Intel Corporation’s (NASDAQ:INTC) SSDs (solid-state drive), may soon experience a major increase in their speed as well as capacity because of Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU)’s latest chips. The latter can also be utilized to make competitive SSDs that are as tiny as flash drives.
Micron produced the flash memory that is utilized in Intel’s SSDs. Currently, it has started producing and distributing its 3D negative-AND (NAND) flash in significant quantities. Micron’s 3D flash chips would enable small SSDs to hold 3.5TB of storage. On the other hand, 2.5-inch SSDs could hold over 10 TB of storage.
Presently, the biggest SSDs Intel offers have up to 4TB of capacity. Harnessing Micron’s 3D NAND chips, could offer a three-fold increase of storage in these SSDs. Intel has not committed to any time frame for the release of new SSDs.
However, the organization’s enterprise SSDs are due for an upgrade for a long time now. Along with supplying flash for Intel’s products, Micron manufactures its own SSDs. The latter is intending to launch new drives in this year’s spring and summer. It’s hoped that microns fresh drives will include its latest 3D flash chips and offer purchasers better storage capacity by supplying a standard 2.5 inch SSD.
Micron is certainly not the first entity to manufacture Chips utilizing a 3D NAND flash design. Toshiba and Samsung made the transition several years before to enhance the storage capacity of drives and minimize production cost. However, Micron implements a different manufacturing method than its competitors. The organization utilizes floating- gate cells to enhance the capacity as well as the reliability of its drives. Samsung and Toshiba employ charge-trap technology to produce their 3D flash that could translate to superior battery life.
Presently, Micron is working with Intel to create a faster storage as well as memory technology termed Xpoint. Both the companies are of the opinion that Xpoint will be ten times denser compared to DRAM and that it will roll out SSDs 1,000 times quicker, and stronger compare to flash storage.
If you’re planning to increase your device storage, then it’s wise to wait for Micron and Intel’s future SSD launches.