In a recent announcement, Samsung has begun volume production of its 4th generation, 64-layer V-NAND. The new 3D NAND flash chips are the successor to Samsung’s existing 48-layer V-NAND.
Storage capacity of the 64-layer V-NAND remains at the same 256Gbit density as the 48-layer V-NAND it’s designed to replace. The major difference with 64-layer V-NAND is the size of each chip as it’s physically smaller, allowing more chips to fit on a single wafer. This improves production efficiency as well as internal parallelism when it’s ultimately implemented on SSDs and other storage devices.
In addition to greater areal density, the new 64-layer [...]
Samsung Electronics is poised to surpass Intel (aka Chipzilla) as the world’s largest chip manufacturer.
Analyst firm IC Insights predicted recently that if the current price of DRAM and NAND hold for Q2, Samsung could generate enough revenue to take the number one spot. The firm predicts that Samsung will achieve $14.9 billion in revenue, while Intel is predicted to reach $14.4 billion.
The increase in the price of NAND and DRAM is fueled by significantly increased demand amid a major industry-wide supply shortage. The depleted inventory and industry-wide transition to 3D NAND is significantly increasing the price of storage and isn’t supposed to [...]
SK Hynix is making some major advances in NAND technology as it recently announced its first 256Gb 72-layer TLC 3D NAND flash memory. SK Hynix’s 72-layer 3D NAND follows their 48-layer 3D NAND product which was released just five months ago in November 2016.
According to SK Hynix, the new 72-layer TLC 3D NAND is capable of utilizing existing manufacturing lines allowing for 30% better manufacturing efficiency, 2x faster internal operation speed, 20% higher performance, and 1.5x cell density over previous generation 48-Layer 3D NAND.
The new SK Hynix 72-layer 3D NAND will go into mass production in the 2H2017 initially targeting business use. The company [...]
Western Digital has released their first ever external drive powered by SSD technology.
Dubbed the My Passport SSD, the new external SSD features up to 1TB of storage in an ultraportable 1.8 inch x 3.5 inch x 0.39 inch form factor. Thanks to its SSD internals, the drive is capable of performance of up to 515MB/s over USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gb/s) and will feature adapters for compatibility with USB Type-A as well as USB Type-C connectors. For peace of mind, the drive also features industry standard AES 256-bit hardware encryption, and is durable enough to withstand a 6.5 foot drop and up to 1500G of force.
The WD My Passport SSD will MSRP at $99.99 for the 256GB, $199 [...]
According to a recent post by market intelligence firm TrendFocus, SSD prices have jumped over 36% year over year in certain areas despite increasing shipments suggesting demand for flash memory is currently significantly outpacing supply. Trendfocus speculates that these prices are likely to stay inflated until at least 2018, when production of flash memory is expected to increase to match demand.
The current NAND shortage has been caused by a perfect storm of factors which include the transition by all NAND manufacturers to 3D NAND production, major increases in storage capacities of smartphones and significantly increased amounts of laptops adopting SSDs. Currently, [...]
In a new report from ITworld, it looks like Micron may be on track to begin shipping their 3D XPoint based products by the end of this year.
After branding their 3D XPoint based products as QuantX at Flash Memory Summit last year, Micron has been relatively silent about the upcoming technology. However, with all the buzz surrounding Intel’s launch of their first 3D XPoint based SSD, Micron has returned to the spotlight. However, unlike Intel, Micron is rumored to be licensing QuantX to other manufacturers as well as ship QuantX in the form of DDR-style memory DIMMs as well.
3D XPoint has been touted as the next generation flash memory technology that [...]
Palit is expanding its business into the SSD sector with the release of its UVS and GF-S series SSDs.
The UVS series SSD is powered by a Phison S3111-S11 controller paired with TLC NAND. Sequential read and write performance is rated at 560MB/s and 470MB/s respectively, while random read and write is rated at 290MB/s and 340MB/s.Manufacturer PalitModel UVS10AT-SSD120 UVS-SSD256 UVS-SSD480 UVS-SSD512Capacity 120GB 256GB 480GB 521GBNAND Planar TLC 3D TLCSequential Read 560MB/s 560MB/s 525MB/s 525MB/sSequential Write 375MB/s 470MB/s 465MB/s 465MB/sRandom Read 280MB/s 270MB/s 290MB/s 290MB/sRandom [...]
Digitimes reports that the prices of retail laptops are expected to increase by 5% to 15% in 2Q2017 to offset the rising cost of components.
Components like DRAM, SSDs, and displays are experiencing a shortage due to a shift in manufacturing. Many component manufacturers are prioritizing production for the lucrative smartphone market which has unfortunately left a shortage of PC components.
The shortage has already began affecting both the DRAM and NAND markets last year. Mainstream SSDs are expected to increase by 10% due to the NAND shortage and PC vendors have already begun seeing SSD price quotes [...]
Market research firm, Forward Insights, recently released their 2016 SSD marketshare report and according to the report, 63 million SSDs were shipped in the channel over the past year despite the NAND shortage that occurred during a significant portion of the year. The channel market includes distributors, resellers, retail/e-tail, system builders, and solution providers.
As expected, Samsung took the #1 spot for SSDs shipped in the channel, racking up 21% of the market, or 13.23 million units. Following in the #2 spot is Kingston, which took 16% of the market, or 10.08 million units. This is followed by SanDisk, Micron, A-DATA and Toshiba with between 5%-7% [...]
ADATA aims to keep your storage safe with its new SD700X External SSD.
Using a shell that protects the SSD inside like an armored truck, the ADATA SD700X’s ruggedized exterior is sealed to IEC IP68 water and dustproof standards. The drive can be submerged in 1.5m-deep water for 60 minutes without being damaged. Rubber bumpers also ensure that the drive is “military-grade” shockproof. The drive also meets MIL-STD-810G 516.6 requirements. The drive is also backed by a 3-year warranty.
Resting inside the case is an SSD built using 3D TLC NAND. It comes in 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities capable of running up to 440MB/430MB/s in sequential [...]