Today, Mach Xtreme announced the launch of its new LX series of USB 3.0 compatible flash drives. The MX-LX series is aimed at those who are looking for a fast USB 3.0 thumb drive but still want high-capacity and affordability. Mach Xtreme says that the new flash drives are based on a native USB 3.0 controller chip and implement advanced dual-channel technology.
There is a wide range of high-end USB 3.0 flash drives available on the market. These thumb drives typically carry a relatively high price tag compared to traditional USB 2.0 flash drives. MX-LX series utilizes the latest USB 3.0 specification and delivers blazing fast performance at an extremely competitive and affordable price. MX-LX USB 3.0 flash drive is fully backward compatible with USB 2.0 ports, at USB 2.0 speeds. Its dual-chip design and compact size makes it easy to carry virtually anywhere. The aluminum housing is also extremely durable, making it an ideal upgrade flash drive for users with busy and active lifestyles.
Mach Xtreme says that the LX flash drives reach up to 190MB/s read and 85MB/s write performance and are available in capacities of 8GB all the way up to 64GB. No information on pricing or availability were given at the time of writing, but you can head over to the company's product page (Source #2) for more information on pricing as it becomes available.
Sony and Panasonic are finally coming to their senses, announcing a new basic agreement with the goal of jointly developing a next-generation standard for professional-use optical discs.
Their objective? Expand their archive business for long-term digital data storage. Sony and Panasonic are hoping to improve their development efficiency based on the technologies that each company excels in, with their targets aimed on a 300GB optical disc by 2015. Both of the Japanese companies will continue to hold discussions regarding the specifications and other details regarding this new standard.
It's not known if the new standard will continue with Blu-ray or not, but I think we're going to see a move from this standard after all of these years.
Today, Buffalo Technology unveiled the TeraStation 3000 Series of high performance NAS and iSCSI unified storage devices. Buffalo says that the TeraStation 3000 is a "feature-rich solution for small offices and professional users." The device consists of two different configurations including a stand alone unit as well as a 1U rack mount version. Both feature capacities from 4TB all the way to 16TB and are configured using high-performance RAID-based network storage. Processing is handled via a dual-core ARM processor and 1GB of RAM to keep transfers running smooth.
"The perpetual growth and evolution of storage and backup needs in the SMB market presents network administrators with the continual challenge of effective data management," said Matt Dargis, chief operating officer at Buffalo Technology (USA), Inc. "This challenge translates into a call on vendors to provide reliable, cost-effective solutions that address ever-changing file serving and capacity requirements. Buffalo is answering this need with our recently launched TeraStation 5000 Series, and now the TeraStation 3000 Series. We designed the TeraStation 3000 to deliver simplified management, optimized resource utilization and true disaster recovery protection at entry-level price points."
This morning, SanDisk has announced what they are billing as the "world's fastest" 64GB microSDXC card. Designed for the latest generation of smartphones and tablets, the 64GB microSDXC card boasts speeds of 80MB/s read and 50MB/s write.
The card features UHS-1 and is a Class 10 card, so video recording and playback even at the highest bit rates should perform exceptionally well. SanDisk says that the card is even fast enough to handle super high bitrate 4K Ultra HD video. The card is waterproof along with the usual compliments of being x-ray proof, shock proof, and can handle temperature extremes from -25 Celsius all the way to 85 Celsius.
Intel have provided some details on their new SSD 530 Series of drives, which include some M.2 form factor models. There will be four M.2 form factor models, coming in at 80GB, 120GB, 180GB and finally, 360GB. The 80GB drive will be capable of up to 540MB/sec sequential read speeds, and up to 480MB/sec writes. We'll have 24,000 IOPS for random 4K reads, and up to 80,000 IOPS for writes.
When it comes to the 120GB, 180GB, and 360GB drives, Intel kicks it up a notch by offering up to 540MB/sec sequential read speeds, and up to 490MB/sec writes. As for random 4KB read/writes, we can expect 41,000 IOPS and 80,000 IOPS for the 120GB and 180GB drives, and we see a big drop to 37,000 IOPS for random 4KB writes on the 360GB model.
There will be plenty of other models, with four mSATA-based models coming in at 80GB, 120GB, 180GB and 360GB and six models in the usual 2.5-inch flavor. We should expect the 2.5-inch form factor to see 80GB, 120GB, 180GB, 240GB, 360GB and the biggie: 480GB. All six of these drives are capable of 540MB/sec and 490MB/sec for sequential read/writes and 41,000 IOPS and 80,000 IOPS for random 4KB read/writes, respectively.
Today, SanDisk released a new storage device that is able to wirelessly connect to your mobile devices to share files. Dubbed the Connect, the device is able to connect with up to eight devices wirelessly, with up to 4 devices being able to add and remove files from the drive simultaneously. SanDisk says that one need not worry about security as users are able to add password protection to the files.
