Full specifications for the OCZ Z-Drive that was showcased at CeBIT this year have finally emerged. If the source is correct, OCZ will be launching the Z-Drive in the comming 3-4 weeks.
All three of the drives come with a two year warranty, feature MLC memory, and connect via 8x PCI-E. OCZ will ship the Z-Drive in three different sizes; 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB.
The 250GB drive will provide read and write rates of 450Mb/s and 300Mb/s respectively. The 500GB drive will pull 510Mb/s and 480Mb/s for read and write speeds while the flagship 1TB drive will be a tad bit slower at 500Mb/s and 470Mb/s read and write respectively.
While the performance numbers are impressively high, the price is of the charts. The 250GB model will cost €1400, the 500GB €2200, and the 1TB model will set you back a whopping €3400. These prices are anywhere close to the original €1500 that OCZ said the 1TB drive would cost when it was being shown at CeBIT.
Those that are interested in taking out a small mortgage on their house to stay on top of the bleeding of of technology can head over to Canada Computers. They have the 1TB drive available for what is more likely a pre-order and you can even save a little bit off the retail price.
Western Digital has announced the availability of their new RE4-GP 2TB hard drive. The new GreenPower hdd is aimed for use in enterprise-class systems.
The WD RE4-GP 2TB drive features a 64MB cache, dual processors, and increased areal density. The dual processors give the new drive as much as a 25% increase in performance over previous generation drives.
Western Digital has made improvements in their IntelliSeek, IntelliPark, and IntelliPower technologies which allows the WD RE4-GP 2TB and average of 25% reduction in power consumption. The drive also features WD's StableTrack technology which reduces system-inducted vibration to provide more accurate tracking during read and write operations.
Western Digital's new 2TB hard drive is available immediately and retails for $329. The full press release is available here.
"Every data center in operation worldwide contributes to CO2 emissions, and storage systems are at the core of these data centers," said John Rydning, IDC's research director for hard disk drives. "Many storage applications are a great fit for high-capacity, low power-consuming disk drives like the WD RE4-GP 2 TB that help to reduce power consumption and positively impact the environment."
"Energy efficiency is a primary concern for our customers who continue to look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint without compromising reliability or performance," said Tom McDorman, vice president and general manager of WD's enterprise storage solutions business unit. "WD's RE-GP drives enable them to meet their customer's system requirements for storage capacity, reliability, performance and cost by integrating an enterprise-class drive that simply consumes less power than traditional hard drives."
OCZ has added another option to their long list of flash-based storage options, the OCZ miniPCI-E SSD.
The new drive new SSD is available in both PATA and SATA interfaces and comes in 16GB and 32GB sizes. The SATA version will deliver a fast 110MB/s read, 51MB/s write speed, and a sustained write of up to up to 25MB/s. The PATA version offers a maximum 45MB/s read and 35MB/s write speeds with ststained write speeds up to 20 MB/s.
OCZ is touting these as excelling options for ultra-portable platforms and while they don't say it specifically, it would fit in quite well with their DIY Neutrino netbook. OCZ is backing the drives with a two year warranty.
You can catch the full press release here.
"We have developed this small form factor SSD product to ensure we are covering as many end-user solid state storage needs as possible," commented Ryan Edwards, Director of Product Management at the OCZ technology Group. "With the addition of the Mini PCI-Express series to our SSD line-up, OCZ is enabling those owners of compatible UMPC and Netbook solutions to experience the quieter, cooler, and more durable alternative to traditional notebook hard drives."
Although Intel doesn't seem to be able to stay on the bleeding edge of SSD's when it comes to size, the company is at least trying to keep up with the leading edge with their X25-M series of solid state drives.
Intel just brought their 160GB version of the X25-M to the market and plans to double that to 320GB by the end of the year. What is slowing Intel down at this point is that they are moving to a 34nm process instead of the 50nm that they are currently using.
Intel is banking on performance to drive their SSD's instead of storage capacity. Perhaps the best part of this is that SSD's are rapidly evolving, much faster than many thought they would. These changes are driving the price of high performance drives down, making them much more attractive for consumers to make the jump.
