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...

Seagate's GoFlex Desk 4TB External HDD Review

I'm off to IDF this week while Ryan and Brian cover Microsoft's BUILD conference, so expect lots of CPU and Windows 8 news in the coming days. Just before...

34 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/10/2011

Hitachi Ships First 3.5" HDD With 1TB Platters

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9 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/7/2011

Seagate Ships World's First 4TB External HDD

Just over a year ago Seagate introduced the world’s first 3TB hard drive. Although it shipped in an enclosure for external use, the Seagate GoFlex Desk was available with...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/7/2011

File Server Builder's Guide

The proliferation of mobile devices, multi-computer homes, broadband internet access, inexpensive mass storage, and the replacement of many other home electronics by the PC (such as media devices like...

151 by Zach Throckmorton on 9/4/2011

OWC Releases Mac-Compatible SSD Firmware Updater

One thing that SandForce based SSDs have lacked since their introduction has been a Mac supported firmware updater. Updating the firmware has required Windows installation, which is something that...

9 by Kristian Vättö on 9/1/2011

The Crucial m4 SSD Update: Faster with FW0009

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45 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/31/2011

HighPoint's RocketU 1144A PCIe x4 USB 3.0 Controller: A Big Back-end

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40 by Zach Throckmorton on 8/30/2011

Corsair Releases 90GB Force Series 3 and Force Series GT SSDs

Corsair just released two new 90GB SSDs: Force 3 and Force GT. Both drives were released a while ago, this update just adds the 90GB model. Corsair claims up...

5 by Kristian Vättö on 8/18/2011

Intel SSD 320 Firmware Posted, Addresses Bad Context 13x Error

How about that for turnaround time? Just two days ago Intel announced that it had found the root cause of the power cycle bug that could leave your SSD...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/17/2011

Samsung Series 7 GAMER to use Diskeeper's ExpressCache

With its Z68 chipset Intel introduced SSD caching (Smart Response Technology), a feature that would allow you to use an ultra small SSD as a read/write cache in front...

9 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/17/2011

Meet the 6Gbps Samsung SSD 830: The Consumer PM830

Last week Samsung announced its PM830, its first SSD with support for 6Gbps SATA. Although the PM830 is shipping to OEMs today, it won't be available directly to consumers...

22 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/17/2011

Intel Testing Firmware Fix for SSD 320 8MB Power Bug

Not too long ago Intel officially recognized that its SSD 320 is impacted by a bug that results in the drive's capacity being limited to 8MB. Today Intel announced...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/15/2011

Two New SATA Specs: SATA Express & µSSD

The SATA IO working group announced one new spec and that it has begun work on another: µSSD and SATA Express, respectively. These two specs span the gamut from...

15 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/11/2011

The SandForce Roundup: Corsair, Kingston, Patriot, OCZ, OWC & MemoRight SSDs Compared

It's a depressing time to be covering the consumer SSD market. Although performance is higher than it has ever been, we're still seeing far too many compatibility and reliability...

90 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/11/2011

Samsung Announces PM830, Its First 6Gbps SSD with up to 512GB Capacities

With each subsequent generation, Samsung's SSDs have been getting noticeably better. Two years ago its drives were unrecommendable, but just this year we met the Samsung SSD 470. While...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/10/2011

USB 3.0 Flash Drive Roundup

Given the rise in prevalence of USB 3.0-enabled computer systems and maturation of the USB 3.0 flash drive market, we provide here benchmarks and real-world performance tests of USB...

41 by Zach Throckmorton on 7/29/2011

LG N2A2 NAS Review

The consumer Network Attached Storage (NAS) market has seen tremendous growth over the past few years. As connected homes become more ubiquitous, the need for centralised storage has become...

24 by Ganesh T S on 7/18/2011

It's Also the Summer of Storage: Patriot Wildfire SSD Giveaway

What's this - another contest during our Summer of Honeycomb giveaway? Indeed it is. We write about SSDs quite frequently here at AnandTech so it's about time that we...

3147 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/11/2011

Promise Pegasus R6 & Mac Thunderbolt Review

One by one the barriers to mobile computing have been falling. In the early days you could move to a notebook but you'd give up a lot of CPU...

93 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/8/2011

OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 (480GB) Preview: 200K IOPS & 1.5GB/s for $1699?

Although consumer SSDs are far from a mature technology, PCIe SSDs are even further behind on the growth curve. The upside is huge. As SandForce has already demonstrated with...

38 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/28/2011

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