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Flash bang walloped: Toshiba, Western Digital sign peace treaty over memory chip fabs

A peace has broken out between Western Digital and Toshiba over the future of their solid-state-memory factory joint-ventures. As expected, the two flash bangers have agreed to end their legal war. The pair said they have reached "a global settlement agreement to resolve their ongoing disputes in litigation and arbitration, …
Chris Mellor, 13 Dec 2017
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If you're bored of the WDC-Toshiba flash fab saga, reports suggest it may be over soon

+Comment Suppressed hints and whispers suggest that Toshiba and WDC are finally about to agree a deal ending their dispute over Toshiba's right to sell its flash fab joint-venture stake and the way it's being done. WDC will stop its legal action in the International Court of Arbitration and be able to invest in new flash production …
Chris Mellor, 8 Dec 2017

Shingled out: 14TB helium-filled Toshiba drive floats to market

Toshiba has joined the ranks of helium-filled disk drive makers with a 14TB drive that is not shingled. WDC's 14TB UltraStar Hs is helium-filled and uses shingled magnetic recording (SMR), with blocks of partially overlapping write tracks. These increase capacity over conventional PMR recording by 2TB but rewriting data to the …
Chris Mellor, 8 Dec 2017
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Battle-weary Tosh, WDC mull peace treaty to end war over flash chip fab

Toshiba and Western Digital may be about to settle their long-running legal dispute over Tosh's sale of its interest in a flash fab joint venture, held by the two, to a Bain-led consortium that includes WDC competitors. Tosh wanted to sell its interest after near-catastrophic losses were discovered in its Westinghouse US nuke …
Chris Mellor, 1 Dec 2017
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Toshiba soups up XG5-P NVMe SSD with 2TB and chunky read/write boost

Toshiba has doubled the capacity of its M.2 form factor XG5 flash drive to 2TB with an XG5-P (premium) model. The XG5, announced last May, comes in 256GB, 512GB and 1TB versions, using 64-layer, TLC (3bits/cell) 3D NAND like the XG5-P. There is an SLC (1bit/cell) cache in the XG5 and the same is true for the premium model, …
Chris Mellor, 1 Dec 2017
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Soon enough, Toshiba drives will stash vid footage of all of us

Toshiba has taken its MG06 10TB enterprise capacity disk-drive technology and used it to update its surveillance line. The 6, 8 and 10TB versions of the MD06ACA-V SV surveillance drives succeed the 4 and 5TB MD04ABA-V drives. Like them, they have a 6 GBit/s SATA interface, a million-hour mean time between failures and spin at …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2017
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Flash, Sam, wallop: Samsung crashes ahead as top NAND chip flinger

Samsung increased its market share in the NAND supply world in the third quarter of the year, analysts reckon. According to TrendForce's latest estimates, the suppliers' overall flash shipments for Q3 2017 looked like this: Company 3Q17 Revenue QoQ change 3Q17 share 2Q17 share Samsung $5,619.9 19.5% 37.2% 35.6% …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2017

Whew... Toshiba rustles up $5.4bn to avoid delisting

Beleaguered Toshiba, facing a Tokyo stock exchange deadline, has planned a $5.4bn share issue to avoid a delisting threat. Reuters reports it is also considering selling the assets of its bankrupt Westinghouse nuclear power station building business which plunged it into the financial mess threatening to kill it. Tosh is a …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2017
Losing money

Weekend dealbook: Cavium to Marvell, Toshiba denies ASUS

While you relaxed over the weekend, financiers and execs were busy doing deals, or hosing them down. The bigger of the two is Marvell Technologies rumoured acquisition of Cavium, which financial press reported has a US$6bn price tag. Marvell is a chipmaker in its own right and provides the innards for many-an-unglamorous- …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Nov 2017

Backup, flash and replication: Barracuda buys, Toshiba invests, and WANdisco partners

Business – it's all about making bigger pies, either by buying in pie and adding it to your own, building a new pie-making plant, or supplying your filling as part of somebody else's pie. Which brings us to Barracuda, Toshiba and WANdiso plus a few short news bites. Barracuda This protection and security vendor has bought …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2017
The black drive

WDC results great and all but Milly's bummed out about Toshiba

Updated Western Digital revenues and profits rose in its first fiscal 2016 quarter but worries surfaced about its access to 96-layer 3D NAND if the Toshiba talks fail and it loses at court. WDC's profits rose sharply, from a loss of $366m a year ago, to $681m this first fiscal 2018 quarter. Revenues of $5.2bn were 10.6 per cent higher …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2017

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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