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Quad goals: Western Digital clambers aboard the 4bits/cell wagon

In the flash numbers game Western Digital's 3D, 64-layer NAND is being armed with 4bits/cell (quad-level cell, QLC) and bit-cost scaling (BiCS3) technology. WD's announcement follows joint-venture partner and legal war opponent Toshiba's QLC reveal in June. QLC flash chips have a third more cells and double the data density …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2017
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Toshiba's spat with WDC over chip biz is now a song of strife and ire

Toshiba regained a right to lock WDC (SanDisk) employees from their joint-venture fab in Yokkaichi, Japan, reversing WDC's court-obtained Temporary Restraining Order, which was won earlier this month. Toshiba, in dire need of billions of yen through nuclear power station-building misadventures in the USA, is trying to sell its …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2017
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Western Digital wins California court skirmish against Toshiba

A California court has told Toshiba not to transfer its flash memory joint venture interests to anyone else without advance notice to WDC subsidiary SanDisk, so that the issue is preserved for arbitration. Toshiba is trying to sell its NAND memory business, which owns three individual joint venture (JV) interests with SanDisk …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2017
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WD gets court order: Toshiba can't block access to shared database

Western Digital Corp has won a temporary restraining order (TRO) preventing its flash joint-venture partner Toshiba from impeding the shipment of engineering wafers and samples to WD in Milpitas, CA, as well as preventing it from blocking certain Western Dig employees from accessing shared databases. The two parties are in an …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jul 2017
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Court docs: WD has bid to buy Toshiba's memory business six times

Court documents filed by WD in response to Toshiba claims show that it has made six bids to acquire Toshiba Memory Corporation (TMC), the spun-out Toshiba NAND memory business. Toshiba is selling this business in order to save the company from possible closure following catastrophic losses in its US-based Westinghouse Electric …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2017
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Toshiba files motion to have WDC memory sale injunction thrown out

Toshiba has filed a legal motion claiming a court has no right to judge Western Digital Corp's (WDC) attempt to halt its memory business sale, which, Toshiba says, would cause irreparable harm. WDC through its SanDisk subsidiary had filed a motion for injunctive relief in the Superior Court of California for the County of San …
Chris Mellor, 4 Jul 2017

Western Digital bares fangs in $1bn Toshiba lawsuit

Western Digital has hit back at Toshiba, its flash memory joint venture partner, which this week sued it in Japan for $1bn damages, alleging unfair competition and theft of trade secrets. Toshiba has also prohibited certain employees from accessing shared databases related to the three NAND flash-memory joint ventures operated …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2017

Toshiba, Western Digital put away lawyers long enough to play 96-layer 3D NAND game of Jenga

Just as we are getting used to 64‑layer 3D NAND chips, along come the warring flash joint-venture couple Toshiba and Western Digital. The pair say their JV has produced a 96‑layer prototype die, with Toshiba also introducing four-level cell tech. A 96‑layer 3D NAND chip has 50 per cent more layers than a 64‑layer chip, and …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2017
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Toshiba sues WDC for a cool billion bucks

Toshiba is suing WDC in a Tokyo court for ¥120bn ($1bn, £830m), alleging unfair competition. It alleges WDC has "interfered" with the bid process related to the sale of Toshiba’s Memory Corporation (TMC) business. The overall background to this tortuously complicated issue by the financially threatened Toshiba can be read …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2017
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Oh my Tosh: WDC submits fresh bid for Toshiba memory biz

WDC and KKR have submitted a fresh bid for beleaguered Toshiba's memory business, in competition with the preferred INCJ/Bain/SK Hynix bid. The memory business includes a joint venture between WDC and Toshiba to make flash chips at foundries in Japan. Toshiba is selling its memory business in an auction to recoup from company …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2017
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WDC wants in on Japan-backed consortium to buy Toshiba's chip biz

WDC may have a way back into Toshiba's memory business auction although Toshiba has selected the Japanese state-backed INCJ consortium's ¥2tn ($18bn) bid group, which excluded WDC. The bid group includes Bain Capital and SK Hynix, with Bain contributing ¥850bn ($7.7bn), making it nominally the largest cash contributor. Half of …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2017

Toshiba chip biz auction: Picks Japan-Bain fund bid

Toshiba has reportedly picked a home-grown Japanese state-backed fund to buy its memory business, and has frozen out flash foundry joint-venture partner WDC. Read the background to this convoluted and complex Memory Business saga here. The Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision Industries) bid group looks to be getting rejected, because …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2017

Pure suggests dishing out intelligence to dumb storage shelves

Update At Pure's Accelerate conference last week, the company talked about distributing intelligence to its NVMe fabric-accessed storage shelves. Pure's all-flash arrays have a dual-controller design, with the controllers talking to dumb storage shelves. The idea seems to be that some controller intelligence could be implemented at …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jun 2017

WDC fires another shot at Toshiba in flash foundry spat, whispers: Pick me, Tosh!

Analysis Western Digital Corporation continues its strange make love and war approach to getting a slice of Toshiba's Memory Business action by opening a new legal attack on its joint venture partner. WDC announced today several of its SanDisk subsidiaries had filed an injunctive relief motion in the Superior Court of California for …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jun 2017
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Toshiba bowls out small but nippy enterprise spinner

Toshiba has a high-speed enterprise disk drive that ships data 20 per cent faster than the model before it. The 2.5-inch form factor AL14SX is an update on the prior AL13SX, launched in March 2015 with capacities of 300GB, 450GB and 600GB. The AL14SX spins at 15,000rpm and uses a 12Gbps SAS interface. Capacities are 300GB, …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jun 2017
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Toshiba memory unit drama alert: SK Hynix chips into Japanese consortium bid

Korean chipper SK Hynix is joining a Japanese state fund-led consortium to bid for Toshiba's memory business, and WDC could be out. The background to this bewildering and lightning fast game of musical chairs is that Toshiba is selling its NAND chip and SSD-making unit for at least ¥2tn ($18bn) to recover from cost overruns at …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jun 2017

Toshiba Twist holds out bowl, WDC sweetens flash plant deal to $18bn

The Toshiba memory business saga careers on with a consortium including WDC set to raise its bid to ¥2tn ($18bn) or more. Bidders reported to be involved by Reuters and the Nikkei are: Japanese state-backed investment fund Innovation Corporation Network of Japan (ICNJ) plus WDC and Bain Capital with its raised bid of ¥2tn ($ …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jun 2017

Foxconn, Amazon, Apple join Toshiba chip plant feeding frenzy

Apple, Amazon and Foxconn are preparing to "chip in" for ailing Toshiba's NAND flash memory chip-making division, according to reports. Foxconn chairman Terry Gou told Japan's Nikkei Business Daily newspaper that the two American firms would be lending "financial support" to the Chinese manufacturer's bid for the foundry – but …

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