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October 20, 2016

Review: Samsung 960 PRO 2TB SSD – Breaking All Barriers

Holy Smokes

With SATA SSDs now at their limit, last year Samsung introduced the Samsung 950 PRO which marked the first time Samsung had introduced a NVMe PCIe SSD for the consumer market. Although Samsung already had OEM PCIe SSDs for quite some time and given that the technology was ready to go, it was only a matter of time until the Samsung 950 PRO was brought into the retail market. Given that the Samsung 950 PRO is a Samsung SSD and not a Samsung smartphone (too soon?) the Samsung 950 PRO did very well in the market quickly establishing itself as the defacto performance NVMe PCIe SSD to buy since it was launched last year.

Of course if you’re [...]

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October 15, 2016

Intel 3D XPoint Optane 8000p Specifications Leaked, Up to 1.6GB/s Sequential Reads, 300K IOPS Random Reads

It’s been well over a year since Intel and Micron launched 3D Xpoint, but we’ve seen very little additional information from both companies regarding the upcoming technology or its products. A recent leak from Chinese publication Benchlife however, sheds some light onto Intel’s upcoming product, named Optane, which will feature 3D Xpoint technology.

The information comes in the form of a spec sheet which details the upcoming Intel Optane Memory 8000p Series including performance and capacities.

Here we can see that Intel’s Optane 8000p Series will contain two drives, a 16GB model and a 32GB model. The 16GB model will be rated [...]

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October 13, 2016

iPhone 7 Plus 32GB Has Slower Storage Than 128GB Models

Remember several days ago we reported that NAND on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is being dual sourced from Toshiba and SK Hynix? Remember how the iPhone 7 256GB is carrying Toshiba 48-Layer 3D NAND while the iPhone 7 32GB is carrying SK Hynix 2D Planar NAND? Well, looks like the type of NAND and NAND vendor may not be the only difference.

According to a report from GSMArena, the iPhone 7 Plus 32GB has a storage subsystem that’s substantially slower than the one found in the iPhone 7 128GB.

How slow you might ask? Well, taking a look at this chart, the difference is pretty massive, especially when it comes to write performance. Here we can [...]

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October 11, 2016

NAND Flash Prices Expected to Increase in Q4 Due to Severe Supply Shortages

According to a recent report from market intelligence firm TrendForce, supply shortages and surging demand from the 3Q2016 will continue into 4Q2016 increasing prices of NAND Flash. This will cause price increases of eMMC, eMCP and SSDs extending through the 4th quarter.

The main driver of increasing prices is due to smartphone demand. Smartphone demand has started to boom in the 2H2016 with sales of the iPhone 7 on the upswing causing major constrains on supply. Apple doubled capacities on each of the iPhone 7 models representing a substantial increase in NAND Flash consumption. Similarly, other brands such as Huawei, OPPO and Vivo are ramping up [...]

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October 11, 2016

WD Announces WD Blue, WD Green SSDs – Returns to Consumer SSD Market

After officially closing on the SanDisk acquisition earlier this year, it looks like Western Digital is reaping the benefits of the acquisition with the introduction two new SSDs – the WD Blue and WD Green SSD.


WD Blue

The WD Blue SSD is WD’s mainstream offering, similar to what we get from their HDD lineup. Powered by a Marvell 88SS1074 controller paired with SanDisk 15nm TLC flash, the WD Blue is capable of performance up to 545 MB/s sequential reads and 525 MB/s sequential writes. Random read/write performance is expected to reach up to 100K/80K IOPS.

The WD Blue SSD will be offered in capacities of 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB. The [...]

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October 6, 2016

Toshiba 48-Layer 3D BiCS NAND Discovered in Apple iPhone 7

Some keen eyes from the guys over at TechInsights recently discovered that the NAND onboard the Apple’s iPhone 7 will come from multiple sources. In a number of teardowns of the new smartphone, the iPhone 7 appears to source NAND from SK Hynix and Toshiba. While this isn’t interesting news as these companies are popular suppliers of NAND, what’s interesting is that certain capacities are using Toshiba’s 48-Layer 3D BiCS NAND, which has never been seen previously on a commercial product.

The Toshiba BiCS 3D NAND in question is the Toshiba THGBX6T1T82LFXF which is being used on the iPhone 7 256GB model. TechInsights is currently conducting a [...]

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October 6, 2016

Intel Revises 600p SSD Endurance Rating, Up to 8x Increase for 1TB Model

When Intel launched their 600P series SSDs several months ago, it was met with a very lukewarm reception. Aside from having some decent performance in extremely light workloads and being priced very competitively for a M.2 NVMe SSD, the TLC powered drive simply didn’t compete well with competitors on performance or endurance. As such, it was reviewed very poorly by a number of review sites including TechSpot and Tom’s Hardware.

In light of these reviews, it appears that Intel may be backpedaling on their previous endurance ratings.

According to Intel Director of Client SSD Strategic Planning and Product Marketing, David [...]

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September 29, 2016

ADATA Announces XPG SX8000 SSD – 3D NAND, SMI 2260, Speeds Up to 2.4GB/s

It’s no surprise that PCIe SSDs are expected to outship SATA SSDs in 2017 and a number of SSD vendors are rushing to create products for the growing market. As such, ADATA recently announced the new XPG SX8000 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD designed for gamers, professionals, and enthusiasts.

The new XPG SX8000 SSD will be powered by Micron 3D MLC NAND along with the SMI 2260 controller. It’ll feature SLC caching, a DRAM cache buffer, and LDPC ECC technologies. Performance on the XPG SX8000 will be rated at up to 2.4GB/s sequential reads and 1GB/s sequential writes. The drive will also feature up to 100K/140K IOPS random reads/writes.

The XPG SX8000 [...]

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September 28, 2016

Micron Expands 3D NAND Fab 10 in Singapore Extending 3D NAND Production Capability

Micron is making some huge moves to meet demand in the NAND industry as they recently announced the opening of their recently expanded Fab 10 fabrication facility in Singapore. The expansion of Fab 10 will cover approximately 255,000 square feet and is expected to cost a total of $4 Billion USD incurred over the next few years. The expansion is expected to significantly improve Micron’s capability of producing 3D NAND to allow them to better meet global demand.

Specific numbers such as estimates on how many additional wafers can be produced monthly were not revealed at this time. Previous Micron estimates peg capacity of the expanded Fab 10 at up [...]

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September 27, 2016

OCZ Announces TL100 Entry Level SATA SSD, Starting at $44.99

OCZ recently announced the TL100 SSD designed for the entry level. Powered by TLC NAND, the OCZ TL100 is a SATA based SSD which will be available in capacities of only 120GB and 240GB, and will feature performance up to 550MB/s sequential reads and 530MB/s sequential writes. Both drives will also feature 4K random read and write performance up to 85,000 IOPS and 80,000 IOPS respectively.

“The Toshiba OCZ TL100 SATA SSD series demonstrates that “value” doesn’t have to mean end-users need to sacrifice performance or quality,” said Alex Mei, VP of Marketing, Consumer SSDs & Storage Outbound Marketing at Toshiba America Electronic [...]

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