The connection is made through a new mobile app developed by SanDisk that is compatible with iOS, Android, and Amazon's Kindle Fire. SanDisk says that the device can stream video to up to three devices at the same time making this somewhat of a portable media server. The new device is able to stream up to four hours on a single charge and boasts a wireless range of 150 feet. A 16GB version will retail for $49.99 while a 32GB model will run you about $60.
2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit - Last year Samsung acquired NVELO, the maker of SSD caching software called Dataplex. At the time we didn't understand the move aside from NVELO's first product, but now things are clearing up.
NVELO's new software called Rapid will ship inside Samsung's Magician 4.2 update and work with 840 EVO and 840 Pro - possibly 840, but we're still confirming.
The Rapid angle received a lot of attention at the 2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit and it's one of the most exciting announcements from the show. Since the software works with both new and existing products, owners of early 840 family products will also find benefits from the new software layer.
We're looking forward to testing the 840, 840 PRO and 840 EVO again with and without the new software advancements.
2013 Samsung Global SSD Summit - I would pound my chest if 36% of all English SSD reviews were read at TweakTown. At 57% of the all Italian reviews, well I might have a global SSD review conference. Samsung has those exact numbers when it comes to SSD sales.
The video doesn't break ground on technical details, but gives us a good understanding of where Samsung is at in relation to other SSD manufacturers.
Seeing the stepping stones starting with early Samsung SSDs is a nice history lesson.
2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit - Our hands are tied until the 25th on a full review, but Samsung stated that everything in the show is fair game. We had some latency trying to get all of the videos loaded, but we're ready to show you a bit more 840 EVO news.
I promise to bring the tri-pod next time. We're still learning the video market. We'll have to keep other media from chatting in the videos too, it's coming together though.
Now that you have a majority of the EVO facts, I'm sure you're just as excited as we are.
2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit - Samsung always likes to talk about the large amount of Samsung components in their SSD products. Off to the side at the show we found a dissected 840. Surprisingly, there aren't too many components needed to build an 840, but I wouldn't want to solder everything together by hand!
Samsung manufactures all of the core components, PCB, DRAM, NAND and more than likely several of the small surface mount components as well.
This is the first time we've seen a SSD apart out in this manner. While not exactly news worthy, it is interesting to see for the first time.
TweakTown has lead the coverage of NGFF (m.2) products with a preview from Computex using ADATA products, finding retail products currently shipping with m.2 SSDs and now a quick look at performance from a Samsung m.2 drive in a retail ultrabook.
Although still rare in the channel, m.2 form factor SSDs are set to take off like a rocket later in this year. The form factor comes in two flavors, SATA based and PCIe based, the second being the quite exciting since it breaks through some of the SATA III performance limitations. In the video above, we see a CDM performance run with a Samsung based SATA III SSD and a new PCIe based m.2 drive.
Looking closely at the performance on screen we were surprised to see the SATA III drive score higher performance in the 4K read and write test. This tells us Samsung still have some optimization work left to do.
PCIe based m.2 drives should have lower latency when we see the final products since the data doesn't have to pass through the PCH chipset. We're keeping a close eye on this new technology that promises to increase storage performance from a single device by up to 4x over the next year.
2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit - We're a day behind due to the time it takes to upload video from the hotel, but things are sorted now. Samsung put on a great show yesterday for the roughly 100 or so journalists that attended.
The big news for those making the trek to Seoul was the new 840 EVO, the replacement to the baseline 840. Samsung also announced a handful of enterprise products as well later in the day.
In the video we have a quick walk though of the Samsung SSD wall. Several products appear, some old, some new, but all are very exciting.
Throughout the day we'll post more videos from the event and in a few days break down the new Samsung 840 EVO and in a separate article discussing the new Magician 4.1 update that offers owners of existing 840 products a significant performance boost thanks to Samsung's purchase of NVELO.
A firmware update coming around the September timeframe adds true AES 256-bit hardware encryption to Samsung's 840, 840 EVO and 840 PRO SSD products.
Two flavors of encryption are covered, Trusted Computing Group (TCG) Opal and Microsoft's eDRIVE, part of Windows 8 BitLocker.
Class 0 SED is an important feature for businesses and end users who would prefer to only have the NSA steal their data. While we've had access to encryption for several years, hardware based encryption lessens the overhead and reduces the amount of resources needed from surrounding components.
A notebook is lost or stolen every few seconds in the world and the cost goes far beyond the price of the components physically lost. I would go as far as to say it should be mandatory for all businesses to use some form of encryption for all of their employee's notebooks.
We haven't told you all of the reasons yet to be excited about the new Samsung 840 EVO, that'll come in a few days when the embargo for performance lifts. We do have a few tidbits to share with you today though from the SSD Global Summit.
This image shows pricing and the capacity sizes for the new 840 EVO product family. There are three kit options, Basic (bare drive), Laptop Kit and finally a Desktop Kit. There are five capacity sizes, 120GB to 1TB, all of the standard sizes plus a 750GB model tossed in for good measure. The MSRPs are for the US market.
