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Last year, Intel and Samsung proposed new form factors for enterprise/datacenter SSDs with the goal of overcoming the shortcomings of the existing M.2, U.2 and PCIe add-in card form factors. Samsung's NF1 form factor (previously known as NGSFF) had little presence at Flash Memory Summit this year without Samsung's participation in the show, but the derivatives of Intel's Ruler design were all over the place. Unfortunately, the Ruler has spawned not just one industry standard, but a whole family of new form factors. Working with SFF, the committee originally formed to standardize the 2.5" hard drive form factor, Intel's Ruler has led to the Enterprise and Datacenter SSD Form Factor (EDSFF) family of standards. Why new form factors? The existing form factor options for enterprise SSDs have...

The Intel SSD 660p SSD Review: QLC NAND Arrives For Consumer SSDs

The first consumer SSD with QLC NAND has arrived, and it shows that there isn't much to worry about. For most use cases, the Intel SSD 660p is as...

85 by Billy Tallis on 8/7/2018

IBM And Everspin Announce 19TB NVMe SSD With MRAM Write Cache

A new generation of IBM's FlashSystem storage appliances will be adopting a new architecture with magnetoresistive RAM (MRAM) write caches instead of capacitor-backed DRAM. MRAM is one of the...

15 by Billy Tallis on 8/6/2018

Silicon Motion Announces SM2270 Enterprise NVMe SSD Controller

At Flash Memory Summit this week, Silicon Motion is previewing their first SSD controller designed specifically for enterprise and datacenter SSDs. The new SM2270 will be Silicon Motion's largest...

3 by Billy Tallis on 8/6/2018

Microsemi Announces PCIe 4.0 Switches And NVMe SSD Controller

Microsemi is starting their transition to PCIe 4.0 with updates to their Switchtec PCIe switch family and Flashtec NVMe SSD controllers. The new PCIe standard doubles the per-lane throughput...

9 by Billy Tallis on 8/3/2018

The Silicon Motion SM2262EN SSD Controller Preview: Good And Bad Amplified

Silicon Motion's high-end NVMe controller is being updated as the SM2262EN. It sets new records by improving on the strengths of the original SM2262, but it also exacerbates the...

30 by Billy Tallis on 8/1/2018

Toshiba Announces XG6 NVMe SSD With 96L 3D NAND

Toshiba is introducing their first SSD using 96-layer 3D NAND flash memory. The new Toshiba XG6 is an update to their XG5 client NVMe SSD for the OEM market...

9 by Billy Tallis on 7/23/2018

The Phison E12 Reference Design Preview: A Next-Gen NVMe SSD Controller

Phison's latest NVMe SSD controller will soon power a new generation of high-end consumer SSDs that may bring great performance and power efficiency to a cheaper price bracket than...

28 by Billy Tallis on 7/18/2018

A DIY Portable Thunderbolt 3 SSD with the TEKQ Rapide and SanDisk Extreme Pro

The emergence of NVMe SSDs in the compact M.2 form-factor, coupled with the rising popularity of Thunderbolt 3, has enabled a new class of portable high-performance flash storage devices...

14 by Ganesh T S on 7/10/2018

The HP EX920 M.2 SSD Review: Finding the Mainstream Sweet Spot

Historically, HP has not been a big player in the consumer storage market. Recently however, the HP brand has been used for several SSDs based on reference designs for...

37 by Billy Tallis on 7/9/2018

ADATA Enters High-End Enterprise SSD Market With SR2000

Until now, ADATA's SSD portfolio has consisted of client-focused SSDs and industrial-grade models based on similar hardware but optionally rated for extreme temperatures, with only the occasional purely server-oriented...

4 by Billy Tallis on 7/3/2018

The Kingston A1000 NVMe SSD Review: Phison E8 Revisited

Kingston's first low-end NVMe SSD is the A1000, using Toshiba's latest 64-layer 3D TLC NAND and the Phison E8 controller. The price isn't quite down to SATA SSD levels...

26 by Billy Tallis on 7/2/2018

The Toshiba RC100 SSD Review: Tiny Drive In A Big Market

The Toshiba RC100 is an NVMe SSD in the smaller-than-usual M.2 2242 form factor and making use of the NVMe Host Memory Buffer to improve the performance of this...

64 by Billy Tallis on 6/14/2018

GIGABYTE Aorus PCIe x16 M.2: For Four NVMe Drives, X399 Compatible

Everyone has spare NVMe SSDs, right? Or perhaps users want to buy four of them? Intel was on a big push recently with its newest 380 GB Intel Optane...

17 by Ian Cutress on 6/13/2018

Plextor Demonstrates 4-Way M9Pe Extreme SSD Solution: Up to 6.5 GB/s

Having worked with Marvell for many years, Plextor is tied closely to Marvell’s controller ecosystem since its proprietary firmware technologies rely on capabilities of the said controllers. In recent...

13 by Anton Shilov on 6/12/2018

Corsair's MP300 Entry-Level Consumer NVMe SSD Starts At Just $49

Early on in Computex, Corsair unveiled the new Corsair Force MP300 NVMe 1.3 TB M.2 SSD. Corsair announced the drive during our flight over, so we learned about it...

17 by Joe Shields on 6/7/2018

Intel Previews M.2 Optane SSD 905P 380GB

During Intel's keynote at Computex 2018, Intel Client Computing Group manager Gregory Bryant offered a brief preview of the upcoming M.2 version of the Optane SSD 905P high-end NVMe...

5 by Billy Tallis on 6/5/2018

Marvell Announces New Client NVMe SSD Controllers

Following up from their recent announcement of a new generation of NVMe SSD controllers for enterprise drives, Marvell is announcing a pair of new client/consumer oriented controllers. The new...

1 by Billy Tallis on 6/5/2018

The Plextor M9Pe NVMe SSD Review: Teaching An Old Chip New Tricks

The M9Pe is Plextor's first NVMe SSD to use 3D NAND, replacing the previous flagship's planar MLC with Toshiba 3D TLC NAND but keeping the same aging Marvell controller...

17 by Billy Tallis on 5/24/2018

The Intel Optane Memory M10 (64GB) Review: Optane Caching Refreshed

Intel's Optane Memory M.2 caching drives are being updated. The new drives gain a new model number (M10), the same power management improvements introduced by the Optane SSD 800P...

95 by Billy Tallis on 5/15/2018

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