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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 phase-out its inexpensive Samsung-branded products and Maxtor will take their place. Seagate has quietly started to sell Maxtor-branded external storage devices in various countries. At present, the company offers the Maxtor M3 and the Maxtor D3 Station DAS devices, which it also sells under the Samsung name (yes, you read that right - click here for proof). Right now, it is unclear for how long Seagate plans to use the trademark, which it has not touched for quite a while. Maxtor was a major maker of hard drives that was founded in 1982 and acquired by Seagate...

Strontium Nitro Plus Nano USB 3.0 64GB Flash Drive Capsule Review

Flash drives are a dime a dozen these days, and most of them carry uninteresting specifications. In particular, flash drives advertising smaller physical footprints have tended to carry disappointing...

21 by Ganesh T S on 8/3/2015

Analyzing Intel-Micron 3D XPoint: The Next Generation Non-Volatile Memory

The current mainstream memory technologies, namely DRAM and NAND, have been around for decades. While clever engineering work has allowed the two to scale below 20nm geometries, both technologies...

80 by Kristian Vättö, Ian Cutress & Ryan Smith on 7/31/2015

Lime Technology's unRAID 6 Brings Containers and Virtualization to NAS Units

Consumers looking for network-attached storage have plenty of options. Most businesses go for a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) unit, while enthusiasts and home users can go for either COTS or...

25 by Ganesh T S on 7/27/2015

The 2TB Samsung 850 Pro & EVO SSD Review

For the past two years, client SSD capacities have been stumbling at 1TB. The cost of NAND is still too high to make terabyte drives a mainstream capacity, but...

66 by Kristian Vättö on 7/23/2015

Micron M510DC (480GB) Enterprise SATA SSD Review

Most data center workloads tend to be read-intensive. It's only recently that SSDs have started to offer pricing low enough to replace hard drives in read workoads and a...

22 by Kristian Vättö on 7/21/2015

Samsung Releases PM863 & SM863 Enterprise SATA SSDs: Up to 3.84TB with 3D V-NAND

At CES, Samsung displayed a variety of new SSD solutions, including PM863 and SM863, the company's new SATA 6Gbps enterprise drives. At the time Samsung was only sampling its...

36 by Kristian Vättö on 7/20/2015

ADATA XPG SX930 (120GB, 240GB & 480GB) SSD Review: JMicron JMF670H Debuts

At Computex ADATA had a variety of new SSDs on display. While most were based on upcoming technologies such as TLC NAND and the PCIe/NVMe interface, the company also...

67 by Kristian Vättö on 7/16/2015

Interview with Kevin Chen, ADATA's Vice President of SSD Marketing

Last year at Computex I had the opportunity to interview ADATA’s President Shalley Chen. At the time, we discussed the SSD and DRAM industries in general as well as...

6 by Kristian Vättö on 7/15/2015

OCZ Trion 100 (240GB, 480GB & 960GB) SSD Review: Bringing Toshiba to the Retail

It's been a year and a half since OCZ went bankrupt and Toshiba acquired its assets. In this time we have seen OCZ transition all of its products to...

65 by Kristian Vättö on 7/9/2015

Samsung Launches New 2TB SSD 850 EVO And 850 PRO Models

Due to what Samsung is citing as a surge in demand for larger capacity SSDs, they have now launched two new models offering up to two terabytes of storage...

57 by Brett Howse on 7/7/2015

Samsung SM951-NVMe (256GB) PCIe SSD Review

Samsung has always been an early adopter in the SSD space. The company was the first one on the market with a PCIe 2.0 x4 M.2 SSD the (XP941...

74 by Kristian Vättö on 6/25/2015

Silicon Motion SM2256 SSD Controller Preview: TLC for Everyone

The SSD industry has been talking about TLC NAND for over three years now. We published our first post, Understanding TLC NAND, back in early 2012, but in three...

35 by Kristian Vättö on 6/17/2015

JMicron SSD Controller Roadmap: JMF680 SATA 6Gbps & JMF815 PCIe Controllers Next Year

JMicron is getting ready to ship its new JMF670H controller to its customers and we also have reference design samples in for testing, but in its suite at Computex...

14 by Kristian Vättö on 6/12/2015

Nantero Exits Stealth: Using Carbon Nanotubes for Non-Volatile Memory with DRAM Performance & Unlimited Endurance

The race for next generation non-volatile memory technology is already on at full throttle. We covered Crossbar’s ReRAM announcement last year and last week a very exciting company with...

35 by Kristian Vättö on 6/11/2015

Plextor M7e PCIe SSD to Ship in Q3, M7V TLC SSD in 2016 & New Software Features

Plextor first showed off the M7e at CES earlier this year and at Computex we got an update on the release schedule. Plextor is now aiming for Q3 release...

16 by Kristian Vättö on 6/11/2015

Synology Launches RC18015xs+ / RXD1215sas High-Availability Cluster Solution

Synology is no stranger to high-availability (HA) systems. Synology High Availability is touted as one of the features that differentiate Synology's NAS units from other vendors' for small business...

4 by Ganesh T S on 6/11/2015

SFF-8639 Connector Renamed as U.2

As SATA Express never took off because of the two-lane limitation, the SSD and motherboard industries have been looking for an alternative connector for connecting 2.5" SSDs over PCIe...

22 by Kristian Vättö on 6/10/2015

Seagate Announces SandForce SF3500 SSD Controller Series: Mass Production Expected in Q4'15

The SandForce SF3000 series has become the unicorn of the SSD industry. For the past two years there has been a lot of hype about the new controller, but...

21 by Kristian Vättö on 6/10/2015

Silicon Motion Displays Upcoming SM2260 PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe Controller

Silicon Motion has remained relatively quiet about its plans for a PCIe controller. We have known that the company is working on one (well, it would be a major...

11 by Kristian Vättö on 6/9/2015

G.Skill Shows Phison E7 Based Phoenix Blade X PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD

G.Skill isn't a name that is often associated with SSDs, but the company has been making SSDs as a sort of a side product for several years. We reviewed...

3 by Kristian Vättö on 6/9/2015

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