Toshiba is one of the largest presences here at FMS 2015. Today, we got a chance to check out their newest gear.
First up are Toshiba's client-side SATA SSDs. Toshiba's HG6 Series SSDs are designed for read-intensive applications ranging from Ultrabook's, to low endurance data center deployments. These SATA-based SSDs employ cost effective and durable A19nm Toggle 2.0 MLC flash and Toshiba's proprietary QSBC ECC technology.
Next up we have Toshiba's XG3 Series client side high-performance PCIe NVMe SSDs for PCs and read intensive data center applications. The XG3 series is available in an M.2 Gen 3 x4 and the first of its kind SATA Express form factor. The drives will be available in capacities of up to 1024GB. Also announced is Toshiba's BG1 Series SSD on a chip. This tiny SSD is designed for ultra-thin mobile PCs and tablets. The drive is available as a single BGA package or an M.2-2230 removable module. The BG1 series is available in capacities up to 256GB.
Yesterday Samsung announced new products featuring their third generation 256Gb 48-layer 3bit 3D V-NAND technology. Today the exhibit floor opened up and we got a chance to view Samsung's latest and greatest first-hand.
Most prominently displayed was the world's first 3-Bit SAS SSD, the PM1633a. Not only is this drive the world's first 3-Bit SAS Enterprise SSD, it is the world's highest capacity drive (HDDs included). The floating drive display is one of the coolest we've ever seen.
Next up are a few SATA-based products we are all familiar with, the 850 Pro and EVO SATA SSDs. There has been no announced refresh to the 850 Pro; it will remain powered by 32-layer MLC 3D V-NAND as far as we know. The world's best-selling consumer SSD, the 850EVO, will be getting a refresh and will be the first SSD available with Samsung's third generation 3bit 48-layer 3D V-NAND.
Thecus has just announced its expanding its rackmount NAS lineup by introducing the N8900PRO, which packs an Intel Xeon E3-1275 quad-core processor clocked at 3.4GHz, 8GB of DDR3 RAM (expandable by up to 32GB), and an AES-NI hardware encryption engine.
Florence Shih, CEO of Thecus, explains: "For businesses in need of a powerful, all-purpose NAS server, the N8900PRO provides a robust hardware platform to handle the rigorous day-to-day operations in the workplace. With the 8-bay, N8900PRO, users are able to deploy a high capacity, cost effective storage solution with ensured data protection and security".
The new N8900PRO from Thecus has eight bays that can take either SAS or SATA drives, 10GbE support for ultra-fast network transfers, and oodles of features that will have business users happy for years. There's also VMware, Microsoft and Citrix virtualization solutions, and much more included. Better yet, the N8900PRO takes use of Thecus' Daisy Chaining technology and iCSCI Thin Provisioning, which allows users to hit an insane 576TB of storage. Multiple file systems are supported, including ext3, ext4, Btrfs, and XFS.
Samsung has just announced three TCO-optimized, high-performance SSDs based on its incredibly exciting 3D V-NAND technology. These new products will be solely aimed at the enterprise and data center markets.
Kicking off with its latest SAS-based SSD, the new PM1633 is "designed to meet all requirements of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface based systems". The PM1633 is based on the 2.5-inch form factor and the 12Gbps SAS standard, and will arrive in 480GB, 960GB, 1.92TB and 3.84TB versions. Samsung's PM1633 is capable of random read and write speeds of up to 160,000 and 18,000 IOPS, respectively. When it comes to sequential read and writes, we can expect 1.1GB/sec and 1GB/sec, respectively.
Moving onto the new half-height, half-length (HHHL) card-type, NVMe-based SSD - the new PM1725 - offers huge speeds, and massive capacities of 3.2TB and 6.4TB. The PM1725 is capable of random read speeds of up to 1 million IOPS, while writes hit 120,000. It can read at a huge 5.5GB/sec while it writes at 1.8GB/sec, with Samsung teasing that it can enable "users to save a 5GB video in less than three seconds".
At the Flash Memory Summit, Seagate has announced its new Nytro XF1440 2.5-inch, Nytro XM1440 M.2-based NVMe SSDs, and the new Nytro XP6500 Flash Accelerator Card. These new products, as Seagate puts it: "extend Seagate's portfolio of flash-based solutions, which are designed to work in conjunction with Seagate storage products to meet nearly any data storage need".
