Tag Archives: NAND

OCZ Releases Arowana SSD Firmware – Tests Show Big Upgrade For 34nm Indilinx Barefoot Drives

In May of 2011, OCZ announced a new type of firmware for Indilinx-controlled drives. That firmware, named for a type of carnivorous fish, carried the name Arowana Flash Translation Layer. The Arowana FTL eventually made its way into the Vertex Plus family, however, enthusiasts with the original Barefoot-controlled drives would have to wait until now, ten months later, to get a chance to …

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Toshiba MK4001GRZB 400GB SAS 6Gb/s Enterprise SLC SSD Review

Our SSD review today will be on the Toshiba MK4001GRZB 400GB SAS 6Gb/s Enterprise SLC SSD and will be the first to undergo our new Enterprise Test Protocol. This SSD brings with it some of the best sustainable performance in the realm, and also has recently taken the Grand Prize for Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Conservation from the Japan …

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Greenliant Announces NANDrive Embedded SSDs – Advancing Flexibility And Innovation

Greenliant, well known for their power efficient SSDs targeted at industrial and embedded applications, has announced the release of their NANDrive line at Embedded World. Initially available in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB capacities, NANDrive is one of the world’s smallest SSDs, weighing in at 14mm x 24mm x 1.95mm. NANDrive will be offered in a 145 BGA package, is resistant …

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Examining The SSD Industry – Researching The Controller or Processor

If NAND flash is the fuel, than a controller is the engine. This article takes a look at controller and firmware, it’s importance, and the players that “Own the Controller”. The first debate is what’s more important, the controller itself, or the firmware that drives it? While a debatable issue, we can certainly agree that one does not work without the other. Further, significant Intellectual Property …

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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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