Friday, March 24th, 2017

Flash Memory Summit, August 2016 – The process of consumerization of flash memory started around 2004. This year NAND prices drop below DRAM prices for the first time at the same density. Panasonic and Sanyo launched the first flash-based camcorders. SanDisk inaugurated Flash Sansa MP3 players. In 2005 NAND revenue exceeded $10 billion when Apple [...]

September 22, 2015, SNIA Storage Developer Conference, Santa Clara, CA—Jim Handy from Objective Analysis talked about the future of solid state storage and the changing nature of both memory and storage. new technologies will enable architectures better suited for the data needs of he future. In the early days of computers, the industry established a [...]

September 22, 2015, SNIA Storage Developer Conference, Santa Clara, CA—Bev Crair from Intel Storage Group described the drivers and motivations for changing your ideas about storage. The next generation of storage will be a function of innovation, disruption, and trailing-edge technologies. The primary drivers are: information growth, with data size doubling every two years through [...]

February 24, 2015, ISSCC, San Francisco—Jae-woo Im from Samsung related the efforts to make a small die, high performance, low power NAND chip. The design requires a V-NAND process, 3 bits per cell, and a 1-plane architecture to achieve a storage density higher than a HDD. The underlying architecture changed from the previous generation, going [...]

February 24, 2015, ISSCC, San Francisco—Mario Sako from Toshiba described a low-power 64 Gb MLC NAND flash memory in15 nm CMOS. The design addresses the performance saturation of NAND and the growing volume of NAND systems like eMMC, SSD, etc. which need much lower power to improve throughput with greater chip parallelism. The system-level techniques [...]

February 23, 2015, ISSCC, San Francisco—Kinam Kim from Samsung Electronics gave the first plenary talk relating developments in silicon technologies and the solutions they may provide for our data-driven lines. The developments include silicon, packaging, and small chip security for IoT. The number of connected devices already exceeds the number of people, and will continue [...]

September 15, 2014, Storage Developer Conference, Santa Clara, CA—Rajagopal Vaideeswaran from Symantec looked into the future and saw flash being displaced by phase change memories. The technology offers higher speeds and IOPS, yet can be configured to be a plug in replacement for flash devices. The NOR and NAND architectures for non-volatile memories provide users [...]

September 15, 2014, Storage Developer Conference, Santa Clara, CA—Page Tagizad from SanDisk talked about alternate uses and form factors for memory and storage. He also looked at new use cases for flash-type devices. First, the NVDIMM markets are growing. NVDIMM-N is a mix of DDR3 and NAND to have a persistent memory via writes if [...]

February 5, 2013 – At the Linley Data Center Conference held in San Jose earlier this month, we had a chance to meeting the Ryan Baxter of Micron to discuss their new NVDIMM module that is targeted at enterprise servers. To bring higher reliability to the enterprise marketplace, the NVDIMM product looks like an RDIMM [...]

 May 2012 – Long time Flash provider Spansion, has brought a new product offering to the embedded marketplace. Targeted as an OEM memory to key application suppliers, rather than a finished consumer product, they are launching a high reliability, high performance SLC nand product. This is not a cost driven move into the NAND space, [...]