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Bain Japan main man wants in on Tosh biz board

Bain Japan's MD reportedly wants to get on the Toshiba Memory Business board, to invest in it and get an agreement with WDC about continuing the joint venture to make flash chips. Yuji Sugimoto is said MD and reportedly told Nikket Aisan Review he planned to become a director of the to-be-acquired Toshiba Memory Business and …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2017
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Toshiba smacks down down 'ransomware killed flash factory' report

Toshiba has denied a report alleging its NAND flash factories were felled by ransomware. Taiwan's Digitimes, which often finds news from deep in the supply chain, on Monday reported that Toshiba halted production for three to six weeks while it sorted out a ransomware mess. Doing so, the report suggested, saw production of 100 …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2017

Toshiba raises dread spectre of working with SK Hynix on flash fab

Toshiba could partner with SK Hynix on flash foundry operations, implying the WDC joint venture could have a finite shelf life. More details have emerged of the latest flash foundry talks between WDC and Toshiba. Toshiba is building Fab 6 at Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, to increase 3D NAND chip production so that it becomes 90 …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2017

Toshiba: Dear Western Digital. Let's talk flash fab moolah

Toshiba says it is now talking to Western Digital about joint investment in a flash fab development. The two are joint venture partners in a flash foundry in Yokkaichi, Mie prefecture, Japan. In dire need of cash, Toshiba is trying to sell its interests to a Bain Capital-led consortium which won an auction for the business …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2017
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WDC adds an FAQ to SanDisk-Tosh chip arm wrestling match

WDC is channelling its inner Theodore Roosevelt in its public negotiating stance with Bain Capital and Toshiba. Bain Capital is leading a consortium containing three WDC competitors in its bid to buy Toshiba's Memory Business and its stake in the Toshiba-WDC flash foundry joint ventures. WDC tried to buy the Toshiba Memory …
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2017

Samsung rings death knell for disk, gears up for QLC flash production

Samsung has confirmed its 4bit/cell flash is incoming – that's a QLC (quad-level cell) NAND chip. The highest capacity flash cells right now are TLC (triple-level cell) with 3 bits/cell. It's harder to make QLC flash as the stuff has slower read and write times than TLC and less endurance at die level. Read a QLC flash primer …
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2017
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Stealthy storage startup wants to fly read-write heads closer to disks

Stealthy storage startup L2 Drive's technology could enable higher-capacity disk drives. The company was founded in January 2016 by CEO Karim Kaddeche and COO John Wang. Kaddeche has no direct disk drive storage industry experience, having been a product management director at the Descartes Systems Group. Before that he spent …
Chris Mellor, 9 Oct 2017
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WDC being a real Bain in the butt as it tries to bar Toshiba memory sale

Toshiba Memory Business bid winner Bain Capital is hoping to settle with WDC and float the purchased unit in three years. A Bain-led consortium agreed to buy the biz for $18bn last week. Rival and losing bidder WDC has intensified its legal action in the International Arbitration Court aimed at blocking the deal and, if that …
Chris Mellor, 5 Oct 2017
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Seagate fires NASty volley of 12TB spinners with lifebelt for fried data

Seagate has fired out three 12TB drives, punting one at the desktop, two at the NAS market, and clobbering WDC on capacity in both areas. The desktop BarraCuda Pro comes in 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12TB versions, previously maxing out at 10TB. Seagate says it has double the space of its nearest competitor, the 6TB WDC Blue. We …
Chris Mellor, 5 Oct 2017
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Toshiba, you can't have 14TB served on a platter. It'll take eight, at least

Analysis Toshiba lags behind WDC and Seagate in high-capacity 3.5-inch drives, having just reached 10TB. The other two are waving from 12TB and WDC has recently hit 14TB. How can Tosh catch up? Toshiba has achieved 1TB/platter areal density with its MQ04 2.5-inch disk drive. That would imply 10TB+ 3.5-inch disk drives. Unlike Seagate …
Chris Mellor, 5 Oct 2017
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WD left to bemoan Bain of existence as Toshiba and pals set up flash fab continent Pangea

Analysis The Bain consortium buying Toshiba's flash memory business includes Toshiba itself and is setting up "Pangea" to hold its bought assets. Yes, named for a super-continent that split apart 175 million years ago – not a good augury. Seagate is emerging as a big winner in the deal, if it survives WDC's legal assault. There are …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2017
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Apple and SK Hynix agree Toshiba terms: Bain to grab chip arm

+Comment Big flash chip buyer Apple and Korean flash fabber SK Hynix have agreed terms and committed to their Bain-led consortium's buy of Toshiba's flash chip interests. This leaves rival bidder WDC out in the cold, facing partnership with competitor SK Hynix and rival Seagate in its flash foundries and dealing with a multi-party …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2017

Helium's for balloons and squeaky voices, not this 10TB Toshiba beast

Toshiba has reached the 10TB disk drive capacity level without the help of helium, providing OEMs with an alternative to Seagate and WDC. Its MG06 is a straight 25 per cent capacity upgrade on the MG05 with its six platters. Both are classed as enterprise capacity drives. The speeds and feeds are: 7,200rpm spin speed 6Gbit …
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2017

Toshiba: The memory saga is nearly behind us! Apple: NOT SO FAST

Apple has not agreed terms for participating in the Bain Capital-led consortium to buy Toshiba's flash chip business, holding up the deal. Last week Toshiba approved the sale of its interests in the flash foundry joint ventures it holds with WDC to the group, turning down competing bids from Hon Hai and a WDC-led consortium. …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2017
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Toshiba said yes to the Bain-Capital-backed bunch – reports

Struggling Toshiba has picked a group led by the investment firm Bain Capital to buy its memory chip business, Reuters reports. The Bain group includes SK Hynix, a chipmaker based in South Korea, Apple, Dell and other US tech firms, and they've pitched an offer of about ¥2.1 trillion ($22 billion). "At this point, we cannot …
Andrew Silver, 20 Sep 2017

Western Digital and pals win Toshiba chip unit bid, claims report

Comment Japan’s Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun newspaper says a WDC bid group has won the Toshiba Memory Business auction. NKG claims Toshiba will decide in favour of the ¥2 trillion ($18.2bn) bid on September 13 and sign a formal contract following a Toshiba board meeting on September 20. If it goes through, the sale would be completed by …
Chris Mellor, 12 Sep 2017

Amazing! Is WDC giving in to Tosh pressure?

WDC has told Toshiba it will leave the consortium bidding for the stricken Japanese company's memory business, on the condition that the two companies co-invest in a new flash factory that will give WDC a stronger position in the JV. Toshiba's selling its memory business to help smooth over a mess in its nuclear energy …
Chris Mellor, 6 Sep 2017

Whoosh, there it is: Toshiba bods say 14TB helium-filled disk is coming soon

Toshiba stand staff at the Huawei Connect conference 2017 in Shanghai said a 14TB helium-filled disk drive would arrive "very soon". They confirmed that meant before the end of the year. Such a capacity would leapfrog Seagate's 12TB helium-filled drive. Currently Toshiba's largest disk drive, the MN series NAS drive, holds …
Chris Mellor, 5 Sep 2017

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