3D NAND

Yangtze Memory Technologies Co. (YMTC) this week said that it had started volume production of its 64-layer 3D NAND memory that uses its proprietary Xtacking architecture. The bhips were developed entirely in China and will be used for SSDs as well as UFS storage. YMTC’s 64-layer 3D TLC NAND device features a 256 Gb capacity, yet its interface speed is unknown. YMTC said that it would launch its own SSDs as well as UFS cards for embedded and mobile applications based on the new memory chips, but did not disclose any details about the said products or their availability timeframe. YMTC’s 3D NAND uses the company’s proprietary Xtacking architecture that is designed to enable very high I/O speeds and to some degree minimize die size. Traditionally...

Micron’s Fab 10 Expansion Completed: 96-Layer 3D NAND Production Starts in 2019

Micron this week hosted a grand opening ceremony of its Fab 10 Expansion in Singapore. The new cleanroom is not expected to increase the company’s production capacity in terms...

21 by Anton Shilov on 8/16/2019

Toshiba Launches XL-FLASH 3D SLC NAND

Last year at Flash Memory Summit, Toshiba announced XL-FLASH, a specialized low-latency SLC 3D NAND flash memory that is their answer to Samsung's Z-NAND (and to a lesser extent...

16 by Billy Tallis on 8/5/2019

Western Digital: Nearly All NAND Capacities Resumed Normal Operations

Western Digital and its manufacturing partner Toshiba Memory Co. (TMC) had managed to resume normal operation of almost all of their joint production lines at their Yokkaichi Operations campus...

31 by Anton Shilov on 8/1/2019

SK Hynix NAND Update: 3D NAND Output Cut, Slowdown Capacity Expansions

SK Hynix said that it would cut wafer starts of 3D NAND in the coming months more aggressively than it originally anticipated earlier this year. Besides, the company will...

14 by Anton Shilov on 7/26/2019

Western Digital Unveils IntelliFlash N5100: An Entry-Level All-Flash Storage System

Western Digital has introduced its most affordable NVMe all-flash storage array, the new IntelliFlash N5100. The device offers up to 92 TB of raw NAND flash using SN200 NVMe...

17 by Anton Shilov on 7/19/2019

Toshiba & WD NAND Production Hit By Power Outage: 6 Exabytes Lost

Toshiba Memory and Western Digital on Friday disclosed that an unexpected power outage in the Yokkaichi province in Japan on June 15 affected the manufacturing facilities that are jointly...

150 by Anton Shilov on 6/28/2019

Micron: Shipments of 3D QLC for SSDs Nearly Double QoQ as Wafer Starts Cut Again

Micron was among the first companies to start mass production and shipments of 3D QLC NAND, so it is not surprising that at present it is among the leading...

11 by Anton Shilov on 6/28/2019

SK Hynix Launches 2nd Gen Enterprise SSD: 72-Layer 3D NAND & In-House Controller

SK Hynix on Thursday introduced its 2nd generation enterprise-grade NVMe SSDs, which are based entirlely on the company's in-house SSD technology. The new drives offer 4 – 8 TB...

2 by Anton Shilov on 6/21/2019

Phison Readies PS2251-17: A USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Controller for External SSDs

At this year's Computex trade show, Phison revealed that it is working on a USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 controller for external SSDs. Dubbed the PS2251-17 (U17), the company expects...

8 by Anton Shilov on 6/19/2019

Phison Develops PS5017 Controller for SD Express & MicroSD Express Cards

In order for the SD 7.0/7.1 (aka SD Express) ecosystem to take off, a number of things are needed, but aside from specification itself, availability of controllers for card...

18 by Anton Shilov on 6/14/2019

PNY 2 TB XLR NVMe SSD: PCIe 4.0 x4, Up to 4.8 GB/s

Since many high-end SSDs these days are bottlenecked by a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface, next-generation drives featuring a PCIe 4.0 x4 connector were among the highlights of this year’s...

21 by Anton Shilov on 6/10/2019

Silicon Motion: PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD Controller in Development, Coming Q2 2020

Being the next step in PCIe, SSD controller makers are looking to release their PCIe 4.0 designs into the market. Silicon Motion is not an exception, with its upcoming...

27 by Anton Shilov on 6/4/2019

A USB Stick as an SSD? A New Silicon Motion SM3282 Single-Chip Controller for USB SSDs

Silicon Motion has introduced its first single-chip controller for portable USB SSDs. The SM3282 promises to enable makers of portable drives to offer up to 400 MB/s sequential read...

46 by Anton Shilov on 5/31/2019

ADATA Shows Off SMI’s Prototype PCIe 4.0 x4 512GB SSD: An SM2267 SSD

One of the world’s largest suppliers of memory modules and SSDs, ADATA is a company to watch when it comes to the latest technologies. This is certainly the case...

6 by Anton Shilov on 5/30/2019

Toshiba Memory & Western Digital Finalize Fab K1 Investment Agreement

Toshiba Memory and Western Digital on Friday announced that they had finalized a formal agreement regarding a joint investment in the K1 manufacturing facility near Kitakami, Iwate Prefecture, Japan...

1 by Anton Shilov on 5/20/2019

Intel Memory Plans: No New NAND Capacity, Wants to Move 3D XPoint Production to China

Like the rest of NAND flash industry, Intel is not particularly happy with oversupply on the market and decreasing prices. The company already said that it would reduce NAND...

29 by Anton Shilov on 5/13/2019

Retailers Begin Listing 4 TB WD Blue SSD

A number of Austrian retailers have recently begun to list Western Digital’s as-yet-unannounced WD Blue 4 TB SSD. The drive features a SATA 6 Gbps interface and performance you...

25 by Anton Shilov on 4/29/2019

Boom to Bust: Memory Makers Plan to Cut NAND Flash Production

A true cyclical market, the NAND flash business goes through periods of booms and periods of busts. Following a very profitable boom year in 2018, it looks like the...

57 by Anton Shilov on 4/26/2019

Western Digital Develops Low-Latency Flash to Compete with Intel Optane

Western Digital is working on its own low-latency flash memory that will offer a higher performance and endurance when compared to conventional 3D NAND, ultimately designed to compete against...

22 by Anton Shilov on 3/12/2019

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