Western Digital

Western Digital said at OCP Global Summit last week that over half of hard drives for data centers will use shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology in 2023. At present Western Digital is the only supplier of SMR HDDs managed by hosts, but the technology is gaining support by hardware, software, and applications. SMR technology to boost capacity of hard drives fairly easily but at the cost of some performance trade-offs due to the read-modify-write cycle introduced by shingled tracks. Since operators of datacenters are interested in maximizing their storage capacities, they are inclined to invest in software that can mitigate peculiarities of SMR. As a result, several years after Western Digital introduced its first host-managed SMR HDDs, more and more companies are adopting them. Right...

New WD Blue SSD Switches To NVMe

In the process of assimilating SanDisk, Western Digital has been re-using their hard drive branding on consumer SSDs: WD Green, Blue and Black can refer to either mechanical hard...

12 by Billy Tallis on 3/14/2019

Western Digital Develops Low-Latency Flash to Compete with Intel Optane

Western Digital is working on its own low-latency flash memory that will offer a higher performance and endurance when compared to conventional 3D NAND, ultimately designed to compete against...

22 by Anton Shilov on 3/12/2019

Western Digital to Demo Dual-Actuator HDDs Next Week: Double the Actuators for Double the Perf

Western Digital has revealed this week that it will demonstrate its first dual-actuator hard drives at next week's OCP summit. Marking the company's first foray into multi-actuator drives, WD...

24 by Anton Shilov on 3/8/2019

Micron and Western Digital Unveil 1 TB microSD Cards with A2

The evolution of 3D NAND memory had enabled storage device makers to offer rather unprecedented capacities. To that end, this week at Mobile World Congress, Micron and Western Digital...

17 by Anton Shilov on 2/26/2019

512 GB of UFS 3.0 Storage: Western Digital iNAND MC EU511

Western Digital said that it has now completed development and started sampling its first UFS 3.0 storage solutions for ‘5G era’ smartphones. The new embedded flash drives (EFDs) provide...

6 by Anton Shilov on 2/25/2019

Western Digital’s RISC-V "SweRV" Core Design Released For Free

Western Digital has published a register-transfer level (RTL) design abstraction of its in-house designed SweRV RISC-V core. The SweRV core is one of several RISC-V projects the company as...

14 by Anton Shilov on 2/15/2019

HOYA Starts to Build Next-Gen HDD Glass Substrate Production Facility

HOYA Corp., an optical glass maker from Japan, announced this week that it had started construction of its new production facility for hard drive platter glass substrates. These substrates...

10 by Anton Shilov on 2/14/2019

The Western Digital WD Black SN750 SSD Review: Why Fix What Isn't Broken?

Last year Western Digital overhauled their WD Black NVMe SSD with an upgrade to 3D NAND and a new in-house SSD controller, transforming the product line from one of...

57 by Billy Tallis on 1/18/2019

Quick Look: Using WD's Black SN750 SSD as a Thunderbolt 3 External Drive

External SSDs with a Thunderbolt 3 interface are still the only option for users looking to get high-end performance in a bus-powered portable device. These SSDs have become possible...

7 by Ganesh T S on 1/18/2019

Western Digital at CES 2019: External Flash Storage Solutions Showcased

In addition to the SanDisk Extreme PRO Portable SSD and the 4TB thumb drive prototype demonstration, Western Digital also had announcements related to a couple of additional external flash...

1 by Ganesh T S on 1/8/2019

Western Digital Demonstrates 4TB USB-C Thumb Drive Prototype at CES 2019

At CES 2019, Western Digital is demonstrating a prototype of a 4TB thumb drive with a Type-C interface. To be more precise, the form factor is that of a...

19 by Ganesh T S on 1/8/2019

SanDisk's Mainstream Extreme PRO Portable SSD Goes NVMe

At CES 2019, Western Digital demonstrated a number of direct-attached flash solutions. Out of all the showcased items with imminent retail availability, one deserves separate mention. Under the SanDisk...

6 by Ganesh T S on 1/8/2019

16 TB MAMR Hard Drives in 2019: Western Digital

Western Digital revealed recently that it has begun to sample its next-generation hard drives based on microwave assisted magnetic recording (MAMR) technology. The sampling is a prelude to mass...

25 by Anton Shilov on 1/4/2019

Western Digital Reveals SweRV RISC-V Core, Cache Coherency over Ethernet Initiative

Western Digital this week made three important announcements concerning its RISC-V-based processor initiative launched last year. The company introduced its own SweRV general-purpose core, its OmniXtend cache coherency over...

11 by Anton Shilov on 12/5/2018

Best Consumer Hard Drives: Holiday 2018

Data storage requirements have kept increasing over the last several years. While SSDs have taken over the role of the primary drive in most computing systems, hard drives continue...

51 by Ganesh T S on 11/15/2018

Western Digital Announces Ultrastar DC ME200 Memory Extension Drive

Western Digital on Monday introduced its new special-purpose SSD designed to speed up in-memory processing applications. The new Ultrastar DC ME200 Memory Extension Drive uses proven hardware and comes...

8 by Anton Shilov on 11/13/2018

New Halo 15TB HDDs: Western Digital Unveils the Ultrastar DC HC620

Western Digital this week introduced its new Ultrastar DC HC620 family of hard drives that consists of 14 TB and 15 TB models. The HDDs use shingled magnetic recording...

18 by Anton Shilov on 10/26/2018

Western Digital Unveils iNAND MC EU321: a UFS 2.1 Drive Based on 96L 3D NAND

Western Digital has announced its new lineup of UFS 2.1-based embedded storage devices for smartphones, tablets, PCs, and other mobile applications. The new iNAND MC EU321 drives are based...

5 by Anton Shilov on 10/12/2018

SanDisk Extreme microSD Cards with A2 App Performance Spec Unveiled: 4K/2K IOPS

Western Digital’s SanDisk division on Friday unveiled its first lineup of microSD cards that are compliant with the App Performance 2 (A2) specification. The new SanDisk Extreme cards are...

21 by Anton Shilov on 10/5/2018

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