Articles about Nand

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Sunny, summery Intel slips out six flashy 3D NAND SSDs

Intel has introduced six new SSDs using 3D NAND technology, with two client products, two data centre drives and two embedded Internet of Things drives. Chipzilla says these are the first of many utilising 3D NAND technology and we expect some of the existing 2D (planar) NAND drives to fall out of favour and be retired. The …
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2016

A partial de-cloaking of Samsung's mystery Z-SSD

The mysterious Samsung Z-SSD was announced at the Flash Memory Summit, and positioned as a DRAM-NAND gap-filler. This makes it competition for XPoint. We asked Samsung about it, and here is what we learnt. El Reg: Is it NAND media? Samsung: We believe that Z-SSD, which is based on NAND technology, can fill the performance …
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2016
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A USB stick as a file server? We've done it!

Road test Last week Vulture South got its hands on an intriguing SanDisk product called the “Connect Wireless Stick”. It's a USB stick with WiFi built in and is intended as networked storage for mobile devices. The idea is that you'll load the stick full of music and movies, then install the companion app on your iThing or Android and …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2016
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Plexistor unveils storage-stack-perplexing PMoF tech

Plexistor has unveiled specs on its Persistent Memory over Fabric (PMoF), which it says gives app servers access to disaggregated persistent memory in fabric-connected PM Bricks. Plexistor’s software-defined memory combines DRAM and flash in one memory address space to deliver a higher “memory” capacity with persistent storage …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2016
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Intel's Optane XPoint DIMMs pushed back – source

In the week of Intel's Developer Forum we have heard its Optane XPoint SSDs and DIMMs may be delayed. We are hearing that the first version of XPoint chips can only be used for SSDs. A second, more developed version is needed to make XPoint for DIMMs. That means XPoint DIMMs may not appear until 2018, which would give …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2016

WD: Resistance is not futile

Analysis WD, with its acquired SanDisk operation, is squaring up to Intel and Micron’s XPoint with ReRAM - Resistive RAM technology. Back in October last year, the then independent SanDisk joined forces with HPE to fight XPoint. The two signed an agreement to develop Storage-Class Memory (SCM*), a non-volatile storage medium with DRAM- …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2016
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Seagate's flash advice: Don't buy the foundry when you can get the chips for cheap

Analysis As well as launching several new flash products, Seagate revealed the four pillars of its flash product strategy at the August 9-11 Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara. These were: Foundry independence Essential IP for system-wide use of flash Portfolio expansion Top-level cloud supplier Let's have a waltz around the …
Chris Mellor, 12 Aug 2016
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Intel overhyping flash-killer XPoint? Shocked, we're totally shocked

+Comment XPoint will substantially undershoot the 1,000-times-faster and 1,000-times-longer-lived-than-flash claims made by Intel when it was first announced – with just a 10-times speed boost and 2.5-times longer endurance in reality. This became clear when Micron presented details of its QuantX-branded XPoint memory technology at the …
Chris Mellor, 12 Aug 2016

Acer: 'We made a profit!' Yeah, but your sales figures are shrinking

Over-the-hill PC maker Acer is still under-performing, its latest set of shrinking product sales figures have confirmed. The Taiwanese biz, among the two biggest shifters of notebooks in Europe a decade ago, is still searching to regain the formula that propelled it – but people just aren’t buying cheap lappies in the volumes …
Paul Kunert, 11 Aug 2016
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Samsung points high-speed Z-SSD smack-bang at XPoint

The big flash dog has barked: Samsung did its flash dazzlement show at the Flash Memory Summit, with a 32TB SSD, a 1TB BGA, and a high-speed Z-SSD. The 32TB SSD is built using 64-layer 3D NAND - its V-NAND brand - with TLC - 3bits/cell - orientation. 64-layer V-NAND The 64-layer TLC V-NAND was revealed at the end of July and …
Chris Mellor, 11 Aug 2016

