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2016 is 'year of the zettabyte', with 1ZB equal to ~1.1 trillion GB

Seagate's Twitter account just blasted something both truly exciting, and incredibly terrifying: the first real tease of the zettabyte. Seagate posted XO Communications' infographic on the Zettabyte, or ZB.

 

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To put things into perspective, 1ZB is around 1.1 trillion GB - yes, 1.1 trillion gigabytes. The infographic, above, says that according to Cisco's Visual Networking Index, the "world will cross the Zettabyte threshold of data transferred annually via the Internet by the end of 2016". To put things into an even scarier perspective, 1PB (Petabyte) is 1024TB (Terabyte), and 1EX (Exabyte) is 1024PB, so 1ZB is an insane 1024EB, which is just scary.

 

What is driving this Zettabyte amount of data? Internet video, with around 55% of Internet video expected to chew up 99% of all Internet traffic in 2016. The remaining 44% is split between web/data with 23%, and file sharing with 21%.

Samsung teases 3.2TB PCIe-based SSD, capable of 3GB/sec reads

The largest Samsung SSD available is sitting at a huge 1.6TB, but not anymore - the company has just unveiled its enterprise-class SM1715, which cranks this up to a gigantic 3.2TB.

 

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Samsung's new SM1715 SSD is a PCIe-based device, using a PCI Express 3.0 port, based on NVMe technology. The new drive also features Samsung's new 3D V-NAND technology, where storage chips are placed on top of one another, and not next to each other, with the storage chips connected through a very thin, high-speed connector called TSV, or Thru Silicon Via.

 

This new technology paves the way for increased read/writes, with sequential read speeds on the new SM1715 at a huge 3000MB/sec, or 3GB/sec and writes sitting at an equally-impressive 2200MB/sec, or 2.2GB/sec. Random read speeds on the drive are at 750,000 IOPS, while writes are at 130,000 IOPS. Samsung will also make the SM1715 available in 1.6TB, as well as the 3.2TB behemoth.

Cypress intros the new SuperSpeed Explorer Kit at IDF 2014

IDF 2014 - At Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2014, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. introduced a low-cost, easy-to-use development platform that enables designers to add high-performance USB 3.0 throughput to virtually any system.

 

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The EZ-USB FX3 is the industry's only programmable USB 3.0 peripheral controller. It is equipped with a highly configurable General Programmable Interface (GPIF II), which can be programmed in 8-, 16-, and 32-bit configurations. GPIF II allows FX3 to communicate directly with application processors, FPGAs, storage media, and image sensors and provides a data transfer rate of up to 400 Megabytes per second, while using lower power than alternative solutions. The SuperSpeed Explorer Kit easily interfaces with external devices via three accessory boards that connect to Aptina image sensors, Altera FPGAs and Xilinx FPGAs, respectively. The kit also includes an integrated debugger with a standard USB interface to further simplify designs and speed time to market.

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Micron Announces M600 2.5 SATA, mSATA and m.2 SSDs for OEMs

Today Micron announced the new M600 SSD with Micron's innovative 128Gb 16nm MLC NAND flash. Availability comes in three form factors, 2.5" SATA, mSATA and m.2 (NGFF).

 

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The M600 product series was designed for system builders and OEMs for use in off-the-shelf or custom PCs like corporate notebooks, Ultrabooks, tablets, video production, workstation and even embedded systems that require predictable high performance, low power consumptions, data security and high reliability.

 

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Micron claims sequential read performance at 560 MB/s and sequential write performance at 510 MB/s. Random performance is rated at 100K read and 88K write. The 4-corner numbers are impressive but just as impressive are the endurance ratings. Micron claims the 128GB models deliver a staggering 100TB enduarance. The 256GB takes that up to 200 TB, the 512GB model up to 300 TB and the large 1TB model can deliver 400 TB of write endurance.

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SanDisk launches SD memory card with 512GB storage capacity

Flash memory company SanDisk recently introduced its Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I storage card, a storage device that can hold up to 512GB of data, and now is the highest-capacity SD card currently available. The card is designed for professional photographers and videographers working in 4K ultra-high definition work.

 

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The card supports write speeds up to 90 MB/s, along with transfer speeds up to 95 MB/s for faster post-production transfers. The card is about the size of a postage stamp and will be available for around $800.

 

4K Ultra HD is an example of a technology that is pushing us to develop new storage solutions capable of handling massive file sizes," said Dinesh Bahal, SanDisk VP of product marketing, in a statent. The 512GB SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I card is a tremendous advancement that enables professionals to reliably store more content on a single card than ever before."

