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March 21, 2017

ADATA Launches XPG SD700X Portable SSD With 3D NAND

ADATA aims to keep your storage safe with its new SD700X External SSD.

Using a shell that protects the SSD inside like an armored truck, the ADATA SD700X’s ruggedized exterior is sealed to IEC IP68 water and dustproof standards. The drive can be submerged in 1.5m-deep water for 60 minutes without being damaged. Rubber bumpers also ensure that the drive is “military-grade” shockproof. The drive also meets MIL-STD-810G 516.6 requirements. The drive is also backed by a 3-year warranty.

Resting inside the case is an SSD built using 3D TLC NAND. It comes in 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities capable of running up to 440MB/430MB/s in sequential [...]

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March 19, 2017

Intel Launches SSD DC P4800X: Proves 3D XPoint Isn’t Vaporware

Several months ago, a leaked spec sheet detailed an upcoming Intel 3D XPoint SSD, the Optane SSD DC P4800X, which was officially launched today finally proving that despite numerous delays, 3D XPoint isn’t the vaporware many of us expected it to be.

Initially launching in a 375GB Add-in-Card (AIC), the Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X is designed for high write enterprise workloads. As such, performance is heavily oriented towards random read/write workloads and quality of service. In the above specs, we can see that Intel doesn’t even bother listing the sequential performance numbers. As a drive designed to be used for high write applications, the Intel [...]

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March 15, 2017

iXsystems Launches FreeNAS 10, Renames it FreeNAS Corral

In a recent announcement, iXsystems launched the newest version of the highly popular open source NAS OS, FreeNAS. Previously named FreeNAS 10, the name has been promptly renamed to FreeNAS Corral on launch. According to Brett David, Exectutive VP of iXsystems, “The Corral name represents the next generation in enterprise grade services contributed by iXsystems to the Open Source community. Only a new name could do justice to such a giant evolutionary step.”

FreeNAS Corral is one of the most highly anticipated FreeNAS releases in a long time as it has been completely re-written from the ground up with big improvements in its enterprise storage [...]

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March 14, 2017

Security Concerns May Limit Acquisition of Toshiba Memory to US Companies

Good news for US companies planning to make a run for the memory business of struggling Japanese conglomerate, Toshiba, as sources from a recent article from Reuters reports that the Japanese government is ready to block the sale of Toshiba memory to suitors that it believes to be a “risk to national security” to Japan. Countries deemed a risk to the national security of Japan seemingly includes everyone except the US, but the biggest concern is a sale of the business to China as it may give China access to “key capabilities” it’s desperately trying to obtain.

Currently, there are quite a few companies expected to make a bid for the [...]

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March 13, 2017

Mainstream SSD Prices to Increase Over 10% Due to NAND Supply Shortages

In case you haven’t heard, there’s been a massive NAND shortage in the industry due to a combination of lower production along with higher than expected demand.

According to a recent report by market intelligence firm, DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, mainstream client SSDs are feeling the effects of the shortage as contract prices are expected to increase over 10% in the 1Q2017. MLC based products are expected to see a price increase of 12%-16% and TLC based products are expected to see a price increase of 10%-16%. As a result of the shortage, shipments of client SSDs are expected to drop 7%-8% in 1Q2017.

Due to customer preferences, the NAND [...]

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March 7, 2017

IDC Report Reveals Toshiba is Fastest Growing Storage Vendor in 2016

Despite their financial woes, Toshiba has reason to celebrate today as they were recently named the fastest growing HDD and SSD maker in both revenue and units in 2016 by market intelligence firm IDC.

According to the IDC “Worldwide 4Q16 HDD Shipment Results and Four-Quarter Forecast Update” report, Toshiba’s HDD unit market share increased by 9% in 4Q2016, reaching a total of 24% market share in the $25 billion HDD market in 2016. In 2016, Toshiba was the only HDD manufacturer to see an increase in revenue.

Further, according to the IDC “Worldwide Solid State Storage Quarterly Update, CY 4Q16” report, Toshiba’s SSD market [...]

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March 6, 2017

Samsung Dominates NAND Flash Market in 4Q2016 as Industry Revenues Increase 17.8% QoQ

Amid massive shortages due to increased demand, the NAND Flash market is booming. According to latest report from market intelligence firm, TrendForce, revenues have increased a massive 17.8% quarter over quarter, now reaching a total of $12 Billion in 4Q2016.

Looking at the results, the biggest winners in the 4Q2016 is Micron, which saw revenue increase by 26.9%. This is followed by Intel which saw revenue increase by 25.7%, Western Digital by 22% and Samsung by 19.5%. Toshiba and SK Hynix saw the lowest revenue increases at 8.5% and 9% respectively.

In terms of marketshare, Samsung once again dominated the market by a massive margin. In 4Q2016, Samsung [...]

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March 3, 2017

TSMC Interested in Acquiring Stake in Toshiba Memory Business

Due to massive losses from their nuclear power business, Toshiba is spinning off their NAND manufacturing business and what was initially supposed to be a sale of just 20% of the business has turned into a majority stake. Numerous companies have been reported to be interested in acquiring the Toshiba memory business including heavy hitters such as SK Hynix, Micron, Western Digital, Tsinghua Unigroup, and more.

According to a new report from DigiTimes, it looks like pure-play foundry TSMC (Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) may also be interested in acquiring a stake in Toshiba’s NAND business to expand into the storage business.

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February 28, 2017

SD Association Introduces A2 Memory Card Specification

The SD Association recently took the wraps off SD Specification 6.0 which includes the A2 (Application Performance Class 2) standard, designed for newer Android devices with the capability of using microSD cards as Adoptable Storage. Adoptable Storage is a new Android feature which rolled out with Android 6.0 Marshmallow allowing SD cards to be used as internal storage.

According to the announcement, A2 class memory cards will be required to include features such as command queue, cache, and self-maintenance as well as deliver performance meeting or exceeding random read performance of 4000 IOPS, random write performance of 2000 IOPS, and sustained sequential [...]

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February 28, 2017

Kingston’s Monster 2TB DataTraveler Ultimate GT Now Shipping

At CES 2017, Kingston impressed when they showed us their upcoming ultra high capacity 2TB DataTraveler Ultimate GT flash drive, which is a follow up to their HyperX Predator flash drive that was the first to reach the 1TB capacity back in 2013.

According to specifications, the Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT will be available in two capacities: 1TB and 2TB, and will feature support for USB 3.1 Gen 1 which will allow it to reach speeds up to 300MB/s sequential reads and 200MB/s sequential writes. It’ll also feature a 5 year warranty with fre technical support for peace of mind.

Both Kingston’s new 1TB and 2TB DataTraveler Ultimate GT is now [...]

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