QLC NAND

NAND flash memory prices are projected to climb in 2020. The manufacturing transitions to 96-layer 3D NAND and beyond are not going to increase bit output as quickly as demand will be growing. This will be a major change from the NAND oversupply that caused price crashes in 2018 and into 2019. SSD controller vendor Phison is betting that increasing prices will finally push the consumer SSD market to embrace 4 bit per cell QLC NAND flash memory, which thus far has seen only limited success in the retail SSD market and virtually no adoption from PC OEMs. The price premium for SSDs with 3 bit per cell TLC NAND has been small or non-existent across all market segments, so the performance and endurance advantages...

Intel Releases SSD 665p: Second-Gen QLC

Two months after being announced, the Intel SSD 665p is set to be released today. The 665p is the successor to the 660p, the most (only?) successful consumer SSD...

28 by Billy Tallis on 11/25/2019

Intel Shares New Optane And 3D NAND Roadmap - Barlow Pass DIMMs & 144L QLC NAND in 2020

At a press event today in South Korea (?!) Intel shared plans for many of their next round of storage products, including the second generation of Optane enterprise SSDs...

13 by Billy Tallis on 9/25/2019

The Intel Optane Memory H10 Review: QLC and Optane In One SSD

Intel's latest SSD caching solution using 3D XPoint memory is here. This time, the Optane cache is paired with QLC NAND flash, and all bundled onto one M.2 drive...

60 by Billy Tallis on 4/22/2019

Intel Releases Optane Memory H10 Specifications

Intel's Optane Memory H10 SSD will begin shipping soon in pre-built systems from major OEMs, so Intel's ready to unveil more detailed information about the drive first previewed earlier...

23 by Billy Tallis on 4/10/2019

Intel Announces New Optane And QLC Enterprise SSDs

Slipped in to the briefings for Intel's mountain of announcements today are two new enterprise SSDs at opposite ends of the product line: a new Optane SSD and a...

32 by Billy Tallis on 4/2/2019

New Generation of Optane M.2 SSDs Coming Soon

Intel's Optane products so far fall into one of two categories. At the high end is the flagship P4800X enterprise SSD and its derivatives for the enthusiast market. At...

27 by Billy Tallis on 1/8/2019

The Samsung 860 QVO (1TB, 4TB) SSD Review: First Consumer SATA QLC

The introduction of four bit per cell (QLC) NAND flash memory continues with Samsung's launch of their first consumer SATA SSD with QLC NAND. The new 860 QVO establishes...

107 by Billy Tallis on 11/27/2018

ADATA Reveals Ultimate SU630 SSD: 3D QLC for SATA

ADATA has introduced its new entry-level SSD for client PCs. The Ultimate SU630 is the first drive from an independent maker of SSDs based on 3D QLC NAND, which...

14 by Anton Shilov on 11/15/2018

The Crucial P1 1TB SSD Review: The Other Consumer QLC SSD

The Crucial P1 is the second consumer SSD with QLC NAND to hit the market, and the first consumer NVMe drive that Crucial has released. It is fundamentally similar...

67 by Billy Tallis on 11/8/2018

Micron Announces Broad Availability Of 5210 ION QLC SSD

Micron's 5210 ION enterprise SATA SSD was announced in May as the first shipping SSD with four bit per cell (QLC) NAND flash memory, but until now it has...

13 by Billy Tallis on 11/8/2018

Samsung Shares SSD Roadmap for QLC NAND And 96-layer 3D NAND

At Samsung's Tech Day event today in San Jose, the company shared their SSD roadmap for transitioning to 96-layer 3D NAND and introducing four bit per cell (QLC) NAND...

16 by Billy Tallis on 10/17/2018

Crucial's First NVMe SSD: P1 M.2 With QLC NAND

Micron's consumer-oriented Crucial brand is finally entering the world of NVMe SSDs with the new Crucial P1 M.2 SSD. The P1 is an entry-level NVMe drive using four bit...

56 by Billy Tallis on 10/16/2018

The Intel SSD 660p SSD Review: QLC NAND Arrives For Consumer SSDs

The first consumer SSD with QLC NAND has arrived, and it shows that there isn't much to worry about. For most use cases, the Intel SSD 660p is as...

92 by Billy Tallis on 8/7/2018

Samsung Starts Mass Production of QLC V-NAND-Based SSDs

Samsung on Monday announced the industry’s first consumer SSDs based on QLC V-NAND memory. The drives will be available with capacities of up to 4 TB and will target...

6 by Anton Shilov on 8/6/2018

Intel Details Upcoming SSDs For Datacenter Including QLC NAND

Intel has finally shared the naming and specifications for their first datacenter SSDs using QLC NAND flash memory, after recently announcing that the then-unnamed drive had entered mass production...

7 by Billy Tallis on 8/3/2018

Samsung Discloses First Details About QLC-Based Client & Server SSDs

It is not a secret that Samsung deliberately avoided QLC NAND with its 64-layer V-NAND flash, in the process citing various reasons. With its 96-layer V-NAND however, the company...

16 by Anton Shilov on 7/25/2018

Western Digital Begins to Sample QLC BiCS4: 1.33 Tbit 96-Layer 3D NAND

Western Digital has started sampling its 96-layer 3D NAND chips featuring QLC architecture that stores four bits per cell. The chip happens to be the world’s highest-capacity 3D NAND...

40 by Anton Shilov on 7/20/2018

Intel Teases Upcoming QLC SSD For Datacenters

Intel has started production of their first datacenter PCIe SSD using QLC 3D NAND flash memory, which stores four bits per memory cell. This isn't a full product announcement...

6 by Billy Tallis on 7/19/2018

Samsung Begins Mass Production Of 96L 3D NAND

Samsung has started mass production of their fifth generation of 3D NAND flash memory, which they brand as V-NAND. This new generation bumps the layer count from 64 up...

26 by Billy Tallis on 7/9/2018

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