Today must be the busiest day in the world of NAND. Earlier today, Toshiba announced that it has begun sampling of its 48-layer 128Gbit 3D NAND part and now a few hours later Intel and Micron held a joint webinar that revealed a few new details about the companies' 3D NAND process. Intel-Micron originally unveiled their 3D NAND in November last year and disclosed that the first generation product will be a 32-layer 256Gbit (32GB) MLC part, which can also operate in TLC mode to bring the capacity per die to 384Gbit (48GB). The initial part will be a 4-plane design, which is necessary for retaining high performance at such a high die capacity. For understanding why the number of planes is important, I suggest...

Seagate Acquires SandForce From Avago/LSI

Seagate has just announced that they will be acquiring LSI's Accelerated Solution Division and Flash Components Division from Avago, which translate to LSI's Nytro lineup along with the SSD...

36 by Kristian Vättö on 5/29/2014

JMicron JMF667H Reference Design (128GB & 256GB) Review

Back in 2008 and 2009, JMicron was a relatively big name in the SSD industry. Many OEMs were using their controllers as there weren't many alternatives and JMicron had...

28 by Kristian Vättö on 5/29/2014

Synology Introduces DS414slim with Marvell ARMADA 370

NAS units capable of only accepting 2.5" drives have been a rarity, but the launch of WD Red drives in that form factor has given a boost to vendors...

33 by Ganesh T S on 5/28/2014

Samsung SSD XP941 Review: The PCIe Era Is Here

For most of the last decade, SATA has been the dominant interface in the consumer storage space. As long as hard drives were the major media for storage, SATA...

110 by Kristian Vättö on 5/15/2014

SanDisk Announces X300s SSDs

While most SSD manufacturers are likely holding their product announcements until Computex next month, SanDisk has today announced a new model to their business SSD portfolio: the X300s. Most...

22 by Kristian Vättö on 5/13/2014

ASRock Rack C2750D4I Review: A Storage Motherboard with Management

One of the purposes of Intel’s Avoton CPUs is cold storage. ASRock produced the C2750D4I for that need – a mini-ITX motherboard with a 25W eight core CPU, support...

83 by Ian Cutress on 4/29/2014

Synology Launches Entry Level Four-Bay DS414j

Synology's j-series NAS units have traditionally provided consumers with a very budget-friendly entry-level window into the DSM (Disk Station Manager) ecosystem. As the amount of user-generated data in the...

15 by Ganesh T S on 4/29/2014

Micron M500DC (480GB & 800GB) Review

While the client SSD space has become rather uninteresting lately, the same cannot be said of the enterprise segment. The types of workloads in the enterprise world can require...

37 by Kristian Vättö on 4/22/2014

G-Technology and LaCie Roll Out Thunderbolt 2 Lineup

Thunderbolt is Intel’s high-bandwidth, do-everything connector, designed as a potential future path for all things external to a system - displays, USB devices, external storage, PCI Express, and even...

24 by Ganesh T S on 4/11/2014

Plextor M6S & M6M (256GB) Review

Continuing our spring full of new SSDs, the next drives under the scope are Plextor's M6S and M6M. Both drives were already showcased at CES this year but after...

30 by Kristian Vättö on 4/10/2014

Samsung Releases Standard, EVO and PRO SD Cards

With the rapid decrease of NAND prices in the last few years, the SD card market has more or less become a commodity with very little differentiation. We don't...

44 by Kristian Vättö on 4/7/2014

ADATA SP920 (128GB, 256GB, 512GB & 1TB) Review

This spring has turned out to be the time for nearly all SSD OEMs to update their lineups. A little over a month ago Intel introduced the SSD 730...

29 by Kristian Vättö on 4/1/2014

Crucial M550 Review: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB Models Tested

In what is shaping up to be one of the most exciting months for SSDs in quite some time, we've seen Intel's new flagship SSD 730 just a couple...

99 by Kristian Vättö on 3/18/2014

Testing SATA Express And Why We Need Faster SSDs

The Serial ATA International Organization didn't have much to worry about when hard drives were the primary (only) media. The laws of rotational physics ensured hard drive speeds would...

130 by Kristian Vättö on 3/13/2014

OCZ's CEO Outlines Post-Acquisition Plans for TLC and Native PCIe SSDs

Late last year Toshiba announced its intentions to acquire OCZ's assets for $35 million in cash. The offer came after OCZ filed for bankruptcy, following a year of corporate...

18 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/7/2014

An Update to Kingston SSDNow V300: A Switch to Slower Micron NAND

If you are a forum active or a recent buyer of Kingston SSDNow V300 SSD, there is a chance that you're aware of its performance issues. In short, users...

66 by Kristian Vättö on 3/3/2014

Intel SSD 730 (480GB) Review: Bringing Enterprise to the Consumers

The days of Intel being the dominant player in the client SSD business are long gone. A few years ago Intel shifted its focus from client SSDs to the...

93 by Kristian Vättö on 2/27/2014

Western Digital Targets Surveillance Storage Market with Purple Hard Drives

Western Digital's campaign to delineate hard drive market segments and the accompanied colour-based branding has proved to be very popular. The Red drive lineup for the SMB / SOHO...

29 by Ganesh T S on 2/25/2014

SanDisk iNAND Extreme in 2014: Finally a Good eMMC Solution for Mobile?

For the past couple of years we've been focusing more on tracking storage performance within smartphones and tablets. For the most part, we've come away disappointed. With smartphone ASPs...

7 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/24/2014

5TB 3.5” Enterprise HDD from Toshiba Announced

Despite the focus on immediate storage is on the solid-state drive, whenever a large backup is needed then the mechanical hard-disk drive is still reigning supreme, and the demand...

42 by Ian Cutress on 2/15/2014

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