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It's been an intriguing two years since the first PCIe 4.0 SSDs hit the market for use with AMD Ryzen 3000 (Zen 2) processors and the X570 chipset. Today, Micron is pushing forward with its fastest SSDs for the consumer market with the Crucial P5 Plus family. Micron is leveraging its own 176-layer 3D TLC NAND with these new SSDs and is promising sequential reads of up to 6,600 MB/sec. Sequential writes come in at up to 5,000 MB/sec, depending on which capacity SSD you select. The P5 Plus SSDs are available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities, but only the latter two max out the sequential reads/writes meter. The 500GB version shares the same sequential reads but only hits 3,000 MB/sec for... Read more...
When it comes to smartphones, the primary system-on-chip (SoC) and camera arrangement tend to dominate the discussion, as does the overall build quality and whatever unique features a particularl handset might bring to the table. Storage deserves some attention too, though. To that end, Micron today announced it has begun volume shipments of the industry's first 176-layer NAND Universal Flash Storage 3.1 for mobile devices. It has been eight months since Micron pounded its chest at delivering first 176-layer 3D NAND solution, "achieving unprecedented, industry-pioneering density and performance." Today's announcement sees the same core technology ported over to the mobile space, where it will... Read more...
There has been a lot of recent talk about graphics cards and CPUs at Computex 2021, but Micron is making a splash of its own with some storage and memory announcements. They include the industry's first PCI Express 4.0 SSD to leverage 176-layer NAND flash chips, and the commencement of volume shipments of 1-alpha LPDDR4x and DDR4 memory products. Micron views these as important developments towards extending the reach of artificial intelligence and 5G technologies to the masses, with a range of applications. "As artificial intelligence and 5G reach mainstream deployment, they are creating dramatic new potential for data in the post-pandemic world," Micron president and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra said... Read more...
A number of today’s best performing, PCIe Gen 4 solid state drives are built around Phison’s E18 controller. If you remember, way back when the AMD Ryzen 3000 series debuted, a number of SSD providers also launched Phison PS5016-E16 based drives alongside the processors to highlight some of the benefits of the platform's PCI Express Gen 4 bandwidth. Those early drives paired the Phison E16 with some of Toshiba’s BiCS4 NAND flash memory and SK Hynix DRAM to produce some fast SSDs at the time, but the E16 wasn’t actually a native PCIe 4 solution. Soon thereafter, Phison began talking about its follow-on E18 controller, which would offer a number of significant benefits.... Read more...
Micron on Wednesday announced that with "immediate effect," it is moving away from further developments into 3D XPoint technology, and allocating those resources instead to bringing CLX-enabled memory products to market as quickly as possible. It also plans on selling its 3D XPoint fab in Lehi, Utah, and anticipates reaching a sales agreement before the end of the year. The move marks the end of a short era, in some respects. Micron and Intel jointly developed 3D XPoint, pitching it as being 1,000 faster and 1,000 more durable than traditional NAND flash memory, as well as 10 times denser. It had the potential to be a game-changing technology, a glimpse of which we have been able to see in some... Read more...
Some say “go big or go home,” and Crucial may have just pulled off the former with its X6 portable SSD product line. Available now, the Crucial X6 4TB edition bursts onto the scene with solid performance, portability, and perhaps even value. Crucial has also added a 500GB variant to the X6 lineup at a wallet-friendly price so anyone can experience the performance and portability offered. While the X6 4TB SSD’s price at $489.95 may be prohibitive to most, it is certainly not outrageous for what you are getting. It boasts sequential read speeds of up to 800MB/s and sequential write speeds in the same ballpark. Pairing those speeds with the onboard USB 3.2 Gen 2 interface and included... Read more...
When the power goes out at home, we tend to freak out, because heaven forbid we can't watch TV or play video games, and have to *gulp* read a book or something to pass the time. How barbaric! But when a semiconductor factory loses power, well, the repercussions are a bit more severe. Just ask Micron, which warned investors that a power outage has affected its DRAM supply in the short term. This happened at the company's Taoyuan facility (Fab 11) on December 3, the last day of its fiscal first quarter, the company said. And if that was not enough, there was a 6.7-magnitude earthquake a week later off the northeast coast of Taiwan, which affected the same factory, as well as Micron's Taichung facility... Read more...
Micron has just announced a breakthrough in 3D NAND density, announcing that it has started shipments of the world's first 176-layer 3D NAND flash memory. This is Micron's 5th generation 3D NAND technology and will usher in a new wave of storage products across a broad range of sectors. With the move to a 176-layer design, Micron says that both read and write latency has been improved in excess of 35 percent, while offering a die size that is 30 percent smaller than its competitive set. In addition, the company is quoting maximum data rates of up to 1,600 MT/s using the ONFI bus, which is a 33 percent improvement over current-generation 96-layer and 128-layer solutions. And in... Read more...
