Yesterday Intel and Micron shared some new details of their 3D NAND technology and during the presentation they also showed a production wafer. I missed the wafer during the live broadcast (hence I couldn't include this in the initial write up), but fortunately Intel-Micron have now posted the recorded webinar, which I used to get a pretty good shot of the wafer. The quality isn't perfect, but it's good enough that I was able to make a fairly accurate estimation of the die size. Disclaimer: The data and analysis presented in this article is based on estimations that are provided "as is" with no guarantee of full accuracy. I calculated 19 dies vertically and 25 horizontally, which would yield a die size of 189.5mm. That's...

OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS & Patriot Wildfire SSDs Reviewed

Not wanting to be completely married to Intel NAND production, OCZ wanted to introduce a version of the Vertex 3 that used 32nm Toshiba Toggle NAND - similar to...

114 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/23/2011

This Just In: OCZ's Vertex 3 MAX IOPS 120GB, The New Mid-Range King?

I mentioned in our Mid-Range SSD Roundup that most SSD vendors like sampling the best balance of capacity/performance when it comes to SSD review samples. For the SandForce SF-2281...

112 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/15/2011

The 2011 Mid-Range SSD Roundup: 120GB Agility 3, Intel 510 and More Compared

A year ago whenever I'd request an SSD for review I'd usually get a 128GB drive built using 3x nm 4GB 2-bit MLC NAND die. These days the standard...

68 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/7/2011

Micron's P320h: A Custom Controller Native PCIe SSD in 350/700GB Capacities

SSDs are beginning to challenge conventional drive form factors in a major way. On the consumer side we're seeing more systems use new form factors for SSDs, enabled by...

28 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/2/2011

OCZ Agility 3 (240GB) Review

OCZ has been at the forefront of each generation of SandForce SSD release since the debut of the SF-1500 based Vertex Limited Edition. More recently the Vertex 3 was...

57 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/24/2011

Z68 SSD Caching with Corsair's F40 SandForce SSD

I have to admit that Intel's Z68 launch was somewhat anti-climactic for me. It was the chipset we all wanted when Sandy Bridge first arrived, but now four months...

81 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/13/2011

OCZ Vertex 3 (240GB) Review

Three months ago we previewed the first client focused SF-2200 SSD: OCZ's Vertex 3. The 240GB sample OCZ sent for the preview was four firmware revisions older than what...

90 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/6/2011

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

OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD Review (120GB)

I still don't get how OWC managed to beat OCZ to market last year with the Mercury Extreme SSD. The Vertex LE was supposed to be the first SF-1500...

45 by Anand Lal Shimpi 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

The OCZ Vertex 3 Review (120GB)

SandForce was first to announce and preview its 2011 SSD controller technology. We first talked about the controller late last year, got a sneak peak at its performance this...

154 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/6/2011

Seagate GoFlex Slim 320GB: The World's Thinnest External HDD

As a desktop user I never really jumped on the external storage craze. I kept a couple of terabyte drives in RAID-0 inside my chassis and there's always the...

31 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 4/5/2011

The Crucial m4 (Micron C400) SSD Review

Last week I was in Orlando attending CTIA. While enjoying the Florida weather, two SSDs arrived at my office back in NC: Intel's SSD 320, which we just reviewed...

103 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/31/2011

Kingston Releases New V100 Firmware to Address Data Loss Bug

While I was at CTIA last week I ran into a friend from Kingston who let me know about an issue with the JMicron JMF618 based SSDNow V100 SSDs...

20 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/28/2011

The Intel SSD 320 Review: 25nm G3 is Finally Here

It's called the Intel SSD 320, but the part number should give away just what we're looking at here: This is the long awaited third generation Intel based SSD. This...

193 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/28/2011

OCZ Grows Up, Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Indilinx

We first met Indilinx in early 2009, with its Barefoot controller at the heart of OCZ's Vertex SSD. Until SandForce showed up in 2010 with the SF-1200/1500 series of...

41 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/14/2011

The Intel SSD 510 Review

It's been a long time coming but we finally have Intel's third generation SSD. Codenamed Elmcrest, this is not only the first 6Gbps SSD from Intel but it's also...

128 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/2/2011

OCZ Vertex 3 Preview: Faster and Cheaper than the Vertex 3 Pro

Last week OCZ pulled the trigger and introduced the world’s first SF-2000 based SSD: the Vertex 3 Pro. Not only was it the world’s first drive to use SandForce’s...

85 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/24/2011

OCZ Vertex 3 Pro Preview: The First SF-2500 SSD

For the past six months I've been working on research and testing for the next major AnandTech SSD article. I figured I had enough time to line up its...

144 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/17/2011

Seagate GoFlex Mac & Thin @ CES 2011

I met with Seagate briefly at the show and it gave me an update on additions to its drive lineup. Unfortunately there still are no updates to the Momentus...

15 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/10/2011

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