SSDs

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 were sampling in the form of a 128Gb MLC die. Now Toshiba and partner SanDisk have built a 256Gb TLC die on their 48-layer process. Toshiba will be sampling that chip starting in September, and SanDisk has selected it as their first 3D NAND device for mass production. Central to this development is the outfitting of Fab 2 at their facility in Yokkaichi, Japan. The previous Fab 2 was demolished in 2014 and construction started on a replacement to be used as their first fab for 3D NAND. The new Fab 2 has now started pilot...

Intel 313 Series SSDs Launching Soon

Intel 313 Series SSDs (also known as "Hawley Creek") were originally scheduled for Q4'11 release but obviously they were delayed. VR-Zone is now claiming that the release will take...

16 by Kristian Vättö on 2/22/2012

OCZ Octane 1.13 Firmware Update: Improving 4KB Random Write Performance

The one thing that OCZ has been missing for so many years is finally one of its staples: focus. The same company that dabbled in everything from brain mice...

24 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/9/2012

A Look at Enterprise Performance of Intel SSDs

For the majority of the history of AnandTech we've hosted our own server infrastructure. A benefit of running our own infrastructure is that we're able to gain a lot...

56 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/8/2012

Hitachi Releases Ultrastar SSD400S.B: 25nm SLC NAND Is Here

25nm MLC NAND has been in the market for roughly a year now and it is very common in today's consumer SSDs—there are only a few models using 3Xnm...

14 by Kristian Vättö on 2/8/2012

Intel SSD 520 Review: Cherryville Brings Reliability to SandForce

Intel was rumored to be working on a SandForce based drive for several months now, but even the rumors couldn't encapsulate just how long Intel and SF has worked...

139 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/6/2012

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

Samsung Updates the Firmware of SSD 830 Series, Fixes BSOD Issue

This seems to be a month of SSD firmware updates. Less than two weeks ago, Crucial released a firmware update to fix the issue that caused BSODs after 5184...

24 by Kristian Vättö on 1/23/2012

OCZ Releases Firmware Update for Octane, Increases Random Write Performance

OCZ released a firmware update for its Octane SSD series. The update carries a version number 1.13 and OCZ claims substantial random write improvements. To refresh everyone's memory on...

7 by Kristian Vättö on 1/23/2012

TRIM Enabler 2.0 for OS X Lion Released

People are often concerned with the performance of their SSD; is it running as fast as advertised. TRIM is an essential part of keeping your SSD performance up (see...

32 by Kristian Vättö on 1/22/2012

Kingston's SSDNow V+200: More Affordable SandForce

Last year Kingston introduced its HyperX line of SF-2281 based SSDs. HyperX marked the first time SandForce and Kingston ever worked together but the relationship continued. Kingston quietly introduced...

13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/19/2012

Crucial Provides a Firmware Update for M4 to Fix The BSOD Issue

Last week, we wrote about the BSOD issue that Crucial's M4 SSDs were experiencing. After 5184 hours (yes, that's the specific number) of active use, the SSD started to...

15 by Kristian Vättö on 1/14/2012

Super Talent: Demos PCIe-based RAIDDrive upStream and RAIDDrive II SSDs

It’s a bit sad, really: SATA 6Gbps ony a couple years old and already we’re seeing SSDs push the limits of the interface. While the SATA spec will eventually...

5 by Jarred Walton on 1/12/2012

Some Thoughts on SandForce's 3rd Generation SSD Controller

I spent a few minutes talking to SandForce in between meetings today and got a general idea of what a third generation SF controller might look like. The SandForce...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/12/2012

Corsair Continues to Expand

Corsair has been making a tremendous number of waves over the past year, as announcements made at last year's CES are beginning to come to fruition. They continue to...

9 by Dustin Sklavos on 1/12/2012

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

Mushkin's 1.8", mSATA & PCIe SF-2281 SSDs at CES

The SSD market is continuing to grow and we're seeing no slowdown in the number of players trying to get in on the action. Mushkin, one of the first...

3 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/10/2012

Patriot SSDs, Flash, and Large Memory Applications

Patriot has been supplying memory products for some time now, and they had the usual assortment of SSDs, RAM, USB, and other Flash products on display in their suite...

4 by Jarred Walton on 1/10/2012

OCZ Scores an Ultrabook Design Win for Everest: LG Super Ultrabook Z300

OCZ is on a roll at CES this year. It just announced LG's Super Ultrabook Z300 will ship with a 256GB mSATA Indilinx Everest based SSD. I'm still trying...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

OCZ Z-Drive R4 CloudServ (RM1616) Features Sixteen SandForce Controllers

The Z-Drive R4 is a PCIe SSD available in 4 and 8-controller versions targeted squarely at the enterprise. Apparently some of OCZ's customers wanted an even beefier version, which...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

OCZ's 4TB 3.5" Chiron SSD

Take four Indilinx Everest controllers, put them behind custom OCZ FPGAs that implement its own VCA (RAID-like) architecture and you've got the Chiron. The complete enclosure provides support for...

9 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/9/2012

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