Intel has released a firmware update for the X18-M and X25-M solid state drives.
Not only does the update include serveral continuous improvements but it also has a fix for the performance issue that PC Perspective uncovered earlier this year. For those unfamiliar with the issue, it was shown that Intel's SSD's could experience severe performance degridation after extended periods of use.
The new update brings the firmware up to v1.1 and can be downloaded from here.
This update implements several continuous improvements and optimizations to the drive algorithms including a resolution for a performance issue first reported by the PC Perspective review website. Keep in mind that the risk of a typical PC user experiencing this issue is very low. We are offering this firmware download to our OEM customers and any consumers who have purchased the drives. Consumers with questions can contact their PC maker or visit Intel support at http://www.intel.com/support/9089.htm for more information.
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While several manufacturers have talked about releasing a 512GB solid state drive, none of them have put their money where their mouth is. Super Talent on the other hand kept their lips seals and has now trumped them all by being the first to have one avaialable for purchase.
The MasterDrive RX drives from Super Talent use their proprietary RAIDSSD technology, enabling extremely fast sequential read and write speeds. MLC drives are available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB models and are rated for a maximum sequential read speed of 230MB/sec and a maximum sequential write speed of 160MB/sec. SLC drives are only available in 128GB and 256GB varieties and are rated for a maximum sequential read speed of 230MB/sec and a maximum sequential write speed of 200MB/sec.
While most wont be able to afford the 512GB model, it is in fact the first 512GB SSD on the market, retailing for just under US$1500. The full press release can be found here.
Jeremy Werner, senior product marketing manager at Super Talent, stated "The MasterDrive RX is the latest product utilizing our patented RAIDSSDï¿½ Technology. This product is great! From a performance standpoint it's like having two SSDs in the space of one, and it extends our standard 2.5" SATA-II product line to include a 512GB SSD." The 512GB MasterDrive RX retails for under $1500.
Back in January 2008, the SATA-IO team announced that they were working on a Power Over eSATA initiative that would enable eSATA devices to be powered without the need for an external power source, similar to USB. Very little has been heard about it since the initial announcement.
Pretec has unveiled what is the first SSD to feature Power Over eSATA. Although current motherboard still don't support the standard, the new drive will work once the hardware can support it. Until then, the drive also features a USB port.
Pretec has dubbed this the Cobra eSATA/USB SSD and it will be available in both 32GB and 64GB sizes. While the drive is capable of 90MB/s read and 60MB/s write, its speed will be limited until it can be used via eSATA due to the current limits with USB 2.0. Pretec says that they are currently shipping the drive but haven't offered any information concerning the price of the SSD.
SuperTalent has announced a new line of PCIe Solid State Drives which utilize a PCIe x8 interface.
The new RAIDDrives are capable of delivering sequential Read speeds of up to 1.2GB/s, sequential Write speeds of up to 1.3GB/s. Super Talent says that more information will be available in June.
SuperTalent will be be releasing three different drives which will be optimized for their respective segments. The ES series will be for enterprise servers, WS for workstations, and GS for gamers.
According to CH Lee, COO of Super Talent, "We are proud of the innovative intellectual property that our outstanding engineering team has developed. The RAIDDrive is just the latest in a series of patented products which enable us to provide differentiated products to our customers."
Looks like Western Digital is going to enter the SSD market. The Big Drive maker famous for the Raptor and Velociraptor drives has just dropped a hefty $65 million to grab up SilionSystems.
SiliconSystems is already a maker of SSDs and Compact Flash drives. This will help Western Digital open up their New Western Digital Solid State division.
The move puts WD in a great position to leverage their already nice slice of the notebook/netbook drive demand and also opens up a potential path for enterprise SSD offerings too.
Read more here
The Fremont, Calif.-based Western Digital has a strong presence in the notebook industry with its 2.5-inch drives, but not the rapidly expanding Netbook segment. With the acquisition, Western Digital is now instantly a player in that market.
