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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 tradition of doubling [...]

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August 11, 2016

Samsung Unveils 32TB SSD Leveraging 4th Gen 64-Layer 3D V-NAND

At Flash Memory Summit, Samsung recently unveiled a new 32TB 2.5″ SAS SSD making it the world’s biggest in the 2.5″ form factor. Although Seagate also recently introduced their own massive 60TB SSD at the show, Seagate’s solution utilizes the SFF 3.5″ form factor which is significantly larger than Samsung’s drive.

In order to achieve such capacities, Samsung is leveraging their all new 4th Generation 3D V-NAND which now features 64-layers, a whopping 30% increase in cell density over their previous 3rd Generation 48-layer 3D V-NAND. Samsung’s new 64-layer product utilizes 3-bit per cell (TLC) technology to achieve 512Gb [...]

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August 9, 2016

Seagate Unveils 60TB SAS SSD, Claims Highest Capacity Drive in the World

In addition to the Nytro XP7200, Seagate also unveiled an unnamed 60TB SAS SSD, which Seagate claims is the highest capacity SSD in the world. In order to achieve such a feat, Seagate was able to utilize the same controller used in the Seagate 1200.2 SSD, but also included a staggering 1,280 NAND flash dies linked via bridge chips. These bridge chips allow the SSD controller to communicate with far more NAND dies than would typically be allowed without the bridge chips.

Designed for large storage arrays, archives and other read intensive applications, performance on the drive is weighed towards reads with sequential read performance rated at up to 1,500MB/s and random [...]

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August 9, 2016

Seagate Unveils 10GB/s, 7.7TB Nytro XP7200 PCIe SSD Solution

Seagate has already made several announcements leading up to FMS this year, but they’ve saved a couple more for FMS as well.

Today Seagate announced the Nytro XP7200 which is a PCIe x16 AIC solution capable of delivering up to 10GB/s and just under 1 million IOPS.

While the numbers are fairly impressive on paper, the Seagate Nytro XP7200 is not really an actual SSD but rather a backplane card that hosts 4x Seagate Nytro XM1440 M.2 SSDs. As it’s a backplane card, it has no actual logic chip onboard, so in order to reach the advertised 10GB/s sequential and 940K IOPS random reads, it’ll require the user to run the setup in a software RAID [...]

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August 6, 2016

Toshiba Announces BG Series SSD Featuring BiCS TLC 3D NAND

Hot on the heels of Toshiba’s recent 64-layer 3rd Generation BiCS 3D NAND announcement, Toshiba also recently announced their upcoming BG series SSDs designed for tablet and ultraportable applications.

Available in capacities of 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB, what’s special about Toshiba’s BG series SSDs is that it come in either a 16mm x 20mm BGA package or in a M.2 2230 module. In order to achieve such capacities in such a small form factor, Toshiba is using an in-house controller solution combined with their BiCS TLC 3D NAND packaged into a single chip. Further reducing size, Toshiba removed the need for onboard DRAM by taking advantage of the NVMe [...]

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August 5, 2016

Seagate Introduces Nytro XF1230 SATA SSD for Read Intensive Workloads

Following Seagate’s recent announcement for the 2TB Seagate Nytro XM1440 M.2 Enterprise SSD, Seagate is announcing yet another enterprise SSD, the Seagate Nytro XF1230. The Seagate Nytro XF1230 is a response to demand by Seagate customers for an enterprise SSD for read intensive workloads.

Developed in partnership with SK Hynix, the drive utilizes a SK Hynix controller along with 16nm SK Hynix MLC NAND. It will be offered in capacities of 240GB, 480GB, 960GB and 1.92TB. Performance on the drive is rated at up to 550 MB/s sequential reads and 98K IOPS 4K random reads. Power consumption is rated at 4.8w active maximum average. The Seagate Nytro XF1230 will [...]

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July 31, 2016

Toshiba, Western Digital Announce 64-Layer BiCS3 3D NAND

Toshiba and Western Digital recently announced that they’ve completed development on BiCS3, their third generation BiCS 3D NAND. According to the announcement, BiCS3 utilizes a 64-layer design and will be available in 256-bit and later on in 512-bit per die capacities.

“BiCS3 will feature the use of 3-bits-per-cell technology along with advances in high aspect ratio semiconductor processing to deliver higher capacity, superior performance and reliability at an attractive cost. Together with BiCS2, our 3D NAND portfolio has broadened significantly, enhancing our ability to address a full spectrum of customer applications in retail, mobile and data [...]

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July 27, 2016

Crucial MX300 Gets Additional Capacities, New Formfactor

When Crucial launched the MX300 a month ago, it was quite interesting as they decided to only launch the 750GB model and call it a “special edition” drive. Now, Crucial is expanding the MX300 lineup with 275GB, 525GB, and 1TB models to round out the lineup. The Crucial MX300 product sheet also has a 2TB and M.2 versions of the drive listed as well although that’s expected down the pipe.

The Crucial MX300 is Crucial’s newest SSD featuring a Marvell 88SS1074 controller and Micron’s 3D TLC NAND. With Crucial’s Dynamic Write Acceleration technology, the Crucial MX300 is able to achieve up to 530MB/s sequential reads and 510MB/s [...]

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July 27, 2016

Seagate Unveils 2TB XM1440 M.2 NVMe SSD, XP7102 NVMe AIC

With FMS 2016 coming up soon, new and exciting products are beginning to emerge from the various flash vendors and Seagate is among the first to let loose some details of their upcoming products.

To cater to the needs of the enterprise customer Seagate recently announced the Nytro XM1440 now with capacities up to 2TB. 

The Seagate Nytro XF1440 and the Seagate Nytro XM1440 are both drives that were launched at FMS last year, but at the time only the Nytro XF1440 in the 2.5″ x 7mm form factor scaled up to 2TB. With the recent announcement, the Nytro XM1440 will now achieve a full 2TB capacity in the M.2 22110 form factor. This will make the Nytro XM1440 [...]

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July 25, 2016

Seagate Announces Gears of War 4 Special Edition 2TB Portable Drive

With Microsoft’s New Xbox One S pre-orders now available and the new Gears of War 4 coming this October, Seagate is trying to get in early on the action with an all new Seagate Game Drive for Xbox, Gears of War 4 Special Edition 2TB Portable Drive.

Despite the fancy name, the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox, Gears of War 4 Special Edition 2TB Portable Drive is basically a 2TB bus powered external hard drive, which will allow you to store roughly 50 additional games depending on the type of games you install. It’ll also get a slick new paint job designed in collaboration with Microsoft and The Coalition, which will complement all the Gear of War 4 licensed gear [...]

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July 20, 2016

BeSang’s 3D NAND Crams 3x More Density, Reduces Cost by 90%

Without a doubt, 3D NAND is the future. 2D planar NAND is already at its limitations and everyone in the memory industry is already making the switch to 3D for their next generation products. While the move to 3D NAND already has us seeing huge leaps in terms of performance, capacity, and endurance, one thing that hasn’t exactly gone down is cost. Theoretically by going to 3D NAND and being able to stack cells vertically, we should be seeing huge reductions in cost yet this currently not the case.

One company trying to remedy this is BeSang, who claims to have a superior 3D NAND technology which can reduce the cost of 3D NAND from the current cost of over [...]

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