SSDs

At Computex in June, Micron announced that Crucial's Ballistix brand was being promoted to a standalone brand for gaming-oriented products. Their exhibit included three tiers of Ballistix DRAM products and one SSD: the Ballistix TX3 M.2 PCIe SSD. Based on Micron 3D MLC NAND and the Silicon Motion SM2260 NVMe SSD controller, the TX3 was to be Micron's first consumer/retail SSD with 3D MLC or a PCIe interface and was slated for a release sometime in the second half of 2016. Micron has informed us this week that the Ballistix TX3 program has been canceled. This leaves Micron's consumer SSD strategy up in the air. With the release this summer of the Crucial MX300, Micron moved their mainstream SATA MX line from MLC to 3D...

Marvell Announces NVMe Controller for DRAM-Less PCIe 3.0 x2 SSDs

Marvell has announced its new controller for affordable and miniature SSDs, the 88NV1160. The chip can be used to build small form-factor SSDs in M.2 as well as BGA...

22 by Anton Shilov on 8/17/2016

Intel Optane And 3D XPoint Updates From IDF

At Intel Developer Forum this week in San Francisco, Intel is sharing a few more details about its plans for their Optane SSDs using 3D XPoint memory. The next milestone...

36 by Billy Tallis on 8/16/2016

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...

30 by Anton Shilov on 8/12/2016

Western Digital to Use 3D ReRAM as Storage Class Memory for Special-Purpose SSDs

At the Flash Memory Summit this week, Western Digital announced that it intends to use 3D Resistive RAM (ReRAM) as storage class memory (SCM) for its future special-purpose ultra-fast...

38 by Anton Shilov on 8/12/2016

Maxiotek Unveils MK8115: Low-Cost SSD Controller for 3D NAND SATA SSDs

Maxiotek this week introduced its first SSD controller designed for affordable SSDs with an SATA interface, which is meant to be paired with new types of NAND flash memory...

6 by Anton Shilov on 8/11/2016

Samsung at Flash Memory Summit: 64-layer V-NAND, Bigger SSDs, Z-SSD

At Flash Memory Summit, Samsung announced their fourth generation of 3D NAND and several of the more obvious SSD upgrades it enables. Taking a page from Intel and Micron's...

51 by Billy Tallis on 8/11/2016

Micron Announces QuantX Branding For 3D XPoint Memory (UPDATED)

In a keynote speech later this morning at Flash Memory Summit, Micron will be unveiling the branding and logo that their products based on 3D XPoint memory will be...

52 by Billy Tallis on 8/9/2016

Seagate Introduces 10GB/s PCIe SSD And 60TB SAS SSD

Seagate is looking to break records with two enterprise SSDs they're showing off at Flash Memory Summit this week. The first drive is one that's been seen before: the...

35 by Billy Tallis on 8/9/2016

Netac Z5 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable SSD Review

The last few years have seen rapid advancements in flash technology including planar 1x nm NAND, TLC, and 3D V-NAND. External high-speed interfaces such as USB 3.x have also...

21 by Ganesh T S on 8/9/2016

Seagate Re-Enters Enterprise SATA SSD Market with Nytro XF1230

It's hard for any new SATA SSD to be big news. Aside from instances where new NAND flash enables higher capacities or a big price drop, almost everything we...

13 by Billy Tallis on 8/4/2016

Toshiba Announces New BGA SSDs Using 3D TLC NAND

Toshiba has announced a new generation of BG series single-chip SSDs, with a newer controller and expanded capacity options thanks to the adoption of 3D NAND. The BG series...

14 by Billy Tallis on 8/3/2016

Crucial Expands MX300 SSD Lineup with Additional Capacities: Up to 1TB

Crucial this week made two announcements. Its MX300 family of 3D NAND-based consumer-grade SSDs has been expanded with additional models, and also Crucial revealed plans to start sales of...

9 by Anton Shilov on 8/2/2016

Samsung’s PM1633a Now Available: $10k for 15 TB, $6k for 7 TB

Samsung started to ship its PM1633a SSD with 15.36 TB capacity to select customers in March and recently it began to supply the drive to select resellers as well...

41 by Anton Shilov on 7/29/2016

Seagate Expands Nytro Enterprise SSD Family with 2TB M.2 XM1440

As Flash Memory Summit 2016 approaches, many major players in the SSD market are starting to announce new products. A year after introducing the Nytro XM1440 enterprise M.2 PCIe...

9 by Billy Tallis on 7/26/2016

Updated: AMD Announces Radeon Pro SSG: Fiji With M.2 SSDs On-Board

As part of this evening’s AMD Capsaicin event (more on that later), AMD’s Chief Architect and SVP of the Radeon Technologies Group has announced a new Radeon Pro card...

114 by Ryan Smith on 7/25/2016

Samsung’s SSD 850 EVO 4 TB Now Available from Major Retailers

Samsung quietly added its 4 TB 850 EVO SSD model to the product to the lineup back in May (according to its own datasheet) without making any formal announcements...

28 by Anton Shilov on 7/22/2016

Super Talent Launches their PCIe Nova U.2 SSDs, up to 2 TB and 3 GB/s

The march to U.2 adoption is slow but coming - it is already more successful than SATA Express ever was. Consumer motherboards are now coming equipped with slots, and...

16 by Anton Shilov on 7/21/2016

The Samsung 850 EVO 4TB SSD Review

The arrival of Samsung's 256Gb 48-layer 3D NAND has allowed the 850 EVO product line to expand once more with the introduction of the first 4TB consumer SSD: a...

146 by Billy Tallis on 7/11/2016

Evaluating the Toshiba OCZ RD400 M.2 NVMe SSD on a Skylake NUC

The Skylake NUCs have faced plenty of issues since their introduction late last year. However, stability has improved with the latest BIOS updates. One of the issues with the...

16 by Ganesh T S on 7/5/2016

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