flash memory

  • Researchers beef up flash memory with protein

    Posted October 7, 2013 - 12:57 pm

    Researchers at universities in Taiwan and Japan have demonstrated a way to use proteins to create non-volatile memory and multilayer '3D' electronics.
  • How to recover data on HDD, SSD and Flash-Based Memory

    Posted January 22, 2013 - 4:38 pm

    Ever encounter a failed storage drive or delete an important file by mistake? Here's what you need to do.
  • Can flash live up to the hype?

    Posted June 26, 2012 - 10:58 am

    The popularity of flash memory has soared over the last year because flash has definite advantages over conventional media. It often isn't clear however, what distinguishes one flash offering from another. Here is a review of four common flash design implementations, each of which has strengths and weaknesses.
  • Apple's purchase of Anobit would give it a leg up on rivals

    Posted December 28, 2011 - 7:55 am

    Having been the largest consumer of flash memory, Apple will gain a leg up on competitors with its purchase of Anobit, since the deal will enable the company to use the cheapest chips in its products while maintaining a high level of resilience and performance.
  • IBM's next-gen memory is 100 times faster than flash

    Posted June 30, 2011 - 12:48 pm

    Phase Change Memory (PCM) technology--one of the new forms of faster, smaller, and denser memory chips destined to replace flash--has been on the table for a while now. Now IBM has come up with a breakthrough making PCM data transfer “instantaneous” and 100 times faster than flash memory.
  • Apple now No. 1 in flash memory consumption

    Posted June 9, 2011 - 7:56 pm

    Apple has surpassed HP and all other equipment manufacturers to become the world's largest consumer of semiconductor technology, largely because of the popularity of its mobile devices.
  • Move over flash: Here comes phase-change memory

    Posted June 2, 2011 - 4:43 pm

    University of California, San Diego researchers next week plan to demonstrate a solid state storage device that uses phase-change memory to blow away traditional hard drives and even newer flash drives.
  • SanDisk, Toshiba one up Intel, introduce 19nm flash memory

    Posted April 22, 2011 - 11:26 am

    SanDisk and its partner Toshiba announced this week a 64Gbit NAND flash memory chip using 19-nanometer (nm) technology, a process one size smaller than the memory chip Intel and Micron announced last week.
  • 20nm flash chip means more mobile-device features, smaller SSDs

    Posted April 15, 2011 - 1:09 pm

    Intel and Micron announced they have almost halved the size of their NAND flash circuitry, which will open up space in end products for things such as larger batteries or new chips with additional features.
  • Solid state drives refuse to delete data

    Posted February 22, 2011 - 3:59 pm

    Experiments on commercial solid-state drives show it's almost impossible to know when a file is really gone or when it's just out of sight.
  • Microsoft builds speedy flash bridge between RAM and hard disk

    Posted February 17, 2011 - 11:02 am

    Microsoft research project makes flash storage work more efficiently in conjunction with RAM and hard disk for speedier reads and writes.
  • Micron releases half-terabyte laptop SSDs

    Posted January 4, 2011 - 4:13 pm

    Micron Technology today announced a new line of solid-state drives (SSDs) with up to 512GB of capacity.
  • Review

    Secure flash drives lock down your data

    Posted December 13, 2010 - 12:54 pm

    Hollywood makes secure flash storage look easy. If the bad guy steals a thumb drive, it either blows up or some secret counterintelligence agency marshals the nation's resources in a no-holds-barred data hunt--most likely with Bruce Willis or Tommy Lee Jones working the streets. If the good guy steals the drive, it goes to a special-needs, special-deeds sidekick in a basement somewhere who cracks the code in 5 minutes.
  • Review

    MacBook Air flash storage torture tests

    Posted December 9, 2010 - 3:06 pm

    As you probably know, the MacBook Air uses flash storage instead of the hard drives found in every other Mac. And while the initial results using our Speedmark 6.5 test suite showed that the Air’s flash storage helped provide a performance boost, we were concerned about whether that performance could be maintained over time.
  • Micron unveils NAND flash with onboard error management

    Posted December 2, 2010 - 12:01 pm

    Micron will produce drives next year that combine error management techniques in the same NAND flash package, removing the overhead from host processors that typically contain error correction code.
  • Violin releases multi-terabyte NAS acceleration device

    Posted November 16, 2010 - 6:52 pm

    Violin today announced its first NAS caching device for NFS environments, a NAND flash array that it said is capable of boosting data read operations by 10 to 50 times the speed of standard disk drive arrays.
  • NAND flash sales up, prices down

    Posted November 10, 2010 - 2:26 pm

    The sale of new tablet PCs and smartphones with solid state storage technology is compensating for weak demand for memory cards and USB flash drives and has led to a 17% increase in NAND flash shipments over the last quarter and an average price drop of about 9%.
  • $14 for 8GB USB 3.0 flash that runs at 67MB/sec

    Posted November 1, 2010 - 5:28 pm

    A flash memory vendor named Super Talent just launched whizzy USB 3.0 flash drives for a ridiculously low price;  8GB is $14, 16GB is $29.
  • Apple shows strength in its core

    Posted October 20, 2010 - 4:29 pm

    Coming off its best quarter ever for sales of Mac computers, Apple on Wednesday unveiled two flashy new laptops and a new operating system. Message: We're not letting up.
  • Samsung starts mass production of densest NAND flash memory

    Posted October 13, 2010 - 11:36 am

    Samsung is mass producing its densest NAND flash chip yet, saying the new 3-bit-per-cell, 64Gbit chips pack twice as many bits as the company's previous offering.
  • Toshiba, SanDisk look to boost flash production

    Posted July 14, 2010 - 4:26 pm

    Expecting sales of NAND flash memory to jump, Toshiba and SanDisk today announced they will jointly build a new NAND flash fabrication facility in Yokkaichi City, Japan.
  • Flash array vendor Violin buys NAS caching vendor Gear6

    Posted June 17, 2010 - 1:59 pm

    Flash memory array maker Violin Memory said it has purchased the technology assets of high-end NAS vendor Gear6, whose DRAM and flash memory-based appliances improve the scalability of Web applications and content.
  • Intel ships world's densest NAND flash chip

    Posted May 18, 2010 - 4:27 pm

    Intel Corp. is shipping to equipment manufacturers its 25-nanometer (nm) NAND flash memory chip, which doubles the capacity of its previous 34nm chip.
  • Samsung jostles with Intel and Micron in flash memory

    Posted April 28, 2010 - 4:12 pm

    A battle over chip manufacturing prowess in the flash memory chip industry appears to be brewing between Samsung Electronics and IM Flash Technologies, a joint venture operated by Intel and Micron.
  • Flash memory set to benefit from mobile Internet explosion

    Posted April 28, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    As the world becomes ever more connected through wireless Internet devices, and corporate users seek faster access to data, flash memory is expected to quickly take a more important place in the storage of information.
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