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SK Hynix Ramps Up Enterprise SSDs with Its 72-Layer 512GB 3D NAND Flash

SK Hynix Inc. today announced that the Company recently completed developing an enterprise SATA Solid State Drive (or 'eSSD'). With its 72-Layer 512Gb (Gigabits) 3D NAND Flash chips, the Company is paving the way for its full-fledged entrance to the high value-added eSSD market.

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Lite-On / Plextor Expects The NAND Shortage To Hurt SSD Sales

More and more companies are bracing for the global NAND shortage. Just this week Samsung announced that they are delaying the launch of the 4TB 850 Pro SSD and now it looks like Lite-On is expecting lower SSD sales. Lite-On sells SSDs under their own name as well as Plextor and according to company CEO Warren Chen, the company expects fewer sales due to reduced supply.

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SSD Prices To Increase Because of NAND Shortages

If you are looking into getting a solid state drive the time is now. It appears that the basic rule of supply and demand is going to drive the prices of SSDs through the roof here very soon. There are a few different reasons for this. One of the major factors is Samsung's Note 7 disaster, with other manufacturers as well as Samsung having increased production of Smartphones (many of which use NAND flash), to fill the gap. The second big reason is just the success of the SSD market. In Q2 of 2016 the SSD market achieved 33.705 million units (nearly 10 million units and 41.2% year-over-year higher and up 9.5% from Q1). This means that the demand is ever increasing, but manufacturing capabilities are not.

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Micron Introduces Industry’s Smallest 128-Gigabit NAND Flash Device

Micron Technology, Inc. today introduced the industry's smallest 128-gigabit (Gb) NAND flash memory device utilizing its award-winning 20-nanometer (nm) process technology. The new 128Gb device stores three bits of information per cell, called triple-level-cell (TLC), creating a highly compact storage solution. Measuring 146mm2, the new 128Gb TLC device is more than 25 percent smaller than the same capacity of Micron's 20nm multi-level-cell (MLC) NAND device. The 128Gb TLC device is targeted at the cost-competitive removable storage market (flash cards and USB drives), which is projected to consume 35 percent of total NAND gigabytes in calendar 2013. Micron is now sampling the 128Gb TLC NAND device with select customers; it will be in production in calendar Q2.

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