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Flash Memory Summit 2014 - We sat down with Josh and Matt from iXsystems while at the show. Matt and Josh unloaded a lot of information about FreeNAS and where the project is headed. It sounds like the big push for the second half of this year revolves around making the product more user friendly. A new wizard system should tame the complicated but powerful storage specific operating system.
The FreeNAS developers also also pitched us TrueNAS, not that it was difficult to make us listen. iXsystems will soon offer TrueNAS in an all flash array, something we're excited about. The current builds of TrueNAS use hybrid storage pools with flash acceleration.
If you missed our review of the iXsystem's FreeNAS Mini be sure to take a look. The system cost less than $1000 and outperforms many systems costing several times more.
Flash Memory Summit 2014 - Micheal Wu from Phison stopped by to talk about their newest SSD controller. The quad-core PS3110 controller. The new controller features end-to-end data protection and supports DEVSLP. Chris Ramseyer took a look at the new controller in this article. The PS3110 supports TLC memory and up to 2TB of storage.
The PS3110 can be used in a multitude of applications from consumer, enthusiast, and even entry-level enterprise deployments. Phison is also working with M.2 designs for future implementations as well. The PCIe 3.0 x4 is due in Q1 for launch, and we should see working samples in Q4 of this year. All of the other competitors in this space are using PCIe 2.0, so 3.0 will be a big advantage for the Phison SSD.
Flash Memory Summit 2014 - Since Computex 2014 last June the SSD market has been buzzing about Plextor's upcoming M6 Pro SSD. The drive is Plextor's long awaited SATA III flagship product, replacing the M5 Pro Xtreme, a product that launched in January 2013.
Plextor has always billed the brand as a premium product with deep ties to Japan, where the company was founded. Some of that foundation made it's way into the M6 Pro. The drive design uses champagne tinted aluminum. This particular color is a big hit in Japan and has been for more than a decade. The color is so popular in fact that several home audio receiver and component makers use the finish for products sold only in Japan. Being Japanese only products, they demand big money in the US from collectors and those of us that like rare pieces.
The Plextor M6 Pro also carries another rare feature. Plextor developed a special cache software that duplicates the SSDs hot data in the systems DRAM. The data is kept on both the SSD and system DRAM so users don't have to worry about data loss. The software can also cache data writes but the data is quickly flushed to the SSD. At FMS 2014 we shot a quick video of PlexTurbo in action.
Flash Memory Summit 2014 - Today we sat down with Kevin Conley at FMS 2014. Kevin is just back from a trip but still made time to swing by to chat about new client and enterprise solutions coming from SanDisk. We've all ready about the new Extreme Pro SSDs available now in 256GB, 480GB and 960GB capacity sizes.
[Editors Note: TweakTown and SanDisk will give away an Extreme Pro 960GB SSD]
Flash Memory Summit 2014 - Kent Smith from LSI's Accelerated Solutions Division sits down with TweakTown to cover a wide range of topics.
Kent touched on a number of topics in the video including TweakTown's flash testing methods, the Seagate acquisition, extracting more data out of flash and SF3700.
FMS 2014 - Flash Memory Summit 2014 is underway, with LSI teasing its SandForce 3700 controller and its mixed 80/20 (read/write) workload performance, at up to a huge 1.3GB/sec on a native PCIe interface.
This achievement was made possible using the integrated SHIELD error correction with hard and soft LDPC and DSP technology, which works together to provide the associated endurance requirements. The SF3700 controller is built for, and optimized for bi-directional PCIe traffic, which drives the performance up much higher than competing flash controllers. This makes the SF3700 a great choice for enterprise storage.
LSI's Vice President of Marketing, Flash Components Division, Thad Omura, explains: "Flash storage solutions used for client computing, big data, and hyperscale enterprises are continuing to grow at unprecedented levels, driving the need for more advanced flash controllers to manage these data-intensive environments. The SF3700 is the ideal-building block for next-generation storage solutions with its full-duplex architecture. Both enterprise and client applications will benefit from our proprietary LDPC engine which enables customers to significantly extend NAND flash life by dynamically balancing performance and reliability with minimal latency".
Flash Memory Summit 2014 - Chris Geiser, Senor Product Manager at Samsung sat down with TweakTown today to talk about the next iteration of V-NAND technology, 3-bit per cell V-NAND. Also known as TLC NAND, 3-bit per cell is a method used to increase the density of NAND flash memory by allowing the flash cell to use 8 charge states. V-NAND, also commonly referred to as 3D NAND, orders cells vertically rather than horizontally. Samsung's new 32nm 32-layer V-NAND should reduce the cost of V-NAND significantly while also ushering in higher capacity sizes.
Before the FMS 2014 show floors even open we're hearing a lot about 2TB capacity sizes coming before the end of the year. 3-bit per cell V-NAND could potentially get us there.
Chris Geiser also spoke with us about future interface technology such as NVMe.
Flash Memory Summit 2014 - Silicon Motion today announced a new 4-channel controller designed to leverage the value of 3-bit per cell (TLC) NAND flash in a consumer SSD product. The new SM2256 uses new NANDXtend technology to increase TLC flash's endurance from 1K P/E cycles to 3K P/E cycles.
The SM2256 is a high-performance SATA 6Gb/s SSD controller ideally suited for client SSDs targeting HDD
replacement, ultrabooks and tablets. The SM2256 is a complete merchant ASIC/firmware solution supporting
1x/1y/1z nm triple-level cell (TLC) NAND and extensible to 3D NAND from all major NAND suppliers.
Leveraging Silicon Motion's proprietary NANDXtend error-correcting code (ECC) technology, the SM2256
provides a comprehensive data protection and enhances the endurance and retention of TLC NAND, delivering
more than three times better durability for TLC SSD.
The press release sheds more lights on the new controller recently previewed in a world exclusive here at TweakTown just days ago.
Key highlights for PS3110 solution include:
· Up to 2 Terabytes support
· 1Ynm and 1Znm SLC, MLC, and TLC support
· Ultra high performance
- Sequential Read: up to 550MB/s
- Sequential Write: up to 530MB/s
- 4K Random Read: up to 100,000 IOPS
- 4K Random Write: up to 90,000 IOPS
· Support both commercial and industrial grade requirements
· AES-256, TCG OPAL 2.0 compliant (A10 derivative)
· S.M.A.R.T support with Phison SSD ToolBox
· End-to-end data path protection
· SmartECC RAID data protection
· P-fail protection with SmartFlush and GuaranteedFlush technology
· Advanced read disturb management with SmartRefresh technology
· Advanced global wear-leveling
Connected Data, the company behind the Drobo line of storage products, has announced a new product in the Drobo family: Drobo Mini with SSDs. Drobo Mini is capable of taking four SSDs, and is the one of best solutions on the market for portable SSDs for a wide variety of storage enthusiasts, including filmmakers and photographers.
The Drobo Mini hooks up to your PC through Thunderbolt or USB 3.0, and can take four 2.5-inch SSDs with an mSATA accelerator as an option. Coming in at less than three pounds, it's one of the lightest storage options on the market today. Better yet, it protects your data even in the case of multiple SSD failures. In this case, the Drobo Mini automatically repairs itself, returning to its protected state while providing the user with full access to their data, without the performance of the device being affected.
The new Drobo Mini with SSD is available right now in three capacities: 1TB, 2TB and 4TB with a starting price of $1199.