What do SLC, MLC, TLC, and QLC mean?

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10/13/2020

What are you seeing?

Review differences between SLC, MLC, TLC and QLC.


Environment:

This information applies for solid state drives based on NAND flash technology.


How to fix it:

NAND flash cells are categorized depending on the number of bits they can store:

  • Single-Level Cell (SLC) can store one bit per cell.
  • Multi-Level Cell (MLC) can store two bits per cell.
  • Triple-Level Cell (TLC) can store three bits per cell.
  • Quad-Level Cell (QLC) can store four bits per cell.

Drive's endurance is better towards SLC technology, while capacity is higher towards QLC SSDs technology.


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