Western Digital

Western Digital this week said that its energy-assisted magnetic recording (ePMR) and OptiNAND technologies coupled with increased number of platters per hard drive would enable it to build HDDs with an up to 30 TB capacity. To keep advancing capacities from there, the company will need to use heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR), it revealed. Meanwhile, noticeably absent was any mention of microwave-assisted magnetic recording (MAMR), the technology that was expected to precede HAMR. Building a 22TB HDD for 2022 Last month Western Digital's began shipping its top-of-the-range Ultrastar DC HC560 20TB and WD Gold 20TB hard drives that rely on nine 2.2 TB ePMR platters and feature the company's OptiNAND technology that uses an embedded flash drive (EFD) to increase performance, reliability, and usable capacity...

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

Western Digital Stuns Storage Industry with MAMR Breakthrough for Next-Gen HDDs

Western Digital sprang a big surprise yesterday with the announcement of microwave-assisted magnetic recording (MAMR) as the foundation for the next generation of high-capacity hard drives. Hard drives...

129 by Ganesh T S on 10/12/2017

SanDisk Launches SD and microSD for Industrial and Automotive: Extreme Temps, Upped Reliability

Western Digital has introduced its new SanDisk Automotive and SanDisk Industrial memory cards for specialized applications. The new cards can work in extreme temperatures for prolonged amounts of time...

8 by Anton Shilov on 10/4/2017

Toshiba To Proceed With Sale Of Memory Business To Consortium

The latest and possibly final round of bidding for Toshiba's memory business concluded today with Toshiba's board selecting a consortium led by private equity firm Bain Capital as the...

12 by Billy Tallis on 9/20/2017

Western Digital Ships 12 TB WD Gold HDD: 8 Platters and Helium

Western Digital has begun to ship its WD Gold HDD with 12 TB capacity to partners and large retailers. The 3.5” drive relies on the same platform as the...

63 by Anton Shilov on 9/16/2017

One Design, Two Products: The SanDisk Ultra 3D (1TB) and WD Blue 3D (1TB) SSD Reviews, with BiCS 3D NAND

The first 3D NAND SSDs from Western Digital and its SanDisk subsidiary have arrived. The same mainstream SATA SSD with 3D TLC is being sold under two names, but...

52 by Billy Tallis on 9/14/2017

Western Digital Launches SanDisk iXpand Base SD-Based Storage for iPhone with Backup Capability

Western Digital has introduced its new SanDisk iXpand Base storage solution for Apple iOS-based devices. Just like the SanDisk iXpand flash drive launched several years ago, the new device...

14 by Anton Shilov on 9/6/2017

Western Digital Launches SanDisk Ultra microSD Card with 400 GB Capacity

Today Western Digital is taking the wraps off of the industry’s first microSDXC card with a 400 GB capacity. The card is aimed at Google Android-based smartphones or tablets...

18 by Anton Shilov on 8/31/2017

Western Digital Launches New My Book Duo Storage Systems: 360 MB/s, USB-C, 20 TB

Western Digital has released its new My Book Duo external storage systems for consumers. The new devices run two 3.5” WD Red HDDs in RAID 0 or 1 mode...

7 by Anton Shilov on 8/25/2017

Western Digital’s 3D TLC-Based SanDisk Ultra 3D SSDs Now Available

Western Digital has started to ship its SanDisk Ultra 3D drives based on 3D TLC NAND memory. The drives, which were formally introduced nearly two months ago, are identical...

19 by Anton Shilov on 8/4/2017

Western Digital Announces Four Bit Per Cell 64-Layer 3D NAND Flash

Western Digital's SanDisk subsidiary and Toshiba have a long history of jointly developing and manufacturing NAND flash memory. While that relationship has been strained by Toshiba's recent financial troubles...

35 by Billy Tallis on 7/25/2017

Toshiba's 768Gb 3D QLC NAND Flash Memory: Matching TLC at 1000 P/E Cycles?

Toshiba last week announced its first 3D NAND flash memory chips featuring QLC (quadruple level cell) BiCS architecture. The new components feature 64 layers and developers of SSDs and...

37 by Anton Shilov on 7/3/2017

Western Digital Launches New My Passport Ultra HDDs: New Enclosure, Up to 4 TB

Western Digital this week refreshed its My Passport Ultra lineup of small form-factor external HDDs. The new hard drives use a new enclosure and come with software that backs...

26 by Anton Shilov on 6/29/2017

Joint Venture Dispute Between Toshiba and Western Digital Escalates, Toshiba Still Unable to Sell NAND Business

Due to serious financial difficulties, Toshiba is trying to sell off their stake of their very successful flash memory business to keep the rest of the company afloat. Western...

11 by Billy Tallis on 6/29/2017

Western Digital Announce BiCS4 3D NAND: 96 Layers, TLC & QLC, Up to 1 Tb per Chip

Western Digital on Tuesday formally announced its fourth-generation 3D NAND memory, developed as part of the Western Digital/Toshiba joint venture. The fourth-generation BiCS NAND flash chips from Western Digital...

22 by Anton Shilov on 6/28/2017

Western Digital My Passport SSD Mini-Review

Flash-based external direct-attached storage (DAS) devices have evolved rapidly over the last few years. Starting with simple thumb drives that could barely saturate USB 2.0 bandwidth, we now see...

22 by Ganesh T S on 6/28/2017

Toshiba Selects Japan-U.S. Consortium As Preferred Buyer For Memory Business

Toshiba has selected a consortium as their preferred bidder in the sale of Toshiba's memory business. The consortium is led by the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, an investment...

13 by Billy Tallis & Anton Shilov on 6/21/2017

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