Earlier this morning, Micron let it slip that NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce RTX 3090 Ampere graphics cards will ship with 12GB of GDDR6X memory. According to Micron's documentation, the GeForce RTX 3090 will be capable of achieving 1TB/sec of memory bandwidth. However, that's not all that Micron had in store via its Tech Brief, which is inexplicably still hosted on its server. Also mentioned is HBMnext, and Micron says that it is "fully involved in the ongoing JEDEC standardization" for the memory. Unfortunately, the company is rather light on details, only adding that it will "enter the market toward the end of 2022".  It's not clear if HBMnext is a complete rethink of Micron's... Read more...
We still have about two and a half weeks to go before NVIDIA presumably announces its next-generation GeForce RTX 3000 series during a GeForce Special Event September 1. However, semi-official details have leaked out. According to a technical brief hosted on Micron's website, NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce RTX 3090 will rock 12GB of GDDR6X memory. There is quite a bit that is interesting about this. For one, Micron has not formally introduced its next-gen GDDR6X memory yet, but is clearly planning to in the near future. It is outlined in a PDF document spotted by Videocardz, that presumably was not supposed to go public yet. "In Summer of 2020, Micron the next evolution of Ultra-Bandwidth Solution... Read more...
Good news folks, the era of DDR5 memory is upon us, let's all celebrate! Well, sort of—you may want to buy the cheap champagne instead of the good stuff. Micron announced it is mass producing the world's first low power DDR5 DRAM (LPDDR5), which will find its way into high-end smartphones starting with Xiaomi's Mi 10. Apologies if we got you excited about DDR5 infiltrating the PC landscape—that will have to wait for another day (though it's coming). For now, LPDDR5 is bound for the mobile segment, and with comes "superior power efficiency" and faster speeds to keep pace with gains in artificial intelligence and 5G connectivity technologies. "Micron’s leadership in delivering... Read more...
Micron is laying claim to the world's fastest solid state drive (SSD) ever built, and on paper at least, it is an accurate statement. Its new X100 SSD is rated to deliver more than 9 gigabytes per second (GB/s) of read and write bandwidth, a staggering figure for sure, along with up to 2.5 million IOPS. These figures make it more than 3X faster than competitive SSD offerings, Micron says. As you may have surmised, the X100 is bound for datacenters rather than home PCs. That's okay, though, because bleeding edge technology often starts in the datacenter and eventually trickles down into the consumer space. In the meantime, we will have to make do with the growing field of PCI Express 4.0 SSDs... Read more...
Micron on Thursday made a series of storage announcements, including the introduction of two new solid state drive lines, the 7300 SSD and 5300 SSD. The 7300 SSD line is designed to bring NVMe levels of performance to "the masses" in the datacenter realm, while the 5300 SSD line represents the industry's first enterprise SATA SSD built on 96-layer 3D triple-level cell (TLC) NAND memory chips. Micron 7300 And 5300 SSDs Specifications Starting at the top, the 7300 SSD series also utilizes 96-layer 3D TLC NAND flash memory chips to deliver low power and reduce the total cost of ownership for enterprise cloud customers. Micron says these SSDs are designed specifically to handle workloads requiring... Read more...
Like a handful of other recently-released solid state drives that feature QLC (quad-level cell) NAND flash memory, the Crucial P1 series is designed to be a relatively high-performing, but still affordable storage option, versus legacy SATA-based solutions. When it initially arrived, the Crucial P1’s MSRPs didn’t necessarily reflect this design goal, but now that availability has ramped and street prices have settled, the Crucial P1 could represent a significant upgrade for users still hobbling along with slower storage or planning a new, budget-friendly build, and it won't break the bank. We’ve got the Crucial P1’s main features and specifications outlined in the table... Read more...
The storage needs of smartphone users are not diminishing, they are only expanding with the advent of high resolution photography and 4K video. To account for this, Micron and Western Digital (through its SanDisk subsidiary) announced the industry's very first 1-terabyte capacity microSD storage cards for consumers. While both solutions offer the same amount of capacity, Western Digital's has the higher read performance rating——the 1TB SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSDXC card is rated to hit read speeds of up to 160MB/s, whereas Micron's c200 1TB microSDXC card is rated to read data at 100MB/s. Rated write speeds are similar between the two at 90MB/s for Western Digital/SanDisk and 95MB/s... Read more...
