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July 20, 2016

Toshiba, WD Open Fab 2, Prepares Mass Production of BiCS 3D NAND

Toshiba and Western Digital recently announced the grand opening of their newest semiconductor manufacturing facility, Fab 2, located in Yokkaichi, Japan. Fab 2 has been construction since September 2004 through a joint partnership between Toshiba and SanDisk, the latter of which was acquired by Western Digital in May 2016. Partial completion of the facility was announced back in October 2015 and first-phase production began in March of this year.

Going forward, Fab 2 will be the primary facility responsible for the mass production of the companies’ upcoming BiCS 3D NAND product. Toshiba/SanDisk (Now, WD) unveiled their 256Gb 48-layer BiCS 3D NAND product [...]

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July 19, 2016

Seagate Unveils 10TB HDDs Under Guardian Series Branding

Seagate recently unveiled a full portfolio of 10TB HDDs under their Guardian Series branding designed for the consumer market.

The Guardian Series product lines that will now offer capacities up to 10TB include the Barracuda Pro, Ironwolf and Seahawk. The Barracuda Pro is designed for desktop and client use, the Ironwolf is designed for NAS systems and the Seahawk is designed for video surveillance applications. Each of the three drives utilize Seagate’s Helium technology to reach their massive capacities. Seagate had previously launched a 10TB helium based drive for the enterprise earlier this year, but is now bringing this technology to the consumer market as [...]

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July 14, 2016

Leaked Phison Roadmap Shows UFS Controllers Planned for 4Q2016

A confidential Phison roadmap was recently leaked by technology site, MYCE, which shows Phison’s upcoming PS8311 UFS controller slated for launch at the end of 4Q2016. This will be followed up by a higher performance PS8313 UFS controller slated for 1Q2017.

UFS is expected to be the successor to SD and microSD technologies with significantly higher performance thanks to the UFS standard’s full duplex operation and advanced queuing features. Samsung recently launched the first ever removable UFS memory cards not too long ago.


Source: Myce

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July 13, 2016

Samsung Launches Monster 4TB 850 EVO SSD Priced at $1,499

Samsung recently introduced a massive 4TB version of their 850 EVO SSD, making it officially the highest capacity consumer SSD Samsung will now offer. To achieve this feat, Samsung employed the use of their 48-layer 256Gb TLC V-NAND alongside the existing MHX controller.

Despite the massive gains in capacity, performance still remains incredibly quick with maximum sequential read/write performance rated at up to 540/520 MB/s and maximum 4K random read/write performance rated at up to 98,000/90,000 IOPS.

The Samsung 850 EVO 4TB is expected to retail for $1,499.99. Those looking to purchase one of these new behemoths can pre-order the drive on Amazon now.

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July 7, 2016

Samsung Unveils UFS Memory Cards Boasting 530MB/s Reads, 170MB/s Writes

SD cards and all of its variants have served us very well over the years, but now with 4K video recording and even 8K video recording coming to the scene shortly, a faster, more reliable memory card is needed. The answer? UFS. UFS, or Universal Flash Storage, is a JEDEC flash storage standard which is designed to replace SD and eMMC currently used in most smartphones, portable electronics, and cameras.

Leading the charge is Samsung, who’s already implemented UFS last year in the Samsung Galaxy S6 and is now officially the first to launch a removable UFS drive. The new drive, named UFS card, will come in capacities of 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and a massive 256GB. While [...]

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June 17, 2016

Samsung SM961 PCIe NVMe SSD Shows Up for Pre-Order

Over the past couple days, the storage world’s been abuzz as Samsung’s latest SM961 PCIe NVMe SSD has shown up online for pre-order.

The Samsung SM961 is the update to the Samsung SM951, and along with it comes with some huge improvements. Performance for example on the Samsung SM961’s random read is marked at 450K IOPS, a 50% increase over the SM951’s 300K IOPS. What’s even more impressive is that the SM961 is expected to be able to hit 400K IOPS in random write, a 4x improvement over the SM951. Sequential read has also been bumped up to a whopping 3,200 MB/s.

The performance increase largely due to Samsung’s new Polaris SSD [...]

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June 9, 2016

Computex 2016: Plextor Displays M8Pe PCIe SSD Variants


Plextor had some brand-new PCIe SSDs to show at Computex this year with fancy heatsinks and some great performance.

