Western Digital

Western Digital's Red series of drives for network-attached storage systems has a significant share in various NAS market segments. The series started off with a focus on hard drives, and more recently WD Red SSDs were introduced in Q4 2019, a few years after the SanDisk acquisition. These SATA SSDs (in both 2.5" and M.2 form-factors) were based on Marvell 88SS1074 controllers and targeted caching applications. The increasing popularity of tiered storage, coupled with the deployment of NVMe (in the form of add-in cards, and now, natively in NAS boards) has prompted Western Digital to create a new member in the WD Red family. The new WD Red SN700 comes in 5 capacities ranging from 250GB to 4TB. WD Red SN700 NVMe SSDs for NAS Capacity 250 GB 500...

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...

6 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

Western Digital Announces Client NVMe SSDs With New In-House Controllers

Western Digital has announced their first client NVMe SSDs with their SanDisk 64-layer 3D TLC NAND. These drives are also the first to feature Western Digital's new in-house NVMe...

11 by Billy Tallis on 2/28/2018

Western Digital Demos SD Card with PCIe x1 Interface, 880 MB/s Read Speed

BARCELONA, ESP — Western Digital demonstrated an experimental SD card featuring a PCIe Gen 3 x1 interface at Mobile World Congress. Meanwhile, the SD Card Association is calling upon...

26 by Anton Shilov on 2/27/2018

HGST Ultrastar 7K6 & 7K8 Enterprise HDDs: Up to 8 TB, 9th Gen PMR

This week Western Digital has introduced a new breed of HGST-branded server-class hard drives targeting “mainstream” applications that require 24/7 availability as well as enterprise-grade reliability and performance, but...

2 by Anton Shilov on 1/25/2018

Western Digital Introduces New Portable Flash Solutions, Brings Alexa Support to the My Cloud Home NAS

LAS VEGAS, NV — At CES 2018, Western Digital introduced some new products and feature updates to existing ones across both their SanDisk and WD brand of external storage...

4 by Ganesh T S on 1/9/2018

Western Digital to Use RISC-V for Controllers, Processors, Purpose-Built Platforms

Western Digital recently announced plans to use the RISC-V ISA across its existing product stack as well as for future products that will combine processing and storage. The company...

10 by Anton Shilov on 12/14/2017

Western Digital, Toshiba And Bain Capital Settle Disputes Over Sale Of Toshiba Memory

Western Digital announced in a press conference this afternoon that they have reached a settlement agreement with Toshiba over Western Digital's objections to the sale of Toshiba's stake in...

11 by Billy Tallis on 12/12/2017

Toshiba Commercializes SDK’s 9th Gen PMR, Tech Enables 14 TB PMR HDDs in 2018

Toshiba recently started to ship its single-platter 1 TB 2.5”/7 mm hard drives in the HDD market for notebooks. The drive is based on Showa Denko K.K.’s (SDK) 9th...

9 by Anton Shilov on 11/20/2017

Western Digital Now Shipping 14 TB HDDs: HGST Ultrastar Hs14 with 1000 Gb/in2

Western Digital has started to ship its new HGST Ultrastar Hs14 hard drives, promoted as being suitable for cloud datacenters and for hyperscale developments. The capacity increase from its...

34 by Anton Shilov on 11/1/2017

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