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August 6, 2016

Toshiba Announces BG Series SSD Featuring BiCS TLC 3D NAND

Hot on the heels of Toshiba’s recent 64-layer 3rd Generation BiCS 3D NAND announcement, Toshiba also recently announced their upcoming BG series SSDs designed for tablet and ultraportable applications.

Available in capacities of 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB, what’s special about Toshiba’s BG series SSDs is that it come in either a 16mm x 20mm BGA package or in a M.2 2230 module. In order to achieve such capacities in such a small form factor, Toshiba is using an in-house controller solution combined with their BiCS TLC 3D NAND packaged into a single chip. Further reducing size, Toshiba removed the need for onboard DRAM by taking advantage of the NVMe [...]

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August 5, 2016

Seagate Introduces Nytro XF1230 SATA SSD for Read Intensive Workloads

Following Seagate’s recent announcement for the 2TB Seagate Nytro XM1440 M.2 Enterprise SSD, Seagate is announcing yet another enterprise SSD, the Seagate Nytro XF1230. The Seagate Nytro XF1230 is a response to demand by Seagate customers for an enterprise SSD for read intensive workloads.

Developed in partnership with SK Hynix, the drive utilizes a SK Hynix controller along with 16nm SK Hynix MLC NAND. It will be offered in capacities of 240GB, 480GB, 960GB and 1.92TB. Performance on the drive is rated at up to 550 MB/s sequential reads and 98K IOPS 4K random reads. Power consumption is rated at 4.8w active maximum average. The Seagate Nytro XF1230 [...]

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July 31, 2016

Toshiba, Western Digital Announce 64-Layer BiCS3 3D NAND

Toshiba and Western Digital recently announced that they’ve completed development on BiCS3, their third generation BiCS 3D NAND. According to the announcement, BiCS3 utilizes a 64-layer design and will be available in 256-bit and later on in 512-bit per die capacities.

“BiCS3 will feature the use of 3-bits-per-cell technology along with advances in high aspect ratio semiconductor processing to deliver higher capacity, superior performance and reliability at an attractive cost. Together with BiCS2, our 3D NAND portfolio has broadened significantly, enhancing our ability to address a full spectrum of customer applications in retail, mobile and data [...]

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July 27, 2016

Crucial MX300 Gets Additional Capacities, New Formfactor

When Crucial launched the MX300 a month ago, it was quite interesting as they decided to only launch the 750GB model and call it a “special edition” drive. Now, Crucial is expanding the MX300 lineup with 275GB, 525GB, and 1TB models to round out the lineup. The Crucial MX300 product sheet also has a 2TB and M.2 versions of the drive listed as well although that’s expected down the pipe.

The Crucial MX300 is Crucial’s newest SSD featuring a Marvell 88SS1074 controller and Micron’s 3D TLC NAND. With Crucial’s Dynamic Write Acceleration technology, the Crucial MX300 is able to achieve up to 530MB/s sequential reads and 510MB/s [...]

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July 27, 2016

Seagate Unveils 2TB XM1440 M.2 NVMe SSD, XP7102 NVMe AIC

With FMS 2016 coming up soon, new and exciting products are beginning to emerge from the various flash vendors and Seagate is among the first to let loose some details of their upcoming products.

To cater to the needs of the enterprise customer Seagate recently announced the Nytro XM1440 now with capacities up to 2TB. 

The Seagate Nytro XF1440 and the Seagate Nytro XM1440 are both drives that were launched at FMS last year, but at the time only the Nytro XF1440 in the 2.5″ x 7mm form factor scaled up to 2TB. With the recent announcement, the Nytro XM1440 will now achieve a full 2TB capacity in the M.2 22110 form factor. This will make the [...]

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July 25, 2016

Seagate Announces Gears of War 4 Special Edition 2TB Portable Drive

With Microsoft’s New Xbox One S pre-orders now available and the new Gears of War 4 coming this October, Seagate is trying to get in early on the action with an all new Seagate Game Drive for Xbox, Gears of War 4 Special Edition 2TB Portable Drive.

Despite the fancy name, the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox, Gears of War 4 Special Edition 2TB Portable Drive is basically a 2TB bus powered external hard drive, which will allow you to store roughly 50 additional games depending on the type of games you install. It’ll also get a slick new paint job designed in collaboration with Microsoft and The Coalition, which will complement all [...]

