Since they first started showing up on the market, most smartphones and tablets have used eMMC flash storage. While in some ways similar to the NAND flash used in SSDs – and some devices have even gone so far as to call eMMC storage “SSD storage” – the reality is that eMMC has always been much slower than what we’re used to seeing in SSDs. UFS – Universal Flash Storage – is looking to become the successor to eMMC, and we’re very much looking forward to the host of improvements it brings. Let’s start with a brief recap of eMMC. Initially designed as an open standard for flash memory cards, MMC (MultiMediaCard) has been around since 1997. eMMC basically takes that standard and embeds the...

Micron Announces 16nm 128Gb MLC NAND, SSDs in 2014

Earlier today Micron announced its first 16nm MLC NAND device. The 128Gbit device is architecturally identical to the current 20nm/128Gbit 2-bit-per-cell MLC device that's shipping today but smaller. That...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/16/2013

Intel SSD 335 (240GB) Review

Back in February, Intel released its first SandForce based SSD: the Intel SSD 520. Since then Intel's SSD lineup has evolved. A couple of months after the 520's release...

70 by Kristian Vättö on 10/29/2012

SandForce Demos 19nm Toshiba & 20nm IMFT NAND Flash

SandForce's controllers have fairly broad compatibility with NAND available on the market today. It shouldn't be a surprise that the first demo we saw of Toshiba's 19nm and Intel/Micron's...

20 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/8/2012

Intel Sells Some of Its IMFT Stake to Micron

Intel and Micron today announced that they have done some modifications to their agreements on their IMFT joint venture. In short, Intel is selling its stake in two fabs...

6 by Kristian Vättö on 2/28/2012

Intel and Micron (IMFT) Announce World's First 128Gb 20nm MLC NAND

Earlier this year, Intel and Micron's joint NAND manufacturing venture (IMFT) announced it had produced 64Gb (8GB) MLC NAND on a 20nm process. Most IMFT NAND that's used in...

36 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/6/2011

SanDisk-Toshiba Take Back The Crown With A Different Kind of NAND

After 11 years of partnership, Sandisk and Toshiba's timing could not have been better. Just seven days after losing the NAND crown to Intel and Micron (IMFT) they announce...

35 by Jason Inofuentes on 5/5/2011

Intel & Micron Announce First 20nm MLC NAND Flash for Use in SSDs

We just started testing SSDs based on IMFT 25nm NAND Flash and look at what Intel/Micron just announced? The first 8GB MLC NAND device built on a 20nm process...

42 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/14/2011

Micron's ClearNAND: 25nm + ECC, Combats Increasing Error Rates

NAND endurance is on its way down with each subsequent process generation. At the same time unrecoverable bit error rates are on their way up. Companies like SandForce have...

24 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/2/2010

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