Toshiba Memory Corporation (TMC) today announced that it decided to start construction of a new state-of-the-art fab for BiCS FLASH, its proprietary 3D flash memory, in Kitakami, Iwate prefecture in July this year.

TMC has selected Kitakami City as the next location to expand its operations in September last year, and has started preparations for construction of the new fab. Demand for 3D flash memory is increasing significantly on fast growing demand for enterprise SSD for datacenters and servers. TMC expects continued strong growth in the mid and long term, and the timing of its construction positions it to capture this growth and expand its business.

The new fab will be completed in 2019, and will have a quake absorbing structure and an environmentally friendly design that includes the latest energy saving manufacturing equipment. It will also introduce an advanced production system that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to boost productivity. Decisions on the new fab’s equipment investment, production capacity and production plan will reflect market trends. TMC expects to continue its joint venture investments based on discussion with Western Digital in the new facility.

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Micron Technology, Inc. and Intel Corporation today announced production and shipment of the industry's first 4bits/cell 3D NAND technology. Leveraging a proven 64-layer structure, the new 4bits/cell NAND technology achieves 1 terabit (Tb) density per die, the world's highest-density flash memory.

The companies also announced development progress on the third-generation 96-tier 3D NAND structure, providing a 50 percent increase in layers. These advancements in the cell structure continue the companies' leadership in producing the world's highest Gb/mm2 areal density.

Both NAND technology advancements—the 64-layer QLC and 96-layer TLC technologies —utilize CMOS under the array (CuA) technology to reduce die sizes and deliver improved performance when compared to competitive approaches. By leveraging four planes vs the competitors' two planes, the new Intel and Micron NAND flash memory can write and read more cells in parallel, which delivers faster throughput and higher bandwidth at the system level.

The new 64-layer 4bits/cell NAND technology enables denser storage in a smaller space, bringing significant cost savings for read-intensive cloud workloads. It is also well-suited for consumer and client computing applications, providing cost-optimized storage solutions.

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Micron Technology, Inc. has commenced shipments of the industry's first SSD built on revolutionary quad-level cell (QLC) NAND technology. Unveiled at Micron's 2018 Analyst and Investor Event, the Micron 5210 ION SSD provides 33 percent more bit density than triple-level cell (TLC) NAND, addressing segments previously serviced with hard disk drives (HDDs). The introduction of new QLC-based SSDs positions Micron as a leader in providing higher capacity at lower costs to address the read-intensive yet performance-sensitive cloud storage needs of AI, big data, business intelligence, content delivery and database systems.

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As workloads evolve to meet the ever-increasing demands for real-time data insights and analytics, data centers increasingly need the capacity, speed, reliability and steady state performance that enterprise flash storage provides. Micron QLC NAND — reaching densities of 1 terabit with its next-generation 64-layer 3D NAND structure — is optimized to meet these demands and make SATA SSD performance and capacity more approachable than ever before.

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ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules and NAND flash products, today launched the industrial-grade ADATA IM2P33F8 PCIe Gen3x4 and IM2S3168 SATA 6Gbps M.2 2280 solid state drives. Both drives employ durable and long-lasting 3D NAND flash for extended longevity and improved power efficiency compared to 2D NAND, and are ideal upgrade options for a wide range of systems and installations.

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IM2P33F8 PCIe Gen3x4 – An Excellent Alternative to SATA SSDs
With a price tag comparable to SATA SSDs, the IM2P33F8 is an excellent alternative for upgrading a range of systems and installations, from laptops to surveillance systems. Utilizing 3D NAND flash it provides read/write performance of up to 2050/1600MB per second, as well as amazing reliability, durability, and stability. It supports Host Memory Buffer (HMB) technology, enabling it to enhance random read/write performance. For upholding data integrity and safety, the IM2P33F8 supports End-to-End (E2E) Data Protection to keep data consistent along the entire data transfer path, while support for RAID Engine reduces the risk of data loss due to drive failure. IM2P33F8 is available in capacities ranging from 128GB to 512GB, and features a slim single-sided design for high compatibility.

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GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, presents its UD PRO series SATA Interface SSDs with built-in DDR3 RAM, adhering to GIGABYTE standards for high quality, ultra durable products and providing users with a superior product experience.

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Newly introduced GIGABYTE UD PRO series SSDs include both 256GB and 512GB capacity options and come with a clean, sleek design featuring a black and gray exterior with the product name engraved in white. Not only they do utilize high quality 3D NAND Flash memory, they also come with a high-speed, low power DDR3L buffer cache to accelerate the read/write speeds of the SSD, fulfilling the GIGABYTE standard for high quality products.

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TDK Corporation announces the sequential launch of the embedded SD ESRD4 series, the embedded SSD ESS1B series and the M.2 SSD Type 2280-D5-B-M SNS1B series.

