Friday, May 18th 2018

ADATA Announces New Industrial-Grade, 3D TLC NAND SSDs

ADATA today launched the industrial-grade ADATA IM2P33F8 PCIe Gen3 x4 and IM2S3168 SATA 6 Gbps M.2 2280 solid state drives. Both drives employ durable and long-lasting 3D NAND flash, making them ideal upgrade options for a wide range of systems and installations.

The Adata IM2 series have 3D TLC NAND flash memory, end-to-end data protection, and variable capacities. The IM2P33F8 features a PCIe 3.0 controller with support for NVMe 1.3 and has three capacities (128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB), rated for up to 2,050 MB/s and 1,600 MB/s for sequential read and write speeds, respectively. The IM2S3168 SSD, on the other hand, has a SATA 6 GB/s controller which offers up to 540 MB/s and 510 MB/s in sequential read and write performance, respectively. The capacities of the SATA-based SSD are also more varied, offering 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB drives.
IM2P33F8 PCIe Gen3x4 - An Excellent Alternative to SATA SSDs
With a price tag comparable to SATA SSDs, the IM2P33F8 is an excellent alternative for upgrading a range of systems and installations, from laptops to surveillance systems. Utilizing 3D NAND flash it provides read/write performance of up to 2050/1600MB per second, as well as amazing reliability, durability, and stability. It supports Host Memory Buffer (HMB) technology, enabling it to enhance random read/write performance. For upholding data integrity and safety, the IM2P33F8 supports End-to-End (E2E) Data Protection to keep data consistent along the entire data transfer path, while support for RAID Engine reduces the risk of data loss due to drive failure. IM2P33F8 is available in capacities ranging from 128GB to 512GB, and features a slim single-sided design for high compatibility.

IM2S3168 SATA 6Gbps M.2 2280 - Multiple Data Protection Technologies
IM2S3168 is likewise ideal for a range of systems and installations, and offers up to 1 TB of carefully sorted and tested 2nd generation 3D TLC NAND, meeting strict ADATA A+ quality standards. IM2S3168 provides read/write speeds of up to 540 MB/510 MB per second via the SATA III 6Gbps protocol. Thanks to the compact dimensions of the M.2 2280 form factor, the IM2S3168 requires far less room than 2.5" SATA drives. But most notable are the multiple data protection technologies supported by this SSD, including SM4 algorithm, AES 256-bit encryption, TCG Opal 2.0, and End-to-End Data Protection. What's more, with ADATA SSD ToolBox software users have multiple ways to obtain disk information, and change settings easily. Additionally, it can speed up SSD performance and improve its lifespan.

Strenuous Testing Assures Industrial-Grade Strength
The IM2S3168 and IM2P33F8 design process mandated certification to a temperature range of 0 to 70 degrees Celsius. They can operate normally in 0% to 95% humidity and easily handle up to 20G vibration plus up to 1500G/0.5ms shocks. The IM2S3168 and IM2P33F8 are hardened against electro-static and electromagnetic interference and support TRIM command, S.M.A.R.T, and wear leveling for improved data integrity and functionality over long periods of time. These result in an excellent cost-performance ratio that is sure to be attractive to commercial users. Sources: via Guru 3D, via Tom's Hardware
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6 Comments on ADATA Announces New Industrial-Grade, 3D TLC NAND SSDs

TLC and Industrial grade in the same sentence hahahaha.
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Gungar, post: 3843278, member: 163163"
TLC and Industrial grade in the same sentence hahahaha.
TLC 3D NAND is a whole different story vs TLC planar NAND, the 3D has much better endurance ratings and performance than planar which is what you're thinking of.
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Gungar, post: 3843278, member: 163163"
TLC and Industrial grade in the same sentence hahahaha.
As Nuckles56 said it’s not old style TLC. All the 3D Nands are using 3D TLC as far as I know.
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There is 3D MLC Flash as well. TLC is TLC, no matter if planar or stacked.

3D NANDs raison d'être is planar NAND Flash simply not scaling down well enough and none of the manufacturers wanted to pursue planar NAND Flash beyond 15nm due to technical difficulties - too few electrons trapped in the cell, basically.

Does anyone have a good article about why 3D NAND has better endurance than planar? From what I remember and when searching I find some (generally Samsung specific) hints about the isolation layer causing a nice effect with discharge being less damaging to the cell but nothing very specific.

ADATA Specs:
I cannot find endurance rating on the product page or Data Sheet.
Power consumption numbers are fairly impressive given the stated perf but that depends a lot on what this consumption is during. Most manufacturers tend to state idle, some normal/average usage and peak numbers separately.
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londiste, post: 3843318, member: 169790"
why 3D NAND has better endurance than planar.
It has a lot to do with the fact that since the NAND cells are larger it can hold more electrons, combine that with better and more efficient error correction code and you have the makings for better NAND endurance.
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Even enterprise has switched the TLC 3D NAND mostly. Industrial and enterprise at this point means LOTS more over-provisioning and having capacitors for avoiding power-loss data corruption. It's probably cheaper and more efficient ECC wise, wear leveling wise, etc to just add more TLC NAND and over provision than have less with MLC and just naturally have a bit more endurance. If I really cared about pure endurance & almost no chance of power loss corruption, at this point, I'd go with phase change 3D Xpoint / Optane or actually spend big on SLC.
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