SSDs

Now that the Intel Optane Memory M.2 SSDs are readily available on the open market, anyone with an electron microscope and the skills to use it can begin to probe the secrets of 3D XPoint memory that Intel and Micron have been keeping tightly under wraps since announcing the new technology in August 2015. The reverse engineering experts at TechInsights have been doing just that, and they recently published their initial findings. With some of the first high-resolution die photographs of 3D XPoint, TechInsights has provided precise measurements of the die size and memory density. The 128Gb 3D XPoint die is 206.5 mm2, much larger than is typical for modern NAND flash or DRAM but comparable to Intel's 128Gb 20nm planar MLC NAND. A large...

NVMe 1.3 Specification Published With New Features For Client And Enterprise SSDs

The first major update to the NVMe storage interface specification in almost two and a half years has been published, standardizing many new features and helping set the course...

14 by Billy Tallis 3 days ago

Western Digital Seeks To Intervene In Toshiba's Sale Of Memory Business

Western Digital, through its SanDisk subsidiary, is seeking arbitration to prevent Toshiba from selling off its stake in their flash memory joint venture without the consent of Western Digital...

11 by Billy Tallis 4 days ago

Western Digital Launches HGST Ultrastar SS300 SSDs: 3D NAND for Data Centers

Western Digital has officially introduced its first data center-class SSDs using 3D NAND flash. The new HGST Ultrastar SS300 SSDs are designed for SAS applications with mixed workloads that...

3 by Anton Shilov 5 days ago

Western Digital Ships Client SSDs Based on 512 Gb 3D TLC NAND Chips

Last week Toshiba demonstrated the operation of its XG-series SSDs NVMe PCIe SSD based on the company’s 64-layer 512 Gb 3D NAND chips. What was left unnoticed is that...

10 by Anton Shilov on 5/19/2017

Previewing Maxiotek's MK8115 SSD Controller: Can DRAM-less Drives Make The Cut?

Maxiotek, the fabless SSD controller design group formerly part of JMicron, has released their first new controller since being spun off. The MK8115 is a DRAM-less SATA SSD controller...

60 by Billy Tallis on 5/9/2017

Toshiba Demonstrates NVMe SSD With 64-Layer BiCS3 3D NAND

Toshiba's transition from planar NAND flash to 3D NAND flash memory has been a long, drawn-out process. Their BiCS 3D NAND architecture is on its third generation but has...

10 by Billy Tallis on 5/8/2017

Intel Announces New DC P4500 And P4600 Datacenter SSDs

Intel has announced the most significant updates to their enterprise PCIe SSD lineup since the launch of their first NVMe SSDs. The new Intel SSD DC P4500 and P4600...

4 by Billy Tallis on 5/2/2017

MSI to Bundle Intel Optane Memory 16 GB Cache Drives with Select Motherboards

MSI this week announced plans to bundle Intel Optane Memory 16 GB caching drives with select Intel 200-series chipset motherboards. The company claims that the drives will not increase...

18 by Anton Shilov on 4/28/2017

Micron Hires New CEO: Sanjay Mehrotra, SanDisk Co-Founder And Former CEO

In February, Micron CEO Mark Durcan announced his retirement after three decades with the company. Durcan had previously announced plans to retire in 2012 while serving as the company's...

0 by Billy Tallis on 4/27/2017

The Intel Optane Memory (SSD) Preview: 32GB of Kaby Lake Caching

Last week, we took a look at Intel's first product based on their 3D XPoint non-volatile memory technology: the Optane SSD DC P4800X, a record-breaking flagship enterprise SSD. Today...

109 by Billy Tallis on 4/24/2017

The Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X (375GB) Review: Testing 3D XPoint Performance

Intel's new 3D XPoint non-volatile memory technology, which has been on the cards publically for the last couple of years, is finally hitting the market as the storage medium...

114 by Billy Tallis on 4/20/2017

Giveaway: OCZ RD400 & VX500 SSDs

In the mood for some free hardware? Well then you're in luck: our awesome community team in conjuction with OCZ is holding a giveaway for a trio of SSDs...

29 by Ryan Smith on 4/19/2017

Dell To Offer Toshiba HK4 SATA SSDs In PowerEdge Servers

Toshiba is announcing today that Dell will begin offering Toshiba HK4 series enterprise SATA SSDs as a storage option for Dell's PowerEdge servers. Dell currently offers a wide range...

4 by Billy Tallis on 4/18/2017

SK Hynix Launches 72-Layer 256 Gb 3D TLC NAND with Increased Performance

SK Hynix has formally introduced its fourth-generation 3D NAND memory chips with 72 layers. Initially, the 3D TLC flash chips will be offered in 256 Gb configurations, but by...

3 by Anton Shilov on 4/14/2017

HighPoint RocketStor 6618 Thunderbolt 3 DAS: 8-Bays, Up to 96 TB, 2.7 GB/s, $999

HighPoint has started to ship its RocketStor 6600-series Thunderbolt 3 RAID enclosures that can accommodate up to eight storage devices. The enclosures support all popular RAID levels and can...

21 by Anton Shilov on 4/11/2017

Western Digital Announces My Passport SSD: Up to 1 TB, AES-256, USB-C

Western Digital has announced its first external SSDs to be sold under the WD brand. The My Passport SSDs are shock resistant, support hardware-based AES-256 encryption, use USB 3.1...

7 by Anton Shilov on 4/11/2017

ADATA Announces The XPG SX7000 Series SSDs: Up to 1 TB, M.2, PCIe 3.0 x4

ADATA has announced its new lineup of SSDs designed to combine high-performance with 3D TLC flash memory. The new XPG SX7000 is positioned below ADATA’s flagship XPG SX8000 series...

9 by Anton Shilov on 4/10/2017

Transcend Launches New PCIe M.2 SSDs: The MTE850 Series

Transcend has announced its first SSDs based on 3D MLC NAND flash memory. The MTE850-series drives are aimed at the higher-end of the market and promise up to 2.5...

23 by Anton Shilov on 4/4/2017

A New Challenger Appears: Palit's Own-Brand UVS and GFS SSDs Announced

Palit has announced two families of SSDs that it plans to sell under its own brand. The new drives are aimed at entry-level and mainstream gaming PCs, and will...

27 by Anton Shilov on 4/3/2017

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