For FMS 2017, Samsung shared several new releases along with its SSD/NAND flash roadmap for the coming years. Among the new releases include Samsung’s 96-Layer QLC (Quad Level Cell) NAND and a few new enterprise SSDs.
64-Layer 3D V-NAND Transition
Samsung is already transitioning its entire line of products to utilize 4th Generation 64-layer 3D V-NAND. Their 64-Layer 3D V-NAND has been in mass production since June of this year and promises to be 30% faster, 30% more power efficient, and 20% more reliable than previous generation 48-layer 3D V-NAND.
This could potentially mean that Samsung’s successor to the 960 Pro and 960 [...]
When we look at the SSD industry today, there are few companies more well known than LSI SandForce. LSI SandForce drives power over 35% of the SSDs currently sold on the market today so when these guys introduce a new SSD controller more than two years after the introduction of their last generation product, it’s definitely time to take notice.
Ever since January of this year at CES, we’ve been hearing rumors of the mythical new LSI SandForce SSD controller (aka “Project Griffin”), but it wasn’t until June at Computex when we first confirmed of its existence via one of LSI [...]
Along with SandForce’s launch of the SF3700 series controllers earlier this week, SandForce had a number of working reference SSDs to display on the AIS 2013 showfloor.
The new SF3700 series controllers have the capability to work in both PCIe and SATA configurations, so first we have your typical 2.5″ formfactor SSD. The unit on display is using Toshiba 19nm MLC flash bundled with the SandForce SF373975A controller.
Following the SATA based SSD, we also get the M.2 (NGFF) formfactor SSDs as well. This specific model is a PCIe Gen 2 x2 SSD although PCIe x4 should be available down the line as well. Again, we get the SF373975A [...]
It’s been quite an interesting turn of events over the past couple years in the storage industry. Whereas practically everyone has turned their sights onto the exploding SSD market, both of the largest hard drive manufacturers Seagate and Western Digital were for the most part never to be seen. Although both companies dabbled a bit in the enterprise SSD space and SSD caching solutions, they never really focused their efforts in SSD technology and instead doubled down on traditional hard drives especially in the consumer space.
With 2011, 2012 and soon 2013 becoming record years for SSD growth all while the hard drive market stagnates, [...]
Looks like Dell finally got around to launching their long awaited Precision M3800 that we were lucky enough to get a taste of all the way back at SIGGRAPH 2013.
Doesn’t look like much has changed since then. Specifications include an Intel Core i7-4702HQ processor, Nvidia Quadro K1100M GPU, support up to 16GB of DDR3 memory, and the option for a 15.6″ Ultrasharp (IGZO powered) QHD (3200 x 1800) display. Despite the high performance components onboard, Dell has managed to squeeze everything into a 18mm (0.71″) thin aluminum and carbon fiber frame.
Dell believes that the Precision M3800 is a game changer and so far from what we’ve [...]
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With the SATA 6Gb/s interface currently already at its upper limits and SSD performance continuing to surge fourth without any sign of slowing down, the SSD industry as a whole have begun shifting their focus into the PCIe bus in hopes of finding the bandwidth needed to support faster and faster SSDs.
Only a couple of weeks ago at Computex 2013 this year, we’ve seen a number of SSD vendors embrace the PCIe bus, demoing their new M.2 (Next Generation Form Factor) SSDs with some vendors such as ADATA showing off a M.2 based enterprise SSD saturating the 4x PCIe 2.0 bus with performance of up to 1.8GB/s sequential read and writes… all while Samsung has [...]
Recently at Computex 2013, ADATA showed off their new SX2000 enterprise SSD, which featured a whopping 1.6TB capacity and sequential read/write performance of up to 1.8GB/s… and it looks like it also has a M.2 (NGFF) based little brother as well. Hiding in a corner of the booth, ADATA also displayed off the XNP280E, which is essentially the SX2000 in a significantly reduced size.
Taking a look at the specs here, the XNP280E is based off a 4x PCIe 2.0 bus running off the M.2 (NGFF) formfactor/interface. Since a 4x PCIe 2.0 interface allows for a theoretical maximum of up to 2,000 MB/s transfer rates, it makes sense that with a little overhead that the [...]