The ever-excellent crew over at iFixit completed their initial teardown of the Early 2015 MacBook yesterday, creating some very nice shots of the Mac’s little logic board in the process. However not stopping there the crew also detached the SSD controller from the board, giving us our best look yet at what we strongly believe to be an Apple-built semi-custom or fully-custom SSD controller. Images Courtesy iFixit On the logic board itself, we can see that iFixit’s sample is equipped with Toshiba MLC NAND, 128GB per side, one package per side. However of greater interest is the chip bordered in orange, which based on the fact that it has multiple markings we believe to be the SSD controller, assembled in a Package-On-Package (PoP) fashion. The number...

Mushkin Releases New Striker SSD, Displays an Upcoming M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD

Mushkin had a couple of new and upcoming products in its suite during CES. The first one is a new Striker SSD, which uses Phison's S10 controller coupled with...

12 by Kristian Vättö on 1/13/2015

ADATA CES Suite Tour: PCIe & TLC SSDs, Power-Loss Protection Demo, 256GB SD Cards, USB 3.1 And More

I stopped by ADATA's suite last week to see what the company has been up to in the past six months. While ADATA didn't release or announce anything new...

8 by Kristian Vättö on 1/12/2015

OCZ Suite Tour: Vector 180, JetExpress PCIe NVMe Controller & Z-Drive 6000

While the Barefoot 3 platform is already a couple of years old, it is still going strong. OCZ has been in the process of adopting Toshiba's latest A19nm to...

26 by Kristian Vättö on 1/9/2015

Crucial Announces MX200, BX100 SSDs & SSD Toolbox

Crucial's MX100 has been one the most successful SSDs on the market. Its very aggressive pricing along with decent performance and great feature set has made it an excellent...

32 by Kristian Vättö on 1/8/2015

Corsair Unveils New Flash Storage Solutions

In their long list of new product announcements today, Corsair is also upgrading their top performance SSD drives lineup with the release of the Neutron XT SSDs. We already...

0 by E. Fylladitakis on 1/6/2015

Samsung Releases External T1 SSD

Traditionally the external flash storage space has been run by so called second tier OEMs that basically just buy the controller and NAND from third parties and then do...

22 by Kristian Vättö on 1/5/2015

SanDisk Announces Entry-Level SSD Plus & Ultra II mSATA

Back in September SanDisk launched the Ultra II for the mainstream market and it's been doing pretty well in the market so far. Today here at CES SanDisk is...

6 by Kristian Vättö on 1/5/2015

Western Digital Shows Off a 128GB SSD + 4TB HDD 3.5" SATA Express Dual-Drive

Storage Visions kicked off today and on the show floor Western Digital was showcasing a prototype of its new 3.5" dual-drive. The drive consists of a 128GB SSD along...

18 by Kristian Vättö on 1/4/2015

Crossbar's Resistive RAM Technology Reaching Commercialisation Stage

While the first 3D NAND chips have just found their way to the market and most NAND manufacturers are still developing their designs, there are already a handful of...

65 by Kristian Vättö on 12/21/2014

Best SSDs: Holiday 2014

We published our last 'Best SSDs' article in July and to be completely honest the core of my recommendations has remained unchanged, but there are a couple of new...

38 by Kristian Vättö on 12/15/2014

G.Skill Phoenix Blade (480GB) PCIe SSD Review

G.Skill hasn't been a very visible SSD OEM lately. Like many DRAM module companies, G.Skill entered the market early around 2009 when the market was very immature and profits...

62 by Kristian Vättö on 12/12/2014

Samsung SSD 850 EVO (120GB, 250GB, 500GB & 1TB) Review

Samsung hasn't stopped impressing me in the SSD space. The early Samsung SSDs weren't very good, but ever since the introduction of the SSD 830 Samsung has been doing...

89 by Kristian Vättö on 12/8/2014

Intel's 3D NAND to Ship in H2'15: 256Gbit Die & 32 Layers

Last Thursday in its annual Investor Meeting Intel revealed the first details of its 3D NAND technology and announced that it will begin the shipments of 3D NAND in...

58 by Kristian Vättö on 11/25/2014

Corsair Neutron XT (240GB, 480GB & 960GB) SSD Review: Phison S10 Debuts

The ugly truth is that the SSD market has been tough for almost all the typical PC component vendors lately. With Samsung, SanDisk, and Micron/Crucial being serious about the...

57 by Kristian Vättö on 11/17/2014

Intel Launches M.2 and Larger Capacity 2.5" SSD DC S3500 Models

Two years ago Intel released the DC S3500 and S3700 SSDs that marked as the company's first truly in-house SATA 6Gbps SSDs. Today Intel is adding M.2 form factor...

10 by Kristian Vättö on 11/11/2014

Upgrading the SSD in Chromebook & MyDigitalSSD Super Boot Drive M.2 2242 SSD Review

The majority of the Chromebooks tend to have 16GB of onboard storage with some high-end models having twice that. For the intended usage where everything is done in the...

67 by Kristian Vättö on 10/21/2014

Samsung Releases Firmware Update to Fix the SSD 840 EVO Read Performance Bug

The news of Samsung's SSD 840 EVO read performance degradation started circulating around the Internet about a month ago. Shortly after this, Samsung announced that they have found the...

94 by Kristian Vättö on 10/16/2014

Micron M600 (128GB, 256GB & 1TB) SSD Review

Those that have been following the SSD industry for a couple of years are likely aware that Micron does not sell retail drives under its own brand (unlike, e.g...

56 by Kristian Vättö on 9/29/2014

Firmware Update to Fix the Samsung SSD 840 EVO Read Performance Bug Coming on October 15th

A week ago Samsung acknowledged the existence of the read performance bug in the SSD 840 EVO and I just received a note that the fixed firmware is in...

84 by Kristian Vättö on 9/26/2014

Samsung Acknowledges the SSD 840 EVO Read Performance Bug - Fix Is on the Way

During the last couple of weeks, numerous reports of Samsung SSD 840 and 840 EVO having low read performance have surfaced around the Internet. The most extensive one is...

116 by Kristian Vättö on 9/19/2014

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