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Kinston unveils HyperX PCIe/M.2 SSD with 1.40GB/s read speed

Kingston Technology has introduced its first high-performance solid-state drive for consumers that comes with PCI Express 2.0 x4/M.2 interface. The new HyperX Predator SSDs are designed for performance enthusiasts, but thanks to massive simplicity of its construction, it is possible to expect that the product will not be too expensive. …

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Toshiba to consider overseas location for new chip plant

Toshiba Corp. said last week that it would consider an overseas location for its next NAND flash memory chip plant because currently demand for this memory type exceeds supply. While the company did not reveal where it could build its next fab, it is highly likely that the plant will …

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Toshiba and SK Hynix settle NAND flash-related legal dispute

Toshiba Corp. and SK Hynix have announced that they had reached a settlement agreement in connection with a civil lawsuit that the former initiated against the latter at the Tokyo District Court earlier this year. Toshiba accused SK Hynix of stealing intellectual property related to NAND flash memory. As a …

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Lite-On Group readies new brand for affordable SSDs

Lite-On Group, a large conglomerate of hardware manufacturers, is working on a new lineup of inexpensive solid-state drives. The new Zeta family of SSDs will be based on inexpensive controllers as well as on NAND flash memory from SK Hynix, which is pretty rare on the market of retail storage …

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WD to acquire enterprise PCIe SSD maker Skyera

Western Digital Corp. on Monday said that it has acquired Skyera, a developer of solid-state storage systems for scale-out cloud and enterprise data centers. The move will make WD more competitive on the market of enterprise-class solid-state storage solutions. Skyera will be fully integrated into HGST in order to augment …

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Samsung announces 850 Evo SSD with TLC V-NAND flash

Samsung Electronics on Monday formally announced its highly anticipated lineup of solid-state drives based on triple-level cell (TLC) vertically integrated NAND flash memory. The Samsung 850 Evo family of SSDs promises to offer high performance at relatively low price-points. The Samsung 850 Evo SSDs line includes 120GB, 250GB, 500GB and …

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Cypress and Spansion merge in $4 billion transaction

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. and Spansion on Monday signed a definitive agreement to merge in an all-stock, tax-free transaction valued at approximately $4 billion. The post-merger company will be a leading global provider of microcontrollers and specialized memories for embedded systems. Under the terms of the agreement, Spansion shareholders will receive …

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Mushkin unveils affordable Reactor SSD with 1TB capacity

Although solid-state drives are considerably more affordable these days than they were several years ago, high-capacity 1TB SSDs remain pretty expensive and with price-points like £349/$550 out of budget of the vast majority of PC enthusiasts. However, the situation is changing. Mushkin Enhanced, a leading maker of advanced PC components, …

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Foremay announces 4TB, 8TB SSDs with Serial ATA-6Gb/s interface

Foremay, a maker of solid-state drives primarily known for special-purpose industrial and mission-critical drives, has announced the world’s first SSDs with 4TB and 8TB capacities with Serial ATA interface. The drives do not offer high performance, but those, who need ultra-high capacity solid-state storage will have to be satisfied with …

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Prices of Samsung 850 Evo SSDs leak: 1TB SSD for $477

Prices of Samsung Electronics’ solid-state drives based on triple-level cell (TLC) 3D V-NAND memory have leaked online. As expected, the new SSDs are among the most affordable in the industry. Performance of the drives based on the most cost-efficient NAND flash memory to date is on par with mainstream solid-state …

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Ex-employees of SandForce and LAMD form new SSD IC developer

The number of independent flash controller developers decreased in the recent years as large makers of solid-state drives as well as products featuring NAND flash memory acquired designers of controllers to improve their products. As it appears, there is a new kid on the block, Tidal Systems, which is formed …

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SanDisk to begin shipments of 15nm NAND flash this year

SanDisk Corp. said that it is on-track to ship NAND flash memory produced using 15nm fabrication process this quarter. The company will expand production using 15nm process technology in 2015. SanDisk believes that such memory will be considerably cheaper compared to NAND produced by other makers. “We are on track …

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Netflix finally works on Linux

Netflix streaming is finally working natively on Linux, without the need to trick the website in to thinking that you’re actually running a different OS. Streaming via Google’s Chrome browser is currently working on a few distros including Ubuntu, Fedora and the Ubuntu-based Mint. More distros are expected to be …

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Samsung confirms mass production of TLC 3D V-NAND flash memory

Samsung Electronics on Thursday confirmed that it had begun mass production of triple-layer cell (TLC, or 3-bit-per-cell, 3bpc) three-dimensional vertical NAND (3D V-NAND) flash memory. The company will use the memory for its upcoming solid-state drives that promise to offer decent performance, reliability as well as affordability. Samsung’s first TLC …

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Toshiba: SSDs will be cheaper than HDDs by 2025

In the recent couple of years solid-state drives got significantly more affordable then they were four or five years ago. Still, they are considerably more expensive than hard disk drives on cost-per-gigabyte (or the cost-per-bit) basis. According to Toshiba Corp., this is going to change by 2025, when SSDs will …

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Samsung begins to produce 3.2TB NVMe PCIe SSDs with 3D V-NAND

Samsung Electronics said on Thursday that it has started to mass produce new NVMe PCIe solid-state drives based on 3D V-NAND flash memory. The new SSDs are designed for enterprise servers and feature improved reliability, performance and up to 3.2TB capacity. The Samsung SM1715 solid-state drives will be available in …

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Micron unveils M600 SSDs: 16nm NAND, dynamic write acceleration

Micron Technology on Tuesday rolled-out its new line-up of solid-state drives for high-performance personal computers and other devices. The new drives feature reduced power consumption, improved write speed and some other advantages compared to previous-generation SSDs from Micron. Micron’s M600 solid-state drives are based on 128Mb NAND flash memory chips …

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Seagate closes acquisition of SSD controller businesses from Avago

Seagate Technology on Tuesday said it has completed its acquisition of the assets of LSI’s accelerated solutions division (ASD) and flash components division (FCD) from Avago Technologies. The closing of the takeover transforms Seagate into a leading developer of controllers for solid-state drives for various applications. The hard disk drive …

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OCZ introduces Arc 100-series entry-level SSDs

OCZ Storage Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corp., on Wednesday introduced its new entry-level family of solid-state drives. The Arc 100-series of SSDs feature the latest technologies, yet do not offer leading-edge performance, however, their price promises to be very competitive. The OCZ Arc 100-series SSDs provide up to 490MB/s …

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Samsung introduces its new solid-state drive with SAS interface

While Samsung Electronics is one of the leading suppliers of consumer-oriented solid state drives, the company is not really known for its enterprise-class offerings simply because its portfolio of such drives is not really large. On Thursday Samsung introduced its new-generation SM1623 solid-state drive that features Serial Attaches SCSI (SAS) …

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Plextor begins to ship ‘accelerated’ M6 Pro solid-state drives

Plextor has begun to ship its M6 Pro solid-state drives that come with performance-acceleration software and in many cases promise to significantly outperform competing SSDs with Serial ATA-6Gb/s interface. The new drives further improve reliability and endurance of SSDs thanks to Plextor’s new way of testing its solid-state drives. Just like other Plextor M6 …

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Marvell unveils controller for SSDs with 2GB/s and 4GB/s bandwidth

Marvell this week introduced its new controller that will power next-generation ultra-high-performance solid-state drives with PCI Express 3.0 or SATA Express interfaces. The controller also supports non-volatile memory express (NVMe) 1.1 specification and can support not only consumer, but also server-class SSDs. The Marvell 88SS1093 NVMe controller with three processing …

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