The Ultimate Phison E7 Prototype NVMe SSDs

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kalmquist

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If it were purely a matter of cost of materials, one might expect a 240 GB SLC drive to cost the same as a 480 GB MLC drive. That would probably get some customers looking to combine a fast boot drive with a slower drive for mass storage, but not necessarily enough to cover the engineering and validation costs.
 

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An SLC device priced the same as 2X capacity MLC would definitely be interesting, more so if it could be programmed by the user
 

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It is speculated that Samsung Z-nand could be 3d-SLC. With a large memory buffer (with power loss caps, of course), a specially made for SLC controller, and a SLC specific firmware it could challenge intel x point.
 

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Using the flash in pseudo SLC mode does not mean ignoring half the flash. It also does not mean using twice as many cells to store things. What it does mean is that instead of storing 2 bits per cell as MLC does, you store 1 bit instead, by not using the two middle voltage levels. So if MLC mode stored 00, 01, 10, and 11 using the voltages 0, 0.5, 1.0 and 1.5 (I am sure these are not the right ones, but it's the idea), pseudo SLC mode would just store 0 and 1 using 0 and 1.5 volt. This has the advantage for reliability that you can treat any cell with a value of between 0 and 0.6 as a 0 and any value between 0.9 and 1.5V as a 1, which is much more tolerant of cell wear than MLC mode where you have to be more in the range of 0 to 0.2V, 0.4 to 0.7V, etc. Since it has much more tolerance, it can stay working much longer than in MLC mode. Whether using it in pseudo SLC mode makes it any faster than MLC I don't know. I don't actually see why it should, but perhaps reading and writing the middle voltage levels is slower than just the top and bottom.
 
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