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Prior to Flash Memory Summit, Marvell unveiled their first generation of client SSD controllers supporting PCI Express 4.0. During the show itself, their focus was much more on the datacenter. Marvell's recent history of buying and selling various business units has made it clear that datacenter networking is one of their highest priorities, and that's affecting their strategy for datacenter storage. They are strong proponents of the NVMe over Fabrics standard that is in the process of displacing all other SAN protocols. Last year: NVMe to Ethernet converter on interposer board Last year, Marvell announced an NVMe to Ethernet converter that allows an individual NVMe SSD to be connected directly to an Ethernet network, making the SSD accessible through NVMeoF. At first, this converter was demoed...

Seagate Backup Plus Portable 5TB & Backup Plus Slim 2TB Review: SMR for the Consumer Market

Hard drives continue to remain the storage media of choice for cost-conscious consumers with bulk storage requirements. HDD vendors have typically used their 2.5" drives for bus-powered high-capacity models...

62 by Ganesh T S on 6/18/2019

Spotted at Computex: An M.4 SSD with a PCIe 3.0 x8 Interface

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...

34 by Anton Shilov on 6/14/2019

Phison Develops PS5017 Controller for SD Express & MicroSD Express Cards

In order for the SD 7.0/7.1 (aka SD Express) ecosystem to take off, a number of things are needed, but aside from specification itself, availability of controllers for card...

18 by Anton Shilov on 6/14/2019

Realtek Showcases RTS5261 SD Express Controller, up to 128 TB at 1GB/s

Last year the SD Association published its Secure Digital 7.0 standard that defines SD Express cards. At this year’s Computex, Realtek demonstrated one of the industry’s first SD Express...

12 by Anton Shilov on 6/14/2019

NVMe 1.4 Specification Published: Further Optimizing Performance and Reliability

Just over two years after the last major update, a new version of the NVM Express (NVMe) protocol specification for SSDs has been published, bringing a wealth of new features.

14 by Billy Tallis on 6/14/2019

TeamGroup T-Force Xcalibur ARGB DDR4-4000 at Computex

At Computex 2019, TeamGroup unveiled a couple of new products aimed at users looking for high-end components. One of these was its refreshed T-Force Xcalibur DDR4 memory now with...

3 by Gavin Bonshor on 6/12/2019

PNY 2 TB XLR NVMe SSD: PCIe 4.0 x4, Up to 4.8 GB/s

Since many high-end SSDs these days are bottlenecked by a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface, next-generation drives featuring a PCIe 4.0 x4 connector were among the highlights of this year’s...

21 by Anton Shilov on 6/10/2019

Maxio Technology: New Line of Cheaper NVMe SSD Controllers

Known primarily for controllers designed for inexpensive SATA SSDs, Maxio Technology is now expanding into the space of higher-performance drives featuring a PCIe interface. At Computex, the company demonstrated...

8 by Anton Shilov on 6/7/2019

The OWC Aura Pro X2 SSD Review: An NVMe Upgrade For Older Macs

Apple was an early adopter of PCIe SSDs, introducing them in 2013 when the NVMe specification was still in its infancy and before any M.2 NVMe hardware was available...

30 by Billy Tallis on 6/5/2019

Silicon Motion: PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD Controller in Development, Coming Q2 2020

Being the next step in PCIe, SSD controller makers are looking to release their PCIe 4.0 designs into the market. Silicon Motion is not an exception, with its upcoming...

27 by Anton Shilov on 6/4/2019

Seagate Announces Helium-based 16 TB Exos and IronWolf Hard Drives

Seagate is launching their 16 TB CMR (conventional magnetic recording) helium drives today under two product lines - the Exos X for datacenter usage, and the IronWolf / IronWolf...

37 by Ganesh T S on 6/4/2019

A USB Stick as an SSD? A New Silicon Motion SM3282 Single-Chip Controller for USB SSDs

Silicon Motion has introduced its first single-chip controller for portable USB SSDs. The SM3282 promises to enable makers of portable drives to offer up to 400 MB/s sequential read...

46 by Anton Shilov on 5/31/2019

Phison’s PS5016-E16 & PS5019-E19: The First PCIe 4.0 Client SSD Controllers

In the recent years SSD controllers and NAND flash memory have become so fast that the PCIe 3.0 x4 interface used by M.2 SSDs has become a bottleneck for...

11 by Anton Shilov on 5/31/2019

ADATA Shows Off SMI’s Prototype PCIe 4.0 x4 512GB SSD: An SM2267 SSD

One of the world’s largest suppliers of memory modules and SSDs, ADATA is a company to watch when it comes to the latest technologies. This is certainly the case...

6 by Anton Shilov on 5/30/2019

Intel Announces Optane Memory M15: 3D XPoint On M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4

The first major hardware update to Intel's consumer Optane M.2 drives is coming soon, with the Optane Memory M15 drive intended for caching use. Compared to the original Optane...

9 by Billy Tallis on 5/29/2019

Toshiba Announces XG6-P NVMe SSD For Client And Datacenter

Toshiba has announced a new variant of their XG6 client NVMe SSD: the XG6-P that adds a 2TB option to the family. The previous XG5 generation of SSDs followed...

0 by Billy Tallis on 5/29/2019

GIGABYTE Teases PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD in Press Release: 5 GB/s

A press release sent out by GIGABYTE on Friday said that the company would demonstrate one of the industry’s first SSDs featuring a PCIe 4.0 interface at Computex next...

42 by Anton Shilov on 5/24/2019

ADATA Launches XPG Spectrix S40G RGB SSD: Up to 3.5 GB/s and Loads of RGB

When high performance alone is not enough to impress, RGB lights are here to help. ADATA has officially introduced its XPG Spectrix S40G RGB SSD, which offer's the company’s...

10 by Anton Shilov on 5/24/2019

Mushkin’s Helix-L SSDs Available: Pushing the Price of 3D TLC

Mushkin this week said that it had started shipments of its Helix-L SSDs that promise to combine high performance and relatively low prices. The drives use Silicon Motion’s entry-level...

12 by Anton Shilov on 5/22/2019

Silicon Power’s Bolt B75 Pro: An External SSD up to 2 TB, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C

Silicon Power has introduced its new external SSD series that promises to bring together reliability, performance, and compatibility with the latest PCs featuring a USB Type-C interface. The Silicon...

13 by Anton Shilov on 5/22/2019

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