Western Digital

Western Digital is announcing the sampling of its new 22TB CMR and 26TB SMR hard drives today at its What's Next Western Digital Event. As usual, the hyperscale cloud customers will get first dibs on these drives. The key takeaway from today's presentation is that Western Digital doesn't yet feel the need to bring heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) into the picture. In fact, WD is doubling down on energy-assisted PMR (ePMR) technology and OptiNAND (introduced first in the 20TB CMR drives). WD is also continuing to use the triple-stage actuator that it started shipping in the first half of 2020 in the new drives. It goes without saying that the new high-capacity drives are helium-filled (HelioSeal technology). The main change common to both drives...

SanDisk's Mainstream Extreme PRO Portable SSD Goes NVMe

At CES 2019, Western Digital demonstrated a number of direct-attached flash solutions. Out of all the showcased items with imminent retail availability, one deserves separate mention. Under the SanDisk...

8 by Ganesh T S on 1/8/2019

16 TB MAMR Hard Drives in 2019: Western Digital

Western Digital revealed recently that it has begun to sample its next-generation hard drives based on microwave assisted magnetic recording (MAMR) technology. The sampling is a prelude to mass...

25 by Anton Shilov on 1/4/2019

Western Digital Reveals SweRV RISC-V Core, Cache Coherency over Ethernet Initiative

Western Digital this week made three important announcements concerning its RISC-V-based processor initiative launched last year. The company introduced its own SweRV general-purpose core, its OmniXtend cache coherency over...

11 by Anton Shilov on 12/5/2018

Best Consumer Hard Drives: Holiday 2018

Data storage requirements have kept increasing over the last several years. While SSDs have taken over the role of the primary drive in most computing systems, hard drives continue...

0 by Ganesh T S on 11/15/2018

Western Digital Announces Ultrastar DC ME200 Memory Extension Drive

Western Digital on Monday introduced its new special-purpose SSD designed to speed up in-memory processing applications. The new Ultrastar DC ME200 Memory Extension Drive uses proven hardware and comes...

8 by Anton Shilov on 11/13/2018

New Halo 15TB HDDs: Western Digital Unveils the Ultrastar DC HC620

Western Digital this week introduced its new Ultrastar DC HC620 family of hard drives that consists of 14 TB and 15 TB models. The HDDs use shingled magnetic recording...

19 by Anton Shilov on 10/26/2018

Western Digital Unveils iNAND MC EU321: a UFS 2.1 Drive Based on 96L 3D NAND

Western Digital has announced its new lineup of UFS 2.1-based embedded storage devices for smartphones, tablets, PCs, and other mobile applications. The new iNAND MC EU321 drives are based...

5 by Anton Shilov on 10/12/2018

SanDisk Extreme microSD Cards with A2 App Performance Spec Unveiled: 4K/2K IOPS

Western Digital’s SanDisk division on Friday unveiled its first lineup of microSD cards that are compliant with the App Performance 2 (A2) specification. The new SanDisk Extreme cards are...

23 by Anton Shilov on 10/5/2018

Seagate Fast SSD and SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD 1TB USB 3.1 DAS Review

The advent of 3D TLC flash and high-speed interfaces such as USB 3.1 Gen 2 and Thunderbolt 3 has resulted in a number of economical high-performance direct-attached storage devices...

17 by Ganesh T S on 9/27/2018

Toshiba Memory and Western Digital Open Fab 6 and New Memory R&D Center

Toshiba Memory and Western Digital on Wednesday officially opened up their new Fab 6 and Memory R&D Center. Both facilities are located at their Yokkaichi operations site that now...

6 by Anton Shilov on 9/20/2018

Western Digital Announces OpenFlex Storage Architecture and NVMeoF Storage Devices

Western Digital on Tuesday introduced its new OpenFlex storage architecture and the first family of products supporting it. The OpenFlex architecture promises to enable operators of datacenters to independently...

3 by Anton Shilov on 8/7/2018

HGST Launches Ultrastar DC SS530 SSDs: 3D TLC NAND, 15.36 TB, SAS 12 Gbps

Western Digital has quietly added its new HGST Ultrastar DC SS530-series SSDs to its lineup of products. The new drives are aimed at mission-critical storage applications, such as financial...

9 by Anton Shilov on 8/2/2018

Toshiba Begins to Construct New BiCS 3D NAND Fab in Iwate Prefecture

Toshiba Memory Corp. this week held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new BiCS 3D NAND flash memory fab, which is located in Japan's Iwate prefecture. Toshiba anticipates construction to...

7 by Anton Shilov on 7/25/2018

Western Digital Begins to Sample QLC BiCS4: 1.33 Tbit 96-Layer 3D NAND

Western Digital has started sampling its 96-layer 3D NAND chips featuring QLC architecture that stores four bits per cell. The chip happens to be the world’s highest-capacity 3D NAND...

40 by Anton Shilov on 7/20/2018

Western Digital to Shut Down HDD Manufacturing Facility, Increase Production of SSDs

Western Digital this week announced plans to shut down its HDD assembly facility (near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) by the end of 2019, and then sell the property. The factory...

24 by Anton Shilov on 7/19/2018

Toshiba Memory to Build New Fab to Produce BiCS 3D NAND

Toshiba Memory Corp., which is set to become independent from Toshiba in a few days, has announced their intention to start construction of a new BiCS 3D NAND fab...

7 by Anton Shilov on 5/29/2018

Western Digital: 96-Layer 3D NAND Progressing Well, Shipping to Retail Customers

Western Digital this month said that it had started shipments of its fourth-generation BiCS 3D NAND memory to some of its customers. The company did not disclose details, but...

30 by Anton Shilov on 5/29/2018

Western Digital Launches Ultrastar DC HC530 14 TB PMR with TDMR HDD

On Wednesday, Western Digital introduced its highest capacity hard drive based on conventional magnetic recording to date. The HGST Ultrastar DC HC530 can store 14 TB of data and...

20 by Anton Shilov on 4/18/2018

G-Technology Unveils G-Speed, G-Drive Pro External SSDs: High Speed DAS For Workstations

G-Technology this week introduced its new families of external SSDs featuring a Thunderbolt 3 interface, up to 16 TB capacity, and 2800 MB/s sustained throughput. The new DAS from...

6 by Anton Shilov on 4/12/2018

The Western Digital WD Black 3D NAND SSD Review: EVO Meets Its Match

The all-new WD Black NVMe SSD and its alter ego SanDisk Extreme PRO finally bring a true high-end NVMe SSD to Western Digital's consumer product lines. Western Digital has...

70 by Ganesh T S & Billy Tallis on 4/5/2018

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