Toshiba flashes 100TB QLC flash drive, may go on sale within months. Really

+Comment The Flash Memory Summit saw Toshiba deliver a presentation about quad-level cell (QLC) technology – adding substantially to the prospect of a product being delivered in the "near future". We heard about QLC NAND last month: it uses four bits per cell to hold your data. After Seagate tantalized us with a 60TB SSD, along comes …
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2016
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They kept that quiet: Toshiba unsheathes FlashBlade rival

+Comment Out of the blue Toshiba has launched an Atom-powered real-time, scale-out, compute-plus-flash analytics engine that is set to compete with Pure’s FlashBlade product. This announcement unveils the first real competition for Pure Storage's Big Data analytics box and comes from a most unlikely and surprising source, Toshiba not …
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2016
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Micron brands XPoint as...

Micron revealed at the Flash Memory Summit this week that it will brand its XPoint tech as QuantX. Intel has been splattering the world with Optane XPoint branding for a while. Micron has finally caught up and it will have separate QuantX branding for its XPoint technology-based products. It's talking to SSD manufacturers …
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2016
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Seagate flashes 60TB (yes, sixty) SSD monster

Don't count us out of the flash drive business. That's Seagate's message at the Flash Memory Summit as it shows off another two new SSD products: an 8TB NVMe drive, and a massive 60TB SSD demo in a 3.5-inch form factor. The 60TB shows what's possible if you cram more than a 1,000 Micron 3D NAND dice into a full-size, 3.5-inch …
Chris Mellor, 09 Aug 2016
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Micron smartphone flashery

Micron has got itself 32GB, 32-layer, 3D NAND smartphone flash chips. The chips support the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.1 standard and are for high-end and mid-range smartphones. The UFS 2.1 support should mean good sequential read performance. Hopefully smartphones using these chips get more storage and can keep more …
Chris Mellor, 09 Aug 2016
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Mangstor has unleashed an NVMe TITAN over fabrics array software

The NVMe over fabrics array access wave is gathering strength. NVMe-over-fabrics array flasher Mangstor has introduced its TITAN NVMe over Fabric (NVMf) target software storage stack. It integrates NVMe SSDs with Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) Network Interface Cards (NICs) to deliver accelerated application response times …
Chris Mellor, 09 Aug 2016
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Say hello to Samsung and Netlist's flash-DRAM grenade: HybriDIMM

Gold plate can give a durable and affordable alloy a 24-carat veneer finish, adding value to cheap metal. DRAM gives Netlist's Hybrid DIMMs a cache veneer, providing what looks like DRAM to applications but is really persistent NAND underneath, cheaper than DRAM and lots of it. HybriDIMM is the result of combining Netlist's …
Chris Mellor, 08 Aug 2016
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NVMe too: DDN stashes Toshiba flash in IME14K burst buffer box

Toshiba has made a 7.68TB version of its dual-port ZD6000 NVMe flash drive available and DDN storage is using the drive in its IME14K burst buffer product. This complements Apeiron's use of 1.6TB and 3.2TB versions in its NVMe flash array. Toshiba's announcement mentions that the ZD6000 has increased input/output (I/O) …
Chris Mellor, 05 Aug 2016

Microsemi 1m IOPS Flashtec

Microsemi has a 1 million IOPS Flashtec NVMe flash controller with DDR4 DRAM. The NVMe2032 (32 flash channels) and NVMe2016 (16 flash channels) controllers represent Microsemi's second-generation NVMe controller technology. The DDR4 DRAM alleviates bottlenecks and helps maximize throughput. They have low-density parity-check …
Chris Mellor, 04 Aug 2016
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Ballsup helps Toshiba double tablet SSD capacity

Toshiba has produced a tiny but bigger SSD for tablets and ultrathins by adding TLC 3D NAND to its BG1 SSD card product line, and doubling its capacity. The BG1 was introduced in August 2015 as a 256GB NVMe M.2 product. This product had an edge connector and was inserted into a socket. The actual chip was affixed to the M.2 …
Chris Mellor, 04 Aug 2016
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Non-volatile MRAM coming to servers in early 2017

