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June 16, 2017

Samsung Begins Volume Production of 64-Layer V-NAND

In a recent announcement, Samsung has begun volume production of its 4th generation, 64-layer V-NAND. The new 3D NAND flash chips are the successor to Samsung’s existing 48-layer V-NAND.

Storage capacity of the 64-layer V-NAND remains at the same 256Gbit density as the 48-layer V-NAND it’s designed to replace. The major difference with 64-layer V-NAND is the size of each chip as it’s physically smaller, allowing more chips to fit on a single wafer. This improves production efficiency as well as internal parallelism when it’s ultimately implemented on SSDs and other storage devices.

In addition to greater areal density, the new 64-layer [...]

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May 19, 2017

Western Digital Launches 10TB WD Red, WD Red Pro HDDs

Those looking for the absolute highest capacity HDDs for their NAS without breaking the bank will now have an option of purchasing the WD Red and the WD Red Pro in up to 10TB capacities.

In order to reach the new capacities, the new Red and Red Pro drives utilize WD’s HelioSeal technology where WD seals the drives and fills them with helium in order to cram more platters into the drive. This is a technology that has already been utilized on WD’s enterprise class drives, however, is now making its way into WD’s NAS drives for the first time. In addition to HelioSeal technology, the new drives will also include several NAS optimized features such as [...]

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April 19, 2017

Synology Launches DS1517+ and DS1817+ NAS

Synology has released updates to their five and eight bay NAS units, the DS1517+ and DS1817+. Launching in parallel with the new NAS units is the Synology M2D17 M.2 SATA SSD adapter and the DX517 expansion unit.

In order to accommodate the M2D17 adapter, the new DS1517+ and DS1817+ NAS units now feature a PCIe expansion slot. This allows additional expandability or a dedicated cache for those who want to utilize M.2 SSDs. Users can also install an external 10Gb Ethernet NIC or the new Synology M2D17 M.2 SATA SSD adapter. Each SSD adapter can host two M.2 SATA SSDs.

Both units come equipped with the Intel Atom C2538 CPU offers up [...]

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April 11, 2017

SK Hynix Introduces 256Gb 72-Layer TLC 3D NAND

SK Hynix is making some major advances in NAND technology as it recently announced its first 256Gb 72-layer TLC 3D NAND flash memory. SK Hynix’s 72-layer 3D NAND follows their 48-layer 3D NAND product which was released just five months ago in November 2016.

According to SK Hynix, the new 72-layer TLC 3D NAND is capable of utilizing existing manufacturing lines allowing for 30% better manufacturing efficiency, 2x faster internal operation speed, 20% higher performance, and 1.5x cell density over previous generation 48-Layer 3D NAND.

The new SK Hynix 72-layer 3D NAND will go into mass production in the 2H2017 initially targeting business use. The company [...]

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April 6, 2017

Western Digital Introduces My Passport SSD, Delivers Up to 515MB/s Over USB 3.1 Gen 2

Western Digital has released their first ever external drive powered by SSD technology.

Dubbed the My Passport SSD, the new external SSD features up to 1TB of storage in an ultraportable 1.8 inch x 3.5 inch x 0.39 inch form factor. Thanks to its SSD internals, the drive is capable of performance of up to 515MB/s over USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gb/s) and will feature adapters for compatibility with USB Type-A as well as USB Type-C connectors. For peace of mind, the drive also features industry standard AES 256-bit hardware encryption, and is durable enough to withstand a 6.5 foot drop and up to 1500G of force.

The WD My Passport SSD will MSRP at $99.99 for the 256GB, $199 [...]

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April 5, 2017

Western Digital Releases 10TB HDD for Video Surveillance Applications

According to a recent announcement, Western Digital is bumping up the maximum capacity of its WD Purple HDD to 10TB.

The WD Purple 10TB, designed for home/business video surveillance applications, has a slew of technologies catered towards video recording. These technologies include tarnish-resistant components to improve reliability, storage platters encased in helium to reduce resistance when spinning, and AllFrame 4K technology to enhance ATA reduces video frame loss and pixelation. As a result, the WD Purple 10TB is capable of operating 24/7 and can support recording up to 64 simultaneous HD streams.

“Advanced imaging technology advancements are [...]

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April 5, 2017

SSD Prices Jump 36% Year-Over-Year, Market Stabilization Not Expected Until 2018

According to a recent post by market intelligence firm TrendFocus, SSD prices have jumped over 36% year over year in certain areas despite increasing shipments suggesting demand for flash memory is currently significantly outpacing supply. Trendfocus speculates that these prices are likely to stay inflated until at least 2018, when production of flash memory is expected to increase to match demand.

The current NAND shortage has been caused by a perfect storm of factors which include the transition by all NAND manufacturers to 3D NAND production, major increases in storage capacities of smartphones and significantly increased amounts of laptops adopting SSDs. Currently, [...]

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March 29, 2017

Micron to Begin Shipping QuantX Flash Memory This Year

In a new report from ITworld, it looks like Micron may be on track to begin shipping their 3D XPoint based products by the end of this year.

After branding their 3D XPoint based products as QuantX at Flash Memory Summit last year, Micron has been relatively silent about the upcoming technology. However, with all the buzz surrounding Intel’s launch of their first 3D XPoint based SSD, Micron has returned to the spotlight. However, unlike Intel, Micron is rumored to be licensing QuantX to other manufacturers as well as ship QuantX in the form of DDR-style memory DIMMs as well.

3D XPoint has been touted as the next generation flash memory technology that [...]

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March 28, 2017

Palit Announces UFS and GFS Series SSDs

Palit is expanding its business into the SSD sector with the release of its UVS and GF-S series SSDs.

The UVS series SSD is powered by a Phison S3111-S11 controller paired with TLC NAND. Sequential read and write performance is rated at 560MB/s and 470MB/s respectively, while random read and write is rated at 290MB/s and 340MB/s.

Manufacturer PalitModel UVS10AT-SSD120 UVS-SSD256 UVS-SSD480 UVS-SSD512Capacity 120GB 256GB 480GB 521GBNAND Planar TLC 3D TLCSequential Read 560MB/s 560MB/s 525MB/s 525MB/sSequential Write 375MB/s 470MB/s 465MB/s 465MB/sRandom Read 280MB/s 270MB/s 290MB/s 290MB/sRandom [...]
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March 22, 2017

Lexar Announces JumpDrive Tough Rugged USB Drive for Harsh Environments

Need a USB drive that can withstand the elements better than you? Meet Lexar’s JumpDrive Tough ruggedized USB flash drive.

Designed to transport data in harsh environments, the Lexar JumpDrive Tough comes with a rugged case that can withstand dust, weather (- 13°F to 300°F), water (up to 98ft), and can handle up to 750 PSI of impact /pressure.

Manufacturer LexarCapacity 32GB 64GB 128GBSequential Write Up to 25MB/s Up to 60MB/s Up to 60MB/sSequential Read Up to 130MB/s Up to 150MB/s Up to 150MB/sInterface USB 3.1

In addition to its ability to withstand the elements, the JumpDrive Tough is also fast, featuring support for USB 3.1. According to [...]

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