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 [...]
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 NAND product [...]
Following their announcement earlier this year that their 128Gb 48-layer BiCS 3D NAND was shipping, Toshiba and SanDisk recently announced that they’ve also developed the world’s first 256Gb 48-layer BiCS 3D NAND. In order to do this, they’ve leveraged TLC (3-bit per cell MLC) technology to cram additional capacity into the NAND die. While they’re not really the first to develop 3D NAND nor are they the first to announce 256Gb dies, they are the first to reach 256Gb dies in a 48-layer 3D NAND which is still very impressive.
“From day one, Toshiba’s strategy has been to extend our floating gate technology, which features the [...]
SanDisk’s big enterprise product announcement for Computex this year is the CloudSpeed Eco Gen II SSD which is the successor to the first generation CloudSpeed Eco. Building off the success of the first generation CloudSpeed Eco, the Gen II further refines itself for hyperscale data center applications with as much as 30% reduction in cost.
In order to do this, SanDisk transitioned the CloudSpeed Eco Gen II to SanDisk’s 15nm MLC NAND and reduced the overprovisioning of the CloudSpeed Eco Gen II to just 7%. This unfortunately reduces endurance down to a mere 0.3 DWPD (drive writes per day), but it shouldn’t be too big of a concern given the fact that [...]
SanDisk recently launched two new flash drives at Computex, one of which they claim to be the world’s smallest 128GB USB 3.0 flash drive ever.
The first drive is the SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive, which is about the size of a dime yet has the capability of up to 128GB of storage capacity. The drive also uses the USB 3.0 interface allowing the drive to reach speeds of up to 130MB/s.
The 128GB SanDisk Ultra Fit will retail for $119.99 and is available now.
In addition to the 128GB SanDisk Ultra Fit, SanDisk also unveiled a new 256GB SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 Flash Drive. It’s nothing too special, but for the first time the SanDisk [...]
SanDisk is making a splash this year at Computex 2015 adding two new external SSDs to their product lineup.
The star of show is the SanDisk Extreme 900 which is a high performance, high capacity solution designed for enthusiasts and media professionals who constantly need to move lots of data on the go. Enclosed in an all aluminum casing, SanDisk claims the Extreme 900 will be the largest portable SSD on the market with capacities of up to 1.92TB.
Of course it wouldn’t be too fun waiting for 1.92TB to transfer with outdated USB 2.0 or even USB 3.0 for that matter, so SanDisk also put in a USB 3.1 interface allowing the Extreme 900 to be capable of [...]
It’s been a little over half a year since Samsung launched their 3D NAND based Samsung 850 PRO, and it looks like Toshiba and SanDisk are finally making some inroads with their own 3D NAND technology as well.
According to recent press releases from both companies, Toshiba and SanDisk announced that they’ve completed development of the world’s first 48-layer 3D NAND product using their BiCS (Bit-Cost Scalable NAND) technology. As of now, very little information is known about the finalized BiCS product that’s being sampled however, we do know that BiCS will be based on charge trap technology rather than the older floating gate technology which is [...]
Back in late 2012, we rounded up a total of thirteen memory cards from a number of memory card vendors and put them to the test in both synthetic and real world applications. At the time, we tested both SD and CF cards from various vendors to find out which of the cards performed the best, which of the cards provided best value, and at which point do returns begin to diminish in the real world. Ever since we published that article, many of you have asked us for an update which is already in the works pending a couple more samples from various memory card vendors.
Now one type of memory card we’ve never addressed is the [...]
SanDisk recently announced Q4 and fiscal 2014 earnings, and they had some good news and some not-so-good news to share.
So the good news. It’s good to be in the flash industry. SanDisk reported a record $6.63 billion in fiscal 2014, up from $6.17 billion in fiscal 2013. The company also netted a good $1.01 billion in profit in fiscal 2014, although it’s actually down from fiscal 2013’s net earnings of $1.04 billion. Despite the drop in net profit however, SanDisk is still making a ton of money, so that’s always good news.
Bad news is that SanDisk only made $1.74 billion in revenue for the 4th quarter, which is actually down from 3rd [...]
A federal court in Northern California recently granted a preliminary injunction stopping the sale of SSD controllers sold by Canadian chipmaker, Diablo Technologies. The Diablo Technologies’ SSD controllers in question are most notably used in SanDisk’s ULLtraDIMM SSDs and IBM’s eXFlash modules. These SSDs exploit the much faster DRAM interface to achieve higher performance and lower latency than traditional non-volatile storage interfaces such as SATA, SAS, or PCIe.
The injunction was filed against Diablo Technologies by Netlist, a Southern California company who produces non-volatile memory modules similar to SanDisk’s ULLtraDIMM SSDs. The [...]
At Storage Visions 2015, SanDisk showed off two new client SSDs aimed at the entry-level market.
The first is the SanDisk SSD Plus which will be replacing the SanDisk SSD Series as SanDisk’s new entry level SSD. Compared to the SanDisk SSD series, SanDisk SSD Plus will bring a boost in read performance up to 510MB/s compared to 475MB/s on the SanDisk SSD. The SanDisk SSD Plus will be using SanDisk MLC NAND and an undisclosed controller.
SanDisk is also looking to bring the recently introduced SanDisk Ultra II to entry level ultra-portable devices by introducing the Ultra II SSD in mSATA form factor. The mSATA Ultra II will be capable of achieving up to [...]
When it comes to professional flash memory products, there definitely aren’t very many product lineups as popular as SanDisk’s Extreme PRO series – and for good reason too.
SanDisk’s Extreme PRO series products tend to feature not only high performance and capacity, but also industry leading warranties that simply aren’t available from competitors. While SanDisk has had Extreme PRO series memory cards for many years, SanDisk has recently begun expanding the Extreme PRO lineup to SSDs and now flash drives as well to provide professionals an easy choice when selecting fast and reliable flash storage.SanDisk [...]