Toshiba and the University of Tokio have presented an interesting technique for improving the write speed of Solid State Drives at last weeks VLSI symposium. The technique is targeted at three-dimensional NAND flash stacks; a method of stacking more NAND flash chips on top of each other to improve storage density and bring down costs.
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Less than a year after announcing their 64GB NAND flash modules, Toshiba has already provided a shipping date for even bigger 128GB chips. They have done so by switching from 32 to 64 Gbit NAND chips, built on their 32nm process. Continue reading Toshiba doubles NAND flash module size to 128GB
Toshiba is about to release a new series of 2.5 inch Small Form Factor drives that offer a combination of high capacity and performance. The new MBF range comes in 300, 450 and 600 GB capacities, each doing 10.025 rpms. Yes, you read that correctly; 10.025. Their press release has the text “over 10.000 rpm” in nearly every sentence; I suppose there might be a competitor with a better-specced 10.000 rpm drive…
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Toshiba just announced their next generation of flash memory chips. The new lineup consists of single-chip packages that combine a number 32 gigabit NAND flash chips and a controller into a single FBGA package. Using their 32 nanometer production process, the chips are significantly thinner than the previous generation.
Toshiba NAND chip
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Super Talent just presented their new UltraDrive DX Solid State Drives. The drives are based on Toshiba MLC flash memory, and also use Toshiba controllers. The drives are available in capacities starting at 64GB, with the largest one providing 512GB of storage. Continue reading SSD news from Super Talent: new drives up to 512GB
Toshiba will start volume production of two new SSD modules in October; the drives are remarkable not for their storage capacity, but for their physical size. The new drives are based on their latest 32nm MLC NAND flash technology; this enables Toshiba to bring the physical size of the drives down.
Toshiba flash modules
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Toshiba has finally received approval from various antitrust authorities for their plans to buy Fujitsu’s hard drive division. The agreement between Toshiba and Fujitsu was announced in February, and according to both parties, transfer of 80.1% of the shares of the relevant business unit will be completed by October 1st. Continue reading Toshiba receives approval for Fujitsu HDD business buyout
Earlier this month, a relatively unknown company called BeSang Inc announced they have successfully developed a multi-layer stacked 3D circuit. From their press release:
This 3D IC technology includes four single-crystalline silicon layers having 200 nm to 60 nm feature size vertical device structures which are uniquely processed at low temperatures, below 400 degree Celsius. The four single-crystalline silicon layers are formed above a silicon substrate with a metal interconnection region between them.
“Our main effort is to develop multi-layer 3D ICs which provide ultra low cost solutions to the semiconductor and microelectronics industries,” said Dr. Sang-Yun Lee, CEO of BeSang. “With this 3D IC technology, a high-definition movie can be stored on a small 3D IC chip having a terabyte storage capacity for a few dollars. High-performance cell phones with multi-functional and super fast 3D IC chips using this technology will be possible in the near future. These cell phones will be able to compete with laptops.”
Tohiba 3D Flash rendering
Think it sounds a bit too good to be true? It is! Continue reading 3D Flash Memory coming sooner than expected?
Toshiba has just reported that volume shipments of their largest Solid State Drive so far, with a capacity of 512 GB, have started. The drive has been available in some of their laptop models for a couple of months, but apparently their production volume has now reached a level where they’re able to sell a larger number of these. The drives were originally announced in 2008, and it looks like Toshiba’s release schedule has suffered some delays; last year, they said that mass production would start in the second quarter. Continue reading Toshiba now shipping 512GB SSD’s
Toshiba is the first company to announce a 64 GB memory card in the tiny SDXC format. The card supports the SD Memory Card Standard v3 (UHS104), which was finalized early this year.
We’ll have to wait until spring 2010 for mass production of these cards, which isn’t as bad as it seems; there [...]