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USB Type-C is becoming a real thing - Patriot develops flash drive

USB Type-C has been on its way for quite some time now with users wanting this amazing new technology to hurry up and hit the mainstream market.

 

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We've seen a few portable products begin incorporating Type-C into their design with no word of accessories taking on this new technology.

 

In comes Patriot, they just announced a dual-sided Type-C and Type-A USB flash drive in 32GB and 64GB capacities. Set to be used with the new Apple MacBook, Google Chromebook Pixel or any USB Type-C ready device, this is one of the first commercial accessories available on the market.

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Patriot launches M.2-based Ignite Series SSDs with 560MB/sec reads

Patriot has just announced its new Ignite M2 SSDs, based on the super-small M.2 next-generation form factor (NGFF) standard. The new Patriot Ignite M2 measures in at just 22m wide, and 80mm long.

 

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As for its speeds, we have up to 560MB/sec sequential reads and 320MB/sec writes, with 4KB random read and write speeds of 90/70K IOPS. Patriot's VP of Engineering, Les Henry, explains: "We are happy to announce the Ignite M2 addition to our family of SSD products. With the Ignite M2, Patriot now offers a full range of SSDs, from 2.5" SATA 3, to mSATA and now M.2. The Ignite M2 drives are the perfect storage solution for those looking to build/upgrade their small form factor PCs".

 

Patriot's new Ignite M2 SSDs come in 240GB and 480GB sizes, with the Phison S10 controller and SATA 6Gbps standard. The 240GB model has an MSRP of $109.99 while the 480GB costs $209.99, with both models available through Fry's Electronics, Amazon, and Newegg.

Samsung's new M.2 NVMe PCIe-based SSD capable of 2.2GB/sec reads

Samsung is on the forefront of storage technology, leaping directly into the arms of 3D V-NAND flash, and the world of M.2 NVMe PCIe SSDs. The South Korean giant is looking to really heat up the storage space with the industry's first M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD that is blazing fast.

 

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According to Jeeho Baek, the Senior Vice President of Memory Marketing at Samsung: "Our new NVMe SSD will allow for faster, ultra-slim notebook PCs with extended battery use, while accelerating the adoption of NVMe SSDs within the consumer marketplace. Samsung will continue to stay a critical step ahead of others in the industry in introducing a diversity of next-generation SSDs, that contribute to an enhanced user experience through rapid popularization of ultra-fast, highly energy-efficient, compact SSDs".

 

The new SSD will be capable of 2.2GB/sec and 1.6GB/sec sequential read/writes, respectively. It will arrive with 300,000 IOPS and a form factory of no thicker than 3.73mm, which is as thick as "two stacked nickels" reports WCCFTech. It will only weigh 7g, and use 2mV which is a big drop in power from normal storage products that use up to 50mV.

Corsair adds 480GB, 960GB drives to Force Series LS SSD lineup

Corsair has announced additional solid-state drives to its Force Series LS SSD lineup, including 480GB and 960GB storage capacities. The drives are available now sporting $189.99 and $379.99 MSRP price tags.

 

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File transfer speeds include up to 560MB/s read and 540MB/s write, and use SATA 3 6GB/s with backwards compatibility to support SATA 1.0 and 2.0.

 

The affordable Force Series LS SSD lineup previously included drives with 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB storage capacities - all drives fit into PCs and notebooks with 2.5" or 3.5" drive bays.

10TB SSDs are on their way thanks to Micron and Intel's new 3D NAND

Intel and Micron have been working on flash storage together for a while now, with the two companies collaborating on a new type of 3D NAND that will be the best they've created yet.

 

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The new method involves larger flash chips, stacking them on top of one another, which will provide better efficiency, lower costs, which will all trickle down to the consumer. Using the M.2 PCIe form factor, we can expect 3.5TB SSDs using the 2.5-inch standard, but 10TB drives are not far away, too.

 

Micron's VP of Memory Technology and Solutions, Brian Shirley, has teased that this 3D NAND technology will create fundamental shifts in the market, with the depth of the impact that flash has had to date just a tease of what is to come. Intel has chimed in, saying that it has plans to ship products using this technology in the second half of 2015.