HGST reveals its 10TB HDD using Shingled Magnetic Recording technology

IFA 2014 is currently underway in San Francisco, with HGST showing off its newest member in its HelioSeal family, the new Enterprise-class SMR-based 10TB HDD. Yes, you read that right - ten terabytes of storage in a single drive.

 

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HGST achieved this insane level of storage by using its Helium-filled HelioSeal technology mixed with Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR), but it comes at a price. SMR writes to the disk in a way where its mainly a sequential write/random access read storage device. The tracks inside of the 10TB HDD are slightly overlapped as they're being written to the disk.

 

Thanks to this method, we have a massively increased density up to 10TB, but writing to the middle of the disk isn't possible without overwriting two shingled tracks simultaneously. PC Perspective explains this as "CD-RW writing, but for hard disks". These new drives will be a better buy than tape-based archiving methods, especially with storage now hitting 10TB per drive.

LaCie launches 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 with up to 48TB storage

Storage company LaCie unveiled its fastest and highest-capacity Thunderbolt 2 storage option, the 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 with up to 48 TB storage capacity. Providing speeds up to 1330 MB/s paired with eight Seagate 6 TB 7200 RPM hard drives, this rack is designed for professional media editors, such as videographers and video editors working with 4K video. The 8big Rack can fit into a standard 1U rack space.

 

 

"Thunderbolt delivers unparalleled performance, flexibility and simplicity to 4K video workflows," said Jason Ziller, Intel Director of Thunderbolt Marketing, in a press statement. "Products like the LaCie 8big Rack help highlight what Thunderbolt makes possible for video editors."

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Seagate ships the world's first 8TB HDD, breaking size barriers

Just when you thought your 4TB HDD was huge, Seagate goes and announces the new 8TB drive for your storage needs. Seagate's new 8TB HDDs are the world's first 8TB HDD, providing "scale-out data infrastructures with supersized-capacity, energy-efficiency and the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) in the industry for cloud content, object storage and back-up disaster recovery storage."

 

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"As our world becomes more mobile, the number of devices we use to create and consume data is driving an explosive growth in unstructured data. This places increased pressure on cloud builders to look for innovative ways to build cost-effective, high capacity storage for both private and cloud-based data centers," said Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing. "Seagate is poised to address this challenge by offering the world's first 8TB HDD, a ground-breaking new solution for meeting the increased capacities needed to support the demand for high capacity storage in a world bursting with digital creation, consumption and long-term storage."

 

Seagate's new 8TB HDD leverages the popular SATA 6Gbps interface, which provides a cost-effective way of seriously upgrading the storage inside of your system. Seagate is shipping the 8TB drives out to "select customers" now, with wide availability next quarter.

SanDisk announces Ultra II - A cost-effective SSD with TLC

SanDisk today announced the company's first consumer SSD with 3-bits per cell (TLC) flash technology. The new Ultra II is the successor to the award winning Ultra Plus SSD we first tested in January of 2013.

 

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SanDisk calls the comapany's special flavor of TLC flash X3 NAND Flash Technology. The Ultra II also progresses SanDisk's nCache technology, now up to version 2.0 after the original nCache found on the Ultra Plus and nCache Pro found on the Extreme PRO.

 

SanDisk's Dashboard tool for SSDs is progressing nicely. The software will feature anti-virus, cloning and even theft recovery by the time the Ultra II comes to market.

 

The SanDisk Ultra II SSD comes with a 3-year warranty and will be available online and through SanDisk's worldwide network of authorized distributors and resellers in September. It will be offered in capacities of 120GB (MSRP $79.99), 240GB (MSRP $114.99), 480GB (MSRP $219.99), and 960GB (MSRP $429.99).

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AMD Radeon R7 SSD line gets official starting at 120GB

When PC enthusiasts think of AMD Radeon branding the thing that comes to mind is probably going to be video cards. The Radeon line has a new product category that has just gone official- SSDs. AMD has unveiled the Radeon R7 SSD series and the drives are made by OCZ.

 

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There are three SSDs in the line including 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB drives. Performance is promised to be 545MB/s read and up to 530MB/s write. The drives are also tipped to have 100,000 read IOPS and 90,000 write IOPS.

 

Under the hood, the R7 SSD series uses the Barefoot 3 controller and Toshiba A19 NAND. Power consumption for the drives is 0.6W-2.7W. The smallest 120GB capacity drive will sell for $100 and includes a four-year warranty.

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