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...

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66 by Kristian Vättö on 3/3/2014

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93 by Kristian Vättö on 2/27/2014

An Update Regarding OCZ's Warranties

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24 by Kristian Vättö on 1/31/2014

The WD Black2 Review: World's First 2.5" Dual-Drive

If you had asked me a few years ago, I would've said that hybrid drives will be the next big thing in the storage industry. A hybrid drive made...

100 by Kristian Vättö on 1/30/2014

OCZ Vertex 460 (240GB) Review

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68 by Kristian Vättö on 1/22/2014

Plextor’s M6 Series SSDs at CES

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6 by Jarred Walton on 1/14/2014

ADATA at CES: SF-3700, Power Banks, etc.

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5 by Jarred Walton on 1/13/2014

OWC to Bring Aftermarket SF3700 PCIe SSD Upgrades to 2013 Macs

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23 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/10/2014

Samsung SSD 840 EVO mSATA (120GB, 250GB, 500GB & 1TB) Review

Samsung is in a unique position in the SSD market. It’s the only company in the consumer SSD business with a fully vertically integrated business model and zero reliance...

65 by Kristian Vättö on 1/9/2014

Mushkin CES 2014: SF-3700 SSDs

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8 by Jarred Walton on 1/8/2014

Mushkin Launch ProSpec SSDs for Enterprise: SF-2582

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5 by Ian Cutress on 1/6/2014

LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2: Mini Review

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10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/5/2014

Avago to Acquire LSI

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14 by Kristian Vättö on 12/16/2013

Mushkin Atlas mSATA (240GB & 480GB) Review

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27 by Kristian Vättö on 12/16/2013

Intel Gaming System Giveaway - Holiday 2013: Part 1, Gaming Core i5

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4054 by Anand Lal Shimpi, Jarred Walton & Ian Cutress on 12/13/2013

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23 by Kristian Vättö on 12/12/2013

Samsung SSD News: 1TB 840 EVO mSATA, RAPID for 840 Pro & eDrive for 840 EVO

Today has been a busy day for Samsung's SSD department with three releases/announcements. With three different topics, I've separated this article into three, so let's begin with the hardware. Samsung...

35 by Kristian Vättö on 12/9/2013

Toshiba Acquires OCZ's Assets for $35 million

Following last week's news of OCZ's bankruptcy filing, it's now official that Toshiba is acquiring OCZ's assets for $35 million cash. The agreement includes all of OCZ's client and...

43 by Kristian Vättö on 12/3/2013

OCZ Files for Bankruptcy - Toshiba Offers to Buy the Assets

OCZ has just issued a press release announcing their filing for bankruptcy, which was expected since Nasdaq had halted the trading of OCZ stock earlier today. OCZ has had...

68 by Kristian Vättö on 11/27/2013

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