Non-volatile RAM outfit Everspin says it's almost ready to ship non-volatile 256-megabit DDR3 chips and expects they'll soon find a home in your next server or array. 256 megabits is just 32 megabytes, which doesn't sound worthy of a DIMM slot even if, as Everspin claims, its kit can sustain writes 100,000 times faster than is …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Aug 2016

Seagate inflates 12TB helium drives, floats them to IT bods to test

Backgrounder Seagate is seeing the storage market shift from client server to mobile cloud applications and storage environments. Although responding to this, it is encouraged by the capacity needs of the remaining PC client as well as significant growth in non-PC-client devices and applications. It talks of a new customer base that …
Chris Mellor, 03 Aug 2016

Diablo backers toss $18m in pot to forge software keys to XPoint DIMM kingdom

Analysis Things are looking up for Diablo Technologies. It has pulled in another $18m in funding and has tier 1 server OEMs qualifying its Memory1 flash-as-memory technology. Also the Netlist lawsuits seem to be going away. Back in January it announced a $19m C‑round of funding, taking total funding to $77.8m. That C‑round was kept …
Chris Mellor, 02 Aug 2016
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WD disk revenues spin slower as its flash fireworks go off

WDC beat its own better-than-expected preliminary results estimates with a $3.495bn quarter but swung to a $351m loss with fewer disk units sold. Layoffs are coming. Revenues for the fourth fiscal 2016 quarter, ended July 1, were 9.2 per cent higher than a year ago and 24.8 per cent up on the previous quarter. This quarter …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2016

Samsung NAND flashes its hot measurements: 64L 4G 3D 2C by EY

Samsung will have 64-layer 3D NAND in mass production before Western Digital (WD)/Toshiba and is looking into 3D XPoint memory alternatives. With WD/Toshiba announcing that their 64-layer 3D NAND has started production, the timing is exactly right for Sammy to say it will have its own 64-layer 3D NAND in mass production by the …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2016

QLC flash is tricky stuff to make and use, so here's a primer

QLC flash primer Quad-level cell (QLC) flash stores 4 bits per NAND cell and is very tricky stuff to use, far trickier than TLC (3 bits/cell) which is harder to user than 2 bits/cell MLC which, you guessed it, is more difficult to use than 1bit/cell SLC. Why is QLC the hardest of all to use? It is the slowest to read and write …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2016
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Get yer gnashers round 64-layer 3D NAND, beam WDC and Toshiba

Western Digital, via its acquired firm SanDisk, along with Toshiba, has started pilot production of 64-layer 3D NAND. These third generation BiCS3 chips are being fabbed at the Yokkaichi, Japan facilities, operated in a joint venture between WDC and Toshiba. Currently Samsung is shipping 48-layer 3D V-NAND chips. 64 layers is …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2016
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Micron sets a canary to watch over its stock in case of takeover

A filing in the Securities Exchange Commission has set the hounds running on speculation that Micron Technology is the latest takeover target in the ongoing consolidation of the chip business. The filing, in the arcane language of SEC documents, gets to the point in this statement: “[N]o person will become an Acquiring …
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Seagate's south UK factory hasn't a future but HDDs do (it hopes)

Seagate is closing down its factory in Havant on the south coast of the UK and axing 327 jobs. The redundancies are part of a renewed focus by the Californian giant on its disk drive technology roadmap to boost revenues and profitability. The Havant closure is part of the restructuring announced earlier this month, along with …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2016
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Intel's non-volatile memory is firmly in non-growth territory

Analysis Intel's non-volatile memory product revenues are diving as it converts to 3D NAND and waits for XPoint to deliver the goods. Intel’s second quarter 2016 flash revenues of $554m were down 20 per cent year-on-year and one per cent sequentially. Analyst haus Stifel Nicolaus' MD, Aaron Rakers, charted Intel’s quarterly flash …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2016
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Diablo conjures up hell of a DIMM: 128GB NAND pretend-RAM summoned

