While the first 3D NAND chips have just found their way to the market and most NAND manufacturers are still developing their designs, there are already a handful of next generation memory technologies in development that are slated to supersede NAND in the next decade or so. One of the most promising technologies is Resistive Random Access Memory, which is more commonly referred to as Resistive RAM or just RRAM. Similar to NAND, RRAM is non-volatile, meaning that it will retain data without power unlike regular DRAM, which needs a continuous power source. Multiple companies are developing RRAM including semiconductor giants like Samsung and SanDisk, but Crossbar, a US based startup, has probably the most advanced design so far. I've been following Crossbar for quite...

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

ADATA N004 - SATA & USB 3.0 SSD Reviewed

OCZ and Kingston have already shown us what solid state technology can do for external drive transfer speeds when given the headroom provided by USB 3.0 technology. Now, ADATA...

18 by Rajinder Gill on 11/29/2010

Quick Look: Kingston HyperX MAX 3.0, A USB 3.0 V+100 SSD

Although OCZ was first on the market with a USB 3.0 enabled SSD with its Enyo drive, competitors are knocking down the doors and bridging the gap. We saw...

31 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/24/2010

OCZ Vertex Plus Preview: Introducing the Indilinx Martini

Last year was dominated by two SSD controller manufacturers: Intel and Indilinx. Intel delivered the performance while Indilinx offered a value alternative. Once SandForce hit early this year however...

61 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/16/2010

Kingston SSDNow V+100 Review

I'm not sure what it is about SSD manufacturers and overly complicated product stacks. Kingston has no less than six different SSD brands in its lineup. The E Series...

96 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/11/2010

A Quick Look at OCZ's RevoDrive x2: IBIS Performance without HSDL

Over the summer we previewed OCZ's first affordable PCIe SSD: the RevoDrive. Made of a pair of SandForce SF-1200 controllers behind a PCI-X RAID controller and a PCI-X to...

46 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/4/2010

Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB and My Book Essential 3TB Drives Reviewed

Two months ago I looked at the world’s first 3TB desktop hard drive. It was a 5 platter, 3TB Seagate Barracuda XT inside an external GoFlex Desk chassis. The...

48 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/19/2010

Seagate GoFlex Home 2TB Reviewed

If you’ve got more than one PC in the home, having a network drive to share files, stream media and create backups can make a lot of sense. Seagate...

30 by Rajinder Gill on 10/10/2010

SandForce Announces Next-Gen SSDs, SF-2000 Capable of 500MB/s and 60K IOPS

For months SandForce has been telling me that the market is really going to get exciting once its next-generation controller is ready. I didn’t really believe it, simply because...

85 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/7/2010

Intel's 3rd Generation X25-M SSD Specs Revealed

What's this? The long awaited specs for Intel's third generation SSD? Indeed. Internally it’s called the Postville Refresh (the X25-M G2 carried the Postville codename), but externally it carries the...

97 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/5/2010

Western Digital Introduces new USB 3.0 External Drives, Hits 3TB

Although Seagate was first to market with an external 3TB drive, it wasn’t without issues. In our testing of the 3TB GoFlex Desk we found that under continuous usage...

21 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/5/2010

OCZ's Fastest SSD, The IBIS and HSDL Interface Reviewed

Earlier this year OCZ announced its intention to bring a new high speed SSD interface to the market. Frustrated with the slow progress of SATA interface speeds, OCZ wanted...

74 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/29/2010

Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 & OCZ Enyo, Quick Look at Two USB 3.0 SSDs

Since I reviewed my first SSD, three things have happened. 1) Controllers have improved significantly. My personal favorite, SandForce’s SF-1200, can outperform the original X25-M by more than 3x...

20 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/14/2010

The World's First 3TB HDD: Seagate GoFlex Desk 3TB Review

Seagate recently announced the world's first 3TB 3.5" HDD. There's just one catch: it's external only. The FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 3TB arrived in our labs over a week ago...

80 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/23/2010

Micron Announces RealSSD P300, SLC SSD for Enterprise

Buying an SSD for your notebook or desktop is nice. You get more consistent performance. Applications launch extremely fast. And if you choose the right SSD, you really curb...

49 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/12/2010

The SSD Diaries: Crucial's RealSSD C300

The promise was high. Crucial was to not only offer better than X25-M performance but also be the first to deliver a 6Gbps SSD. Competing controller makers wouldn't hit...

51 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/13/2010

Crucial RealSSD C300: 64GB for $150

To date, the least expensive SSDs worth consideration have come in at around $100 give or take. Our last roundup looked at the Intel X25-V 40GB, the Kingston SSDNow...

40 by Jarred Walton on 6/28/2010

OCZ's RevoDrive Preview: An Affordable PCIe SSD

Take two SandForce SF-1200 controllers and put them on a card with a boatload of NAND and a RAID controller. Add some special sauce to keep the price low...

62 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/25/2010

Intel's X25-M and X25-V Now Available in Best Buy Stores

Consider this one big step for SSD-kind: Intel just sent along a note letting us know that its X25-M and X25-V SSDs are now available at Best Buy. The...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/22/2010

2010 Value SSD (~$100) Roundup: Kingston and OCZ take on Intel

Two years ago the best SSD you could buy was made by Intel and it cost $7.44 per GB of MLC NAND. Today Intel is actually the value leader...

52 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/3/2010

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