|Toshiba has announced its
long awaited decision about who it has chosen to sell its memory business to.
The transaction (worth about $18 billion) is "expected to close by the end
of March 2018."|
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|Toshiba wins award at
|Editor:- August 11, 2017 - With so many things
going on in the SSD and memoryfication markets the
of show award winners category at the annual Flash Memory Summit has - in
past years - provided a useful way to filter interesting developments. And
this year is no exception. Among the many awards - 2 things caught my
- Another new SSD
controller company recently
from stealth:- Burlywood.
the current state
of the memory market the availability of usable leading edge flash memories
is subject to great uncertainty due to technology difficulties and market
demand. And we know that flash memory makers are jealous about who they cozy up
to and share their precious early samples with.
In that context
Burlywood's claim to fame is that their IP - "Allows for multi-sourcing
of 3D TLC/QLC flash for a single SSD controller."
developing SSDs for new markets but not sure whether the memory will turn up in
your factory at the prices and volumes you require - this multi-sourcing idea
might sound attractive.
You might say that what the 2 different awards
above share in common is the desire for predictability in environments
which are beset by highly chaotic elements.
- IO Determinism - won an award for Toshiba and Facebook.
by no means a new idea - because the variability and consistency of benchmark
related factors such as latency in enterprise SSDs has been discussed in
these pages and
elsewhere ever since
flash SSDs have been used in the enterprise - nevertheless the recent award
has refreshed the idea. And instead of the
competitor A versus
competitor B arguments which were popular in the PCIe SSD market 6 years ago
- the new comparison at the heart of the award showed the difference in the
quality of latency in NVMe SSDs from the same company - due to firmware. read
more about it
was fastest growing SSD vendor in 2016 says IDC|
|Editor:- March 8, 2017 - The flash business unit
of Toshiba -
which may be called something different depending when you read this - has
that its SSD business
was the 4th largest by market share and the fastest growing (year on year) in
2016 according to data in a report -
State Storage Quarterly Update, CY 4Q16 ($40,000) - published recently by
salami slicing its memory heirloom? |
|Editor:- February 14, 2017 - Toshiba has today,
again, topped mainstream media tech headlines due to the resignation of the
company's chairman. In recent weeks - were I so inclined (to fan the flames
of rumor) - I could have inserted
about the sale of Toshiba's semiconductor business in this news page every
Instead I came to the conclusion that the real story was that
there probably wouldn't be a single big story because the sale of the entire
memory systems business to a single buyer (most likely another memory or SSD
company) would inevitably introduce a delay due to antitrust hurdles. And
Toshiba needs financial bandaids now.
Therefore, what we've been
seeing is a fragmented approach - which on linkedin I described as "salami
slicing" the memory business heirloom. Western Digital got some - but no
one will get it all quickly due to caution about the impact of