Diablo Tech's Memory1 128GB DDR4 system memory module is now available, and is claimed to be the highest-capacity system memory on the market. Workloads such as big data analytics, caching, in-memory databases and complex web applications that need large memory spaces can use it with no changes to hardware, operating systems …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2016
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XtremIO heading for the bin? Total BS, thunders CTO Itzik Reich

Storage industry jungle drums heard by El Reg suggest EMC is axing XtremIO product line development and putting it into maintenance mode due to scalability and data availability issues. EMC vehemently denies this, saying it's absolute FUD. Three independent sources say XtremIO is headed for a maintenance-only retirement home …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jul 2016

Good gravy, Toshiba QLC flash chips are getting closer

Backgrounder Toshiba is pushing flash chip capacity higher on two fronts: through, er, Through Silicon Vias (TSVs) and by increasing a cell's bit count to four. We covered the TSV notion here and now take a look at quadruple level cell (QLC) flash technology. Toshiba will present on this and TSVs in a keynote session at the August 8-11 …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2016

Newbie NVXL flashes takes-a-kicking NVMDurance offering

NVXL is bringing an enhanced endurance SSD to market by using NVMdurance technology. NVMdurance is an Irish startup that uses firmware in an FPGA to control and manage how data is written to an SSD in such as way as to extend its working life up to 10 times longer than before. It has a partnership with Intel to use the Altera …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jul 2016
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FlashBlade is closer than you think

Analysis In Alexandre Dumas' novel The Three Musketeers, a Gascon outsider, D'Artagnan, and three musketeers – Aramis, Athos and Porthos – take on De Richelieu, the French Cardinal, along with his allies and troops. In our flash systems world there is a parallel: swashbuckling Pure Storage, led by Scott Dietzen, with three product …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2016

China really wants to get its hands on Idaho's 3D NAND tech

China is looking to license 3D NAND technology from Micron. Beijing wants to free itself of dependence on US, Korean and Japanese memory technologies by building its own, indigenous capability. A report in Chinese-language publication Commercial Times, referenced by DigiTimes, says Tsinghua Unigroup is allying with Wuhan …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2016

Is Pure Storage a solid business or is skepticism justified?

Analysis BTIG analysts attended Pure Storage Live, a customer and partner event, in New York City on Thursday, June 27, and came away thinking Pure is the real deal and not another ultimately doomed storage wannabe. Their note points out that: "The market continues to be extremely skeptical that the differentiation is sustainable; it …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jul 2016

Peglar on the hoof: Micron flash and XPoint VP legs it

Eighteen months after joining Micron as VP of Advanced Storage Solutions, Rob Peglar has thrown in the towel and resigned to take up a post elsewhere. He worked in Micron's storage business unit, headed up by Darren Thomas: the unit responsible for helping Micron flash HW components and software play a part in storage systems …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jul 2016
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Capacity limits are utter tosh: Toshiba fattens SSD, disk with flash layers, helium

Analysis Toshiba is looking to boosted flash and disk capacities to grow storage revenues and help returned the troubled company to growth. In a July 6 in-house presentation investor relations briefing by Yasuo Naruke, President and CEO of Toshiba’s Storage and Electronic Devices Solutions Company, information was revealed …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jul 2016
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More Toshiba, WD 3D flash

Toshiba and WDC will invest $14.6bn (1.5tn yen) over three years to boost their 3D NAND production. A new 3D NAND chip fab (Fab 6?) will be added to Tosh’s Yokkaichi complex in the Mie Prefecture, Japan, with site preparation taking place this year and construction starting in 2017. Yokkaichi Fab 2 is having a new clean room …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jul 2016
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Etch a stretch: 3D NAND layer cake flop leads to 'string stacking'

