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...

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

LaCie 5big NAS Pro Review - Part I

We have looked at LaCie's 5big offering before in late 2010. In that product, the only LaCie signature was the industrial design and choice of hardware components of the...

31 by Ganesh T S on 1/7/2013

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

Marvell Adds NVDRIVE to DragonFly Family of Enterprise Storage Accelerators

Marvell's DragonFly virtual storage accelerators have been around for close to two years. Back in April 2011, StorageReview had some hands-on time with the DragonFly storage accelerator. In August...

5 by Ganesh T S on 1/3/2013

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

Mushkin Announces First 480GB mSATA SSD

We're seeing a true shift in the mobile market to including SSDs in more of the market spectrum. What was once the domain of $1500+ laptops is now being...

27 by Jarred Walton on 12/6/2012

Exploring the Relationship Between Spare Area and Performance Consistency in Modern SSDs

When we reviewed Intel's SSD DC S3700 I started looking at consistency of IO latency, an area that Intel's latest controller specifically targeted for significant improvement. In our review...

132 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/4/2012

Update on Samsung SSD 840/840 Pro Failures

In our review of Samsung's SSD 840 Pro I noted that my drive died shortly after I completed testing. Samsung sent me a replacement, which also stopped working (although...

45 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/28/2012

TRIM & RAID-0 SSD Arrays Work With Intel 6-Series Motherboards Too

A few months ago, Intel brought TRIM support to RAID-0 SSD arrays but limited it to its latest 7-series chipsets. As 7 and 6-series chipsets are very similar, there...

34 by Kristian Vättö on 11/28/2012

OCZ Vector (256GB) Review

Times are changing at OCZ. There's a new CEO at the helm, and the company is now focused on releasing fewer products but that have gone through more validation...

151 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/27/2012

Patriot Gauntlet Node/320 Review: Wireless Storage for Tablets

One side effect of the current march towards ultramobility is the nearly complete abandonment of expandable/upgradeable local storage. No modern smartphone or tablet allows for upgradeable internal storage, and...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Cara Hamm on 11/22/2012

Crucial v4 (256GB) Review

As with virtually all consumer electronics devices, there is market for various types and levels of SSD. Not everyone is ready to pay the premium for the fastest possible...

44 by Kristian Vättö on 11/22/2012

SandForce TRIM Issue & Corsair Force Series GS (240GB) Review

SandForce and TRIM—that has always been a tricky combination. SandForce SSDs have always behaved a bit differently when tortured and TRIM'ed due to their internal design. When a non-SandForce...

56 by Kristian Vättö on 11/22/2012

The AnandTech Podcast: Episode 10

We've made it to 10 episodes of the AnandTech Podcast! As promised, this week's episode is a bit more PC focused as we discuss the future of AMD. Intel's...

32 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/21/2012

Intel Explains 20nm NAND Endurance Concerns on the SSD 335

It's common knowledge by now that as NAND cells shrink in size (thanks to smaller process nodes), their endurance and program/erase latencies both suffer. Consumers wouldn't really be happy...

31 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/17/2012

AnandTech/Intel S3700 Roundtable Discussion & Webcast Videos Live

Intel invited me to attend SC12 and participate in a webcast for the launch of its new DC S3700 SSD. I joined Roger Peene from Intel's SSD Solutions and...

33 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/16/2012

Samsung SSD 840: Testing the Endurance of TLC NAND

NAND endurance is something that always raises questions among those considering a move to solid state storage. Even though we have showed more than once that the endurance of...

46 by Kristian Vättö on 11/16/2012

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