SSDs

Micron's consumer brand Crucial has introduced two new NVMe SSD product lines, including their first high-end NVMe SSD which features Micron's in-house SSD controller design. However, Crucial's adoption of NVMe continues to lag behind most brands as both new models are still using PCIe 3 interfaces while the high-end market is migrating to PCIe 4. The Crucial P5 is the first retail SSD to use a controller designed by Micron. Their in-house SSD controller design efforts date back at least as far as their 2015 acquisition of Tidal Systems, but the first product with a Micron-designed SSD controller only showed up a year ago: the Micron 2200 series client OEM SSD. The Crucial P5 is a clear step up from that, but still uses a...

Toshiba & WD NAND Production Hit By Power Outage: 6 Exabytes Lost

Toshiba Memory and Western Digital on Friday disclosed that an unexpected power outage in the Yokkaichi province in Japan on June 15 affected the manufacturing facilities that are jointly...

150 by Anton Shilov on 6/28/2019

Micron: Shipments of 3D QLC for SSDs Nearly Double QoQ as Wafer Starts Cut Again

Micron was among the first companies to start mass production and shipments of 3D QLC NAND, so it is not surprising that at present it is among the leading...

11 by Anton Shilov on 6/28/2019

Innodisk Unveils Fire Shield SSD: Withstands 800°C Temperature & Direct Flames

Innodisk has introduced its new storage device that can withstand extreme temperatures as well as direct fire. The Fire Shield SSD can be used as a ‘Black Box’ device...

8 by Anton Shilov on 6/28/2019

SK Hynix Starts Production of 128-Layer 4D NAND, 176-Layer Being Developed

SK Hynix has announced it has finished development of its 128-layer 1 terabit 3D TLC NAND flash. The new memory features the company’s charge trap flash (CTF) design, along...

28 by Anton Shilov on 6/26/2019

Corsair’s PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD Found For Pre-Order: MP600 up to 2TB

Amazon Japan has started to take pre-orders on Cosair’s upcoming PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD. The MP600 SSDs will ship in mid-July, several days after AMD and its partners start...

37 by Anton Shilov on 6/25/2019

The Kingston DC500 Series Enterprise SATA SSDs Review: Making a Name In a Commodity Market

SATA isn't dead yet. Kingston has kicked off a new generation of enterprise SSDs with a new family of SATA drives built around the new Phison S12DC controller and...

27 by Billy Tallis on 6/25/2019

Everspin Begins Production of 1Gb STT-MRAM

Everspin recently announced they have begun pilot production of their 1Gb STT-MRAM (Spin-transfer Torque Magnetoresistive RAM) nonvolatile memory, after shipping the first pre-production samples in December. The new MRAM...

19 by Billy Tallis on 6/24/2019

Silicon Power Goes Gaming: Unleashing XPower Turbine RGB Memory & SSDs

Silicon Power is best known for its reasonably-priced storage devices as well as various accessories for PCs and smartphones. But in an attempt to grow further, the company recently...

17 by Anton Shilov on 6/24/2019

Silicon Motion’s SM8108: A Next-Gen Enterprise SSD Controller w/ Dual DRAM & 3D QLC Support

Having secured strong positions on the market for consumer SSDs, Silicon Motion is now after the enterprise SSD market. At Computex, the company demonstrated a prototype of an SSD...

7 by Anton Shilov on 6/24/2019

Phison Demonstrates Turnkey SSDs Based on 3D QLC NAND

3D QLC NAND promises to become a significant phenomenon on the consumer SSD market thanks to its relatively low cost per gigabyte, further pushing down already dropping SSD prices...

12 by Anton Shilov on 6/21/2019

SK Hynix Launches 2nd Gen Enterprise SSD: 72-Layer 3D NAND & In-House Controller

SK Hynix on Thursday introduced its 2nd generation enterprise-grade NVMe SSDs, which are based entirlely on the company's in-house SSD technology. The new drives offer 4 – 8 TB...

2 by Anton Shilov on 6/21/2019

Phison Readies PS2251-17: A USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Controller for External SSDs

At this year's Computex trade show, Phison revealed that it is working on a USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 controller for external SSDs. Dubbed the PS2251-17 (U17), the company expects...

8 by Anton Shilov on 6/19/2019

Spotted at Computex: An M.4 SSD with a PCIe 3.0 x8 Interface

M.2 SSDs nowadays are used for a wide variety of applications, whereas Samsung tried to promote its next generation small form-factor (NGSFF) for enterprise-grade solid-state storage under the M.3...

34 by Anton Shilov on 6/14/2019

NVMe 1.4 Specification Published: Further Optimizing Performance and Reliability

Just over two years after the last major update, a new version of the NVM Express (NVMe) protocol specification for SSDs has been published, bringing a wealth of new features.

14 by Billy Tallis on 6/14/2019

TeamGroup Cardea Zero PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD: Up to 1 TB

Also on display at the TeamGroup booth was its T-Force Cardea Zero PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 which uses the Phison PS5016-E16 controller which we saw frequently throughout Computex this...

13 by Gavin Bonshor on 6/12/2019

PNY 2 TB XLR NVMe SSD: PCIe 4.0 x4, Up to 4.8 GB/s

Since many high-end SSDs these days are bottlenecked by a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface, next-generation drives featuring a PCIe 4.0 x4 connector were among the highlights of this year’s...

21 by Anton Shilov on 6/10/2019

Maxio Technology: New Line of Cheaper NVMe SSD Controllers

Known primarily for controllers designed for inexpensive SATA SSDs, Maxio Technology is now expanding into the space of higher-performance drives featuring a PCIe interface. At Computex, the company demonstrated...

7 by Anton Shilov on 6/7/2019

More 2TB PCIe 4.0 SSD Options: Patriot with Custom Firmware coming Q4

If you’ve been following our coverage of Computex, you may have seen that there have been several companies with PCIe 4.0 SSDs to show off. These designs have almost...

7 by Ian Cutress on 6/6/2019

Galax Goes White: A PCIe 4.0 2TB SSD with a White PCB

There were a number of PCIe 4.0 SSDs on the Computex show floor this year, mostly using the Phison reference design. Galax still used the turnkeys solution, but applied...

11 by Ian Cutress on 6/5/2019

Essencore 2 TB PCIe 4.0 SSD Enters The Game

One of the underlying themes of this year’s Computex was the number of PCIe 4.0 SSDs on display (or lack thereof). At present it seems that only drives powered...

6 by Ian Cutress on 6/5/2019

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