Backgrounder Adding 3D NAND layers is butting up against aspect ratio limitations in the chip production process, which will limit the number of layers. String stacking is a technology that could provide an escape from this aspect ratio trap. Samsung is shipping 48-layer 3D NAND, its third generation product; that’s the equivalent of 48 …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jul 2016
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DRAM and blast it: Micron staff face axe after flash woes

Micron made a loss of $215m in its latest quarter, job losses are coming, and the Seagate eSSD partnership hasn’t taken off. Its fiscal third 2016 quarter revenues were $2.9bn, compared to $3.85bn a year ago and $2.93bn a quarter ago, when it made a $97m loss. Things have gotten a whole lot worse since then on the price-mix …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jul 2016
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StoreServ's ASIC architect must have one heckuva crystal ball

StoreServ arrays use special hardware, an ASIC, to accelerate storage array operations, and this is redesigned for each major generation of the arrays. The current design is generation 5. Siamak Nazari is an HPE fellow and StoreServ architect, and is heavily involved in the design of the forthcoming gen 6 ASIC. An ASIC design …
Chris Mellor, 01 Jul 2016
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Kaminario 'shelves' future. Between you and NVMe, it could get flashy

Analysis All-flash array vendor Kaminario has been in business a year longer than Pure Storage but is some way behind in sales, size and funding. However, it has begun expressing a technology vision that could accelerate its growth dramatically. We don’t know what Kaminario’s revenues from its K2 scale-up and scale-out arrays built …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2016
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NVMe over Ethernet is the future. And that's how we roll – Tegile

Comment Yesterday, at a TechLive event in London, Tegile said connecting arrays to servers across low-latency NVMe over Ethernet was the way forward. Chief Marketing Officer Narayan Venkat said shared storage arrays had a future and represents a better way of consolidating data than hyper-converged systems. Networked arrays need to …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2016
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Here's what six storage suppliers will be doing for the next year or two

Analyst haus Stifel Nicolaus' MD, Aaron Rakers, has had some fireside chats with senior execs from Brocade and QLogic, Pure and Nimble, Seagate and WDC at a Stifel Nicolaus Technology, Internet & Media Conference in San Francisco. The execs gave their thoughts on HDD demand, HAMR HDD tech, NVME over fabrics, Gen 6 Fibre …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2016
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SolidFire's thin flash density eats more racks than HPE. What gives?

Analysis NetApp's SolidFire arrays needs four times more rack space than HPE and EMC for equivalent amounts of flash storage. It has 1U hardware boxes and these appear to be limited in what capacity SSDs can be supported. With SolidFire arrays being scale-out nodes, then low flash density per rack unit means you need more nodes to …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jun 2016
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SolidFire brushes up its OS with Fluorine

NetApp’s SolidFire unit has announced a new appliance, an operating system refresh, and a software licensing change separating its software from specific hardware products. NetApp and Cisco FlexPods will get a SolidFire array option for existing systems and a SolidFire-based FlexPod configuration will be announced in the …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jun 2016
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Three's company: Micron intros first 3D and triple-level cell SSDs

Micron has announced its first 3D NAND SSDs, triple-level cell (TLC pr 3bits/cell) 1100 and MLC 2100 products. Intel, its flash foundry partner, introduced its own 3D SSDs, MLC (2bits/cell) ones, in March with the DC P3320 and P3520, with maximum capacity of 2TB. These had an NVME interface whereas Micron’s 1100 has the slower …
Chris Mellor, 01 Jun 2016
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NetApp posts $8m loss as its pivot continues. Feeling comfy, George?

In its fourth fiscal 2016 quarter NetApp revenues were $1.38bn instead of the $1.425bn predicted at the mid-point of its last forecast, and the company made an $8m loss – the second in George Kurian’s tenure as CEO. The revenues were down 10.4 per cent on a year ago and 0.4 per cent from the previous quarter. A year ago NetApp …
Chris Mellor, 26 May 2016