Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced that it has begun mass producing 250-gigabyte (GB) SATA solid state drive (SSD) that integrates the company’s sixth-generation (1xx-layer) 256-gigabit (Gb) three-bit V-NAND for global PC OEMs. By launching a new generation of V-NAND in just 13 months, Samsung has reduced the mass production cycle by four months while securing the industry’s highest performance, power efficiency and manufacturing productivity.

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“By bringing cutting-edge 3D memory technology to volume production, we are able to introduce timely memory lineups that significantly raise the bar for speed and power efficiency,” said Kye Hyun Kyung, executive vice president of Solution Product & Development at Samsung Electronics. “With faster development cycles for next-generation V-NAND products, we plan to rapidly expand the markets for our high-speed, high-capacity 512Gb V-NAND-based solutions.”

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Silicon Motion Technology Corporation ("Silicon Motion"), a global leader in NAND Flash controllers and solid-state storage devices, today announced it will be presenting at the upcoming Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, CA from Aug 6th to 8th. Featured at the event will be an array of new industry-leading SSD controller and storage solutions for enterprise/data center, client SSD controller solutions for personal computing, UFS controllers for mobile and single-chip SSD, eMMC and UFS for industrial/automotive applications.

Silicon Motion has shipped over 160 million client SSD controllers in the last 3 years and has leveraged our client SSD controller expertise to enter the enterprise/data center market, supplying complete enterprise solutions including SSD controllers, NVMe SSD solutions, single-chip SSDs for boot drive, AFA and software-defined storage. With our comprehensive knowledge of NAND characteristics, flexible ASIC/Firmware design capabilities and our proprietary NANDXtend™ ECC technology which integrates error recovery functionality with a machine learning algorithm, our enterprise storage solutions deliver high performance and prolong data retention to improve QoS.

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Western Digital today announced two new 96-layer 3D flash NVMe SSD families, the Ultrastar DC SN640 and Ultrastar DC SN340. Both are purpose-built for either mixed-use-case workloads or very read-intensive applications, respectively. The new Ultrastar drives help meet the evolving, and increasingly specific workload demands placed on data centers today, while building a strong, flexible foundation for the zettabyte-scale era of the future. Leveraging Western Digital’s in-house SSD controller designs, firmware development and vertical integration, these new solutions underscore the company’s strengths in developing innovations that allow customers’ data to thrive, from edge to core to cloud.

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NVMe is having a great impact on enterprises and what they can do with data, particularly for real-time analytics, M2M and IoT, and emerging technologies like composable infrastructure. Data center customers understand the nature of their data streams and application workloads and are realizing that today's general-purpose architectures are inefficient and can carry resource and cost overhead. Ushering in new NVMe SSD innovations for the workload evolution, Western Digital's new purpose-built solutions include:

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Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., a world leader in memory products and technology solutions, today announced it is shipping the A2000 NVMe PCIe SSD. The single-sided M.2 drive is Kingston’s next-gen entry-level, consumer NVMe PCIe SSD utilizing 3D NAND. A2000 delivers efficient performance, lower power and lower heat all at a lower price, making it the perfect storage upgrade solution for Ultrabook™ and notebook users.

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A2000 is an affordable storage solution with impressive read / write speeds up to 2,200 / 2,000MB/s, respectively, thus delivering 3x the performance of a SATA SSD. It is ideal for entry-level users and DIY system builders who appreciate responsiveness and ultra-fast loading times. A2000 is a self-encrypting drive that supports end-to-end data protection using 256-bit AES Hardware-based encryption that allows the usage of independent software vendors with TCG Opal 2.0 security management solutions including Symantec™, McAfee™, WinMagic® and others. The drive also has built-in eDrive support, a security storage specification for use with BitLocker.

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liteon logoAt Flash Memory Summit 2019 here today, LITE-ON Storage, an established leader in the rapidly expanding solid-state drive (SSD) industry, announced the upcoming release of a new, more cost-effective NVMe boot solution for enterprise customers.

Called BEST (Boot Enhanced Storage Technology), the breakthrough is an add-in card (AIC) that utilizes existing PCIe slots on the motherboards, so it doesn’t have to be plugged into a SATA (Serial ATA) slot. It’s built in the cost-effective and widely used PCIe NVMe M.2 form factor. It is also compact yet scalable. And it can accommodate two PCIe NVME M.2 based SSDs, enabling backup and redundancy of critical systems.

BEST technology is expected to be available on select LITE-ON SSDs toward the end of the year.

“LITE-ON is constantly pushing the envelope with SSD technology that helps customers operate more efficiently and cost effectively, and this BEST innovation is right in-line with that,” said Darlo Perez, Managing Director, Americas region at LITE-ON Storage. “While other emerging boot drive vendors claim they can do this, BEST is the first solution built upon the most popular form factor, PCIe NVMe M.2, which translates into better latency, lower total cost of ownership and more long-term value.”

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toshiba xl flashToshiba Memory America, Inc. (TMA), the U.S.-based subsidiary of Toshiba Memory Corporation, today announced the launch of a new Storage Class Memory (SCM) solution: XL-FLASH. Based on the company’s innovative BiCS FLASH 3D flash memory technology with 1-bit-per-cell SLC, XL-FLASH brings low latency and high performance to data center and enterprise storage. Sample shipments will start in September, with mass production expected to begin in 2020.

