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September 29, 2016

ADATA Announces XPG SX8000 SSD – 3D NAND, SMI 2260, Speeds Up to 2.4GB/s

It’s no surprise that PCIe SSDs are expected to outship SATA SSDs in 2017 and a number of SSD vendors are rushing to create products for the growing market. As such, ADATA recently announced the new XPG SX8000 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD designed for gamers, professionals, and enthusiasts.

The new XPG SX8000 SSD will be powered by Micron 3D MLC NAND along with the SMI 2260 controller. It’ll feature SLC caching, a DRAM cache buffer, and LDPC ECC technologies. Performance on the XPG SX8000 will be rated at up to 2.4GB/s sequential reads and 1GB/s sequential writes. The drive will also feature up to 100K/140K IOPS random reads/writes.

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September 28, 2016

Micron Expands 3D NAND Fab 10 in Singapore Extending 3D NAND Production Capability

Micron is making some huge moves to meet demand in the NAND industry as they recently announced the opening of their recently expanded Fab 10 fabrication facility in Singapore. The expansion of Fab 10 will cover approximately 255,000 square feet and is expected to cost a total of $4 Billion USD incurred over the next few years. The expansion is expected to significantly improve Micron’s capability of producing 3D NAND to allow them to better meet global demand.

Specific numbers such as estimates on how many additional wafers can be produced monthly were not revealed at this time. Previous Micron estimates peg capacity of the expanded Fab 10 at up [...]

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September 27, 2016

OCZ Announces TL100 Entry Level SATA SSD, Starting at $44.99

OCZ recently announced the TL100 SSD designed for the entry level. Powered by TLC NAND, the OCZ TL100 is a SATA based SSD which will be available in capacities of only 120GB and 240GB, and will feature performance up to 550MB/s sequential reads and 530MB/s sequential writes. Both drives will also feature 4K random read and write performance up to 85,000 IOPS and 80,000 IOPS respectively.

“The Toshiba OCZ TL100 SATA SSD series demonstrates that “value” doesn’t have to mean end-users need to sacrifice performance or quality,” said Alex Mei, VP of Marketing, Consumer SSDs & Storage Outbound Marketing at Toshiba America Electronic [...]

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September 21, 2016

Samsung 960 EVO, PRO, Advanced Packaging, Polaris, Magician and More

Following up on Samsung’s earlier announcement on the 960 PRO and EVO SSDs, Samsung shared additional details on their new SSDs as well as some of their new underlying technologies powering them at the 2016 SSD Global Summit.

 

Samsung 960 Series SSDs

Samsung 960 PRO Performance Specs

As we saw previously in the announcement, the Samsung 960 PRO will feature 3 capacities 512GB, 1TB and 2TB. The drive will be powered by Samsung’s Polaris controller and 3rd Generation 2-bit MLC 3D V-NAND. It’ll also feature advanced packaging technology to reach its 2TB capacity which we discuss [...]

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September 20, 2016

Samsung Announces 960 EVO, PRO M.2 NVMe SSDs at SSD Global Summit 2016

Today, Samsung is kicking off their 2016 Global SSD Summit in Seoul, Korea. As anticipated from yesterday’s banners spotted around the halls of the Shilla Hotel in South Korea, Samsung is introducing two new drives, the Samsung 960 PRO and 960 EVO.

 

Samsung 960 PRO

Based on NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x4, the Samsung 960 PRO will be available in capacities of 512GB, 1TB and 2TB. The new 2TB capacity makes the Samsung 960 PRO the highest capacity M.2 NVMe SSD on the market. Samsung is able to achieve this through a “uniquely restructured package design” which we’ll likely be hearing about as the presentations kick off in just a few [...]

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September 20, 2016

WD Demos SanDisk 1TB Extreme PRO SDXC Card Prototype

Western Digital recently announced that they’re now demoing the new 1TB SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC memory card prototype at the Photokina show now happening in Cologne, Germany.

“Showcasing the most advanced imaging technologies is truly exciting for us,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product management, Content Solutions Business Unit, Western Digital. “Sixteen years ago we introduced the first SanDisk 64MB SD™ card and today we are enabling capacities of 1TB. Over the years our goal has remained the same; continue to innovate and set the pace for the imaging industry. The SanDisk 1TB SD card prototype represents another significant [...]

