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Silicon Motion SM2262EN Preview: Micron 96-Layer TLC (Page 4)

Chris Ramseyer | Sep 25, 2018 at 10:00 am CDT - 1 min, 27 secs reading time for this page

Final Thoughts

We've seen 96L flash memory from two sources now, Toshiba (XG6 Preview) and Micron. Even though the XG6 comes with a model number, it's an OEM drive that ships in a number of different configurations. Because of that, we don't consider either drive to be a final retail representation of what will come to market. We do get a very good look at the silhouette. What we don't have is Samsung's Toggle4 96-layer that could upset everything with it's 1,200 MT/s bus speed.

Silicon Motion SM2262EN Preview: Micron 96-Layer TLC 40 |

The way the market sits right now Micron's 64-layer memory is what you want in your SSD. The flash allows the controllers to deliver exceptional random read latencies. In one generation, Micron leaped over both Toshiba and Samsung beating both at the latency game while simultaneously using CMOS-Under-Array technology to increase bit density by shrinking the footprint on the wafer.

In respect to retail products, Micron's 3rd generation TLC (96L) builds on the lead started with the 2nd generation. Even in its optimized form, the SM2262EN paired with Micron's 96L memory is already superior to the products shipping now with the previous generation technology. We've heard that 96L should enter production in the next six weeks. That would put retail announcements in line with the end of October or early November.

Our testing shows moderate, but consistent performance increases in almost every test. The performance we see now is the baseline. We can all but guarantee more increases as firmware development and customization continues.

From the evidence we've seen thus far, I'll be the first in line to buy the next generation SSDs using the SM2262EN with Micron 96L flash. The latency improvement in BAPCo SYSMark Responsiveness Test sold me.

Last updated: Sep 24, 2019 at 12:26 am CDT

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Chris Ramseyer

Chris Ramseyer started his career as a LAN Party organizer in Midwest USA. After working with several computer companies he was asked to join the team at The Adrenaline Vault by fellow Midwest LAN Party legend Sean Aikins. After a series of shake ups at AVault, Chris eventually took over as Editor-in-Chief before leaving to start Real World Entertainment. Look for Chris to bring his unique methods of testing Hard Disk Drives, Solid State Drives as well as RAID controller and NAS boxes to TweakTown as he looks to provide an accurate test bed to make your purchasing decisions easier.

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