TLC

The SSD industry has been talking about TLC NAND for over three years now. We published our first post, Understanding TLC NAND, back in early 2012, but in three years we have actually seen very little TLC NAND making it to the SSD market. Samsung was an early adopter back in 2012, but aside from it and SanDisk we've yet to see any TLC drives enter the market. Silicon Motion's SM2256 is set to change that because it's the first commercially available controller and firmware combo with TLC support, which will enable companies like Kingston, ADATA and the like to use TLC NAND in their SSDs. We got an early reference design sample from Silicon Motion in for testing to see how the SM2256...

Silicon Motion Displays Upcoming SM2260 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe Controller

Silicon Motion has remained relatively quiet about its plans for a PCIe controller. We have known that the company is working on one (well, it would be a major...

11 by Kristian Vättö on 6/9/2015

ADATA Displays XPG SX930 SSD, Two New TLC SSDs, Several PCIe Drives & USB Type-C Products

After a long week of meetings and over a day worth of traveling, I'm finally back from Taipei. Given our hectic schedule (it was just me and Ian at...

7 by Kristian Vättö on 6/8/2015

OCZ Announces Trion 100 TLC SSD & Shows Off an Upcoming NVMe Drive with Toshiba Controller

One of the things I've been expecting to see at this year's Computex is more TLC NAND based SSDs. So far only Samsung and SanDisk have been shipping TLC...

4 by Kristian Vättö on 6/2/2015

Samsung Releases Second 840 EVO Performance Fix

If nothing else, the odyssey of Samsung’s 840 EVO has not been lacking in excitement. After initially launching in 2013 to great fanfare as an excellent, strong-performing low-cost drive...

71 by Ryan Smith on 4/27/2015

New Samsung SSD 840 EVO Read Performance Fix Coming Later This Month

The Samsung SSD 840 EVO read performance bug has been on the table for over six months now. Initially Samsung acknowledged the issue fairly quickly and provided a fix...

75 by Kristian Vättö on 4/14/2015

The Samsung SSD 850 EVO mSATA/M.2 Review

Four months ago Samsung introduced the world to TLC V-NAND in the form of SSD 850 EVO. It did well in our tests and showed that 3D NAND technology...

53 by Kristian Vättö on 3/31/2015

Samsung Releases Statement on 840 EVO Performance - Another Fix Is In the Works

Over the last month there has been some concern over the read performance of Samsung’s 840 EVO drives, and whether after Samsung’s previous performance fix, that these same drivers...

73 by Ryan Smith on 2/20/2015

Samsung Displays New 3D V-NAND Based Enterprise SSDs at CES 2015

Along with the release of the SM951 PCIe SSD, Samsung had several new enterprise SSDs on display at the show. The PM863 and SM863 are SATA 6Gbps drives and...

23 by Kristian Vättö on 1/15/2015

Plextor Releases M6e Black Edition PCIe SSD, Shows Off Upcoming M7e PCIe SSD & TLC SSD

Continuing with our CES SSD coverage, Plextor released a new M6e Black Edition PCIe SSD at the show. Unfortunately, the Black Edition offers nothing new in terms of the...

1 by Kristian Vättö on 1/15/2015

Samsung Releases External T1 SSD

Traditionally the external flash storage space has been run by so called second tier OEMs that basically just buy the controller and NAND from third parties and then do...

22 by Kristian Vättö on 1/5/2015

Samsung SSD 850 EVO (120GB, 250GB, 500GB & 1TB) Review

Samsung hasn't stopped impressing me in the SSD space. The early Samsung SSDs weren't very good, but ever since the introduction of the SSD 830 Samsung has been doing...

91 by Kristian Vättö on 12/8/2014

The State of SanDisk

Back at Flash Memory Summit I had the opportunity to meet with all the key people at SanDisk. There is a lot going on at SanDisk at the moment...

132 by Kristian Vättö on 12/5/2014

Samsung Releases Firmware Update to Fix the SSD 840 EVO Read Performance Bug

The news of Samsung's SSD 840 EVO read performance degradation started circulating around the Internet about a month ago. Shortly after this, Samsung announced that they have found the...

94 by Kristian Vättö on 10/16/2014

Firmware Update to Fix the Samsung SSD 840 EVO Read Performance Bug Coming on October 15th

A week ago Samsung acknowledged the existence of the read performance bug in the SSD 840 EVO and I just received a note that the fixed firmware is in...

84 by Kristian Vättö on 9/26/2014

Samsung Acknowledges the SSD 840 EVO Read Performance Bug - Fix Is on the Way

During the last couple of weeks, numerous reports of Samsung SSD 840 and 840 EVO having low read performance have surfaced around the Internet. The most extensive one is...

116 by Kristian Vättö on 9/19/2014

SanDisk Ultra II (240GB) SSD Review

For nearly two years Samsung was the only manufacturer with an SSD that utilized TLC NAND. Most of the other manufacturers had talked about TLC SSDs in one way...

52 by Kristian Vättö on 9/16/2014

FMS 2014: Marvell Announces NVMe-Enabled PCIe 3.0 x4 88SS1093 SSD Controller

Two weeks ago Marvell announced their first PCIe SSD controller with NVMe support, named as 88SS1093. It supports PCIe 3.0 x4 interface with up to 4GB/s of bandwidth between...

23 by Kristian Vättö on 8/21/2014

FMS 2014: Silicon Motion Showcases SM2256 SSD Controller with TLC NAND Support

A couple of weeks ago at Flash Memory Summit, Silicon Motion launched their next generation SATA 6Gbps SSD controller. Dubbed simply as SM2256, the new controller is the first...

8 by Kristian Vättö on 8/20/2014

SanDisk Releases Ultra II SSD: Bringing More TLC NAND to the Market

It is a busy day in the client SSD space as earlier today AMD announced the company's first SSD, the R7, and now SanDisk is releasing the Ultra II...

22 by Kristian Vättö on 8/19/2014

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