Plextor M8PeY

Plextor first unveiled the M8PeY at this year’s CES. This new PCIe SSD features the Marvel 88SS1093 controller and 15nm Toshiba TLC NAND. Boasting sequential read/write performance of up to 2,500MB/1,400MB/s and a random read/write performance of up to 280,000/240,000IOPS, the M8PeY is the fastest storage device Plextor has in their arsenal. Although I’m not quite sure why since the PCIe bus can provide 75w of power, it even comes with an additional SATA power connector at the top for “added power [...]

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May 31, 2016

Micron Unveils 1100, 2100 3D NAND Based Client SSDs

Micron today announced two new client SSDs, the Micron 1100 and Micron 2100, both of which are the first SSDs to utilize Micron latest 3D NAND. First revealed back in late 2014, Micron’s 3D NAND product was originally expected to arrive in the second half of last year, but aside from some presentations about the 3D NAND, no physical product has been announced until now.


Micron 1100

The first new introduction is the Micron 1100, which is a client SATA SSD available in capacities of 256GB, 512GB, 1TB and 2TB. Internally, the drive will be powered by a Marvell 88SS1074 “Dean” controller paired with Micron’s new 384Gb 32-layer TLC [...]

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February 25, 2016

Toshiba Launches 15nm MLC Based HK4 Series Enterprise SSDs

In addition to Toshiba’s recent SG5 series SSD announcement for the client sector, Toshiba also announced the new HK4 series SSD designed for the enterprise and datacenter. Utilizing in-house 15nm MLC NAND, the Toshiba HK4 series SSDs will be available two models: the HK4R for read intensive applications and the HK4E for mixed workload applications.

The HK4R series will be available in capacities of up to 1.92TB and is designed for read intensive applications such as web servers, file servers, video on demand applications, etc.  It features performance of up to 500/480 MB/s sequential read/writes and up to 75,000/14,000 IOPS 4K random reads/writes. Endurance is [...]

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February 24, 2016

Toshiba Launches 15nm TLC Based SG5 Series SSD

Toshiba recently announced the SG5 series SSDs designed for the client space. The new SG5 series SSDs will utilize Toshiba 15nm TLC (Triple Level Cell) NAND along with a custom Toshiba controller solution. Toshiba’s controller solution features Toshiba’s proprietary QSBC error correction algorithms. Performance on the SG5 is rated at up to 545 MB/s sequential reads and 388 MB/s sequential writes.

The Toshiba SG5 will be available in both 2.5″ 7mm SATA or M.2 SATA form factors and will be available in capacities of up to 1TB. The Toshiba SG5 is expected to sample in 1Q2015.

More information on the Toshiba SG5 can be found on Toshiba’s [...]

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January 8, 2016

CES 2016: Patriot Announces New M.2 PCIe SSDs, USB 3.1 Flash Drives

Patriot this week has announced their latest solid state offerings, The aptly named Patriot Hellfire in M.2 and full PCIe form factors.

Hellfire M.2 PCIe SSD

The M.2 variant will be designed with a PCIe Generation 3.0 X4 interface with full NVME 1.2 compliance and will reach speeds of 2,500 MB/s read and 600MB/s write for the ultra high end enthusiasts and content creators.

The M.2 variant will be relesed in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB models and a M.2 2280 form factor, powered by the Phison 5007 controller and MLC NAND.

Hellfire PCIe Add in Card SSD

Patriot also has the full sized add in card drive, for those looking for the best performance possible. It is [...]

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January 4, 2016

Samsung Announces T3 Portable SSD with up to 2TB Capacity

For CES 2016, Samsung announced the T3 Portable SSD which is the successor to the T1 Portable SSD launched at CES last year. Despite the naming scheme that suggests a two generational improvement, the T3 Portable SSD is mostly a refresh of the existing T1.

Externally, the T3 PSSD is now equipped with a metal chassis which makes the unit slightly heavier, but more durable. Additionally, a USB Type C connector replaces the USB 3.0 Micro-B connector used on the T1 PSSD. Along with the new USB connector, the T3 PSSD also includes support for USB 3.1 however, performance is still capped at 450 MB/s.

Internally, the T3 PSSD still utilizes Samsung’s 3rd [...]

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