NVMe

The first major update to the NVMe storage interface specification in almost two and a half years has been published, standardizing many new features and helping set the course for the SSD market. Version 1.2 of the NVMe specification was ratified in November 2014 and since then there have been numerous corrections and clarifications but the only significant new feature added were the enterprise-oriented NVMe over Fabrics and NVMe Management Interface specifications. The NVMe 1.3 specification ratified last month and published earlier this month brings many new features for both client and server use cases. As with previous updates to the standard, most of the new features are optional but will probably see widespread adoption in their relevant market segments over the next few...

Toshiba Demonstrates NVMe SSD With 64-Layer BiCS3 3D NAND

Toshiba's transition from planar NAND flash to 3D NAND flash memory has been a long, drawn-out process. Their BiCS 3D NAND architecture is on its third generation but has...

10 by Billy Tallis on 5/8/2017

Intel Announces New DC P4500 And P4600 Datacenter SSDs

Intel has announced the most significant updates to their enterprise PCIe SSD lineup since the launch of their first NVMe SSDs. The new Intel SSD DC P4500 and P4600...

4 by Billy Tallis on 5/2/2017

The Intel Optane Memory (SSD) Preview: 32GB of Kaby Lake Caching

Last week, we took a look at Intel's first product based on their 3D XPoint non-volatile memory technology: the Optane SSD DC P4800X, a record-breaking flagship enterprise SSD. Today...

109 by Billy Tallis on 4/24/2017

The Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X (375GB) Review: Testing 3D XPoint Performance

Intel's new 3D XPoint non-volatile memory technology, which has been on the cards publically for the last couple of years, is finally hitting the market as the storage medium...

115 by Billy Tallis on 4/20/2017

Intel Launches Optane Memory M.2 Cache SSDs For Consumer Market

Last week, Intel officially launched their first Optane product, the SSD DC P4800X enterprise drive. This week, 3D XPoint memory comes to the client and consumer market in the...

126 by Billy Tallis on 3/27/2017

Intel Introduces Optane SSD DC P4800X With 3D XPoint Memory

A year and a half after first publicly unveiling their new 3D XPoint non-volatile memory technology, Intel is launching the first product incorporating the new memory. The Intel Optane...

77 by Billy Tallis on 3/19/2017

Samsung Shows Off A Z-SSD: With New Z-NAND

As the sort of person that can get addicted to deep technology discussions about the latest thing, without due care and attention I could easily fall into the pit...

91 by Ian Cutress on 3/17/2017

The Western Digital Black PCIe SSD (512GB) Review

After acquiring SanDisk and introducing WD Green and WD Blue SSDs, it is no surprise to see Western Digital introduce a WD Black SSD that is a M.2 PCIe...

35 by Billy Tallis on 3/8/2017

Everspin Announces New MRAM Products And Partnerships

Magnetoresistive RAM manufacturer Everspin has announced their first MRAM-based storage products and issued two other press releases about recent accomplishments. Until now, Everspin's business model has been to sell...

22 by Billy Tallis on 3/8/2017

Previewing Silicon Motion SM2260 NVMe Controller With 3D MLC NAND (512GB)

Silicon Motion's SM2260 is their first NVMe PCIe SSD controller. We've already reviewed the Intel SSD 600p using this controller and 3D TLC NAND. This review tests an engineering...

27 by Billy Tallis on 2/17/2017

The Patriot Hellfire M.2 480GB Review: Phison NVMe Tested

The Patriot Hellfire M.2 PCIe SSD is Patriot's first NVMe SSD, and one of several similar products based on Phison's E7 NVMe controller paired with Toshiba 15nm MLC. The...

42 by Billy Tallis on 2/10/2017

Western Digital Announces SanDisk Skyhawk Enterprise NVMe SSDs

Today Western Digital announced the first enterprise NVMe SSDs under their SanDisk brand. The new SanDisk Skyhawk series are 2.5" U.2 SSDs intended for datacenter use. While Western Digital's...

17 by Billy Tallis on 2/7/2017

Western Digital Announces WD Black PCIe SSD

Western Digital has announced the WD Black PCIe SSD, their first PCIe SSD for the consumer market. While the WD Green and WD Blue SSDs introduced last fall were...

19 by Billy Tallis on 1/4/2017

Plextor to Demo Mainstream M8Se NVMe and 3D NAND-Based SSDs at CES

Plextor has announced plans to demonstrate some of its next year’s products at the upcoming CES early next month. In particular, the company will show off the final versions...

3 by Anton Shilov on 12/23/2016

The Plextor M8Pe (512GB) SSD Review

The Plextor M8Pe is their second PCIe SSD and their first to support PCIe 3.0 or NVMe. The M8Pe is a M.2 SSD based on Marvell's 88SS1093 controller and...

64 by Billy Tallis on 12/14/2016

The Samsung 960 EVO (1TB) Review

Last month the Samsung 960 Pro broke most of the performance records for a consumer SSD and often by a surprisingly large margin. But as impressive as it was...

89 by Billy Tallis on 11/15/2016

The Samsung 960 Pro (2TB) SSD Review

A year ago, Samsung brought their PCIe SSD technology to the retail market in the form of the Samsung 950 Pro, an NVMe M.2 SSD with Samsung's 3D V-NAND...

71 by Billy Tallis on 10/18/2016

Samsung Announces 960 PRO And 960 EVO M.2 PCIe SSDs (Updated)

UPDATE: New features unveiled during the presentation and Q&A session are described below. Here at Samsung's SSD Global Summit in South Korea, the company has just officially unveiled their next...

139 by Billy Tallis on 9/21/2016

Micron Cancels Ballistix TX3 NVMe SSD

At Computex in June, Micron announced that Crucial's Ballistix brand was being promoted to a standalone brand for gaming-oriented products. Their exhibit included three tiers of Ballistix DRAM products...

7 by Billy Tallis on 8/18/2016

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