Western Digital today announced the first client solid state drives built with its 64-layer 3D NAND technology - the WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD and the SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD.
Targeting DIY enthusiasts, resellers and system builders, WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSDs boast a 1.75M hours MTTF, as well as the quality backing of WD Functional Integrity Testing Lab (F.I.T. Lab) certification. In addition, WD is offering consumers free tools: Acronis True Image WD Edition cloning software, and WD SSD Dashboard software, which enables continuous performance and capacity monitoring, and firmware updates.
Intended for gaming and creative enthusiasts, the SanDisk Ultra 3D SSDs are drop-in upgrade for existing systems. The SSD delivers endurance and reliability, no-wait boot-up, shorter application load times, and quicker data transfer. In addition to cooler, quieter computing, the SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD includes shock- and vibration-resistance to protect your drive.
WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSDs will be available in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities in both a traditional 2.5-inch/7mm cased drive as well as a single-sided M.2 2280 form factor.
SanDisk Ultra 3D SSDs will be available in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities in a traditional 2.5-inch/7mm cased drive form factor.
Both products boast up to 560MB/s and 530MB/s sequential read and write speeds respectively, a 3-year limited warranty, and will be available worldwide in the third quarter of 2017. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price will start at $99.99 USD for the WD Blue 3D NAND SATA SSD and SanDisk Ultra 3D SSD 2.5-inch/7mm version and will start at $99.99 USD for the WD Blue M.2 2280 version.
Samsung has also started mass production of 64-stack 3D NAND flash memory. However, the company has not yet officially publicized its achievement, possibly due to the fact that it could not meet the high demand from its customers, at least until now.