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...

The Western Digital Blue (1TB) SSD Review: WD Returns to SSDs

After completing the acquisition of SanDisk, Western Digital is entering the consumer SSD market under its own brand with new SSDs derived from existing SanDisk product lines. As with...

76 by Billy Tallis on 10/11/2016

G-Technology G-Drive with Thunderbolt 8TB Capsule Review

G-Technology started using HGST's helium-filled hard drives in their direct-attached storage (DAS) products earlier this year. The product lines utilizing these 8TB and 10TB drives include: G-Drive with Thunderbolt (single...

7 by Ganesh T S on 10/7/2016

Market Trends Q2 2016: SSD Shipments Up 41.2% YoY, PC Sales Up on Q1

Sales of SSDs in the first quarter of 2016 were up 41.2% year-over-year, based on findings from TrendFocus*, a storage market tracking company. Shipments of all types of SSDs...

24 by Anton Shilov on 10/5/2016

ADATA Launches XPG SX8000: High-End M.2 NVMe SSD Featuring 3D MLC NAND

ADATA on Thursday introduced its first lineup of SSDs powered by 3D MLC NAND flash memory. The XPG SX8000 drives promise up to 2.4 GB/s read speed as well...

14 by Anton Shilov on 9/29/2016

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...

138 by Billy Tallis on 9/21/2016

Western Digital Shows Off Prototype 1TB SDXC Card at Photokina 2016

In recent years we have seen the development of 3D NAND push up the capacity and push down the prices of all sorts of flash devices, from SSDs to...

25 by Ryan Smith on 9/20/2016

The Toshiba OCZ VX500 (256GB, 512GB, 1024GB) SSD Review

Toshiba's new OCZ VX500 SSD is a replacement for the Vector 180 that adopts a different controller to enable much better power management, support for 15nm MLC NAND and...

29 by Billy Tallis on 9/13/2016

Netgear Brings Broadwell-DE to COTS NAS Units with New 10G ReadyNAS Lineup

Netgear's ReadyNAS lineup was updated towards the end of last year with some units based on the Annapurna Labs ARM-based SoCs. This year, Netgear is targeting SMBs, creative professionals...

16 by Ganesh T S on 9/1/2016

ADATA Introduces Ultimate SU800 SSD: SMI Controller, 3D NAND, SATA Interface

ADATA has formally introduced its first SSDs based on 3D NAND flash memory. The Ultimate SU800 drives are designed for price-conscious market segments and use SATA interface, which means...

11 by Anton Shilov on 8/25/2016

Marvell Announces NVMe Controller for DRAM-Less PCIe 3.0 x2 SSDs

Marvell has announced its new controller for affordable and miniature SSDs, the 88NV1160. The chip can be used to build small form-factor SSDs in M.2 as well as BGA...

24 by Anton Shilov on 8/17/2016

Toshiba Begins to Sample eMLC-Based ZD6300 7.68 TB SSDs to Customers

Toshiba has quietly expanded its ZD6300 family of SSDs with a 7.68 TB model, its most capacious storage device announced to date. The new drive was designed for mixed...

31 by Anton Shilov on 8/12/2016

Western Digital to Use 3D ReRAM as Storage Class Memory for Special-Purpose SSDs

At the Flash Memory Summit this week, Western Digital announced that it intends to use 3D Resistive RAM (ReRAM) as storage class memory (SCM) for its future special-purpose ultra-fast...

38 by Anton Shilov on 8/12/2016

Maxiotek Unveils MK8115: Low-Cost SSD Controller for 3D NAND SATA SSDs

Maxiotek this week introduced its first SSD controller designed for affordable SSDs with an SATA interface, which is meant to be paired with new types of NAND flash memory...

6 by Anton Shilov on 8/11/2016

Samsung at Flash Memory Summit: 64-layer V-NAND, Bigger SSDs, Z-SSD

At Flash Memory Summit, Samsung announced their fourth generation of 3D NAND and several of the more obvious SSD upgrades it enables. Taking a page from Intel and Micron's...

51 by Billy Tallis on 8/11/2016

Seagate Introduces 10GB/s PCIe SSD And 60TB SAS SSD

Seagate is looking to break records with two enterprise SSDs they're showing off at Flash Memory Summit this week. The first drive is one that's been seen before: the...

35 by Billy Tallis on 8/9/2016

Netac Z5 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable SSD Review

The last few years have seen rapid advancements in flash technology including planar 1x nm NAND, TLC, and 3D V-NAND. External high-speed interfaces such as USB 3.x have also...

22 by Ganesh T S on 8/9/2016

Western Digital Adds Helium-Filled WD Gold 10 TB HDD to Lineup

Western Digital has this week introduced its new 10TB datacenter-class helium-filled WD Gold hard drive. This drive, according to WD, boasts higher performance compared to its predecessor combined with...

33 by Anton Shilov on 8/4/2016

Seagate Re-Enters Enterprise SATA SSD Market with Nytro XF1230

It's hard for any new SATA SSD to be big news. Aside from instances where new NAND flash enables higher capacities or a big price drop, almost everything we...

13 by Billy Tallis on 8/4/2016

Toshiba Announces New BGA SSDs Using 3D TLC NAND

Toshiba has announced a new generation of BG series single-chip SSDs, with a newer controller and expanded capacity options thanks to the adoption of 3D NAND. The BG series...

14 by Billy Tallis on 8/3/2016

Crucial Expands MX300 SSD Lineup with Additional Capacities: Up to 1TB

Crucial this week made two announcements. Its MX300 family of 3D NAND-based consumer-grade SSDs has been expanded with additional models, and also Crucial revealed plans to start sales of...

11 by Anton Shilov on 8/2/2016

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