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 the second half of 2015. While Intel's investment in 3D NAND hasn't been a secret, the company has been relatively quiet about any specifics and the vital specs such as the number of layers and die capacity have remained unknown. In Thursday's webcast, Rob Crooke, Senior VP and General Manager of Intel's non-volatile memory group, disclosed that Intel's first generation 3D MLC NAND die will be 256Gbit (32GB) in capacity and will consist of 32 layers. The technology also enables a 384Gbit (48GB) TLC (3-bit-per-cell) die as we have learned over the years. Intel claims that...

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...

125 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

Plextor Introduces M5 Pro Xtreme SSD

Shipping at the end of this month is Plextor's new M5 Pro Extreme SSD, an update to the M5 Pro that we reviewed not too long ago. The M5...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/8/2013

SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD Review (256GB)

SanDisk is a household name as far as NAND storage is concerned. You can’t walk into an electronics retailer and not be bombarded with SanDisk made CompactFlash and SD...

37 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/7/2013

Corsair Neutron & Neutron GTX: All Capacities Tested

Corsair surprised us all at Computex this year when they announced their Neutron and Neutron GTX SSDs based on a so-far relatively unknown Link A Media Devices (LAMD) controller...

44 by Kristian Vättö on 12/19/2012

Samsung Acquires SSD Caching Company NVELO

This came out of the blue. Samsung announced their intent to acquire NVELO, known for their Dataplex SSD caching software. Price or specific timeframe of the acquisition have not...

15 by Kristian Vättö on 12/16/2012

Plextor Updates The Firmware on M5 Pro: Promises Increased Performance, We Test It

Plextor released their M5 Pro SSD in August, which we reviewed shortly after the release. Now nearly four months later, Plextor has released an updated firmware (v1.02) for the...

46 by Kristian Vättö on 12/10/2012

Samsung Explains The Firmware Bug Causing The Failures of SSD 840/840 Pro

We've been covering the issues surrounding Samsung's SSD 840/840 Pro lately. The issue was first discovered when Anand's pre-production review sample died during testing and we also noted that...

56 by Kristian Vättö on 12/7/2012

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