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fresh out of the box (FOB)

Fresh out of the box (FOB) is a term used in solid state storage (SSS) to describe a flash memory device that has experienced few or no program/erase (P/E) cycles since the device was manufactured.

To write, or program new data on a flash device, existing data must first be erased. FOB flash devices initially have a short period of higher performance because there is no existing data to be erased before a write operation. With use, however, data will need to be erased before new data can be written and any initial performance spike will level off into what’s called a steady state. 

This was first published in January 2012

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