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...

OCZ's Octane: Initial Performance Results

Last month OCZ finally unveiled the fruits of its Indilinx acquisition: the OCZ Octane SSD. Based on the Indilinx Everest platform, the Octane was to be OCZ's more affordable...

50 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/22/2011

Intel to Add TRIM Support for RAID 0

Intel's release notes for Rapid Storage Technology (RST) 11.5 Alpha version reveal that they have plans to add TRIM support for RAID 0 arrays in the next version of...

31 by Kristian Vättö on 11/21/2011

Newegg Giving A 15% Discount on Any OCZ SSD

Update: Apparently, the sale was only valid for one day (November 16th), meaning that the coupon code no longer works. Newegg is having a sale and they are giving a...

37 by Kristian Vättö on 11/16/2011

Kingston Releases SSDNow V200 Series

Kingston has released a new SSD lineup named as SSDNow V200. This series comes in 2.5" form factor and is the successor of V100 series, which was released a...

12 by Kristian Vättö on 11/10/2011

Corsair Gives Marvell Another Try With Performance Pro SSD

Corsair is no stranger to Marvell based SSDs. Prior to its current flagship Force 3 and Force GT (SF-2281 based) SSDs, Corsair released the Performance 3 Series using Marvell...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/10/2011

OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G Review: A Fast MacBook Air SSD Upgrade

I've written previously about the SSD lottery you play when you buy a new MacBook Air. As with many commodity components, Apple sources its SSDs from two sources. For...

40 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/9/2011

LaCie Little Big Disk (240GB SSD) Review

A week ago we published our review of the first sub-$1000 Thunderbolt drive enclosure: LaCie's Little Big Disk. Armed with a pair of 2.5" hard drives, the Little Big...

24 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/8/2011

The LSI SandForce Acquisition: Anand's Thoughts

I'd almost given up hope that someone would acquire SandForce. After taking so long to fix the infamous BSOD issue and our own interests beginning to shift away to...

22 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/2/2011

LSI Announces Agreement to Acquire SandForce

For much of the past year I've been hearing SandForce wanted to be bought. The price? $300M - $400M. A bit too rich for OCZ's blood, but a figure...

27 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/26/2011

OCZ's Octane SSD: Indilinx Everest, Up to 1TB in a Consumer Drive

In March, OCZ signed a definitive agreement to acquire Indilinx, the SSD controller company that pretty much dominated the value segment in 2009 before Intel got aggressive on pricing...

58 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/20/2011

SandForce Identifies Firmware Bug Causing BSOD Issue, Fix Available Today

After months of end user complaints, SandForce has finally duplicated, verified and provided a fix for the infamous BSOD/disconnect issue that affected SF-2200 based SSDs. The root cause is...

31 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/17/2011

The Intel SSD 710 (200GB) Review

When Intel entered the SSD market one of its declared goals was to bring the technology into the mainstream. The goal was so important to Intel that its consumer...

69 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/30/2011

OCZ Z-Drive R4 CM88 (1.6TB PCIe SSD) Review

In our last SandForce SSD roundup I talked about how undesirable the consumer SSD market is, at least for those companies who don't produce their own controllers and/or NAND...

58 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/27/2011

The Samsung SSD 830 Review

Samsung is a dangerous competitor in the SSD space. Not only does it make its own controller, DRAM and NAND, but it also has an incredible track record in...

100 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/24/2011

OCZ Releases Synapse SSD for Caching

OCZ has released a new series of SSDs called Synapse Cache today. This announcement is a bit different from normal SSD announcements since OCZ will be bundling Dataplex caching...

37 by Kristian Vättö on 9/21/2011

OWC Releases 6Gb/s SSD Upgrades for 2011 MacBook Air

OWC has released SSD upgrades suitable for Apple's MacBook Air (our 2011 review). The SSDs are branded as Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G and come in capacities of 120GB...

8 by Kristian Vättö on 9/16/2011

Intel Discloses Cherryville & Hawley Creek SSDs: Intel's Fastest SSD in Q4

In addition to the SSD 710 series, Intel also disclosed two more SSDs codenamed: Cherryville and Hawley Creek. Cherryville is Intel's next 6Gbps SATA drive, replacing the SSD 510...

11 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2011

Intel Officially Announces SSD 710 Series for the Enterprise

Intel just announced its latest SSD: the enterprise focused Intel SSD 710 series. The specs don't deviate very far from what we published a couple of months ago. The...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2011

OCZ Reveals 7.5mm 2.5" SSDs

OCZ just issued a press release revealing that LG is using OCZ's brand new 7.5mm 2.5" SSD in their P220 laptop. Note that regular 2.5" drives have height of...

9 by Kristian Vättö on 9/13/2011

Dell Precision Mobile Workstations: Now with Larger and Faster SSDs

I recently received an email from a reader asking for advice on the "best" laptop Dell has to offer. The reader's work is footing the bill, but with the...

9 by Jarred Walton on 9/8/2011

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