Storage

Mushkin at CES demonstrated its new SSDs in 2.5”/7 mm form-factor aimed at mainstream PCs with a SATA interface. The new Reactor Armor 3D and Triactor 3D use 3D NAND flash memory, the same controller from Silicon Motion and offer nearly similar performance. The main difference is that the former use 3D MLC, whereas the latter uses 3D TLC memory. The NAND flash industry is transitioning to various 3D NAND architectures that enable higher densities, lower per-bit costs and higher endurance compared to planar flash made using very thin process technologies. So far it has not been easy for independent makers of drives to secure a supply of 3D NAND memory because some manufacturers are cutting down the share of produced flash they sell on...

Seagate Revives Maxtor Brand for External Storage

UPDATE 12/1 9AM: Seagate confirmed Thursday that it decided to revive the Maxtor brand in a bid to sell value products. In the coming months the company plans to...

35 by Anton Shilov on 12/1/2016

Plextor Launches EX1 USB-C External SSD: Up to 550 MBps, 512 GB and LDPC

Plextor this week formally launched its first external SSD which it demonstrated back in early June at Computex. The Plextor EX1 combines low weight, high capacity, a high quoted...

8 by Anton Shilov on 11/22/2016

The Intel SSD 600p (512GB) Review

Intel's SSD 600p was the first PCIe SSD using TLC NAND to hit the consumer market. It is Intel's first consumer SSD with 3D NAND and it is by...

63 by Billy Tallis on 11/22/2016

ADATA Launches the SD700 External SSD: Dust, Water and Shock Resistant (with 3D NAND)

ADATA last week introduced its third SSD featuring 3D NAND memory. The new SD700 is a dust, water and shockproof drive that has up to 1 TB of capacity...

8 by Anton Shilov on 11/21/2016

Best SSDs: Holiday 2016

A lot has changed in the SSD market since last year's Holiday SSD Buyer's Guide. This past summer and fall, Intel and Micron's 3D TLC NAND hit the market...

21 by Billy Tallis on 11/21/2016

Adesto EcoXiP: Optimizing Memory Interfaces For Embedded Systems

There is no Moore's Law for flash memory. Unlike transistors, flash memory cells can no longer be made any smaller or faster without incurring reliability tradeoffs that negate the...

7 by Billy Tallis on 11/17/2016

Promise Launches Pegasus3 External Storage via TB3: Up to 48 TB, 1.6 GBps

Promise has introduced three new storage systems using the Thunderbolt 3 interface and aiming users of the recently introduced Apple MacBook Pro notebooks. The new Pegasus3 Symply Editions can...

7 by Anton Shilov on 11/16/2016

G-Technology G-DRIVE slim SSD USB-C 500GB External SSD Capsule Review

Flash-based external direct-attached storage (DAS) devices have been rapidly evolving over the last few years. The emergence of USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C has led to external peripherals adopting...

4 by Ganesh T S on 11/16/2016

Seagate Introduces Backup Plus Portable 5 TB: The Largest Portable HDD to Date

Seagate this week formally introduced its Backup Plus Plus Portable Drive external HDD with a 5 TB capacity that is based on the recently launched top-of-the-range BarraCuda 2.5” drive...

10 by Anton Shilov on 11/16/2016

Toshiba Finalizes Plans for New 3D NAND Fab: Coming Online in 2019

Toshiba in the past week has finalized plans to build a new production facility to make 3D NAND flash memory. The company will start construction in early 2017 and...

8 by Anton Shilov on 11/15/2016

Commercial NAS Operating Systems - A Comprehensive Overview of Core Features

The market for network-attached storage units has expanded significantly over the last few years. The rapid growth in public cloud storage (Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive and the like) has...

94 by Ganesh T S on 11/14/2016

ADATA SE730, SV620 and SC660 External SSDs Review

We have seen rapid developments in flash technology over the last few years. Performance has been going up at one end (with various new options for interfacing with the...

10 by Ganesh T S on 11/4/2016

ADATA Ultimate SU800 SSDs in M.2 Announced: Entry-Level 3D NAND SSDs for Laptops

This week ADATA expanded the lineup of its SSDs featuring 3D NAND memory by announcing its Ultimate SU800 drives in an M.2 form-factor. The new SSDs offer similar performance...

9 by Anton Shilov on 11/4/2016

LaCie Announces Bolt3: 2 TB External SSD at 2.8 GBps over Thunderbolt 3

LaCie this week has introduced its first external solid-state storage solution using Thunderbolt. The Bolt3 uses two M.2 SSDs in RAID 0 mode to enable 2 TB of storage...

21 by Anton Shilov on 11/2/2016

Seagate Introduces Game Drive SSD for Xbox (360 and One): 512 GB SSD for $199

Seagate has announced its new Game Drive for Xbox SSD. While the name suggests it is primarily for the original Xbox, this drive is focused for the Xbox One...

32 by Anton Shilov on 11/1/2016

LaCie Launches 6big and 12big: Up to 60/120 TB External Storage with Thunderbolt 3

LaCie this week has introduced two new workstation-grade external storage solutions using Thunderbolt 3 with the focus on big on-the-desk data storage. The 6big and 12big devices pack in...

41 by Anton Shilov on 11/1/2016

Seagate Launches FireCuda SSHDs: Up to 2 TB, SMR, 8 GB of NAND

Seagate has officially introduced its fifth-generation solid-state hybrid drives (SSHDs) under the FireCuda brand name. They have a thinner form-factor compared to previous-gen solutions. The drives use Seagate’s 1...

42 by Anton Shilov on 10/21/2016

Seagate Introduces BarraCuda 2.5” HDDs with Up to 5 TB Capacity

Seagate has formally introduced a new family of hard drives in the 2.5” form-factor. It is designed for laptops as well as external storage solutions. The new BarraCuda HDDs...

28 by Anton Shilov on 10/21/2016

Western Digital My Book 8TB and My Passport 4TB External HDDs Review

Western Digital has a number of direct-attached storage (DAS) products based on hard drives. They cater to different market segments. These DAS units usually employ a USB port to...

41 by Ganesh T S on 10/16/2016

Western Digital Introduces WD Blue And WD Green SSDs

Five months ago, Western Digital completed its acquisition of SSD and NAND flash manufacturer SanDisk, adding consumer SSDs and more enterprise SSDs to their existing portfolio of hard drives...

13 by Billy Tallis on 10/11/2016

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