"SiliconSystems' intellectual property and technical expertise will significantly accelerate WD's solid-state drive development programs for the Netbook, client and enterprise markets," said Western Digital President and CEO John Coyne in a statement Monday.
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Hitachi announced their second generation of small form factor enterprise hard drives, the Ultrastar C10K300.
The new drives are optimized for power and performance requirements of rack-mounted servers and networked strage arrays. The C10K300 uses only 3.4W of power when idle and 6.1W when under load.
Perhaps the most important update from the previous generation is the increased transfer rate due to the introduction of a dual-port 6 Gb/s SAS interface, which doubles throughput from the previous generation. Those interested in going green will also be happy to know that the C10K300 uses halogen-reduced components as well.
No pricing was announced but the drive will be available in 147GB and 300GB capacities. You can read the full press release if you are interested.
Fast response time is critical for a wide range of enterprise applications, including online transaction processing, real-time business analytics and timely delivery of data-intensive content-on-demand such as multiple channels of streaming video. The increased transfer rate of the new SAS interface operating at 6 Gb/s is ideal for meeting these challenges. The new serial interface is fully backward compatible with existing 3 Gb/s devices to provide enterprise customers with exceptional configuration flexibility and investment protection.
The drives feature average seek times as low as 3.9 milliseconds and the fast rotational speeds reduce average latency time to 3 milliseconds, enabling customers to access data more quickly and efficiently.
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Iomega has added some new features to its StoreCenter ix2 products. The new update will be integrated into new 1TB and 2TB servers and existing owners can download the update from Iomega.
Native support for BitTorrent has been added, allowing for torrenting without the need of a PC. The StorCenter ix2 isn't the first to offer this, but itis always a welcome upgrade for those that utilize it on their computers.
Folder quotas, jumbo frames and the Apple File protocol have been added as well, increasing performance and versitility for some users.
Finally, the ix2 will receive remote-access capibiliteies. The service will be free for the first year and Iomega will charge $9.95 a year after that. This will allow the NAS to be used as a web-based http://FTP. Custom URL's will be able to be utilized for an additional fee.
"With the simplest set-up process in the industry, the ix2 not only provides home and small business network storage users with such important features as media serving, Bluetooth and video surveillance capabilities, now we've added remote access so users can connect to their files from anywhere in the world, as well as the new standard in peer-to-peer file sharing and much more," said Jonathan Huberman, president of Iomega and the Consumer and Small Business Products Division of EMC, in a statement. "That's the power of network computing with Iomega and EMC."
Mushkin announced the availability of their first SSD's, the Europe series. Those outside Europe can relax as the name is simply that and has nothing to do with locational availability.
The Europe drives will be available in 32, 64, 128, 192, and 256GB sizes and will arrive in an aluminum housing. Mushkin says that the drives will also be aggresively priced, although the press release doesn't specify what that price will be. Mushkin will back the drives with a 3 year warranty.
The drives will do 150MB/s read and 90MB/s when writing. While certainly not the fastest drive on the market, if their agressive pricing is in fact truly agressive, they could be a hit. The drives also have an integrated Mini-USB 2.0 connector so that drive can be used as external storage without an external power supply.
"Once, Zeus felt in love with the beautiful Europe, now, every speed enthusiast can do the same." smiles Steffen Eisenstein, CEO of Mushkin Logistic GmbH and looks on the aluminium dressed SSDs. But like always for Mushkin, the inside value is one of the finest,
Unique and only at Mushkin, the SSDs will be delivered in an exclusive aluminium packing and protected with a 3 year warranty. The customer can fall in love without hesitation!
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Fusion-io announced the ioDrive Duo, the world's fastest solid state drive. The new ioDrive Duo doubles the slot capacity of the first ioDrive.
Fusion-io says that the new drive offers previously unheard-of levels of performance, protection, and capacity utilization from a single server. The performance for the ioDrive Duo scales linearly when multiple drives are used, allowing for up to 6 GBytes/s with just four ioDrive Duo's.
