NAND

The SD Association this week announced the SD Specification 5.1, which will introduce the so-called Application Performance Classes that will specify minimum read and write IOPS performance supported by the upcoming SD cards. The App Performance Classes are designed to help end users to ensure that memory cards they get are capable of providing decent experience when running applications. When Panasonic, SanDisk and Toshiba developed the Secure Digital card standard in the late 1990s, their main goal was to create miniature removable devices to store multimedia files (music, images, short videos, etc.) and even operating systems that would be more versatile than MMC cards and would offer a path for future evolution. Over time, SD cards have increased capacity, improved sequential performance and even gained...

Toshiba Finalizes Plans for New 3D NAND Fab: Coming Online in 2019

Toshiba in the past week has finalized plans to build a new production facility to make 3D NAND flash memory. The company will start construction in early 2017 and...

7 by Anton Shilov on 11/15/2016

Seagate Introduces New Generation of Enterprise Performance 15K HDDs with NAND Caching

Seagate on Tuesday announced its new generation of hard drives with 15K spindle speed and up to 900 GB capacity. The new HDDs use NAND caching to boost response...

10 by Anton Shilov on 10/26/2016

Market Trends Q2 2016: SSD Shipments Up 41.2% YoY, PC Sales Up on Q1

Sales of SSDs in the first quarter of 2016 were up 41.2% year-over-year, based on findings from TrendFocus*, a storage market tracking company. Shipments of all types of SSDs...

24 by Anton Shilov on 10/5/2016

ADATA Launches XPG SX8000: High-End M.2 NVMe SSD Featuring 3D MLC NAND

ADATA on Thursday introduced its first lineup of SSDs powered by 3D MLC NAND flash memory. The XPG SX8000 drives promise up to 2.4 GB/s read speed as well...

14 by Anton Shilov on 9/29/2016

Toshiba Begins to Sample eMLC-Based ZD6300 7.68 TB SSDs to Customers

Toshiba has quietly expanded its ZD6300 family of SSDs with a 7.68 TB model, its most capacious storage device announced to date. The new drive was designed for mixed...

31 by Anton Shilov on 8/12/2016

Western Digital Rolls Out 256 GB SanDisk microSDXC Memory Cards

Coinciding with the Mobile World Congress at Shanghai, SanDisk owner Western Digital is introducing two new microSD memory cards that can store up to 256 GB of data. The...

30 by Anton Shilov on 6/28/2016

Patriot Adds 2 TB SSD into Lineup of Mainstream Drives

Patriot has introduced a new addition to the lineup of Ignite SSDs, this time with 2 TB capacity. The new drive will offer a lot of solid-state storage, but...

18 by Anton Shilov on 6/1/2016

Samsung Expands 750 EVO SSD Lineup with 500 GB Model, Changes Positioning

When Samsung released its 750 EVO lineup of SSDs based on planar TLC NAND flash memory earlier this year, it seemed like a big surprise, as the company was...

29 by Anton Shilov on 5/25/2016

Market Trends Q1 2016: Shipments of SSDs Up 32.7% Year-over-Year

Shipments of SSDs in the first quarter of 2016 were up 32.7% compared to the same period a year ago, according to findings of TrendFocus*, a storage market tracking...

11 by Anton Shilov on 5/25/2016

Western Digital’s Acquisition of SanDisk Officially Closes

Western Digital announced on Tuesday that the Chinese authorities have approved its acquisition of SanDisk. The regulatory approval from China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) in connection with the planned...

18 by Anton Shilov on 5/16/2016

Plextor Embraces TLC NAND: Introduces M7V SSD

After toying with the concept last year, Plextor has finally announced its first family of SSDs based on TLC NAND flash memory. The new M7V lineup of drives is...

21 by Anton Shilov on 4/12/2016

Toshiba to Build New Fab to Produce BiCS NAND Flash

Toshiba this month has announced plans to build a new manufacturing facility to produce its BiCS NAND flash memory. The company intends to start making chips at the new...

5 by Anton Shilov on 3/25/2016

Samsung Demos Its First BGA SSD: 1500 MB/s Read Speed and Tiny Package

In the recent years SSDs in M.2 form-factor have greatly reduced the amount of space required for storage sub-systems inside modern PCs. However, as computers get even smaller, there...

38 by Anton Shilov on 3/22/2016

SD Association Announces SD 5.0 Specification: SD Cards For UHD and 360° Video Capture

The SD Association, the multi-vendor consortium responsible for developing standards for Secure Digital flash memory cards, has unveiled the newest version of the Secure Digital standard, SD 5.0. The...

14 by Anton Shilov on 3/1/2016

Samsung SSD Update: 48-layer 256Gbit TLC 3D NAND & Three New TLC SSDs Announced

When Samsung took the stage at the 2015 Flash Memory Summit, they admittedly didn't deliver any bombshell announcements on the scale of the Intel/Micron 3D XPoint surprise, but they...

61 by Billy Tallis on 8/13/2015

Toshiba Brings Through-Silicon Vias to NAND Flash

At Flash Memory Summit this week, Toshiba is showing off a NAND flash device packaged using through-silicon vias rather than traditional wire-bonded connections. The NAND flash currently on the market...

18 by Billy Tallis on 8/12/2015

Toshiba and SanDisk Announce 48-layer 256Gbit TLC 3D NAND

This week Toshiba and SanDisk are announcing a new milestone in their joint development of flash memory. Back in March Toshiba announced a 48-layer 3D NAND technology that they...

29 by Billy Tallis on 8/4/2015

Estimating Intel-Micron 32-layer 3D NAND Die Size

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...

36 by Kristian Vättö on 3/27/2015

Intel-Micron Share Additional Details of Their 3D NAND

Today must be the busiest day in the world of NAND. Earlier today, Toshiba announced that it has begun sampling of its 48-layer 128Gbit 3D NAND part and now...

35 by Kristian Vättö on 3/26/2015

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