The model everyone wants to talk about is the big 1TB model, costing just under $650. The model most of us will buy though is the 250GB or 500GB at $189.99 and $369.99, respectively. The prices range between the different kit options and not all capacity sizes ship in a kit. We're not sure how Samsung came up with the kit sizes, but for most of us, a bare drive will do just fine.
Under the theme of 'SSDs for everyone', today Samsung held the 2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit at the Westin Chosun Seoul in South Korea to celebrate the launch of its new solid state drive (SSD), the Samsung SSD 840 EVO. This is a consumer-oriented entry-level, high-performance SSD that comes in capacities up to 1TB.
"After accelerating the growth of the SSD market with last year's launch of entry-level, high-performance SSDs, we are introducing much faster SSDs with up to 1TB capacities offering consumers a wider range of choices," said Young-Hyun Jun, executive vice president, memory sales & marketing, Samsung Electronics. "Samsung continues to enhance its SSD brand image by delivering the industry's highest quality solutions and continuously increasing its SSD market share by expanding the adoption of higher density SSDs especially in client PC segments."
The new a 840 EVO series features the industry's most compact 10nm class 128GB high-performance NAND flash memory. Samsung began mass-producing these memory modules in April and they feature the company's proprietary multi-core MEX controller. This allows the 840 EVO to achieve "unrivaled value for performance with improve sequential read and write speeds."
SD cards have been fast up until now, but Toshiba are really pushing the boundaries of most users expectations with their new Exceria Pro line of SD cards. Toshiba's Exceria Pro SD cards are capable of pushing out write speeds of up to 240MB/sec.
The Exceria Pro has a maximum read speed of 260MB/sec and 240MB/sec writes, with the SD cards arriving in both 16GB and 32GB capacities. The original Exceria series of SD cards from Toshiba contain the same read speeds of 260MB/sec but have a slower write speed of 'just' 120MB/sec. The Exceria series of cards are available in 32GB and 64GB, though.
Toshiba's new SD cards are built for professional photographers, who are in need of some serious read/write speeds for those megapixel hungry cameras.
We've been on m.2, or NGFF (Next Generation Form Factor) watch since Computex earlier this month and we've finally found a notebook/ultrabook with an NGFF option. The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E431 is the first of its kind, at least the first we've actually found.
The options list is very limited at this time. You either order their $50 24GB NGFF SSD for cache or you don't. The description is pretty light as well. We've already ran a few tests on ADATA NGFF drives, one with a JMicron controller and another with an LSI SandForce controller.
It's not much but it's a start. Next week a package arrives with new tools for measuring performance of NGFF products and at that time we'll have everything we need to write a proper review of the new ADATA NGFF SSD's.
BIWIN has just announced a new business class SSD that is aimed at the digital signage market. The new Half Slim H6201is being billed as the perfect SSD for public and outdoor environments because it is scalable, efficient, and provides a low maintenance cost.
BIWIN says that the "SATA II Half-slim SSD H6201's MTBF of 2,000,000 hours is more than doubled comparing with mechanical hard drives, leading to lower maintenance costs. H6201 is extremely fast with the ability to handle high I/O data throughput such as multiple data streams suitable for graphics and video in a very small package."
The H6201 comes in several levels of density, including 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, which allows for all signage storage needs. The new Half Slim SSD is an ideal solution for deployments where heat, cold, dust, humidity, and even shock and vibration are common.
It looks like Intel finished 25nm flash production, and as a result, several popular products are getting the axe.
Affected products include the 313 Series, 520 Series, 525 Series and the enterprise 710 Series.
The Intel 710 was replaced by the new DC S3x00 Series, but the news leaves a big gap in Intel's consumer SSD lineup. The Intel 335 Series (2.5" Form Factor with 20nm flash) currently ships in 180GB and 240GB, no 480GB part is currently available.
The Intel 525 Series and 313 Series are mSATA products, 313 Series for cache and 525 Series for OS/storage. Intel's new NUC form factor needs an mSATA SSD, so we expect Intel to announce new mSATA products based on 20nm flash soon.
Computex Taipei 2013 - Over the next year you'll start to hear a few new terms in our SSD and full system reviews. One of the new buzzwords is called DEVSLP and its pronounced dev sleep. This is the process reduces the power to the SSD. The sleep part refers to the sleep state, now deeper than ever before with some portions of the SSD turned off entirely.
We've always had different forms of sleep states, but the deeper the sleep the longer it takes to wake up. What makes LSI's solution so amazing is that full recovery takes just a quarter of a second. Just as amazing though is just how low the drive gets in low power mode.
E3 2013 - Plexstor's booth is featuring a pretty cool demo in which they show us how much faster their new SSD line is verses a traditional 1TB hard drive. The demo pits two systems against each other to see who can perform a set of task and then reboot the fastest. Of course the SSD wins the race, but by how much? You will have to watch the video to find out!
TweakTown is your leading coverage provider of the E3 Expo, and have already posted tons of content which you can find here. Additionally, we covered all of the major press conferences from Yesterday's "E3 Day 0" press event in live blog form. Stay tuned to TweakTown.com for the entire up to the minute coverage of the E3 expo.