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...

CES 2016: Phison previews upcoming SSD controllers

Phison may not be a household name, but they're a major player in the SSD market. Where Marvell's SSD controllers are typically sold to drive vendors who then pair...

7 by Billy Tallis on 1/21/2016

Silicon Motion at CES: 3D NAND support for SM2246EN and roadmap update

2015 was a great year for SSD controller designer Silicon Motion. Their SM2246EN controller was at the heart of some of the best mainstream and value SATA SSDs, while...

2 by Billy Tallis on 1/21/2016

Marvell Implements Host Memory Buffer for DRAM-less 88NV1140 SSD Controller

The first version of the Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) standard was ratified almost five years ago, but its development didn't stop there. While SSD controller manufacturers have been hard...

33 by Billy Tallis on 1/12/2016

SanDisk Announces X400 Client SSD for OEMs

As CES gets underway, SanDisk is announcing the X400 SSD as the successor to the X300 and X300s and as the higher-performance counterpart to the Z400s. The new X400...

7 by Billy Tallis on 1/5/2016

Samsung Introduces Portable SSD T3

In recent years a new category of portable storage devices has emerged. Based on the same controllers and flash used in 2.5" SATA SSDs, portable SSDs offer much higher...

11 by Billy Tallis on 1/4/2016

Transcend Announces SuperMLC: Pseudo-SLC SSDs For Industrial Market

Transcend offers one of the broadest ranges of SSDs and flash memory cards, with products for almost every form factor and even some legacy interfaces like IDE. Part of...

14 by Billy Tallis on 12/31/2015

The Angelbird Wings PX1 M.2 Adapter Review: Do M.2 SSDs Need Heatsinks?

The M.2 form factor has quickly established itself as the most popular choice for PCIe SSDs in the consumer space. The small size easily fits in to most laptop...

70 by Billy Tallis on 12/21/2015

SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD Capsule Review

The last few years have seen rapid advancements in flash technology and the rise of USB 3.0 as an ubiquitous high-speed interface on computers. These have led to the...

22 by Ganesh T S on 12/11/2015

Western Digital Expands HGST Helium Drive Lineup with 10TB Ultrastar He10

HGST, a Western Digital subsidiary, has been shipping hard drives sealed with helium for a couple of years now. Their helium drives have so far come in two flavors...

113 by Ganesh T S on 12/2/2015

Intel's Xeon D Product Family Updated with Storage and Networking-Specific SKUs

Intel's Xeon D has been one of the most exciting platforms to come out of Intel this year. Xeon D has created more excitement in the micro-server / edge...

17 by Ganesh T S on 11/9/2015

Asustor AS6204T Braswell NAS Review

Asustor is one of the recent entrants in the NAS market. Over the last couple of years, they have tried to play in the same space as QNAP and...

29 by Ganesh T S on 11/5/2015

The Crucial BX200 (480GB & 960GB) SSD Review: Crucial's First TLC NAND SSD

The Crucial BX200 is the successor to the very successful BX100 and is Crucial's new value-oriented SSD. The BX200 moves to the newer Silicon Motion SM2256 controller and is...

86 by Billy Tallis on 11/3/2015

QNAP TS-451+ SOHO NAS Review

QNAP is one of the leading vendors in the COTS NAS (commercial off-the-shelf network attached storage) space. They have a wide variety of hardware platforms to choose from, ranging...

34 by Ganesh T S on 10/29/2015

Behind The Scenes: Evaluating NAS Units with Solution-Based Benchmarks

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit a leading NAS vendor and provide some insights on how we evaluate NAS units. In particular, the talk dealt with the importance...

17 by Ganesh T S on 10/29/2015

The Samsung 950 Pro PCIe SSD Review (256GB and 512GB)

Samsung's new flagship consumer SSD is here to wrap up all the latest technology from Samsung in a small package, with the goal of raising the bar beyond the...

142 by Billy Tallis on 10/22/2015

Western Digital To Acquire SanDisk

Western Digital announced today that they have entered in to an agreement to acquire SanDisk for approximately $19 billion. Western Digital is one of the few remaining hard drive...

35 by Billy Tallis on 10/21/2015

The Plextor M6V (256GB) SSD Review

Plextor's M6V SSD was originally planned to be their first drive using TLC NAND, but that has now been put off to next year's M7V. Instead, Plextor is taking...

52 by Billy Tallis on 10/12/2015

Western Digital My Cloud Mirror Gen 2 Review

Western Digital is well known to the average consumer as a hard drive manufacturer. By extension, it also opens up the network-attached storage (NAS) market to them. In 2014...

19 by Ganesh T S on 10/9/2015

The Seagate Game Drive For Xbox: Do You Need A Green Drive?

When Seagate first announced the Game Drive for Xbox, they chose Gamescon as a venue to launch the new product. With the prolific Xbox branding, this is not a...

41 by Brett Howse on 10/8/2015

Synology Launches DSM 6.0 Long-Term Beta and New Hardware

We had the opportunity to attend the Synology 2016 Conference in San Francisco last month. The event gave us quite a bit of insight into what Synology has lined...

34 by Ganesh T S on 10/7/2015

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