Micron on Wednesday made a couple of announcements aimed at advancing the mobile memory and enterprise storage markets. Starting with the former, Micron said it has begun mass producing the industry's highest capacity monolithic memory for mobile devices and applications, and specifically 12-gigabit (Gb) low-power double data rate 4x (LPDDR4x) DRAM. The LPDDR4x DRAM is being produced on a 10-nanometer class process technology. Micron claims the new memory is capable of reducing power by up to 10 percent at similar data rates of 4,266 megabits per second (Mbps) compared to previous generation memory. Realistically that's not going to have a big impact on a smartphone's battery life, but every... Read more...
In this latest episode of Two And A Half Geeks, Marco, Chris, and special guest Brittany chat about HP’s swank EliteBook G5 series, throttling MacBook Pros, the glorious ASUS 4K HDR G-SYNC gaming displays, Intel 9th Gen Coffee Lake CPUs, the future of 3D XPoint memory, fantastic new Retro Gaming goodness and more! Show Notes: 01:04 - HP EliteBook 840 And 830 G5 Review: Aluminum-Clad Powerhouses 06:40 - 2018 Apple MacBook Pro With Intel Core i9 CPU Reportedly Hobbled By Severe Thermal Throttling 10:59 - ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ Monitor Review: Glorious 4K HDR, 144Hz G-SYNC Gaming 18:40 - Intel 9th Gen Coffee Lake CPUs Rumored Arriving In August With 8-Core And A Big Clock Speed... Read more...
Intel has made an impressive showing in the SSD market with its Optane family, which is based on 3D XPoint memory technology. Intel makes available Optane Memory -- available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities -- that is used to cache frequently accessed data in your operating system along with Optane SSDs, which are available for consumer, enthusiast, and enterprise applications. The 3D XPoint technology that forms the basis of Optane was co-developed by Intel and Micron, and the pair have announced that a second-generation of the non-volatile, low-latency memory is currently in development. Both companies have estimated that development on second-gen 3D XPoint will be completed during the first... Read more...
In this episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks podcast, Marco, Chris and Dave talk about NVIDIA’s next GeForce GTX called Turing and its potential use of MIcron GDDR6 memory, Alienware’s beastly Area-51 R5 all liquid cooled gaming PC with 18 core Skylake-X, Netgear’s Cable Orbi mesh router and cable modem kit, AMD’s 7nm Vega and Zen 2, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 and new low power Qualcomm Snapdragon 429, 439 and 632 chips for mainstream phones... Show Notes: 03:42 - Micron Ramps Production Of GDDR6 Memory For NVIDIA GeForce GTX 20 Turing GPU Series 08:39 - First Look: NVIDIA Next Gen Turing GeForce GTX Prototype Card Spotted 15:25 - Alienware Area 51... Read more...
Micron is now mass producing next generation 8-gigabit (Gb) GDDR6 memory chips that will be used in a broad range of applications, the company announced today. The significance of this is that it means Micron is right on schedule with its next-gen graphics memory rollout—Micron in December of last year stated that its initial progress was "very promising" and that it was aiming to ramp up production in the first half of 2018. These new chips are Micron's fastest and most powerful graphics memory to date. Micron envision GDDR6 being used in high performance applications such as artificial intelligence (AI), networking, automotive, and of course paired with graphics processing units (GPUs).... Read more...
Next-generation graphics cards that employ new GDDR6 memory should offer gobs of additional memory bandwidth. That new memory has been in the works for a while now and mass production has begun at various manufacturers as well. That means we could be seeing graphics cards launch soon packing the new memory on-board. In fact, NVIDIA wil soon be talking a bit about its GTX11 GPUs that will use GDDR6 memory. Micron has offered up some details that talk about some aspects of the new RAM and it sports significant updates. Micron notes that GDDR6 has several silicon enhancements, and has offered insight about performance measurements of the new memory, along with its improved signal integrity. One... Read more...
 In this episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks, Marco, Chris and Dave kick around some breaking news and tech review headlines like Intel and Micron’s new Quad-Level Cell (QLC) NAND SSDs, Razer's hot new Blade 15 and Core X, ARM’s Project Trillium Machine Learning aspirations, Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 3, NVIDIA G-Synch HDR 4K 144Hz monitors, the Sony PS5 powered by Ryzen, AMD Ryzen Pro with Radeon Graphics, and we’re looking for ideas for our next giveaway! Show Notes: 02:11 - Micron And Intel Announce Shipment Of Industry First Quad-Level Cell (QLC) NAND Solid State Drives 09:23 - Razer Unleashes Blade 15 Gaming Laptop With Coffee Lake-H, GTX 1070 And... Read more...
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