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[TH] WD's Big Advantage: BiCS3 64-Layer 3D NAND Coming This Year

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WD is rolling out its 3D NAND, which is the fruit of its SanDisk acquisition.
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The announcement highlights WD's new flash-powered advantage, particularly in comparison to Seagate. There is no substitute for owning a NAND fab, no matter how a vendor may spin it, and the $19 billion purchase of SanDisk, which was considerably undervalued, was a masterstroke. The ability to produce and access the NAND itself provides time-to-market, engineering and cost advantages that are almost impossible to beat in the long term. Toshiba also has both HDD and SSD production, so we expect competition to intensify between WD and Toshiba, even though the Flash Forward partnership oddly ties the companies together.


http://www.tomshardware.com/news/wd-sandisk-bics3-64-layer-3d-nand,32328.html

post #2 of 14
If WD can gain the confidence it has in the HDD space in the NAND space, good on them.

That said, 1st and 2nd gen may be skipped. They still have to prove themselves. Even if it is Sandisk, they need post-merge evidence of being reliable.
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WD is on a roll. They are covering all of their grounds for the market. First, HGST and slowwlly integrating them, now SanDisk. Seagate is going to have a run for their money.
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WD is on a roll. They are covering all of their grounds for the market. First, HGST and slowwlly integrating them, now SanDisk. Seagate is going to have a run for their money.

i had no idea wd bought hgst, ill have 2 buy a hgst drive before wd make then brake every 6 months
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i had no idea wd bought hgst, ill have 2 buy a hgst drive before wd make then brake every 6 months
I've found the newer HGST drives are even better than my comparable WD drives.
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i had no idea wd bought hgst, ill have 2 buy a hgst drive before wd make then brake every 6 months

The purchase happened a few years ago. They just had to run as independent competing companies under the same parent company for a while until it was okayed. Now WD is taking all HGST tech and slowly putting it into their WD branded drives. Odds are, HGST may cease to exist in 5 years unless WD Corp keeps the brand alive to have some competition with WD and Seagate.
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Anyone know if they published the actual papers on the technology? I can't understand anything from the mish-mash Toms posted.

   
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Please WD, please compete with Samsung both with performance and pricing. Somebody has to.
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post #9 of 14
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Yes, that would be nice if someone would finally compete!
post #10 of 14
hopefully they aren't going for the "IM SO EXPENSIVE, SO WHAT?" route.
knowing their WD HDD lines are a notch more expensive than seagate, and even when compared to hitachi.
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