Octa-Level NAND Coming Later in 2019, Courtesy of Micron?

It hasn’t been long since the introduction of Quad-Level NAND memory and we’ve started hearing whispers of Octa-Level NAND too. This report comes from media outlet, WCCFTech who claim that Micron is going to announce OLC NAND in the latter half of 2019. Although Micron has commented on their story claiming it to be a hoax, the author continues to stick by his word.

Micron NAND

Octa-Level Cell memory will reportedly feature 8 bits per cell, resulting in an increase of 100% in density compared to QLC. This hike in density will not only exceed Moore’s Law but will also send waves through the industry, possibly having a significant effect on the stocks as well as SSD pricing.

The last time something similar happened was when QLC NAND was introduced, following which Micron’s stock fell by almost 50%. This time around when OLC NAND is first introduced, the company’s stocks will most likely enjoy some steady gains, as the competitors play catch-up. However, like every new technology, this phase will be followed by a shortage and the prices going up. After that, the prices will continue to stay volatile until Micron manages to meet the demand. Lastly, the prices will stabilize and by then other vendors will also have something to compete against Micron’s new NAND.

Update [7:36 AM GMT+5, 10th Feb. 2019]: We have recieved the following statement from Micron:

“Micron is aware of the article published on Feb. 8, 2019 in WCCFTech and confirms that its content is fabricated. The company will not comment further. Micron is a global leader in memory and storage solutions and will continue to drive innovation that delivers value to our customers. “

Meanwhile, a third memory partner of Micron has told us that they plan to announce OLC in the first half of 2019. I stand by my reporting.

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