Yesterday Intel and Micron shared some new details of their 3D NAND technology and during the presentation they also showed a production wafer. I missed the wafer during the live broadcast (hence I couldn't include this in the initial write up), but fortunately Intel-Micron have now posted the recorded webinar, which I used to get a pretty good shot of the wafer. The quality isn't perfect, but it's good enough that I was able to make a fairly accurate estimation of the die size. Disclaimer: The data and analysis presented in this article is based on estimations that are provided "as is" with no guarantee of full accuracy. I calculated 19 dies vertically and 25 horizontally, which would yield a die size of 189.5mm. That's...

Additional Details on Micron’s DDR3L-RS, DDR4-RS, and Other Memory

Earlier this week we posted a short write-up about Micron’s new DDR3L-RS memory. We didn’t have a lot of technical detail to go on at the time, but Micron...

24 by Jarred Walton on 9/22/2012

Micron Announces 30nm DDR3L-RS Products

Micron recently announced the availability of their 30nm DDR3L-RS (formerly DDR3Lm) memory, which could prove particularly beneficial for Ultrabooks and other ultrathin computing devices. Just what is DDR3L-RS memory...

10 by Jarred Walton on 9/20/2012

Micron To Acquire Elpida For $2.5 Billion

And then there were 5. For the better part of a year now the DRAM industry has been in a lurch due to low prices. As a result of soft...

7 by Ryan Smith on 7/3/2012

Micron C400 mSATA (128GB) SSD Review

The arrival of affordable, high-performance client SSDs gave us two (closely related) things: 1) a high-speed primary storage option that could work in both a notebook or a desktop...

47 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/10/2012

Micron Announces 2.5" PCIe SSD for Enterprise

Micron has announced the first 2.5" SSD which utilizes PCIe interface instead of the more common SATA interface. The 2.5" form factor allows for easy serviceability because the drives...

12 by Kristian Vättö on 3/7/2012

Intel Sells Some of Its IMFT Stake to Micron

Intel and Micron today announced that they have done some modifications to their agreements on their IMFT joint venture. In short, Intel is selling its stake in two fabs...

6 by Kristian Vättö on 2/28/2012

Micron CEO Steve Appleton Dies in a Plane Crash

Micron's long time CEO, Steve Appleton, has died in a plane crash at the age of 51 at the Boise Airport on Friday morning. He was reportedly flying a...

10 by Kristian Vättö on 2/4/2012

Crucial 50GB Adrenaline SSD Cache, Available in Q1

Earlier this week Crucial announced its first SSD caching solution: the Adrenaline SSD. The drive will be available in a single capacity: 50GB with 64GB of 25nm MLC NAND...

15 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/11/2012

Intel and Micron (IMFT) Announce World's First 128Gb 20nm MLC NAND

Earlier this year, Intel and Micron's joint NAND manufacturing venture (IMFT) announced it had produced 64Gb (8GB) MLC NAND on a 20nm process. Most IMFT NAND that's used in...

36 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/6/2011

Rambus Loses Major Antitrust Case Against Hynix & Micron

There are few companies in the tech world as infamous as Rambus, an IP-only RAM development firm. For the better part of 10 years now they have been engaged...

29 by Ryan Smith on 11/16/2011

Intel and Micron Develop Hybrid Memory Cube, Stacked DRAM is Coming

During the final keynote of IDF, Intel's Justin Rattner demonstrated a new stacked DRAM technology called the Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC). The need is clear: if CPU performance is...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/15/2011

The Crucial m4 SSD Update: Faster with FW0009

When we first reviewed Crucial's m4 SSD we came away with mixed feelings on the drive. In some cases it was the first or second fastest drive we'd reviewed...

45 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/31/2011

Micron's P320h: A Custom Controller Native PCIe SSD in 350/700GB Capacities

SSDs are beginning to challenge conventional drive form factors in a major way. On the consumer side we're seeing more systems use new form factors for SSDs, enabled by...

28 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/2/2011

The Crucial m4 (Micron C400) SSD Review

Last week I was in Orlando attending CTIA. While enjoying the Florida weather, two SSDs arrived at my office back in NC: Intel's SSD 320, which we just reviewed...

103 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/31/2011

Micron's RealSSD C400 uses 25nm NAND at $1.61/GB, Offers 415MB/s Reads

Here’s a little deja vu for you. At last year’s Storage Visions (a small storage show that precedes CES) Micron announced its first 6Gbps SSD, the RealSSD C300. Although...

39 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/4/2011

Micron's ClearNAND: 25nm + ECC, Combats Increasing Error Rates

NAND endurance is on its way down with each subsequent process generation. At the same time unrecoverable bit error rates are on their way up. Companies like SandForce have...

24 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/2/2010

Micron Announces RealSSD P300, SLC SSD for Enterprise

Buying an SSD for your notebook or desktop is nice. You get more consistent performance. Applications launch extremely fast. And if you choose the right SSD, you really curb...

49 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/12/2010

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