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Western Digital will release their new BiCS3 64-layer 3D NAND this year

Western Digital will release their new BiCS3 64-layer 3D NAND this year

Western Digital will release their new BiCS3 64-layer 3D NAND this year

Western Digital will release their new BiCS3 64-layer 3D NAND this year

 

Western Digital has announced that they will be ramping up the production of their new 64-layer 3D NAND for release later this year. BiCS, Bit-Cost Scaling, NAND has been designed by Toshiba and Sandisk and is set of offer increased performance, storage densities and greater durability than traditional planar NAND flash. 

Sandisk is now owned by Western Digital, who acquired the company back in 2015, which should explain why a company that most of you associate with traditional mechanical hard drives is announcing new 3D NAND technology. 

The company has stated that volume shipping of this new NAND type will begin in Q4 2016, with OEM sampling to begin in this quarter. BiCS3 NAND is expected to have mass availability in the first half of 2017, though we have no indication of when exactly we will see this NAND incorporated into any shipping products. 

Below is a quote from Dr. Siva, Western Digital's Executive Vice President for Memory Technology.  

 

  The launch of the next generation 3D NAND technology based on our industry-leading 64 layer architecture reinforces our leadership in NAND flash technology,

BiCS3 will feature the use of 3-bits-per-cell technology along with advances in high aspect ratio semiconductor processing to deliver higher capacity, superior performance, and reliability at an attractive cost. Together with BiCS2, our 3D NAND portfolio has broadened significantly, enhancing our ability to address a full spectrum of customer applications in retail, mobile and data center.

 

Western Digital will release their new BiCS3 64-layer 3D NAND this year  

 

Above you can see a graphical representation of this new NAND type, though at this time we  simply do not have enough information on this new type of NAND in order to make any meaningful comparison to Samsung's 3D V-NAND and Micron's 3D NAND.  

Hopefully, we will hear more on this new NAND type at a later date, as both Toshiba and Western Digital will be producing it in the future. Will the wider availability of 3D NAND kickstart a new SSD pricing war?  

 

You can join the discussion on Western Digital's BiCS3 64-layer 3D NAND on the OC3D Forums.

 

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26-07-2016, 17:29:58

RobM
This should help bring SSD prices down to a more affordable level Quote

26-07-2016, 17:35:15

CreatiXx
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Originally Posted by RobM View Post
This should help bring SSD prices down to a more affordable level
Havent they already? 1TB ssd might be expensive, fair enough but 120GB- 500GB depending what brand are getting pretty cheap though imoQuote

26-07-2016, 18:37:18

RobM
I meant in relation to normal drives, I fully expect SSD to replace HDD completely at some pointQuote

26-07-2016, 21:03:47

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by RobM View Post
I meant in relation to normal drives, I fully expect SSD to replace HDD completely at some point
I'd love to replace my HDD's, I have 1 x 4TB WD Blue and 1 x 2TB WD Black, Black is for games and Blue is for the dozens of full seasons of Stargate, Star Trek, Butt loads of films, Emulators, Music, Documents, Pics, Mods, Images, Benchmarks, Trainers, Updates for old games, Utilities, Various programs etc...I'm really looking forward to when a 4TB SSD costs the same as a 4TB HDD Quote
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