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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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WDC to Toshiba: We're sorry about the memory thing (see you in court)

+Comment Western Digital boss Steve Milligan has apologised to Toshiba's CEO in an August 11 letter. The companies have been knocking lumps off each other as WDC tried to delay Toshiba's sale of its interest in the pair's flash foundry joint venture. Toshiba had threatened to deny WDC access to chips from the foundries. It had said it …
Chris Mellor, 1 Sep 2017
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FFS: Toshiba snubs WDC, goes crawling back to Bain, Hon Hai

It ain't over till the fat lady sings and Toshiba isn't singing yet, failing to meet its own August 31 deadline and resuming talks with Bain and Hon Hai bid groups alongside the WDC consortium. A Toshiba statement said: While Toshiba exercised its best efforts to reach a mutually satisfactory definitive agreement with one of …
Chris Mellor, 1 Sep 2017

It's make-your-mind-up time! Toshiba to decide if WDC gets its flash biz

Some details have leaked about the bid consortium negotiating to buy Toshiba's interest in the flash foundry joint-venture it owns with WDC. Toshiba has been dragged to the negotiating table by WDC's time-consuming legal delay tactics because it faces a March 2018 deadline for resolving recapitalisation issues that threaten …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2017

Fancy a free breakfast buffet? Tuck in to this storage smörgåsbord

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so start yours right with a balanced meal of software-defined, hyper-converged, hardware-accelerated, containerised, and virtualised storage industry news. Get feasting right away. Acronis Acronis, the data protection company that's added AI and blockchain smarts to its product …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2017

Gather round, kids, and let's try to understand the science of 3D NAND

Backgrounder The world of flash is moving to 3D NAND, chips with 36, 48, 72 or 64 layers of flash cells, and 96-layer chips being prototyped. How has it developed from 2D NAND? To say 2D or planar NAND is a single layer of flash cells is true, as is saying that 3D NAND is layered, but 3D NAND is not actually manufactured from layers of 2D …
Chris Mellor, 25 Aug 2017
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Toshiba, Western Digital talking again but they'd better agree lickety-split

Toshiba has restarted talks with Western Digital Corporation about buying its flash joint-venture interests after their CEOs met in Tokyo. Toshiba and WDC have a set of joint ventures based on the Yokkaichi flash foundry in Japan's Mie Prefecture. Facing a crippling need to recapitalise after its US nuclear power station- …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2017
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Toshiba must allow Western Digital access to joint-venture assets

Western Digital Corp has notched up another win in its attempt to force Toshiba to talk turkey about selling its Memory Business to WD, or a bid group with its JV partner in it. Like Gulliver being held down by myriad silken threads, mighty Toshiba is currently being hampered by yet another WDC legal action. The Superior …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2017

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