The new memory technology allows the company to build single-die 64Gb/8GB flash memory chips, which will power new flash products with significantly boosted capacities.
In a bid to popularize sales of solid-state drives, Intel Corp. has reportedly started to bundle its SSDs with its latest Intel Core i7 central processing units.
Engineers at Seagate Technology’s research arm, in Pittsburgh, have built a prototype heat-assisted magnetic recording scheme, which has the potential to allow up to 50 Tb per square inch.
Noul venit pe piata controllerelor SSD: SandForce. Si ce intrare si-a facut.The OCZ Vertex 2 Pro is the fastest single-controller MLC SSD I’ve ever tested, and it’s not even running final firmware.
The controller and product both look very good. The only concern for the majority of users seems to be price.
Supporting 6Gbps SATA isn't enough to drive performance up. Micron is also using 34nm ONFI 2.1 NAND flash. The combination of faster NAND and a faster interface results in sequential read speeds of as much as 350MB/s. That's a full 100MB/s greater than the SandForce based OCZ Vertex 2 Pro we just previewed.
Write speeds don't set any records though. Micron claims the drive will do 215MB/s on sequential writes.
If IMFT can ramp up production of 25nm NAND flash, 2012 may be the year of the first truly affordable mainstream SSDs.
"The challenge of stepping down in lithography is to continue to provide equivalent performance... as previous products," Winslow [director of NAND marketing at Intel] said. "Those were challenges we were able to overcome with this generation. But looking into the next couple of generations, we do recognize materials and process technology will have to change as obstacles mount."