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  1. AlphaAtlas

    PCIe SSDs Will Overtake SATA in 2019

    A recent report from Digitimes claims that PCIe SSDs could finally overtake SATA SSD shipments in 2019. Unit prices for 512GB PCIe SSDs have supposedly fallen 11% sequentially, down to a price of $55 in Q1 2019, while SATA SSD prices only dropped 9%. The price gap between the different SSDs was...
  2. AlphaAtlas

    Samsung, SK Hynix and Micron to Face Revenue Drops in Q1 2019

    Digitimes claims that Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix, and Micron Technology, the world's top 3 memory manufacturers, saw their Q1 2019 revenue drop dramatically. Combined DRAM and Flash revenue was down 18% sequentially and 26% "from a year earlier in the fourth quarter of 2018." The big 3...
  3. AlphaAtlas

    Micron Will Manufacture Octa Level Flash

    Update: Micron on Making Octa Level Flash - Nope! WCCF reports that Micron plans to introduce octa-level flash in Q1 or Q2 2019. As opposed to carrying a single bit of information like old SLC SSDs, or two bits like common MLC drives, octa level flash cells can each hold a byte of information...
  4. AlphaAtlas

    Samsung Says Phones with 1TB of Flash are Coming Soon

    Today, Samsung announced that smartphones with 1TB of flash storage are just over the horizon. While smaller companies like Smartisan have technically have technically beaten Samsung to the punch, the Korean tech giant says their fifth generation V-NAND now allows them to cram 1TB of storage...
  5. AlphaAtlas

    Samsung Launches 970 EVO Plus

    Today, Samsung launched a new addition to their already extensive SSD lineup. Samsung tells us the 970 EVO Plus SSD features "up to 53 percent" faster write speeds than its predecessor, the 970 EVO, and is more power efficient overall. The new drive is supposedly good for 3500 MB/s and 3200 MB/s...
  6. AlphaAtlas

    Lexar Launches 1TB SD Card

    At CES 2019, Lexar launched what appears to be the world's first 1TB SD card. There are a few suspiciously cheap "1TB" SD Cards on Amazon and other e-tailers, but they're almost certainly fakes, and the 1TB SD Card that SanDisk announced in 2016 ended up being vaporware. Lexar notes that they...
  7. AlphaAtlas

    Intel Announces a Hybrid Optane M.2 SSD

    While products with Intel's 3D Xpoint memory tend to be insanely fast storage devices, Optane SSDs are pretty pricey when compared to their flash counterparts. 900P drives are still going for about $1/GB online, while the smaller cache drives have even worse price/storage ratios. But at CES this...
  8. AlphaAtlas

    Adobe Issues Yet Another Emergency Flash Update

    Yesterday, Adobe pushed out an emergency update to Flash. According to Adobe, the "critical" vulnerability could lead to arbitrary code execution, putting any browser that autoruns flash plugins at serious risk. In a deviation from their usual policy of issuing security updates on patch Tuesday...
  9. AlphaAtlas

    SK Hynix Launches "4D" NAND Flash

    SK Hynix launched what it claims is the world's first "4D" NAND. The new 96-layer TLC chips have a capacity of 512gb (or 64GB) each, and will go into production this year. They also claim that 1TB SSDs using the company's own controllers and firmware will come out this year, while 1tb chips, QLC...
  10. cageymaru

    NAND Flash Prices Expected to Drop in 2019

    NAND flash prices are expected to drop even further in 2019 after declining by 50% this year. This is due to the creation of more capacity expansion in the industry to meet demand. There are 6-7 leading manufacturers of NAND flash products and some may face increased pressure to remain...
  11. AlphaAtlas

    Micron Buys Itself Out of Flash Partnership With Intel

    Micron is officially ending their flash partnership by buying Intel's share of IM Flash for $2.5 billion. Micron is shelling out $1.5 billion in cash for the acquisition, and is taking on another $1 billion in debt. The company says it can start the acquisition process in early 2019, and that it...
  12. AlphaAtlas

    Memory Prices Could Fall 20% in 2019

    DRAMeXchange says that DRAM prices could "drop by 15~20% YoY in 2019 due to the weak price trend of server DRAM." The researchers point a finger towards the sluggish smartphone market and an Intel CPU shortage as major contributors to the 2019 price drop. While some manufacturers are trying to...
  13. AlphaAtlas

    Manufacturers are Struggling to Improve QLC NAND Yields

    Mirroring a report from Tweaktown last month, a Digitimes source claims that chip-makers are struggling to get QLC NAND yields "to over 50%". Fortunately, manufacturers seem to have ironed out the issues associated with 3D TLC. The same source predicted that flash oversupply issues will continue...
  14. DooKey

    Disk Will Eat Itself: Flash Price Crash Just Around the Over-Supplied Block

    The Register is reporting that Objective Analysis' Jim Handy believes we are in a NAND over-supply situation and prices are getting ready to crater. He says the crash will be the largest price correction in semiconductor history. He's estimating the price will drop to $0.08/GB next year and that...
  15. R

    Micron and Intel Develop 3rd Generation 3D NAND

    Via a post on their newsroom, Intel has announced today that in partnership with Micron, they have developed a new 3rd generation of NAND flash. The new chips are the world's first with 4Tb - 4bits/cell dies in 64 layers, and upcoming 96 layers. The 64 layer 4bits/cell die coming in at 1Tb...
  16. FrgMstr

    How to Flash Your RX 480 to RX 580 Step-by-Step

    There has been a considerable amount of discussion since the launch of the AMD Radeon RX 580, that the RX 480 can be flashed with an RX 580 BIOS. Funky Kit has put together a step-by-step guide that outlines how to do this at home. Now why would you do this? Some users are reporting better...
  17. Zarathustra[H]

    FedEx Paying Five Dollars to Install Flash

    With Chrome, Edge and other browsers starting to block flash by default in favor of HTML5, many online services are in a mad dash to address their legacy Flash implementations. Fedex, however, is taking a different approach, and is offering a $5 discount if you go ahead and install that...
  18. P

    Issues Booting Full Linux Install From USB Flash Drive

    Background I created an installation of Linux Mint 18 KDE onto a 16GB Kingston DataTraveler 102 (full install, not Live CD). The default Mint installer doesn't like using a USB flash drive as an installation target (Lord knows why), so I created a basic installation in VirtualBox, converted the...
  19. H

    SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 Flash Drive $19.99 - $19.00 = $.99

    Staples http://www.staples.com/SanDisk-Ultra-USB-3-0-Flash-Drive-64GB/product_63893?akamai-feo=off $10 shipping for 1-10 or in-store pickup if yours has any in stock. End of june delivery/ship date. [Edit] Deal is dead - GL to any who ordered.
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