Western Digital

Western Digital sprang a big surprise yesterday with the announcement of microwave-assisted magnetic recording (MAMR) as the foundation for the next generation of high-capacity hard drives. Hard drives may be on the way out for client computing systems, but they are still the storage media of choice for data centers. As recently as last year, heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) was expected to be the next major technology update in the hard drive industry, but this potentially falls by the wayside for MAMR. This article presents a detailed analysis of Western Digital's MAMR announcement.

SanDisk Launches SD and microSD for Industrial and Automotive: Extreme Temps, Upped Reliability

Western Digital has introduced its new SanDisk Automotive and SanDisk Industrial memory cards for specialized applications. The new cards can work in extreme temperatures for prolonged amounts of time...

8 by Anton Shilov on 10/4/2017

Toshiba To Proceed With Sale Of Memory Business To Consortium

The latest and possibly final round of bidding for Toshiba's memory business concluded today with Toshiba's board selecting a consortium led by private equity firm Bain Capital as the...

12 by Billy Tallis on 9/20/2017

Western Digital Ships 12 TB WD Gold HDD: 8 Platters and Helium

Western Digital has begun to ship its WD Gold HDD with 12 TB capacity to partners and large retailers. The 3.5” drive relies on the same platform as the...

63 by Anton Shilov on 9/16/2017

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

Western Digital Launches SanDisk iXpand Base SD-Based Storage for iPhone with Backup Capability

Western Digital has introduced its new SanDisk iXpand Base storage solution for Apple iOS-based devices. Just like the SanDisk iXpand flash drive launched several years ago, the new device...

14 by Anton Shilov on 9/6/2017

Western Digital Launches SanDisk Ultra microSD Card with 400 GB Capacity

Today Western Digital is taking the wraps off of the industry’s first microSDXC card with a 400 GB capacity. The card is aimed at Google Android-based smartphones or tablets...

16 by Anton Shilov on 8/31/2017

Western Digital Launches New My Book Duo Storage Systems: 360 MB/s, USB-C, 20 TB

Western Digital has released its new My Book Duo external storage systems for consumers. The new devices run two 3.5” WD Red HDDs in RAID 0 or 1 mode...

6 by Anton Shilov on 8/25/2017

Western Digital’s 3D TLC-Based SanDisk Ultra 3D SSDs Now Available

Western Digital has started to ship its SanDisk Ultra 3D drives based on 3D TLC NAND memory. The drives, which were formally introduced nearly two months ago, are identical...

19 by Anton Shilov on 8/4/2017

Western Digital Announces Four Bit Per Cell 64-Layer 3D NAND Flash

Western Digital's SanDisk subsidiary and Toshiba have a long history of jointly developing and manufacturing NAND flash memory. While that relationship has been strained by Toshiba's recent financial troubles...

35 by Billy Tallis on 7/25/2017

Toshiba's 768Gb 3D QLC NAND Flash Memory: Matching TLC at 1000 P/E Cycles?

Toshiba last week announced its first 3D NAND flash memory chips featuring QLC (quadruple level cell) BiCS architecture. The new components feature 64 layers and developers of SSDs and...

36 by Anton Shilov on 7/3/2017

Western Digital Launches New My Passport Ultra HDDs: New Enclosure, Up to 4 TB

Western Digital this week refreshed its My Passport Ultra lineup of small form-factor external HDDs. The new hard drives use a new enclosure and come with software that backs...

26 by Anton Shilov on 6/29/2017

Joint Venture Dispute Between Toshiba and Western Digital Escalates, Toshiba Still Unable to Sell NAND Business

Due to serious financial difficulties, Toshiba is trying to sell off their stake of their very successful flash memory business to keep the rest of the company afloat. Western...

11 by Billy Tallis on 6/29/2017

Western Digital Announce BiCS4 3D NAND: 96 Layers, TLC & QLC, Up to 1 Tb per Chip

Western Digital on Tuesday formally announced its fourth-generation 3D NAND memory, developed as part of the Western Digital/Toshiba joint venture. The fourth-generation BiCS NAND flash chips from Western Digital...

22 by Anton Shilov on 6/28/2017

Western Digital My Passport SSD Mini-Review

Flash-based external direct-attached storage (DAS) devices have evolved rapidly over the last few years. Starting with simple thumb drives that could barely saturate USB 2.0 bandwidth, we now see...

23 by Ganesh T S on 6/28/2017

Toshiba Selects Japan-U.S. Consortium As Preferred Buyer For Memory Business

Toshiba has selected a consortium as their preferred bidder in the sale of Toshiba's memory business. The consortium is led by the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, an investment...

13 by Billy Tallis & Anton Shilov on 6/21/2017

WD Blue 3D NAND SATA & SanDisk Ultra 3D SSDs Launched: 3D TLC NAND, SATA, Marvell

Western Digital on Monday officially launched its first consumer SSDs based on its 64-layer 3D NAND memory. The new drives will be available under the WD Blue 3D NAND...

12 by Anton Shilov on 5/29/2017

Western Digital Seeks To Intervene In Toshiba's Sale Of Memory Business

Western Digital, through its SanDisk subsidiary, is seeking arbitration to prevent Toshiba from selling off its stake in their flash memory joint venture without the consent of Western Digital...

12 by Billy Tallis on 5/23/2017

WD Adds Helium-Filled 10 TB NAS HDDs to WD Red, WD Red Pro Lineups

Western Digital has announced two new helium-filled hard drives targeting consumer and business NAS applications. The new WD Red and WD Red Pro HDDs increase capacity of WD’s NAS...

19 by Anton Shilov on 5/22/2017

Western Digital Launches HGST Ultrastar SS300 SSDs: 3D NAND for Data Centers

Western Digital has officially introduced its first data center-class SSDs using 3D NAND flash. The new HGST Ultrastar SS300 SSDs are designed for SAS applications with mixed workloads that...

3 by Anton Shilov on 5/22/2017

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