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Steve Leibson

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The 3D SSD
You need three things from a solid-state disk (SSD): speed, capacity, and reliability. You need three things from a portable SSD: speed, capacity, reliability, and diminutive size. And you can’t get much smaller than packing an SSD into the form factor   Read More »
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STT-MRAM -- from Seagate???
On June 12, 1989, I flew to Minnesota from Denver, Colorado, picked up a rental car, and drove from Minneapolis to Bloomington to attend a special disk drive conference being held by the leading vendor of cutting-edge 5.25-inch hard disk drives--Imprimis   Read More »
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Apple boots HDD--completely out of the new MacBook Air notebooks. SSD is the only option
Claiming that the move unifies Apple’s product line, Steve Jobs yesterday announced two new lightweight MacBook Air notebook computers. Significantly, neither HDD nor optical disk storage is an internal option for these two new laptops. SSD is the only   Read More »
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Angelbird Ltd. Introduces “Wings,” a low-cost PCIe SSD for PCs. $239 for 16 Gbytes
Stop me if you’ve heard this one. The fastest way to get high performance from an SSD is to bypass the disk interface and plug the SSD directly into the PC’s PCIe port. Vendors of high-performance (read “expensive”) SSDs do just that. So just where does   Read More »
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Hitachi-LG Data Storage fixes optical drive with SSD assist to use one SATA port
Hitachi-LG Data Storage has updated the hybrid optical/SSD drive it announced earlier this year ( How does a hybrid SSD/optical drive make sense? ) by integrating the SSD with the optical drive controller and making both the optical and solid-state drives   Read More »
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Made in South Korea: Graphene memristor memory cells on a flexible plastic substrate
IEEE Spectrum has just reported on the successful fabrication of graphene-based memory cells on a flexible plastic substrate by Sung-Yool Choi and his research team working at the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute in Daejeon, South   Read More »
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Brian Fuller @EETimes: Renesas to put MRAM in 90nm microcontrollers by 2013
EETimes’ Brian Fuller is blogging live from the Renesas DevCon down in southern California and he reports this morning that Renesas has announced plans to incorporate MRAM (magnetic RAM) in its microcontrollers built using 90nm process technology, with   Read More »
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Sandforce Enterprise-Class SSD 2500/2600 processors deliver double performance
SandForce has just announced a new enterprise-class SF-2000 SSD processor family including the SF-2500 and SF-2600, which deliver approximately twice the performance of the company’s existing SF-1500 SSD processor. The new SSD processors start with SATA   Read More »
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Anandtech reports that Intel’s new SSDs that incorporate 25nm Flash will have 4x the lifespan rating
This blog previously reported that Intel will be rolling out new versions of its highly regarded X25-M SSDs. These new drives will incorporate 25nm MLC Flash devices. Now, Anandtech has reported some interesting specs. Maximum capacity is up from 160   Read More »
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Renesas introduces new 1.1Gbit low-latency DDR DRAM (LLDRAM) for networking apps
Renesas has introduced a new 1.1Gbit, low-latency DDR DRAM (LLDRAM) primarily for networking applications that really need the device’s low 13.3nsec read/write latency. This part is another in the series of LLDRAMs originally developed by NEC. (Renesas   Read More »
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