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QLC NAND Flash Memory

176-Layer Quad-Level Cell NAND Technology

Micron’s 176-layer QLC NAND is a groundbreaking achievement that delivers a layer count and density unprecedented in QLC NAND flash. With its market-leading data density and best-in-class performance, Micron 176-layer QLC NAND enables greater storage density and design flexibility than ever before.

Ideal Applications for QLC-Based SSDs

Experience the broad range of data-rich use cases that benefit from the balance of cost, performance and capacity offered by QLC-based SSDs. 

  • Thin and Light Client Devices: With improved storage capacity per square millimeter, QLC offers more design options and affordable capacity.

  • Real-Time Analytics and Big Data: Deliver value to Big Data applications like Hadoop Distributed File Systems.

  • Active Archives and Large Block Storage: Transform scale-out active archives into a strategic asset and deliver massive large-block data streams with ease.

  • Read-Intensive Artificial Intelligence: Get the speed AI algorithms depend on to quickly identify patterns in sprawling data sets.


  • Content Delivery, Video on Demand, Media Streaming: Deliver more assets to more users more consistently with support for massive, parallel requests and streams.

  • Machine and Deep Learning: Crunch immense data sets in seconds versus minutes — because machines can only learn as fast as they can read and analyze data.

  • NoSQL Databases: Breathe life into data-driven workloads like content classification and tagging as well as user profile acceleration.

  • User Authentication: Perform quick authentication with quick storage.

Top Three Benefits of QLC SSDs

One of the top benefits of QLC SSDs is the Lower TCO offered.

Lower TCO

QLC stores more bits per cell than its predecessor technologies, allowing immense density and cost benefit gains. Micron advances these benefits with the world's first 176-Layer QLC NAND built with category-leading architecture—enabling the industry’s best storage density and improved access times.

QLC stores more bits per cell than its predecessors, enabling immense gains at the system, rack and data center levels

More Capacity

Micron is the first and only provider to ship 176-layer QLC NAND -- achieving a layer count and density unprecedented in QLC flash.

Blue Ribbon award

Leading Density, Smaller Footprints

Highest gigabytes per square millimeter vs. industry available NAND allows more capacity at less space – useful for client devices as well as data center servers.



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