BiCS

Toshiba has announced the fourth iteration of their OEM client NVMe SSD that is delivered as a single BGA chip package containing both the SSD controller and the NAND flash memory. The Toshiba BG4 is a significant upgrade over the BG3: Toshiba's new 96-layer 3D TLC replaces their 64-layer NAND, allowing for higher capacities and lower power consumption. The PCIe 3 x2 controller used in the BG2 and BG3 is replaced by a new controller supporting PCIe 3 x4, opening the door to much higher sequential I/O performance. The BG4 is still a DRAMless SSD that relies on the NVMe Host Memory Buffer (HMB) feature to mitigate the performance penalties that a DRAMless drive otherwise suffers from. Toshiba has enhanced their use of HMB with...

The Seagate BarraCuda (500GB) SSD Review: Getting Back In The Game

Seagate has been one of the top names in the storage industry for decades, but it's almost exclusively for their hard drives. The company has been largely absent from...

39 by Billy Tallis on 12/7/2018

The Corsair Force MP510 SSD (960GB) Review: A High-End Contender

The Corsair Force MP510 isn't the first retail Phison E12 drive to hit the shelves but it's the first one to hit our testbed. The Phison controller paired with...

42 by Billy Tallis on 10/18/2018

Corsair Launches Force Series MP510 NVMe SSD

Today Corsair is launching the Force Series MP510 as their new high-end M.2 NVMe SSD. The MP510 is a big improvement over the preceding MP500, replacing the Phison E7...

12 by Billy Tallis on 10/16/2018

Toshiba Memory and Western Digital Open Fab 6 and New Memory R&D Center

Toshiba Memory and Western Digital on Wednesday officially opened up their new Fab 6 and Memory R&D Center. Both facilities are located at their Yokkaichi operations site that now...

6 by Anton Shilov on 9/20/2018

Phison: PS5012-E12 Controller in Mass Production, 20+ SSDs Incoming

Phison and its partners have been absent from the high-end SSD market in the past couple of years. This is partly because its memory supplier, Toshiba, was somewhat late...

14 by Anton Shilov on 9/7/2018

The Toshiba XG6 1TB SSD Review: Our First 96-Layer 3D NAND SSD

For the second year in a row, Toshiba is the first to ship a new generation of 3D NAND. The new XG6 NVMe SSD for OEMs otherwise changes little...

34 by Billy Tallis on 9/6/2018

Lite-On Demos Its First ‘Ruler’ EDSFF SSDs: CNEX Labs Controller, Up to 80 TB Capacity

Lite-On has demonstrated its first SSD that comes in EDSFF ‘ruler’ form factor, showing off the new drive at FMS earlier this month. The drive uses a controller from...

10 by Anton Shilov on 8/24/2018

Toshiba Announces XL-Flash Low-Latency 3D NAND

At Flash Memory Summit today, Toshiba announced a new variant of 3D NAND flash memory, XL-Flash. Made with the same basic process as their 96-layer BiCS4 3D NAND...

3 by Billy Tallis on 8/7/2018

Toshiba Begins to Construct New BiCS 3D NAND Fab in Iwate Prefecture

Toshiba Memory Corp. this week held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new BiCS 3D NAND flash memory fab, which is located in Japan's Iwate prefecture. Toshiba anticipates construction to...

5 by Anton Shilov on 7/25/2018

Toshiba Announces XG6 NVMe SSD With 96L 3D NAND

Toshiba is introducing their first SSD using 96-layer 3D NAND flash memory. The new Toshiba XG6 is an update to their XG5 client NVMe SSD for the OEM market...

9 by Billy Tallis on 7/23/2018

The Phison E12 Reference Design Preview: A Next-Gen NVMe SSD Controller

Phison's latest NVMe SSD controller will soon power a new generation of high-end consumer SSDs that may bring great performance and power efficiency to a cheaper price bracket than...

28 by Billy Tallis on 7/18/2018

The Kingston A1000 NVMe SSD Review: Phison E8 Revisited

Kingston's first low-end NVMe SSD is the A1000, using Toshiba's latest 64-layer 3D TLC NAND and the Phison E8 controller. The price isn't quite down to SATA SSD levels...

26 by Billy Tallis on 7/2/2018

The Toshiba RC100 SSD Review: Tiny Drive In A Big Market

The Toshiba RC100 is an NVMe SSD in the smaller-than-usual M.2 2242 form factor and making use of the NVMe Host Memory Buffer to improve the performance of this...

61 by Billy Tallis on 6/14/2018

Toshiba Memory to Build New Fab to Produce BiCS 3D NAND

Toshiba Memory Corp., which is set to become independent from Toshiba in a few days, has announced their intention to start construction of a new BiCS 3D NAND fab...

7 by Anton Shilov on 5/29/2018

The Plextor M9Pe NVMe SSD Review: Teaching An Old Chip New Tricks

The M9Pe is Plextor's first NVMe SSD to use 3D NAND, replacing the previous flagship's planar MLC with Toshiba 3D TLC NAND but keeping the same aging Marvell controller...

15 by Billy Tallis on 5/24/2018

GIGABYTE Launches Its First SSDs: Phison PS3110 S10 with Toshiba’s 3D TLC

Despite growing demand for SSDs in the recent years, the four leading makers of motherboards have largely stayed out of this market, despite the significant leverage they normally have...

14 by Anton Shilov on 5/11/2018

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 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...

8 by Billy Tallis on 3/20/2018

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...

5 by Anton Shilov on 2/8/2018

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