Courtesy of Custom PC Review At Flash Memory Summit, Toshiba was showcasing their latest 15nm 128Gbit MLC NAND wafer that has been developed in partnership with SanDisk. I simply could not resist to calculate the die size as Toshiba/SanDisk has not published it and die size is always the basis of any semiconductor cost analysis. Unfortunately I was too busy running between meetings that I did not take a photo of the wafer, so I am borrowing the picture from Custom PC Review. To estimate the die size, I used the same method as with Samsung's second generation V-NAND. Basically I just calculated the amount of dies in both X and Y axes of the wafer as that gives as an approximation of the die size...

Micron P400m Review (200GB)

Micron has remained one of the more stable players in the SSD space over the past few years. Although not typically at the top of our charts, Micron (and...

24 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/13/2013

Apple Is Now Using SanDisk SSDs in the Retina MacBook Pro As Well

There has always been some level of lottery involved when buying an SSD-equipped Mac. The first Mac to start the lottery was the 2010 MacBook Air, which initially used...

31 by Kristian Vättö on 2/5/2013

The Full Intel SSD 525 Review: 30GB, 60GB, 120GB, 180GB & 240GB Tested

Last week we published a teaser look at Intel's latest mSATA SSD: the Intel SSD 525. At the time we only presented performance for a single 240GB drive, however...

26 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/3/2013

Intel Releases 180GB SSD 335

Intel released the SSD 335 in October last year but the initial launch included only the 240GB version. Today Intel is adding a 180GB model to the SSD 335...

14 by Kristian Vättö on 2/1/2013

Intel SSD 525 Review (240GB)

The mSATA SSD space has been heating up over the past year as Ultrabooks and other small form factor devices like Intel’s NUC have continued to grow in popularity...

21 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/30/2013

Intel's SSD 525: Bringing iSandForce to mSATA

Today Intel is officially announcing what we've had in house since the end of last year: the Intel SSD 525. Based on SandForce's SF-2281 controller but using a special...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/28/2013

Transcend SSD320 & SSD720 (256GB) Review

Transcend is a Taiwanese company specializing in memory and flash storage solutions. While Transcend may not be the first company that comes to mind about NAND flash, they have...

35 by Kristian Vättö on 1/25/2013

MyDigitalSSD SMART & BP3 mSATA SSD Review

Every now and then we receive a request from a smaller SSD manufacturer to review their products. We rarely say no to such a request and we try to...

48 by Kristian Vättö on 1/22/2013

A Month with Apple's Fusion Drive

Apple has the luxury of not competing at lower price points for its Macs, which makes dropping hard drives an easier thing to accomplish. Even so, out of the...

124 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/18/2013

Fusion-io Launches ioScale for Hyperscale Market

We haven't even had time to cover everything we saw at CES last week, but there are already more product announcements coming in. Fusion-io launched their new ioScale product...

15 by Kristian Vättö on 1/17/2013

New from Buffalo Technology - Updated AC1750 802.11ac router, MiniStation Thunderbolt with SSD, and Thunderbolt Duo

Ganesh and I dropped by Buffalo Technology at CES 2013 to get a look at their upcoming products. I'll leave most of the MiniStation NAS news to him as...

5 by Brian Klug on 1/12/2013

ADATA Shows Off Enterprise SSDs, RAM, NAND, etc.

ADATA invited us to their suite to show us some of their latest and greatest offerings. Most of the items on display have been previously launched, but they did...

5 by Jarred Walton on 1/11/2013

Micron/Crucial Announces M500 SSD Line of SSDs

Micron/Crucial briefed us on their new M500 line of SSDs, which upgrades the controller to the Marvell 88SS9187-BLD2 along with moving to 20nm Micron MLC NAND. Along with the...

25 by Jarred Walton on 1/10/2013

Mushkin's High Performance Ventura Ultra SF-2281 USB 3.0 Stick

All of the memory makers seem to have embraced the selling of flash memory devices--be they USB sticks, SSDs, SD flash for cameras, etc. Typically, USB sticks have settled...

10 by Jarred Walton on 1/9/2013

Mushkin Unveils Enterprise ProSpec SSD Line

Like many memory companies, Mushkin has also added a selection of flash memory and SSD products to their portfolio. Their current Chronos and Chronos Deluxe lines cater to the...

0 by Jarred Walton on 1/9/2013

Mushkin Announces 960GB 2.5" Chronos SSD

Continuing our CES coverage, Mushkin has announced a 960GB model of their popular Chronos SSD. Details are very scarce at this point but I was able to find out...

4 by Kristian Vättö on 1/9/2013

Plextor/LiteOn Enters the eMMC Market

This is an unusual move but one that makes a lot of sense. Plextor is currently qualifing its first eMMC solution built around a Marvell controller. These integrated eMMC...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/8/2013

Plextor's Dabbles in TLC NAND

Following in Samsung's footsteps, Plextor will be bringing a TLC version of its M5 series of SSDs to market towards the middle of the year. Despite the move to...

2 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/8/2013

Plextor's M5M mSATA SSD

In addition to the 2.5" SATA M5 Pro Xtreme, Plextor is bringing an mSATA version of the drive to market in the first half of this year as the...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/8/2013

Hands On with Plextor's NGFF SSDs

The Next Generation Form Factor for SSDs is designed to bring standardization to the wild west of Ultrabook SSD form factors. We reported on the standard at IDF, but...

8 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/8/2013

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