Toshiba announce 48-layer 128Gbit 3D NAND, samples begin shipping

Toshiba has announced that it has begun sampling its sure-to-be impressive 48-layer 128Gbit (16GB) 3D NAND part, which has the company involved in a NAND joint-venture with SanDisk called BiCS, or Bit Cost Scaling.

 

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This is similar to Samsung's TCAT structure, but BiCS moves away from the "traditional floating gate design and utilizes a charge trap made out of insulating material to reduce electron leakage" reports AnandTech. Toshiba's 48-layer part is impressive, with the company starting the manufacturing of its 3D NAND in its Fab 5 found in its Yokkaichi Operations based in Japan.

 

We should see Fab 2, which is based in the same location, spin up and be running in the first half of 2016, which will increase the output of Toshiba's 3D NAND output. Samples begin shipping today, but consumer parts are at least a year away, where we should expect BiCS-based products from Toshiba to be made available in the first half of 2016.

Kingston releases its HyperX Predator PCIe SSD, with 1.4GB/sec reads

Kingston has just recently teased its new HyperX Predator PCIe SSD, a new super-fast SSD that is capable of a huge 1.4GB/sec read and 1GB/sec write. Beating out the now very limited 600MB/sec available through SATA 6Gbps.

 

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The company will be making its new HyperX Predator available in 240GB and 480GB sizes, and can be connected to your motherboard and its M.2 connector, or through its PCIe adapter. As you can see in the image above, the PCIe card is 4x the size of the actual stick of flash itself, which is mighty impressive.

 

The Kingston HyperX Predator PCIe SSD is capable of 130,000 random read IOPS, while pushing 118,000 random write IOPS. The company says that the super-fast SSD is capable of 805GB of writes per day, over its three-year warranty period. As for pricing, we are looking at around $230 for the 240GB version, while the 480GB version will set you back around $480.

Aussie telco Telstra signs up Ikea and 7-11 owners in cloud deal

Dairy Farm Group is probably one of the largest companies you have never heard of, with 100,000 employees and 5,800 stores under their disposal across Asia including Ikea and 7-11 stores.

 

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This deal will see Telstra "manage the storage, physical security, maintenance and connectivity of Dairy Farm's new SAP suite" as explained by The Australian. SAP is responsible for all human resources, payroll and financial applications just to name a few.

 

Telstra took over cloud storage for Dairy Farm Group's beauty stores in November 2014, however, this move sees them take on a much larger portion of the companies services.

 

With this deal set to begin next month, Telstra are looking at further expansion in taking control of their network and retail media solutions.

SanDisk unveils huge 200GB microSD card for Android devices

MWC 2015 - SanDisk has come out of nowhere unveiling the new 200GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition, with a gigantic 200GB of storage on a tiny little microSD card.

 

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The largest microSD card that SanDisk made up until now was 128GB, but this new 200GB card is capable of 90MB/sec. Even at 90MB/sec, it would take around 35 minutes to fill the card and its 200GB capacity. The new SanDisk 200GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition is only compatible with Android smartphones and tablets.

 

What does a 200GB microSD card cost? $400, which is four times the cost of a 128GB card on Amazon right now. SanDisk sweetens the deal offering you 10 years of warranty, which is a very nice touch.

HGST prepares 10TB HDDs, the first helium-filled HDDs using SMR tech

HGST is preparing to launch its new 10TB helium-filled HDDs based on shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology, which will see 1.43TB per platter inside of the massive HDD.

 

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The 10TB HDD will arrive in the 3.5-inch form factor on the SATA 6Gbps bus, 128MB of cache, a five-year warranty, two million hour meantime between failure (MTBF) rating, and Instant Secure Erase features. Vice President of Product Marketing for HGST, Brendan Collins, said: "With ever-increasing pressures on corporate and cloud data centers to improve storage efficiencies and reduce costs, HGST is at the forefront delivering a revolutionary new solution that significantly improves data center TCO on virtually every level - capacity, power, cooling and storage density - all in the same 3.5-inch form factor".

 

Collins continued: "Not only is our new Ultrastar helium hard drive helping customers solve data center challenges today, our mainstream helium platform will serve as the future building block for new products and technologies moving forward. This is a huge feat, and we are gratified by the support of our customers in the development of this platform".

 

The division of Western Digital is planning to launch the 10TB HDD next month, with rumors circling that they are also working on a new six-platter version that would feature 1.66TB per platter.

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