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September 20, 2016

Samsung 960 EVO, PRO Banner Spotted Before 2016 Samsung SSD Global Summit

We just arrived in Korea for Samsung’s annual SSD Global Summit. This year, Samsung will announce a pair of new consumer SSDs including the 960 EVO and the higher-end 960 PRO, which is the successor to last year’s 950 PRO, which brought Samsung’s 3D V-NAND and NVMe to a smaller, M.2 form-factor. While the official announcement will be tomorrow, we did get a sneak peek at both of the new models courtesy of a few product photos which Samsung integrated into their yearly theme.

Looking at the banners, we can see that both the 960 EVO and 960 PRO will be NVMe SSDs available in the M.2 form-factor. While the 960 EVO model will be [...]

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September 15, 2016

Samsung Sends Out Invitations for Exclusive September 22nd SSD Event

Samsung Memory recently sent out exclusive invitations for their annual SSD Global Summit event which will take place on September 21-22 in Seoul, Korea. The world’s top SSD vendor is expected to release some new products and update us on the latest and greatest in SSD and NAND flash technology.

While the invitation doesn’t provide us much information of what’s to come, we’ll be expecting a few new products as this has been the case every year. At the 2015 Samsung SSD Global Summit, Samsung launched the PCIe based Samsung 950 PRO, at the 2014 event Samsung launched the Samsung 850 Pro, at the 2013 event Samsung launched the [...]

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September 6, 2016

DRAM, NAND Flash Prices Expected to Increase in 4Q2016

According to a new report from DRAMeXchange, DRAM and NAND Flash prices are expected to increase in 4Q2016 and beyond due to growing demand and a tightening supply.

PC DRAM prices are expected to increase as much as 15% thanks to decreasing PC DRAM supply and increasing notebook shipments which are expected to increase more than 8% in the 4th quarter. DRAM makers are scaling back PC DRAM production in order to expand mobile and server DRAM production which now constitute the lion’s share of the DRAM market. Mobile DRAM is also expected to see price increases in the coming months with some smartphone makers negotiating contracts with prices 10% higher than 3rd [...]

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August 30, 2016

Client SSD Market Outpaces Forecast by 7%, Samsung Dominates Once Again in 2Q2016

Market intelligence firm TrendFocus recently released a report on the SSD market for calendar Q2 and as you’d expect, the SSD and NAND market is doing very well.

Client SSDs did the best shipping nearly 30 million units representing a total of 8.24 exabytes, or 66% of the total 12.41 exabytes shipped in Q2. This is 7% higher than the original forecast with shipment increases seen in all form factors and market segments.

Enterprise SSDs didn’t do so bad either, shipping 4.068 million units representing a total of 4.17 exabytes, or 34% of the total 12.41 exabytes shipped in Q2. This is a healthy 10% increase over Q1 with shipment increases seen in [...]

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August 25, 2016

ADATA Launches Ultimate SU800 SSD Featuring 3D NAND, SMI Controller Solution

According to a recent press release, ADATA launched their new Ultimate SU800 SSD designed for mainstream consumer applications.

Available in capacities of 128GB to 1TB, the ADATA Ultimate SU800 is a SATA 3 6Gb/s SSD featuring new 3D NAND Flash paired with a SMI (Silicon Motion) controller solution. Performance on the ADATA Ultimate SU800 tops out at 560MB/s sequential reads and 520MB/s sequential writes. Furthermore, the ADATA Ultimate SU800 supports SLC caching and a DRAM caching for additional performance.

For greater reliability, the ADATA Ultimate SU800 also has several key features including LDPC (Low Density Parity Check) ECC, data shaping, and an onboard [...]

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August 22, 2016

PCIe 4.0 Doubles Bandwidth, Increases Power Up to 300W Per Slot

Ever since PCIe was launched back in 2003, it’s become the de-facto standard for most expansion cards, and with high speed storage now adopting the standard, it’s become more important than ever. It’s only natural then that PCI-SIG, the group behind PCIe, has been working on a new PCIe 4.0 standard which aims to continue to solidify its importance in the computing world. In a recent interview conducted by Tom’s Hardware with PCI-SIG Vice President, Richard Solomon, Solomon revealed some interesting developments for the upcoming PCIe 4.0 standard.

As expected, PCIe 4.0 will double the bandwidth of PCIe 3.0, carrying on the [...]

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