Storage

Western Digital this week announced that it has made a strategic decision to leave the market for dedicated storage systems, as further development of its IntelliFlash and ActiveScale businesses would require additional investments and management focus. The company will sell off its IntelliFlash business to DDN (a specialist in storage systems, AI, and big data) and will explore various strategic options for ActiveScale. The storage systems market is rather lucrative, but extremely competitive. Over the years, both Western Digital (as well as its HGST division) and SanDisk acquired numerous companies that specialized on hardware and software for datacenter storage, as well as on all-flash storage arrays in order to build highly-competitive storage systems (more details in our coverage of the Western Digital - SanDisk acquisition)...

SK Hynix Begins Sampling of 96-Layer 1 Tb 3D QLC NAND

SK Hynix recently started sampling of its 1 Tb 96-layer NAND flash memory devices featuring its PUC 3D QLC architecture. The new 1 Tb chip will enable SSD makers...

9 by Anton Shilov on 5/10/2019

Samsung EVO Plus microSDXC UHS-I 512GB Memory Card Capsule Review

As content capture devices are recording ever-higher bitrate videos and higher resolution photos, high capacity memory cards are increasingly in demand. Everything from smartphones to game consoles to PCs...

11 by Ganesh T S on 5/10/2019

Behind The Scenes: SSD Testing In 2019 With Quarch's HD Power Module

Every so often we are asked for more behind-the-scenes information on how we test products. So now that we've completed some updates to our SSD testing workflow – thanks...

13 by Billy Tallis on 5/9/2019

SMART Modular HRS-T5E: A Ruggedized SATA SSD with AES-XTS 256

SMART Modular has introduced one of the industry’s first ruggedized SSDs based on 3D TLC NAND memory. Aimed at industrial and military customers, the high-reliability 2.5-inch SATA drive incorporates...

4 by Anton Shilov on 5/8/2019

Seagate Ships 16 TB CMR Hard Drives, Preps 18 TB SMR HDDs

Continuing the march of progress in the HDD industry, Seagate has revealed that they have started shipping their 16 TB PMR hard drives. In a quarterly earnings call last...

27 by Anton Shilov on 5/6/2019

Shipments of PC Hard Drives Predicted to Drop By Nearly 50% in 2019

According to a new financial presentation from Nidec, a Japanese motor manufacturer who is responsible for around 85% of all HDD spindle motors, the company believes that shipments of...

77 by Anton Shilov on 5/3/2019

Retailers Begin Listing 4 TB WD Blue SSD

A number of Austrian retailers have recently begun to list Western Digital’s as-yet-unannounced WD Blue 4 TB SSD. The drive features a SATA 6 Gbps interface and performance you...

25 by Anton Shilov on 4/29/2019

LaCie d2 Professional 10TB Direct-Attached Storage Capsule Review

Seagate has a number of direct-attached storage (DAS) products for content creators under the LaCie brand. The LaCie d2 Professional, introduced last year, is an external hard drive with...

14 by Ganesh T S on 4/29/2019

Samsung 970 Pro 2 TB SSD Model Listed

UPDATE: Samsung Denies Existence of 2 TB 970 Pro SSD At least two retailers have begun listing a 2 TB version of Samsung’s 970 Pro SSD. One of the highest...

17 by Anton Shilov on 4/26/2019

Boom to Bust: Memory Makers Plan to Cut NAND Flash Production

A true cyclical market, the NAND flash business goes through periods of booms and periods of busts. Following a very profitable boom year in 2018, it looks like the...

57 by Anton Shilov on 4/26/2019

The Intel Optane Memory H10 Review: QLC and Optane In One SSD

Intel's latest SSD caching solution using 3D XPoint memory is here. This time, the Optane cache is paired with QLC NAND flash, and all bundled onto one M.2 drive...

68 by Billy Tallis on 4/22/2019

LaCie Portable SSD and WD My Passport SSD Capsule Review: 2TB SATA SSDs Behind a USB Bridge

The emergence of 3D TLC flash has enabled a new class of budget-friendly bus-powered external SSDs. Flash memory has also seen a recent drop in prices, and this has...

5 by Ganesh T S on 4/19/2019

The Western Digital WD Blue SN500 SSD Review: Moving The Mainstream To NVMe

Western Digital's latest generation of WD Blue SSDs jumps from SATA to NVMe, making some sacrifices in the process but still meeting the everyday needs of the typical consumer.

51 by Billy Tallis on 4/19/2019

OWC Launches Aura Pro X2 NVMe SSD Upgrade For Macs

Other World Computing (OWC) has launched a new line of NVMe SSD upgrades for several Mac models that used Apple's custom not-quite-M.2 form factor. The new Aura Pro X2...

16 by Billy Tallis on 4/16/2019

Intel Releases Optane Memory H10 Specifications

Intel's Optane Memory H10 SSD will begin shipping soon in pre-built systems from major OEMs, so Intel's ready to unveil more detailed information about the drive first previewed earlier...

23 by Billy Tallis on 4/10/2019

The GIGABYTE Aorus RGB M.2 SSD Review: Nothing Is Too Small For RGB LEDs

GIGABYTE entered the SSD market last year somewhat timidly with entry-level SATA drives, and they've been working their way up the market since. Their new Aorus RGB SSDs are...

23 by Billy Tallis on 4/10/2019

Pricing of Intel’s Optane DC Persistent Memory Modules Leaks: From $6.57 Per GB

At least two retailers from the US on Friday have started to take pre-orders on Intel’s Optane DC Persistent Memory modules and therefore had to reveal their prices. Today...

58 by Anton Shilov on 4/5/2019

Lexar SL100 Pro Portable USB 3.1 Gen 2 External SSDs: Fast and Up to 1 TB

Lexar this week introduced its first external SSDs featuring a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C interface. The SL100 Pro drives are lightweight, miniature, and offer a read speed of...

3 by Anton Shilov on 4/5/2019

Intel Announces New Optane And QLC Enterprise SSDs

Slipped in to the briefings for Intel's mountain of announcements today are two new enterprise SSDs at opposite ends of the product line: a new Optane SSD and a...

32 by Billy Tallis on 4/2/2019

Kingston Launches High-Endurance microSD Cards: Up to 128 GB

Kingston has introduced its new lineup of microSD cards designed for write-intensive applications in harsh environments. Kingston’s Endurance family microSD cards promise extensive durability, an extended operating temperature range...

3 by Anton Shilov on 4/2/2019

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