Classified as SCM (or persistent memory), with the ability to retain its contents like NAND flash memory, XL-FLASH bridges the performance gap that exists between DRAM and NAND. While volatile memory solutions such as DRAM provide the access speed needed by demanding applications, that performance comes at a high cost. As the cost-per-bit and scalability of DRAM levels off, this new SCM (or persistent memory) layer in the memory hierarchy addresses that issue with a high density, cost effective, non-volatile NAND flash memory solution. Poised for growth, industry analyst firm IDC estimates the SCM market is expected to reach in excess of $3B in 2022.

Sitting in between DRAM and NAND flash, XL-FLASH brings increased speed, reduced latency and higher storage capacities – at a lower cost than traditional DRAM. XL-FLASH will initially be deployed in an SSD format but could be expanded to memory channel attached devices that sit on the DRAM bus, such as future industry standard non-volatile dual in-line memory modules (NVDIMMs).

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marvell 88SS1321Marvell today released the industry’s lowest power PCIe Gen4 NVMe solid-state drive (SSD) controller portfolio. Marvell’s newest SSD controllers are designed to meet the need for lower power and higher performance in next-generation data centers and edge devices as artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G gain momentum. This breakthrough technology delivers unparalleled performance in an ultra-compact footprint, leveraging the company’s complex system-on-chip (SoC) design expertise and groundbreaking storage IP to help data center, notebook, tablet, gaming and edge computing platform architects advance their solutions for the highly distributed data era.

“Marvell’s latest family of storage controllers has been architected to optimally address edge computing and data center pain points of power-performance and capacity-performance,” said Nigel Alvares, vice president of marketing for the Flash Business Unit at Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. “With today’s launch, we’re once again demonstrating Marvell’s leadership in storage, delivering the industry’s first 4-Channel PCIe Gen4 NVMe SSD controllers with the industry’s lowest power consumption that will help revolutionize SSD solutions for the data economy.”

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“AMD recently introduced the world’s first PCIe® 4.0 ready desktop PC platform, the 3rd Generation AMD Ryzen™ processor and AMD X570 chipset for socket AM4,” said Chris Kilburn, corporate vice president and general manager, Client Channel, AMD. “We are delighted with the Marvell DRAM-less PCIe Gen4 SSD controller helping bring the increased bandwidth and performance required to elevate the user experience with next generation computing devices.”

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toshiba logoIn a move designed to further its support of the Open Source Software (OSS) community, Toshiba Memory America, Inc. (TMA), the U.S.-based subsidiary of Toshiba Memory Corporation, today announced write amplification (WA) and endurance software innovations that significantly improve RocksDB for SSDs.

Highly flexible and designed for use with any off-the-shelf SSD, TRocksDB is an enhancement to the RocksDB database design that uses key values more efficiently with SSDs to enable improvements in storage and DRAM usage. TRocksDB also reduces the repeated data rewriting caused by application-generated WA. The TRocksDB solution will be demonstrated publicly for the first time at Flash Memory Summit, booth #307.

Taking a log-structured merge-tree (LSM tree) approach to storing data, the RocksDB platform rewrites data at least one time for every level of the database, and in many cases, multiple times per level. As a result, the total WA for RocksDB will often be greater than 21x, which leads to application-level performance delays and early SSD wear-out.

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Toshiba Memory Europe GmbH today announced the launch of two new series of NVMe/PCIe 3.0 Gen3x4 M.2 solid state drives (SSDs), the RD500 and RC500 Series. Both product families feature the company’s own state-of-the-art 96-layer TLC (triple-level cell) BiCS FLASH™ 3D memory.

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Toshiba Memory’s new SSDs are high-performance solutions for today’s mainstream gamers, DIY system builders and upgrade solution seekers. A next-generation PCIe interface enables the RD500 and RC500 Series to provide a more responsive PC experience with shorter storage latency than that of SATA SSDs.

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ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performance DRAM modules, NAND Flash products, and mobile accessories today announces the launch of the XPG GAMMIX S50 PCIe Gen4x4 M.2 2280 solid state drive (SSD). Utilizing next-generation PCIe Gen4x4 and implementing the NVMe 1.3 standard, the S50 delivers blazing-fast read/write performance of 5000/4400MB per second. What's more, it features an aluminum heat sink for excellent heat dissipation, 3D Flash memory with up to 2TB capacity, SLC caching, a DRAM cache buffer, End-to-End Data Protection, and Low-Density Parity-Check (LDPC) error correcting code technology.

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Made for Gamers, PC Enthusiasts, Overclockers, and Graphics Professionals
The S50 supports the NVMe standard and utilizes the latest PCIe Gen4x4 interface to let users enjoy sustained read/write speeds of up to 5000/4400MB per second. What's more, with 3D Flash memory it offers a leap forward in capacity, efficiency, and durability. Also with the M.2 2280 specification, it supports the latest Intel® and AMD platforms. These capabilities make the S50 ideally suited for gamers, PC enthusiasts, overclockers, and graphics professionals.

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