The new Seagate Nytro XF1440 and XM1440 are industry-leading power efficient, high-performance NVMe SSDs that are available in both ultra-small 2.5-inch and M.2 form factors. On the other hand, the Nytro XP6500 is a PCIe-based flash accelerator card that offers incredibly low write latency, all the while improving response time in application that require high IOPS and bandwidth.
Seagate's Vice President of Flash Products, Cloud Systems and Electronics Solutions, Brett Pemble, said: "These new flash products greatly expand the range of our total product portfolio and demonstrate how Seagate's acquisition of the LSI flash technologies is paying off. With these products, Seagate's commitment to the modern datacenter is clear. The Nytro XF1440/XM1440 SSDs deliver the highest performance in the smallest power envelope. The XP6500 flash accelerator card provides ultra-low latency capability for applications that require fast logging and produce significantly higher transactions per second, something today's applications demand".
It looks like Samsung is keen to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to storage technology, with the South Korean electronics giant announcing it has started manufacturing the first 256-gigabit (32GB) 3D vertical flash memory.
This new achievement is double Samsung's previous efforts, but what can we expect from this new memory technology? Well, how do massive SSDs sound? Samsung added that manufacturing is 40% more productive, so the bigger SSDs won't come with an inflated price when they're released. Samsung is hoping to continue making its 256-gigabit flash memory for the rest of the year, so we should see products with this technology inside of them starting towards the end of the year, or into 2016.
As seen in a recently issued press release, Taiwanese brand Silicon Power (SP) has announced the Mobile C80, a USB Type-C and USB Type-A flash drive which supports USB 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0 speeds.
Available in sizing options up to 64GB, the Mobile C80 "promises easier, faster and more stable data transmission" enhanced with the the help of Recuva [File Recovery software] and comes complete with a key chain loop, enabling users to easily attach it to existing key chains.
Also including a 60-day trial of Norton Internet Security, this device weighs in at only 8 grams and comes packaged with a lifetime warranty.
If you're looking to utilize your SSD for more than just a fresh Windows 10 installation and one or two games, ADATA has announced its new Premier SP550 SSD to the market. Backed up by a SM2256 controller and a RAID engine for enhanced data protection, this information was broadcasted in a recently issued press release.
Utilizing TLC flash with an upgraded SMI controller, there are further options made available such as SATA DevSlp (device sleep) to ensure low power consumption which is marketed as especially helpful for laptop applications.
Kevin Che, Vice President of ADATA, says that this new release "provides customers a clear choice for the best storage experience," making this claim because of the integrated low-density parity check error correction (LDPC ECC) inclusion. This feature ensures lower data errors and extended SSD life, preventing NAND flash wear by distributing drive loads.
Recently there was news spread that Steve Luczo, CEO of Seagate, wasn't exactly a fan of SSDs as quoted in a recent investor conference call.
The line taken out and analyzed was Luczo stating "There is no one that is using SSDs for storage," with further clarification that "I mean, maybe at the margin for replacing boot drives... I mean, maybe one or three per cent of the hierarchy is SSDs for storage. Most of your flash product is actually not hanging off the storage bus, it is fast memory."
TweakTown has been contacted by Creation, a global communications agency, on behalf of Seagate in order to clarify some points. According to Creation's account group manager, Luczo was in fact talking about SSDs in relation to data center usage, not home applications.
Gamescom 2015 - Seagate has used the mega games event Gamescom to announce its new 2TB Game Drive for the Xbox One, with the storage unit also working on the Xbox 360.
Seagate's new 2TB Game Drive features the Xbox green-and-black color theme and is powered by a single USB 3.0 cable. The drive features Xbox and Seagate logos and allows you to have your catalog of downloaded games, achievements and so much more on-the-go. Senior Director of Product Marketing for Seagate, Jeff Fochtman, explains: "This exciting new collaboration with Microsoft Xbox is an important milestone for Seagate that will help us to reach a new audience, which has an insatiable appetite for storage". "There was a clearly defined need in this market for additional plug-and-play storage and Seagate is happy to be able to provide the solution," he added.
The new Seagate Game Drive will retail for an MSRP of $109.99, and will be made available at GameStop, Amazon and other consumer electronic retailers across the world.