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Western Digital has introduced its new accelerator drives designed for very read-intensive workloads. The key feature of the Ultrastar DC SN340 Very Read Intensive (VRI) SSDs is their low read latency which is important for write-once read many applications, such as video-on-demand services, distributed databases, and emerging AI/ML workloads. Nowadays video streaming providers use 1 TB SATA SSDs that offer a ratio of IOPS to bandwidth that satisfies their needs in terms of numbers of parallel users/streams (RIOPS). In a bid to optimize power, costs, and the number of racks in their datacenters while still meeting their requirements, VOD services need higher-capacity drives with higher performance and specific functionality. Western Digital believes that VRI SSDs is a type of devices that will satisfy requirements of...

Intel Expands Optane 905P SSDs To 1.5TB

Intel has officially launched the next wave of Optane SSDs, continuing a gradual rollout of higher density drives as their production of 3D XPoint memory catches up with demand...

14 by Billy Tallis on 9/21/2018

MyDigitalSSD Introduces M2X USB Enclosure For M.2 NVMe SSDs

MyDigitalSSD is now shipping one of the first USB enclosures for M.2 NVMe SSDs. The new M2X enclosure is based on the JMicron JMS583 USB 3.1 Gen 2 to...

15 by Billy Tallis on 9/18/2018

The Toshiba XG6 1TB SSD Review: Our First 96-Layer 3D NAND SSD

For the second year in a row, Toshiba is the first to ship a new generation of 3D NAND. The new XG6 NVMe SSD for OEMs otherwise changes little...

34 by Billy Tallis on 9/6/2018

The Samsung Portable SSD X5 Review - Thunderbolt 3 and NVMe in a Premium Enclosure

Samsung is launching their first Thunderbolt 3 SSD, the Portable SSD X5, today. It places an OEM version of their 970 EVO NVMe SSD behind an Alpine Ridge controller...

23 by Ganesh T S on 8/28/2018

SSD Form Factors Proliferate At Flash Memory Summit 2018

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...

26 by Billy Tallis on 8/17/2018

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...

90 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...

28 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...

62 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...

19 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...

18 by Joe Shields on 6/7/2018

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