Storage

Now that the Intel Optane Memory M.2 SSDs are readily available on the open market, anyone with an electron microscope and the skills to use it can begin to probe the secrets of 3D XPoint memory that Intel and Micron have been keeping tightly under wraps since announcing the new technology in August 2015. The reverse engineering experts at TechInsights have been doing just that, and they recently published their initial findings. With some of the first high-resolution die photographs of 3D XPoint, TechInsights has provided precise measurements of the die size and memory density. The 128Gb 3D XPoint die is 206.5 mm2, much larger than is typical for modern NAND flash or DRAM but comparable to Intel's 128Gb 20nm planar MLC NAND. A large...

ADATA Introduces SC660H and SV620H External SSDs with 3D TLC NAND

ADATA last week announced its new SC660H and SV620H external SSDs, featuring 3D TLC NAND memory, which are new versions of the SC660 and the SV620 drives introduced last...

5 by Anton Shilov on 12/14/2016

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

Micron 3D NAND Update: 2D and 3D NAND Bit Crossover, Gen 2 Hits Production

Micron last week made two announcements regarding its transition to 3D NAND memory. According to the company, the output of 3D NAND at its fabs has surpassed the output...

14 by Anton Shilov on 12/13/2016

Western Digital Announces Ultrastar He12 12 TB and 14 TB HDDs

Western Digital on Tuesday introduced its fourth-generation enterprise-class hard drives filled with helium. The HGST Ultrastar He12 HDD can store up to 12 TB of data, whereas its version...

26 by Anton Shilov on 12/9/2016

HGST Ultrastar SS200 SSD: Up to 7.68 TB, 1.8 GB/s, Dual-Port SAS 12 Gbps

Western Digital has introduced a new family of Ultrastar SS200 SAS SSDs that wed high-performance with capacities up to 7.68 TB as well as relatively high endurance. The drives...

6 by Anton Shilov on 12/7/2016

HGST Ultrastar SN200 Accelerator: 7.68 TB Capacity, 6.1 GB/s Read Speed, 1.2M IOPS

Western Digital this week announced two high-end HGST Ultrastar families of SSDs designed for high-frequency workloads in cloud and hyperscale environments that require instant response time. The new drives...

13 by Anton Shilov on 12/7/2016

Micron Announces 5100 Series Enterprise SATA SSDs With 3D TLC NAND

Micron has announced their latest generation of enterprise SATA SSDs, all based on their 3D TLC NAND. The new 5100 series is a full range of enterprise SSDs with...

19 by Billy Tallis on 12/5/2016

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...

9 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

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...

102 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

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