The new drive can easily sustain read operations of 1500MB/s and write operations of 1400MB/s. The ioDrive Duo also offerst RAID-1 between two ioMemory modules on the same card, offering complete redundancy on a single card.
The ioDrive Duo will be available in April and will come in sizes of 160GB, 320GB, and 640GB. In the second half of the year the company plans on releasing a 1.28TB drive as well.
The full press release is available here.
Many database and system administrators are finding that SANs are too expensive and don't meet performance, protection and capacity utilization expectations," said David Flynn, CTO of Fusion-io. "This is why more and more application vendors are moving toward application-centric solid-state storage. The ioDrive Duo offers the enterprise the advantages of application-centric storage without application-specific programming.
About a year ago, avid hacker Jerry Jalava lost his finger in a motorcycle accident. When his doctor heard that Jerry was a hacker, his immediate suggestion was to put a USB drive into the prosthetic finger he was going to receive.
The result is the USB finger drive. Jerry uses the 2GB drive to carry around Billix Linux and appropriately, the movie Freddy Got Fingered.
Hopefully he can replace the drive easily by gutting a newer, faster, larger drive on the market.
Samsung is showing off a video where they crammed 24 256GB MLC SSD's into a RAID 0 array. The rig used two 1000W PSU's, three different controllers (including onboard SATA), and an Intel Skulltrail D5400XS motherboard.
The final results were quite impressive as they were able to break 2000MB/s write speeds and hit write speeds of 2121MB/s. Even with the three controllers, they were all saturated using around 21 drives.
Seagate and AMD have put together the first 6Gbps SATA setup. The demonstration was shown at the Everything Channel Xchange Conference in New Orleans.
The new interface was developed after it was realized that current SATA standards were not enough to keep up with the emerging solid state drives.
It is interesting to note that Intel's X25 was a major factor in the creation of the new standard but that AMD is the first to adopt it.
Read the full PR here.
"AMD strives to deliver platform technology that our technology partners can use to create high- performance desktop and laptop PCs," said Leslie Sobon, vice president of Product Marketing, AMD. "The new SATA 6Gb/second technology not only incorporates the best features of previous SATA generations but also includes new enhancements. This innovation enables AMD to continue to evolve its technology platforms and to develop low-cost designs that our technology partners can use to improve their own PC and laptop products."
The Seagate and AMD demonstration features two Seagate SATA disk drives - one a shipping Barracuda® 7200.12 3Gb/second hard drive and the other a prototype Barracuda 6Gb/second drive - in a desktop PC to show the performance difference between the two generations. The PC is powered by an AMD prototype SATA 6Gb/second chipset. The Seagate SATA 3Gb/second drive runs at more than 2.5Gigabits per second and the SATA 6Gb/second drive at 5.5Gigabits per second, with the performance of each storage interface displayed on the PC monitor.
Samsung announced the new 1.5TB EcoGreen F2EG hard drive today. The 1.5TB drive uses only three 500GB platters which reduces power both on startup and continuous operation.
Samsung's EcoGreen F2EG drive, which is suitable for both external hard disks and desktop PC, incorporates 500 GB/1 TB/1.5 TB capacity, 16 MB/32 MB buffer memory, and 3.0 gigabytes per second (Gbps) Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) interface. The F2EG hard drive, employing advanced PMR technology, achieves greater aerial density and improves transfer performance as well.
The F2EG family of drives is currently being shipped to major OEM businesses and the 1.5 TB HDD is available at $149.00 MSRP.
The full press release is available here.
As hard disk capacity increases from an increased number of disks, so does power consumption. However, Samsung's F2EG drive offers low power consumption by using EcoTriangle, a low-power, low-heat, low-noise operation technology. With its advanced design and fewer components, the F2EG drive is 40% lower in power consumption in idle mode and 45% lower in reading/writing mode than competitive drives. Samsung's Eco-Triangle technology offers more energy efficient and high performance hard drive options to manufacturers of home media PC, external HDD, set-top box, and personal NAS.