Hard-Disk Drive

Marvell Show the 88SS1079 Controller: An Updated 88SS1074

July 29, 2017

At CES, Marvell announced an updated version of its popular 88SS1074 SATA SSD controller in the 88SS1079. There's no significant change to performance or features as far as we are told, but it moves a few components that were required on the PCB side onto the controller die, saving cost and perhaps to a small […]

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Toshiba Announces Plan to Sell Minority Stake In NAND Flash Production Business

July 29, 2017

This morning Toshiba has announced that they will be spinning off their chip production business as part of a broader plan to sell off a minority stake in the business. With the company’s financial position in poor shape due to other business segment losses and accounting scandals, selling off a stake in the company’s profitable […]

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SK Hynix Lays Out Plans for 2017: 10nm-Class DRAM, 72-Layer 3D NAND

July 29, 2017

SK Hynix this week announced financial results for its fiscal year 2016 and also revealed general plans for 2017. As expected, the company intends to start volume production of new types of memory and expand production capacities. What is noteworthy is that the company will primarily invest in the expansion of NAND flash manufacturing capacities, rather […]

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Mushkin Announces Helix SSDs: 2.5 GB/s, 3D MLC NAND, SM2260, 2 TB Capacity

July 29, 2017

Mushkin introduced its new lineup of high-performance SSDs at CES. The Helix drives use 3D MLC NAND flash memory as well as Silicon Motion’s SM2260 controller. The M.2 SSDs aimed at premium desktops and laptops are listed to promise high performance and improved endurance of premium 3D NAND. The Mushkin Helix family of SSDs will […]

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Western Digital Announces SanDisk Skyhawk Enterprise NVMe SSDs

July 29, 2017

Today Western Digital announced the first enterprise NVMe SSDs under their SanDisk brand. The new SanDisk Skyhawk series are 2.5" U.2 SSDs intended for datacenter use. While Western Digital's HGST division already has NVMe SSDs like the Ultrastar SN200 series and their consumer-oriented WD brand recently added the WD Black M.2 NVMe SSD, SanDisk's previous […]

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ADATA’s XPG SX950 SATA SSDs: Up to 960GB, 3D MLC NAND, Six Year Warranty

July 29, 2017

ADATA has launched a new lineup of its XPG-series SSDs, with the new models featuring 3D MLC NAND flash and targeted at gaming PCs. The new XPG SX950 family drives use a SATA interface and on paper deliver the performance expected mainstream SSDs. The key selling point of the new XPG SX950 products will be […]

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Toshiba Samples 64-Layer 512 Gb BiCS 3D NAND, Announces 1 TB BGA SSD

July 29, 2017

Toshiba on Wednesday said that it had begun to sample its latest BiCS 3D NAND flash memory chips with 64 word layers and 512 Gb capacity. A co-development project with Western Digital, the two companies intend to produce the new ICs (integrated circuits) in high volume sometimes in the second half of this year. Among […]

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SilverStone Launches SST-TP01-M.2 Thermal Pads for M.2 SSDs

July 29, 2017

In a bit of offbeat news this afternoon, SilverStone has announced a set of thermal pads for M.2 SSDs, the SST-TP01-M.2. These pads are designed to eliminate (or at least reduce) throttling of modern, high-performance drives under high loads. The pads are made of silicone and Silverstone claims they can reduce temperature of SSDs by […]

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Everspin Announces New MRAM Products And Partnerships

July 29, 2017

Magnetoresistive RAM manufacturer Everspin has announced their first MRAM-based storage products and issued two other press releases about recent accomplishments. Until now, Everspin's business model has been to sell discrete MRAM components, but they're introducing a NVMe SSD based on their MRAM. Everspin's MRAM is one of the highest-performing and most durable non-volatile memory technologies […]

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Dell To Offer Toshiba HK4 SATA SSDs In PowerEdge Servers

July 29, 2017

Toshiba is announcing today that Dell will begin offering Toshiba HK4 series enterprise SATA SSDs as a storage option for Dell's PowerEdge servers. Dell currently offers a wide range of SATA and SAS SSD options and a few NVMe options. Samsung, Intel, HGST and Toshiba are the current SSD suppliers, but from Toshiba only the […]

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