3D NAND

Intel and Micron are announcing today that their jointly-developed QLC NAND flash memory is now available, and Micron is now shipping the first solid state drive based on QLC NAND: an enterprise SATA drive branded the 5210 ION series. This will join the TLC-based 5200 family as a lower-cost tier with reduced write performance and endurance. QLC NAND flash memory stores four bits of data per memory cell, providing a 33% capacity boost over three bit per cell TLC NAND, which is now used in almost all SSDs. The downsides are that QLC NAND has lower write endurance on the order of 1000 program/erase cycles, and lower write performance. Both of these are consequences of the difficulty of discriminating between 16 possible voltage levels within...

Samsung Posts Lowered MSRPs For 970 PRO And 970 EVO SSDs

Sales of the Samsung 970 PRO and 970 EVO M.2 NVMe SSDs are due to begin tomorrow (May 7), and it appears that Samsung may be making a last-minute...

32 by Billy Tallis on 5/6/2018

The MyDigitalSSD SBX SSD Review: NVMe On The Cheap

The MyDigitalSSD SBX is one of the first SSDs to use a controller designed for low-end NVMe SSDs. The combination of the Phison E8 controller and Toshiba's 64-layer 3D...

46 by Billy Tallis on 5/1/2018

The Mainstream Phoenix Rises: Samsung's 970 EVO (500GB & 1TB) SSDs Reviewed

The new Samsung 970 EVO isn't their top of the line consumer SSD, but it might as well be. With their latest 3D TLC NAND flash memory and SSD...

67 by Billy Tallis on 4/24/2018

Samsung Announces 970 PRO And 970 EVO NVMe SSDs

Samsung has announced the third generation of their high-end consumer NVMe SSDs. The new 970 PRO and 970 EVO M.2 NVMe SSDs use a newer controller and Samsung's latest...

17 by Billy Tallis on 4/24/2018

Kingston Launches A1000 Entry-Level PCIe SSDs: Phison PS5008-E8 with 3D TLC

Solid-state drives with a PCIe interface have become standard storage solutions for enthusiast-grade PCs these days. By contrast, gamers with budget constraints tend to buy SSDs featuring a SATA...

6 by Anton Shilov on 4/6/2018

Micron Starts Construction of Its Third NAND Fab in Singapore

Micron this week broke ground on its new fab in Singapore that will be dedicated to manufacturing 3D NAND flash memory. Set to be completed late next year, Micron...

11 by Anton Shilov on 4/6/2018

The Plextor M8V SATA SSD Review: Toshiba 3D TLC In a Mainstream Drive

Today we're taking a look at Plextor's M8V SSD. This is their latest entry-level SATA SSD and the first SATA drive from Plextor to use 64-layer 3D TLC NAND...

10 by Billy Tallis on 3/20/2018

Power Outage at Samsung’s Fab Destroys 3.5% of Global NAND Flash Output For March

A half-hour power outage at Samsung’s fab near Pyeongtaek, South Korea, disrupted production and damaged tens of thousands of processed wafers. Media reports claim that the outage destroyed as...

62 by Anton Shilov on 3/16/2018

ADATA Announces XPG SX950U SATA SSD

ADATA has announced a replacement for their top SATA SSD, finally moving their SATA lineup entirely to 3D TLC NAND flash memory. The outgoing XPG SX950 (based on Micron...

0 by Billy Tallis on 3/14/2018

Western Digital Announces Client NVMe SSDs With New In-House Controllers

Western Digital has announced their first client NVMe SSDs with their SanDisk 64-layer 3D TLC NAND. These drives are also the first to feature Western Digital's new in-house NVMe...

11 by Billy Tallis on 2/28/2018

Samsung 30.72 TB SSDs: Mass Production of PM1643 Begins

Update 2/21: Adding power consumption figures for the PM1643 drive, new features. Samsung this week announced that it has started mass production of its PM1643-series SSDs. These are monstrous data...

22 by Anton Shilov on 2/20/2018

Micron Readies 3D QLC NAND-Based Datacenter SSDs for Nearline Storage

Micron has revealed plans to release datacenter-class SSDs based on 3D QLC NAND memory in an effort to compete in the nearline storage market. Briefly announced at a conference...

29 by Anton Shilov on 2/12/2018

SK Hynix Announces SSDs with 72-Layer 3D NAND ICs, Own Controllers

SK Hynix this week has said it has completed development of its enterprise-grade SSDs based on its 512 Gb 72-layer 3D TLC NAND chips as well as its own...

7 by Anton Shilov on 2/8/2018

Patriot Demos Viper M.2 SSDs with Phison E12, Up to 2 TB

In January, Patriot demonstrated its upcoming Viper M.2-branded high-end SSDs. The new drives are powered by Toshiba’s 64-layer BICS 3D NAND flash memory and Phison’s latest PS5012-E12 controller. The...

2 by Anton Shilov on 2/8/2018

ATP Launches M.2 NVMe SSDs: 3D MLC, SMI, Extreme Temps, Up to 2.5 GB/s

ATP has introduced its new lineup of SSDs aimed at industrial applications and are designed to withstand harsh environmental conditions, such as extreme temperatures and humidity. The new ATP...

7 by Anton Shilov on 2/2/2018

The Crucial MX500 500GB SSD Review: A Second Look

After an initial launch of just the 1TB capacity, the full Crucial MX500 lineup is now on the market, but facing new competitors. We look at how the more...

23 by Billy Tallis on 2/2/2018

Plextor Launches M8V SATA SSD

Plextor has introduced the M8V series, their latest budget SATA SSDs, now with 64-layer 3D TLC NAND. Plextor's budget SATA drives tends to use whatever controller and NAND combination...

11 by Billy Tallis on 2/1/2018

JEDEC Publishes UFS 3.0 Spec: Up to 2.9 GB/s, Lower Voltage, New Features

JEDEC this week published their UFS 3.0 specification, which is intended to bring numerous performance, power and feature set-related improvements to the standard. The version 3.0 of the spec...

13 by Anton Shilov on 1/31/2018

The Intel SSD 760p 512GB Review: Mainstream NVMe Done Right

Intel's third generation consumer NVMe SSD is here. After the big expensive drive based on their enterprise SSDs and the affordable M.2 drive that was barely an upgrade over...

48 by Billy Tallis on 1/23/2018

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