SSDs

M.2 SSDs nowadays are used for a wide variety of applications, whereas Samsung tried to promote its next generation small form-factor (NGSFF) for enterprise-grade solid-state storage under the M.3 moniker (yet later renamed it to NF1). Apparently, there are companies that are working on SSDs in the so-called M.4 form-factor. One of such drives was spotted at Computex. Silicon Motion demonstrated Agylstor’s M.4 NVMe SSD at the trade show earlier this month. The drive is based on SMI’s own enterprise-grade SM2270 controller based on three pairs of ARM Cortex R5 cores to support 2KB LDPC error correction and featuring 16 NAND channels with 8 CE per channel (128 CE in total) as well as a PCIe 3.0 x8 interface. Meanwhile, the SSD was assembled by...

ADATA Announces XPG Gammix S11 Pro: SM2262EN, 3D TLC, Up to 3.5 GB/s

ADATA on Thursday introduced its highest-performing SSD to date, featuring sequential read speeds of up to 3.5 GB/s and random read speeds of up to 390K IOPS. The enthusiast-class...

11 by Anton Shilov on 12/13/2018

Greenliant Launches EnduroSLC SSDs with Up to 250K P/E Cycles

Greenliant, a developer of special-purpose NAND-flash storage devices, this week introduced its new lineup of ultra-high endurance SSDs. The NANDrive SSDs are aimed at write-intensive industrial applications, and utilize...

28 by Anton Shilov on 12/11/2018

OWC Launches Drive Dock with USB Type-C: Two SATA Drives, Up to 981 MB/s

OWC has released its new Drive Dock external storage solution that can accommodate two hot-plug-capable HDDs or SSDs. What makes this latest drive dock particularly notable is that it...

15 by Anton Shilov on 12/10/2018

The Seagate BarraCuda (500GB) SSD Review: Getting Back In The Game

Seagate has been one of the top names in the storage industry for decades, but it's almost exclusively for their hard drives. The company has been largely absent from...

39 by Billy Tallis on 12/7/2018

Western Digital Reveals SweRV RISC-V Core, Cache Coherency over Ethernet Initiative

Western Digital this week made three important announcements concerning its RISC-V-based processor initiative launched last year. The company introduced its own SweRV general-purpose core, its OmniXtend cache coherency over...

11 by Anton Shilov on 12/5/2018

Panasonic Announces Its First Thunderbolt 3 SSDs

Panasonic has unveiled its first external SSDs featuring a Thunderbolt 3 interface. Panasonic’s Thunderbolt 3 Compact Lightweight Portable SSD enables the company to offer high-performance storage devices for its...

10 by Anton Shilov on 11/30/2018

Anton's List of Impressive Products from 2018

As part of our Holiday Season series of best picks, sometimes the items that impress aren't in those lists. Out of all the people on our team, Anton as...

14 by Anton Shilov on 11/27/2018

The Samsung 860 QVO (1TB, 4TB) SSD Review: First Consumer SATA QLC

The introduction of four bit per cell (QLC) NAND flash memory continues with Samsung's launch of their first consumer SATA SSD with QLC NAND. The new 860 QVO establishes...

107 by Billy Tallis on 11/27/2018

The Mushkin Source 500GB SATA SSD Review: A Value Proposition For An Everyday PC

QLC SATA SSDs haven't quite hit the consumer market just yet, so the most affordable entry-level SSDs are still DRAMless designs with TLC NAND. The Mushkin Source is a...

31 by Billy Tallis on 11/21/2018

PCI-SIG Warns Of Incompatibilities Between M.2 And Samsung's NGSFF/NF1

PCI-SIG, the standards committee behind PCI Express and related standards, has issued a warning about incompatibilities between their M.2 standard and Samsung's NGSFF/NF1 SSD form factor. The notice from...

17 by Billy Tallis on 11/16/2018

ADATA Reveals Ultimate SU630 SSD: 3D QLC for SATA

ADATA has introduced its new entry-level SSD for client PCs. The Ultimate SU630 is the first drive from an independent maker of SSDs based on 3D QLC NAND, which...

14 by Anton Shilov on 11/15/2018

Western Digital Announces Ultrastar DC ME200 Memory Extension Drive

Western Digital on Monday introduced its new special-purpose SSD designed to speed up in-memory processing applications. The new Ultrastar DC ME200 Memory Extension Drive uses proven hardware and comes...

8 by Anton Shilov on 11/13/2018

SK Hynix Launches 96-Layer 3D NAND and Discloses QLC Plans

SK Hynix this week officially launched its new 96-layer 3D NAND flash memory chips, which feature a new architecture and a faster interface. The NAND has already been qualified...

4 by Anton Shilov on 11/8/2018

The Crucial P1 1TB SSD Review: The Other Consumer QLC SSD

The Crucial P1 is the second consumer SSD with QLC NAND to hit the market, and the first consumer NVMe drive that Crucial has released. It is fundamentally similar...

67 by Billy Tallis on 11/8/2018

Micron Announces Broad Availability Of 5210 ION QLC SSD

Micron's 5210 ION enterprise SATA SSD was announced in May as the first shipping SSD with four bit per cell (QLC) NAND flash memory, but until now it has...

13 by Billy Tallis on 11/8/2018

MyDigitalSSD M2X M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure Review - A PCIe to USB Storage Bridge

Storage bridges come in many varieties within the internal and external market segments. USB has become the de-facto standard when it comes to external mass-market storage enclosures. But while...

38 by Ganesh T S on 10/31/2018

HighPoint Releases the SSD7102: A Bootable Quad M.2 PCIe x16 NVMe SSD RAID Card

In the upper echelons of commercial workhouses, having access to copious amounts of local NVMe storage is more of a requirement than ‘something nice to have’. We’ve seen solutions...

28 by Ian Cutress on 10/24/2018

Intel's Response: Micron’s Control of 3D XPoint Fab Will Not Disrupt Optane Roadmap

Intel late on Friday said that Micron’s intention to gain full control of the IMFT joint venture will not interrupt its plans concerning products based on 3D XPoint memory...

26 by Anton Shilov on 10/22/2018

What Next for 3D XPoint? Micron to Buy Intel's Share in 3D XPoint Fab

Micron on Thursday announced plans to acquire Intel’s stake in IM Flash Technologies, a joint venture between the two companies. IM Flash owns a fab near Lehi, Utah, which...

36 by Anton Shilov on 10/18/2018

The Corsair Force MP510 SSD (960GB) Review: A High-End Contender

The Corsair Force MP510 isn't the first retail Phison E12 drive to hit the shelves but it's the first one to hit our testbed. The Phison controller paired with...

42 by Billy Tallis on 10/18/2018

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