Memory Summit and SC20 conferences. Along with speaking engagements and panel participation, the interconnect consortium will showcase Gen-Z technology demos from member companies in GenZ’s virtual booths. Flash Memory Summit, Nov. 10-12, will include online presentations along with a virtual exhibit hall featuring […]

Astera Labs lands funding for purpose-built connectivity solutions

Today Astera Labs announced that it has closed its Series B funding with renowned technology investors including Sutter Hill Ventures, Intel Capital, Avigdor Willenz, and Ron Jankov. This investment round, along with a strategic collaboration with TSMC for manufacturing, positions Astera Labs to rapidly scale production of its Aries Smart Retimer, the world’s first Smart Retimer Portfolio for PCI Express (PCIe) 4.0 and 5.0 solutions, and to accelerate development of additional product lines for Compute Express Link (CXL) solutions. “We are very proud of the significant industry traction for our Aries Smart Retimer Portfolio which has been extensively tested with all major CPU, GPU and PCIe 4.0 endpoints,” said Jitendra Mohan, CEO, Astera Labs. “We look forward to accelerating this momentum by partnering with such a distinguished group of technology and manufacturing heavyweights to develop purpose-built connectivity solutions for data-centric systems.”

CXL and Gen-Z Consortiums to Collaborate

Today the Compute Express Link (CXL) Consortium and Gen-Z Consortium announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) describing a mutual plan for collaboration between the two organizations. The agreement shows the commitment each organization is making to promote interoperability between the technologies, while leveraging and further developing complementary capabilities of each technology. “CXL technology and Gen-Z are gearing up to make big strides across the device connectivity ecosystem. Each technology brings different yet complementary interconnect capabilities required for high-speed communications,” said Jim Pappas, board chair, CXL Consortium. “We are looking forward to collaborating with the Gen-Z Consortium to enable great innovations for the Cloud and IT world.”

Tachyum Joins CXL High-Speed Interconnect Consortium

Today Tachyum announced it has joined the Compute Express Link (CXL) Consortium, a group of companies dedicated to advancing a new, open-industry standard interconnect designed to address the increasing demands of high-performance computational workloads. “With worldwide data center capacity doubling every five years, and with AI, Machine Learning, and High-Performance Computing rapidly migrating from purpose-built systems to the cloud, the importance of a fast industry-standard interconnect, which supports memory coherency, cannot be overstated.”