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Intel demos 3D XPoint, showcases Optane’s 2GB/s performance

Intel demos 3D XPoint, showcases Optane’s 2GB/s performance This new memory, 3D XPoint (pronounced “crosspoint”) is a non-volatile memory that Intel is advertising as the first major memory breakthrough in 25 years.Early speculation was that 3D XPoint would be based or at least related-to phase change memory, but Intel has denied that this is the case without specifying the exact details of how Optane actually works.

IBM researchers announce major breakthrough in phase change memory

IBM researchers announce major breakthrough in phase change memory One of the more promising technologies that’s been in development is phase-change memory, or PCM.That’s a significant achievement, given that previous work in the field was limited to a single bit of data per memory cell.

Western Digital launches new SanDisk 256GB microSDXC memory cards

Western Digital launches new SanDisk 256GB microSDXC memory cards Western Digital subsidiary SanDisk announced two new microSDXC cards today, both of which can hold up to 256GB of data.The 256GB SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-1 card is billed as being the fastest microSDXC card in its class, while the 256GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-1 card, Premium Edition is supposedly “the first 256GB card optimized for mainstream consumers.

Samsung announces UFS cards, the super-fast successor to microSD

Samsung announces UFS cards, the super-fast successor to microSD Whereas even the fastest microSD cards struggle to keep up with new USB specifications, UFS cards are as speedy as a desktop SSD.Well, there’s a drawback: UFS cards have different contacts and aren’t backward compatible with microSD slots.

Samsung introduces 4TB SSD for a cool $1,500

Samsung introduces 4TB SSD for a cool $1,500 Samsung’s new 4TB SSD is a $1,500 solid state drive that aims to replace your HDD altogether, provided you’ve got four figures to drop on a storage medium in the first place.With SSD prices continuing to fall year-on-year thanks to 3D stacked NAND, why bother buying a hard drive at all?

Moore’s law scaling dead by 2021, to be replaced by 3D integration

Moore’s law scaling dead by 2021, to be replaced by 3D integration Much of the ITRS’ recently released executive report focuses on the way the meaning of Moore’s law has changed over the years.We discussed this back in 2015 when we noted the need for a Moore’s law 3.

Seagate unveils the world’s largest SSD: 60TB

Seagate unveils the world’s largest SSD: 60TB The 60TB SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) SSD is intended for large-scale enterprise data centers that need maximum storage and compute performance.With just 17 of these drives, you can hit 1PB of storage; Seagate says it’s ideal for large local or cloud-based storage arrays, active archives, online video, and read-intensive environments.

Samsung unveils next-generation 960 Pro, 960 Evo M.2 drives, with blistering speeds, up to 2TB capacity

Samsung unveils next-generation 960 Pro, 960 Evo M.2 drives, with blistering speeds, up to 2TB capacity The Korean company is also launching the 960 EVO — and like its previous EVO drives, this one is based on TLC NAND.The 950 Pro relied on Samsung’s 32-layer NAND, while the 960 Pro is based on a denser, 48-layer NAND variant.

First Intel Optane hardware could be coming to consumer desktops

First Intel Optane hardware could be coming to consumer desktops Ever since Intel announced its 3D XPoint storage (brand name: Optane), there’s been interest from the enthusiast market.Micron expects its version of 3D XPoint, dubbed QuantX, to sell for about half the price of DRAM, but 4-5x more than NAND flash.

iPhone 7 storage tests show higher-end models are significantly faster than the 32GB version

iPhone 7 storage tests show higher-end models are significantly faster than the 32GB version According to Unbox Therapy’s Lew Hilsenteger, there’s an up to 8x speed difference between the 32GB and 256GB Apple iPhone 7 in speed tests.The iPhone 7 32GB needs 3 minutes, 40 seconds for the same job.

SSD Pricewatch: SSD prices are expected to jump this quarter thanks to limited NAND supply, surging demand

SSD Pricewatch: SSD prices are expected to jump this quarter thanks to limited NAND supply, surging demand For the last few years, SDD prices have been falling steadily, thanks to increased NAND production by multiple companies and the transition to 3D NAND, which offers vastly increased densities for lower cost-per-bit.According to DRAMeXchange via CTimes, average contract prices for MLC NAND flash drives are expected to rise by 6-10% , while TLC products are anticipated to rise by 6-9%.

Micron launches reconfigurable 5100 Series enterprise SSDs sporting 3D TLC NAND

Micron launches reconfigurable 5100 Series enterprise SSDs sporting 3D TLC NAND Typically, enterprise and many consumer drives are based on multi-level cell (MLC) NAND, which stores two bits of information per cell.What makes Micron’s drives different is that the company is using 3D NAND flash instead of traditional 2D (planar) NAND.

Toshiba may spin off or sell its NAND flash business after accounting scandal, cost overruns

Toshiba may spin off or sell its NAND flash business after accounting scandal, cost overruns The scandal drove two of the company’s former CEOs and eight other executives to resign their positions and wiped $8 billion off Toshiba’s market value.All of this brings us to the company’s NAND flash factories, which are fairly potent cash cows that also have high operating costs.

Western Digital, Toshiba increase device storage capacity with 512Gb ‘3D’ chips

Western Digital, Toshiba increase device storage capacity with 512Gb ‘3D’ chips The chip is an industry first and the result of a collaboration between Western Digital and Toshiba.Instead, 3D NAND places cells on layers and stacks these “floors” vertically like tall skyscrapers.

How do SSDs work?

How do SSDs work? Now, let’s talk about the more basic relevant question: How do SSDs work in the first place, and how do they compare with new technologies, like Intel Optane?To understand how and why SSDs are different from spinning discs, we need to talk a little bit about hard drives.

Intel launches its first Optane SSD, the DC P4800X

Intel launches its first Optane SSD, the DC P4800X Roughly 18 months ago, Intel and Micron announced they had developed a new type of memory they dubbed 3DXPoint.Today, Intel is launching its first Optane SSD, the DC P4800X.

Adata’s XPG SD700X is an external SSD for gamers that’s both rugged and fast

Adata’s XPG SD700X is an external SSD for gamers that’s both rugged and fast More: Micron stacks memory with 3D NAND technology for mobile, increasing capacity Adata is using 3D NAND in the XPG SD700X, which offers some advantages over older 2D NAND.Thus, Adata’s newest external drive offers up enhanced performance and reduce power consumption in a relatively small package.

Next-generation DDR5 memory will double bandwidth compared with DDR4

Next-generation DDR5 memory will double bandwidth compared with DDR4 Last week, JEDEC announced that the upcoming DDR5 memory standard will offer double the bandwidth and density of DDR4, improve channel efficiency, and offer better power efficiency as well.A new DDR5 memory standard for servers, desktops, and laptops would offer improved bandwidth (at least eventually), though memory latency still always jumps between generations and rarely much surpasses the original standard, even at high frequency.

Apple, Bain Swoop in With Last-Minute Bid on Toshiba's NAND Flash Business

Apple, Bain Swoop in With Last-Minute Bid on Toshiba's NAND Flash Business The company’s problems and nuclear construction delays have left it on the verge of bankruptcy, and the firm is looking to sell its NAND flash manufacturing unit to generate some much-needed capital.The most obvious buyer would be Western Digital, Toshiba’s partner on the joint unit, but battles between the two partners appear to have poisoned that particular well.

NAND Memory Caches Could Slash Data Center Power Consumption

NAND Memory Caches Could Slash Data Center Power Consumption The vast majority of databases use a similar architecture: DRAM cache servers are used to store the most common queries.And a new paper from MIT shows how NAND flash could be used within a key-value store caching server while matching or exceeding DRAM’s performance.