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July 20, 2016

BeSang’s 3D NAND Crams 3x More Density, Reduces Cost by 90%

Without a doubt, 3D NAND is the future. 2D planar NAND is already at its limitations and everyone in the memory industry is already making the switch to 3D for their next generation products. While the move to 3D NAND already has us seeing huge leaps in terms of performance, capacity, and endurance, one thing that hasn’t exactly gone down is cost. Theoretically by going to 3D NAND and being able to stack cells vertically, we should be seeing huge reductions in cost yet this currently not the case.

One company trying to remedy this is BeSang, who claims to have a superior 3D NAND technology which can reduce the cost of 3D NAND from the current cost of [...]

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July 20, 2016

Toshiba, WD Open Fab 2, Prepares Mass Production of BiCS 3D NAND

Toshiba and Western Digital recently announced the grand opening of their newest semiconductor manufacturing facility, Fab 2, located in Yokkaichi, Japan. Fab 2 has been construction since September 2004 through a joint partnership between Toshiba and SanDisk, the latter of which was acquired by Western Digital in May 2016. Partial completion of the facility was announced back in October 2015 and first-phase production began in March of this year.

Going forward, Fab 2 will be the primary facility responsible for the mass production of the companies’ upcoming BiCS 3D NAND product. Toshiba/SanDisk (Now, WD) unveiled their 256Gb 48-layer BiCS 3D [...]

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July 19, 2016

Seagate Unveils 10TB HDDs Under Guardian Series Branding

Seagate recently unveiled a full portfolio of 10TB HDDs under their Guardian Series branding designed for the consumer market.

The Guardian Series product lines that will now offer capacities up to 10TB include the Barracuda Pro, Ironwolf and Seahawk. The Barracuda Pro is designed for desktop and client use, the Ironwolf is designed for NAS systems and the Seahawk is designed for video surveillance applications. Each of the three drives utilize Seagate’s Helium technology to reach their massive capacities. Seagate had previously launched a 10TB helium based drive for the enterprise earlier this year, but is now bringing this technology to the consumer market as [...]

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July 14, 2016

Leaked Phison Roadmap Shows UFS Controllers Planned for 4Q2016

A confidential Phison roadmap was recently leaked by technology site, MYCE, which shows Phison’s upcoming PS8311 UFS controller slated for launch at the end of 4Q2016. This will be followed up by a higher performance PS8313 UFS controller slated for 1Q2017.

UFS is expected to be the successor to SD and microSD technologies with significantly higher performance thanks to the UFS standard’s full duplex operation and advanced queuing features. Samsung recently launched the first ever removable UFS memory cards not too long ago.


Source: Myce

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July 13, 2016

Samsung Launches Monster 4TB 850 EVO SSD Priced at $1,499

Samsung recently introduced a massive 4TB version of their 850 EVO SSD, making it officially the highest capacity consumer SSD Samsung will now offer. To achieve this feat, Samsung employed the use of their 48-layer 256Gb TLC V-NAND alongside the existing MHX controller.

Despite the massive gains in capacity, performance still remains incredibly quick with maximum sequential read/write performance rated at up to 540/520 MB/s and maximum 4K random read/write performance rated at up to 98,000/90,000 IOPS.

The Samsung 850 EVO 4TB is expected to retail for $1,499.99. Those looking to purchase one of these new behemoths can pre-order the drive on Amazon now.

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July 7, 2016

Samsung Unveils UFS Memory Cards Boasting 530MB/s Reads, 170MB/s Writes

SD cards and all of its variants have served us very well over the years, but now with 4K video recording and even 8K video recording coming to the scene shortly, a faster, more reliable memory card is needed. The answer? UFS. UFS, or Universal Flash Storage, is a JEDEC flash storage standard which is designed to replace SD and eMMC currently used in most smartphones, portable electronics, and cameras.

Leading the charge is Samsung, who’s already implemented UFS last year in the Samsung Galaxy S6 and is now officially the first to launch a removable UFS drive. The new drive, named UFS card, will come in capacities of 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and a massive 256GB. [...]

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