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Chairman of Tsinghua Unigroup visits the U.S. to discuss Micron bid

In a bid to re-start talks about possible acquisition of Micron Technology, Zhao Weiguo, the chairman of China-based Tsinghua Unigroup, this week visited the U.S. The results of his negotiations are unknown, but the visit clearly signals that the government-backed technology investment company considers Micron and computer memory technologies strategically …

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Micron readies second-gen 3D XPoint, working on all-new memory tech

The first commercial solid-state drives based on the recently introduced 3D XPoint non-volatile storage-class memory are yet to hit the market, but Intel Corp. and Micron Technology Corp. are already working on the second-generation 3D XPoint technology. Moreover, Micron is also designing an all-new memory technology that will further close …

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OCZ readies RevoDrive 400: M.2 SSD with NVMe support

OCZ Storage Solutions, a supplier of solid-state drives controlled by Toshiba Corp., is working on a new high-end SSD for performance enthusiasts. The new RevoDrive 400 uses M.2 form-factor, but fully supports NVMe protocol and has very high performance. The product will compete against workstation-class PCI Express-based SSDs from companies …

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Intel demos 3D XPoint-based Optane SSD, set to launch it in 2016

Intel Corp. on Tuesday demonstrated Optane, the world’s first solid-state drive based on its 3D XPoint memory jointly developed by Intel and Micron. The company said once again that the new type of memory will enable considerably higher performance than existing NAND flash. Intel Optane SSDs featuring breakthrough performance will …

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Samsung begins to produce 48-layer 3D V-NAND flash memory

Samsung Electronics on Tuesday said that it had started to mass produce the world’s first triple-level-cell (TLC) three dimensional vertical NAND flash memory chips with 256Gb capacity. The new 3D V-NAND memory ICs [integrated circuits] will help Samsung to make solid-state drives and other flash-based devices more affordable, which will …

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Micron, Seagate unveil jointly-developed SSDs with up to 4TB capacity

Micron Technology and Seagate Technology on Tuesday introduced their first jointly-developed solid-state drives for datacentres. The new SSDs are designed for enterprise applications, such as data analytics, financial transactions and media streaming. The Micron S600DC-series and the Seagate S1200.2-series drives use Micron’s advanced NAND flash along with Seagate’s SAS-related technologies. …

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Toshiba, SanDisk unveil 256Gb 48-layer BiCS NAND flash memory chip

Toshiba Corp. and SanDisk Corp. have formally introduced their first vertically stacked triple-level-cell (TLC) NAND flash memory IC [integrated circuit] with 256Gb capacity. The new 3D BiCS [bit cost scalable] NAND flash memory will be mass produced next year. Toshiba’s new 256Gb (32GB) 48-layer BiCS flash device features 3-bit-per-cell TLC (triple-level cell) …

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CEO of Seagate: Nobody uses SSDs for storage

The attitude of hard disk drives makers to solid-state drives is well known: they claim that such devices can only serve certain niche markets and cannot really compete against HDDs. On Friday chief executive of Seagate went on to say that nobody uses SSDs as storage devices. Nowadays solid-state drives …

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SK Hynix begins to produce 3D NAND flash memory

SK Hynix has begun to produce 3D NAND flash memory, which will be used for solid-state drives later this year. The vertically-stacked NAND flash memory from SK Hynix will improve performance and reliability of the company’s solid-state drives. The 3D NAND memory device that SK Hynix produces in volume features …

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SanDisk plans to release 6TB and 8TB SSDs in 2016

SanDisk introduced the world’s first datacentre-class 4TB solid-state drives back in April, 2014. While the SSDs are available, SanDisk ships them to only one major customer today because clients, who require such high-capacity SSDs and can afford them need to qualify drives before deployment. But while 4TB SSDs are yet …

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Plextor officially introduces low-cost TLC NAND-based SSDs

Plextor, a leading maker of solid-state drives primarily known for high-end SSDs, this week officially introduced its M6V family of products that target customers in budget. The new M6V lineup features triple-level-cell (TLC) NAND flash memory and an inexpensive controller. Nonetheless, Plextor claims that the drives boast with the company’s …

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Acquisition of Micron by Tsinghua could lead to DRAM oversupply

Financial analysts believe that the rumoured takeover of Micron Technology by China-based Tsinghua Unigroup could lead to a major change of Micron’s policies in regards of expansion of production capacities. If Tsinghua acquires Micron and starts to build new fabs to gain market share, this could result in oversupply of …

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Chinese group could acquire Micron to boost local memory industry

Tsinghua Unigroup, a China-based investment company that controls Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics, reportedly wants to acquire Micron Technology, the world’s third largest maker of DRAM and the No. 4 maker of NAND flash. China may need Micron in a bid to boost its homegrown memory industry and secure supply …

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Samsung announces 2TB solid-state drives for consumers

Solid-state drives have higher performance compared to hard disk drives, but when it comes to storage capacities HDDs are unrivalled. High-capacity SSDs are usually very expensive and are not considered as replacement for hard drives. However, Samsung on Monday introduced its new 850 Evo and 850 Pro solid-state drive that …

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Intel to aggressively increase shipments of solid-state drives

Intel Corp. produces very advanced solid-state drives for various applications, but its market share is below 10 per cent. A media report claims that Intel plans to significantly boost shipments of its SSDs in the future and will significantly increase market share next year. According to TrendFocus, Samsung Electronics controlled …

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Zotac quietly enters the SSD market

Zotac, a leading maker of graphics cards that belongs to PCPartner, has been gradually expanding its business for several years now. In addition to Nvidia GeForce-based graphics adapters, the company also offers mainboards, tablets as well as small form-factor PCs. This week the company quietly started to sell solid-state drives under …

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Plextor readies cost-efficient SSD based on TLC NAND memory

Plextor produces one of the best solid-state drives available today. However, Plextor’s drives are pretty expensive and are designed for premium market segment. Apparently, Plextor is working on an inexpensive SSD based on cost-effective triple-level-cell NAND flash memory, which will be available later this year. Not a lot is known …

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Chillblast slashes prices of Samsung 850 Evo and 850 Pro SSDs

Chillblast, a well-known maker of enthusiast-class personal computers from the U.K., offers rather substantial discounts on Samsung Electronics’ 850 Evo and 850 Pro solid-state drives for a limited time. For less than two weeks, Samsung’s latest family of solid-state drives will be available with £10 – £50 discounts at Chillblast. …

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