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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 PCI-SIG does not refer to Samsung by name, but does indirectly call them out for basing a new form factor on a mechanically identical M.2 connector without introducing a new keying option to prevent improper insertion of M.2 drives into NGSFF slots or vice versa. Samsung's NGSFF form factor was unveiled in 2017 as a proposed replacement for M.2 and U.2 SSDs in datacenter applications. The goals are similar to the competing EDSFF standards derived from Intel's Ruler: provide more power than can be delivered over M.2's 3.3V supply, allow hot-swapping of cards, and widen the...

Realtek Demos RTS-5260 SD 6.0/UHS-III Controller & Card Reader Prototype

Realtek demonstrated its first controller compliant with the SD 6.0 spec and supporting the UHS-III transfer rate of up to 624 MB/s at Computex. The device seems to be...

3 by Anton Shilov on 6/5/2018

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

Kingston Begins Shipping 2TB UV500 Series SATA SSDs

Kingston, who recently released their new UV500 line of SSD products, has announced it is now shipping a 2 TB capacity drive a 2.5-inch form factor. Kingston states the...

14 by Joe Shields on 6/1/2018

Intel QLC NAND Updates: Up to 20TB In 2.5-inch SSD

While today's Intel event was mostly focused on the announcement of their Optane DIMMs, they have also provided updates on their plans for using their new QLC NAND flash...

27 by Billy Tallis on 5/30/2018

QNAP Launches 16-Bay AMD Ryzen-Based TS-1677X NAS with 10 GbE

QNAP this week introduced its new family of 16-bay enterprise-class NAS based on AMD’s Ryzen processors. The new TS-1677X devices support Qtier automatic data tiering and SSD caching technology...

24 by Anton Shilov on 5/25/2018

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

Synology Introduces DiskStation DS1618+ with Intel Denverton

Synology recently introduced their much-awaited hardware platform upgrade in the DS1618+. Over the last several years, Synology has introduced a number of SMB NAS units with the Intel Rangeley...

5 by Ganesh T S on 5/24/2018

Intel And Micron Launch First QLC NAND: Micron 5210 ION Enterprise SATA SSD

Intel and Micron are announcing today that their jointly-developed QLC NAND flash memory is now available, and Micron is now shipping the first solid state drive based on QLC...

38 by Billy Tallis on 5/21/2018

Microsemi Licenses Crossbar ReRAM Non-Volatile Memory

Crossbar, Inc. has announced Microsemi as the first licensee for their embedded Resistive RAM (ReRAM) memory technology. ReRAM is one of several up and coming non-volatile memory technologies, and...

10 by Billy Tallis on 5/16/2018

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...

98 by Billy Tallis on 5/15/2018

ATTO Connects SAS HDDs/SSDs/Tape Drives to Thunderbolt 3 PCs

Thunderbolt 3-enabled computers continue to gain compatibility with various exotic and special-purpose devices. ATTO this week released its ThunderLink 3128 SATA/SAS Thunderbolt 3 adapter, which can allow a Thunderbolt...

8 by Anton Shilov on 5/11/2018

Latest Windows 10 Version Incompatible With Intel SSD 600p

Microsoft has advised that the most recent version of Windows 10—version 1803, codenamed Redstone 4—is currently incompatible with the Intel SSD 600p and the related Intel SSD Pro 6000p...

31 by Billy Tallis on 5/11/2018

QNAP Launches TS-963X NAS: x86 NAS With 9 Bays & 10 GbE/Multi-Gig Ethernet

QNAP this week has taken the wraps off of their new 9-bay NAS family, the TS-963X series. The new storage devices sports a mix of 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch drive...

17 by Anton Shilov on 5/10/2018

Samsung Posts Lowered MSRPs For 970 PRO And 970 EVO SSDs

Sales of the Samsung 970 PRO and 970 EVO M.2 NVMe SSDs are due to begin tomorrow (May 7), and it appears that Samsung may be making a last-minute...

32 by Billy Tallis on 5/6/2018

AKiTiO's Node Lite Optane Drive: An External Intel 905P SSD in Exclusive Red

AKiTiO and Intel this week announced plans to release a special product bundle consisting of AKiTiO’s Node Lite Thunderbolt 3 box and Intel’s Optane 905P SSD. The Node Lite...

6 by Anton Shilov on 5/3/2018

Intel Optane SSD 905P Coming Soon

Intel hasn't officially announced it yet, but a refresh of their flagship consumer SSD is on the way. The Intel Optane SSD 905P will feature slightly improved performance and...

23 by Billy Tallis on 5/1/2018

The MyDigitalSSD SBX SSD Review: NVMe On The Cheap

The MyDigitalSSD SBX is one of the first SSDs to use a controller designed for low-end NVMe SSDs. The combination of the Phison E8 controller and Toshiba's 64-layer 3D...

46 by Billy Tallis on 5/1/2018

The Mainstream Phoenix Rises: Samsung's 970 EVO (500GB & 1TB) SSDs Reviewed

The new Samsung 970 EVO isn't their top of the line consumer SSD, but it might as well be. With their latest 3D TLC NAND flash memory and SSD...

68 by Billy Tallis on 4/24/2018

Samsung Announces 970 PRO And 970 EVO NVMe SSDs

Samsung has announced the third generation of their high-end consumer NVMe SSDs. The new 970 PRO and 970 EVO M.2 NVMe SSDs use a newer controller and Samsung's latest...

17 by Billy Tallis on 4/24/2018

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