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 Announces 860 PRO And 860 EVO SATA SSDs

After more than three years of ruling the consumer SATA SSD market, the Samsung 850 series is being replaced. The 850 PRO and 850 EVO that first brought 3D...

20 by Billy Tallis on 1/23/2018

Micron Introduces 5200 Series Enterprise SATA SSDs

Today Micron is updating their enterprise SATA SSD family to use their 64-layer 3D TLC NAND flash memory. Aside from the new flash, the new 5200 series is almost...

7 by Billy Tallis on 1/23/2018

Intel And Micron To Discontinue Flash Memory Partnership

LAS VEGAS, NV — The long-running partnership between Intel and Micron for the development and manufacturing of NAND flash memory will soon come to an end. The two companies...

9 by Billy Tallis on 1/8/2018

Toshiba Announces RC100 NVMe SSD And XS700 Portable SSD

LAS VEGAS, NV — Toshiba is adding two more SSDs with 3D NAND to their consumer product line. Neither product is a direct replacement for one of their current...

2 by Billy Tallis on 1/8/2018

Plextor Launches M9Pe NVMe SSDs

Today Plextor is officially launching their first SSDs with 3D NAND flash memory: the M9Pe family of NVMe SSDs. Based on Toshiba's 64-layer BiCS3 3D TLC NAND, the M9Pe...

10 by Billy Tallis on 1/2/2018

The Crucial MX500 1TB SSD Review: Breaking The SATA Mold

The Crucial MX500 is the next generation SATA SSD from Micron's consumer division. As the latest MX series drive, the MX500 is positioned to be a mainstream product with...

90 by Billy Tallis on 12/19/2017

Western Digital, Toshiba And Bain Capital Settle Disputes Over Sale Of Toshiba Memory

Western Digital announced in a press conference this afternoon that they have reached a settlement agreement with Toshiba over Western Digital's objections to the sale of Toshiba's stake in...

11 by Billy Tallis on 12/12/2017

Toshiba Updates XG5 NVMe SSD With Faster And Larger XG5-P

Today Toshiba is announcing a new variant of their XG5 client NVMe SSD for the OEM market. The new XG5-P offers improved performance over the original XG5 and introduces...

2 by Billy Tallis on 11/30/2017

The Samsung SSD 850 120GB Review: A Little TLC for SATA

The latest entry level SSD from Samsung has no suffix and bears neither the PRO or EVO appellation. It is a new entry-level SATA SSD featuring Samsung's latest 64-layer...

31 by Billy Tallis on 11/27/2017

Micron Demos 3D NAND-Based 11 TB U.2, 8 TB SATA Enterprise SSDs at SC17

At the SC17 trade show, Micron is demonstrating several currently unavailable products for the enterprise market. Among other things, the company is showcasing its upcoming Micron 9200 ECO U.2...

16 by Anton Shilov on 11/15/2017

Lite-On Launches CA3 M.2 NVMe SSDs: Up to 1TB, 2.9 GB/s, Marvell 88SS1093

Lite-On has quietly added its new high-end CA3 M.2 NVMe SSDs to its lineup. The new drives are based on Toshiba’s 3D TLC NAND memory, a Marvell controller, and...

6 by Anton Shilov on 11/9/2017

The ADATA XPG GAMMIX S10 (512GB) SSD Review: Entry-Level NVMe With Style

The ADATA XPG GAMMIX S10 is a fresh take on the same controller and NAND flash combination used by the Intel SSD 600p. ADATA has added a flashy heatspreader...

28 by Billy Tallis on 10/25/2017

The Toshiba TR200 3D NAND SSD Review: One Step Forward, One Step Back

The Toshiba TR200 finally brings Toshiba's 3D NAND to the retail SSD market. Where Western Digital and SanDisk chose to go after Samsung's performance with their 64L 3D NAND...

50 by Billy Tallis on 10/11/2017

The ADATA XPG SX950 480GB SSD Review: In Search of Premium

ADATA likes to produce a broad range of SSDs, sampling from all the controller and NAND manufacturers. To that end, they have wholeheartedly embraced the use of 3D MLC...

45 by Billy Tallis on 10/9/2017

One Design, Two Products: The SanDisk Ultra 3D (1TB) and WD Blue 3D (1TB) SSD Reviews, with BiCS 3D NAND

The first 3D NAND SSDs from Western Digital and its SanDisk subsidiary have arrived. The same mainstream SATA SSD with 3D TLC is being sold under two names, but...

51 by Billy Tallis on 9/14/2017

The Crucial BX300 (480GB) SSD Review: Back To MLC

The Crucial MX300 has done well over the past year covering a wide segment of the consumer SSD market for Micron, with entry-level pricing but mainstream performance. Micron is...

89 by Billy Tallis on 8/29/2017

Lite-On SSDs At FMS: New Controllers And TSV NAND Packaging

Lite-On (including its consumer SSD brand Plextor) is one of the largest SSD vendors that is not vertically integrated. They don't manufacture NAND flash memory and don't design their...

1 by Billy Tallis on 8/25/2017

Silicon Motion Roadmap: Lots Of NVMe SSD Controllers

At Flash Memory Summit (FMS) this month, Silicon Motion demonstrated several of their upcoming NVMe SSD controllers and engineers presented several of the technologies Silicon Motion has developed for...

6 by Billy Tallis on 8/25/2017

Intel Introduces "Ruler" Server SSD Form-Factor: SFF-TA-1002 Connector, PCIe Gen 5 Ready

Intel on Tuesday introduced its new form-factor for server-class SSDs. The new "ruler" design is based on the in-development Enterprise & Datacenter Storage Form Factor (EDSFF), and is intended...

44 by Billy Tallis & Anton Shilov on 8/9/2017

Toshiba Announces SAS And NVMe Enterprise SSDs With 3D TLC NAND

Toshiba is continuing their series of product announcements featuring their new 64-layer 3D TLC NAND flash memory. With the client SSD for OEMs segments covered by the XG5, BG3...

6 by Billy Tallis on 8/7/2017

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