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Examining The SSD Industry – Benefits of Owning The Fab

Recent years have seen the consolidation of the memory market to three Tier 1 players, Hynix, Micron and Samsung. This consolidation was the result of enormous CAPEX requirements, coupled with a highly volatile commodity, DRAM. Today’s NAND Flash landscape is broad, compared to DRAM, however possesses the very same traits. Players today include Hynix, Intel, Micron, SanDisk, Samsung and Toshiba. …

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Researchers See Gloom And Doom For SSDs–Shortsightedness Never Ceases To Amaze

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), have announced that SSDs only have about a decade of life left before they become impractical from a functional standpoint. The researchers have stated that as flash memory shrinks, read and write latency, not to mention cumulative bit errors increase. Apparently, one of the team members wrote a paper which asserted that the …

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Kingston Set to Cut SSD prices — Could Force Competitors to Follow Suit!

Kingston Technology, a strong NAND-flash memory maker, is reportedly planning to cut prices for all of its NAND-flash products; possibly by as much as 15%.  This would include USB drives, memory modules, and its SSD products according to a Digitimes story. Kingston indicates that the anticipated price adjustments are coordinated with chips suppliers’ moving to more advanced process technologies that …

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LSI Contributes as Everspin Realizes In Excess of 300% Growth in 2011 MRAM Shipments

Everspin Technolgies is reporting record growth for 2011, with MRAM product shipments increasing over 300% from the prior year. The MRAM pioneer continues to shape the market for magnetic memories; gaining further momentum with over 250 design wins in the past year. Everspins patented MRAM technology is based on a magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) storage element that is deposited on …

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OCZ Everest Finds Its Way Into Ultrabooks – CES 2012 Update

OCZ has announced that Everest based SSDs will find their way into LG’s new Z330 Ultrabook. To refesh your memory, OCZ’s Everest controller, which is utilized in their Octane SSD, has read/write speeds of 535/270MB/s respectively for the 256GB variant, which is the same capacity being used in LG’s products. The Everest controller has been shown to hold it’s own …

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OCZ and Marvell to Debut Next GenPCI Express Z-Drive R5 PCIe SSD at CES & Storage Visions 2012

OCZ Technology Group and Marvell have teamed up to unveil the industry’s fastest and most versatile PCI-express (PCIe) storage system — the Z-Drive R5.  With increased performance, reliability, and endurance the Z-Drive R5 is designed to take PCIe-based solid state storage to the next level for server and enterprise environments. The Z-Drive R5 series will debut at CES 2012 at the …

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And Then There Were Three – Seagate Completes Acquisition Of Samsung’s Hard Drive Division

Seagate has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Samsung’s hard drive division. The transaction will go through for $1.4 billion. By gaining Samsung’s assets, Seagate will be sitting pretty in the HDD industry with a 40 percent market share. In 2010, Seagate sold 195.2 million units while Samsung let go of around 66 million units. Included in the …

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