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With the progress of IoT, the demand for micro storage for edge data is rapidly expanding. In particular, eMMC, which can be mounted on a surface, was expected to be potent, but the trend is shifting from eMMC to UFS, which is associated with the larger capacity of smartphones.

On the other hand, a reliable and appropriate storage capacity is required for I-IoT that usually uses a small capacity.

TDK’s embedded SD ESRD4 series is a SD card, equipped with a highly durable SLC/pSLC NAND flash that can be implemented on boards. It covers a wide range of capacities from 1GB to 32GB, suitable for storing a lightweight system such as Linux and RTOS.

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SMART Modular Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of SMART Global Holdings, Inc., and a leader in specialty memory, storage and hybrid solutions including memory modules, Flash memory cards and other solid state storage products, today announced that it has begun shipping its nvNITRO Accelerator Card featuring MRAM technology. SMART has partnered with Everspin Technologies, Inc., the world's leading developer and manufacturer of discrete and embedded magnetoresistive random access memory (MRAM), to launch the new Spin-transfer Torque MRAM (STT-MRAM)-based nvNITRO Accelerator Card. The nvNITRO is ideally suited for the most demanding transaction logging applications and, along with enhanced performance features, is designed with plug-and-play capability requiring no changes to system hardware, memory reference, bios or file systems.

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MRAM technology is byte-addressable and persistent with very low latency, enabling dramatically improved system performance for many applications. The nvNITRO Accelerator Card fully exploits these unique attributes to provide a disruptive solution for industries where transaction processing and data recording performance are critical. For example, nvNITRO can reduce financial application wait times by reducing latency up to 90% over enterprise SSDs. Based on this performance data, SMART and Everspin will jointly target customers in the financial sector including joint demonstrations of nvNITRO performance at The Trading Show in Chicago, May 9-10.

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Sony is expanding its External Solid-State Drive (SSD) range with a brand new top of the range SL-E series. This new model is a stylish, high-capacity external SSD that is small enough to put in your pocket but powerful enough for high-speed and safe data transfer.

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Designed with the needs of professionals such as architects, engineers and researchers in mind, the handy external solid-state drive is smaller than a credit card, so you can take it anywhere and with up to 960GB of storage you can keep all your important files with you all the time.

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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. introduced today the Samsung PRO Endurance microSDHC/microSDXC card, which offers industry-leading endurance and up to 43,800 hours of continuous video recording. Designed for consumers and B2B channel customers who use intensive video monitoring applications such as surveillance and security cameras, body cameras and dash cams, the PRO Endurance makes continuous video monitoring fast and stable. It delivers read speeds of up to 100 MB/s and provides FHD recording and 4K support via write speeds of up to 30 MB/s.

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“Consumers want to feel assured with their video surveillance solutions, and the need for longer-lasting, higher performing memory cards that can withstand extreme conditions and capture critical moments is at an all-time high,” said Un-Soo Kim, senior vice president of Brand Product Marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung is proud to again advance what is possible in memory card technology with the introduction of the PRO Endurance, which offers security-minded consumers the industry’s highest levels of endurance and optimized read/write speeds for immediate access to critical surveillance content.”

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The sky is the limit for TEAMGROUP’s T-FORCE gaming product series. After releasing the award-winning T-FORCE RGB luminous memory module, today TEAMGROUP launches the new generation of 2.5” RGB solid state drive – DELTA RGB SSD is breathing colorful new life into the solid state drive. It is the first internal SSD that has the largest RGB luminous area on the market. The ratio of non-luminous area to luminous area is 5:3 which makes your computer and storage device more colorful and brighter than ever. The 16.8 million color LED is making the boring SSD full of changes, and the light color effect can also synchronize with the motherboard, making player’s computer more colorful. Two industry exclusive versions are released at once: DELTA S(Simple version) and DELTA(Magnificent version). Moreover, there are black and white two colors available for consumers to choose from, meeting different usage requirements and lighting up consumers’ storage devices.

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Every new product released by T-FORCE brought a new gaming trend around the world. The creative and patented DELTA RGB SSD is the result of T-FORCE R&D team’s continuously effort in research and development. Bringing together the dreamy colors of RGB LED with traditional solid state drive allows gamers to set up their favorite light color effects, and the operating status of the computer system can be noticed through the light effects. The maximum read speed is up to 560MB per second and booting or loading games will only take few seconds. It is using SATA III 6Gbps interface and capacities are available in 250GB, 500GB and 1TB for gamers to choose from. The industry-standard 2.5” form factor with only 9.5mm in height, it is suitable for standard size SSD on the market. Whether it is for gaming laptop or desktop, the upgrade can be done effortlessly.

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