SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Samsung lobbed a new variant of its 3D NAND flash into the gap Intel and Micron hope to fill with their emerging 3D XPoint memory. The news came one day after Micron showed at the Flash Memory Summit performance figures for its version of the XPoint solid-state drives (SSDs) under a new Quantx brand. Samsung announced plans for what it called Z-NAND chips that will power SSDs with similar performance but lower costs and risk than the 3D XPoint drives. However, it was secretive about the details of the technology that will appear in products sometime next year. Continue Reading on EE Times.