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Exclusive: LSI SandForce SF3700 PCIe 2.0 tested, 1800 MB/s

With our belly's full and our cameras twitching for some action we got to work, albeit twelve hours ahead of the predefined schedule.


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This is just an early taste of what we'll officially show tomorrow at the 2013 AIS conference hosted by LSI.


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It was one thing to hear LSI tell us over the phone that SF3700 is capable of delivering 1800 MB/s sequential performance but seeing it in person is totally different. This result was from a PCIe 2.0 4 lane product that we'll first see on enterprise products but consumer models will follow soon. LSI has a winner on its hands and we're glad to see the shift to PCIe based storage with a native controller.

Exclusive: First LSI SandForce SF3700 reference design pictured

The fun starts at LSI's annual AIS event in less than 24 hours but TweakTown spied and captured the first image of a SF3700 reference design at SC13 today. SF3700, as shown here in it's PCIe form, can achieve 1800 MB/s sequential read and is guaranteed to bring a smile.


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The SF3700, designed in the Bay Area, is the first bi-protocol SSD controller. SF3700 is SATA III and PCIe in the same controller, just a few manufacturing changes away at the end component level.

Silicon Power announces the new Thunder T11 Thunderbolt Palm Drive

Silicon Power announced today the launch of its latest external storage device. The all new Thunder T11 Thunderbolt Palm Drive utilizes Intel's Thunderbolt technology to alongside an internal SSD to achieve unprecedented speeds in an external storage device. Silicon Power says that the new Thunder T11 is certified by both Apple and Intel, and symbolizes a new era in external storage solutions.


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"Thunderbolt technology can come in small palm size packages for true mobility," said Jason Ziller, Intel's Director of Thunderbolt Marketing, "We are pleased with Silicon Power's support for Thunderbolt technology and bringing Thunderbolt mobile storage to the next level for professional consumers."


The new new Thunder T11 is capable of read speeds in the range of 380Mb/s and write speeds top 340Mb/s which more than doubles the speed of USB 3.0. Silicon power chose to power the new Thunder T11 through the Thunderbolt port as well making this external storage device as compact and portable as possible. The entire devices measures in at just 74x62x15mm and weighs in at a mere 65-grams with a capacity of 120Gb. Pricing information was not provided at the time of this writing.

Seagate introduces the Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS

This morning, Segate Technology announced the launch of the companies latest storage product for business. The new Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS is designed for offices, workgroups, and other entities up to 50 employees. This new NAS will allow employees a centralized location to store files as well as offering a secure storage medium for PC backups.


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The new Windows Server 4-bay NAS from Seagate allows businesses with existing Microsoft Windows IT infrastructure to seamlessly upgrade office storage capacity while easily integrating users from an existing directory. The device is powered by a dual-core Intel Atom processor that is clocked in at 2.13GHz. The device utilizes Seagate's NAS HDD drives to ensure a reliable and high-performance experience.


"Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 introduces groundbreaking new storage functionality for organizations of all sizes, and the Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS takes advantage of these advances to serve the growing demand from small- and medium-sized businesses," said Brian Hillger, director, product marketing, Microsoft. "We are happy to have collaborated with Seagate in developing a NAS solution that integrates into existing server infrastructures."

Continue reading 'Seagate introduces the Business Storage Windows Server 4-bay NAS' (full post)

LSI SandForce SF3700 Announced: SATA III and PCIe Native to 1800 MB/s

Paul and I are packing and in two days we'll show more than just pictures of the new LSI SandForce SF3700. The new controller series is nine channels and supports both SATA III and PCI Express. On the latter, the SF3700 can read up to 1800 MB/s if your PCIe 2.0 bus is up to the task. Using four lanes, 1800 is a good starting point but we're more interested in overclocking our enthusiast motherboards to get more and we hear the new controller can handle a bit of a bump to get past the 1800 MB/s hump. Who's ready for SSD overclocking? Can I get a NGFF water block with my order?


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The new SF3700 controller's design is for both consumer and enterprise products much like SF-1000 and SF-2000. Early on, we expect to see enterprise products demoed first but in the end, consumer drives may hit the market first due to the long validation period for enterprise products.

Continue reading 'LSI SandForce SF3700 Announced: SATA III and PCIe Native to 1800 MB/s' (full post)

WD is shooting for 60TB HDDs with HAMR technology

I still remember the days of HDDs being in the megabytes category, but moving into GBs was a big thing... TBs now seem like nothing with cloud storage, and storage giant, Western Digital, is pushing the bar much, much higher.


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At a Chinese trade show, the storage company demonstrated its new heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) technology, which should pave the way for some massive increases in HDD storage. HAMR was first developed by WD's rival, Seagate, but WD believes it can hit five times the areal density of current drives using its spin on the HAMR tech.


Right now, the highest density HDDs have an areal density of around 750 gigabits per inch, but HAMR could expand this out to a whopping 4 terabits per inch. To you and me, this means we could see 60TB drives within the next couple of years. The way that HAMR works is by heating the hard disk's surface with a laser while the magnetic head is recording data, which causes the data bits to shrink, thus, increasing areal density.


This, mixed with nanotube lubrication, allows the magnetic head to get much closer to the surface. This means that HAMR-based HDDs could be just as reliable as standard drives, but with much more data.

Team unveils the all new Dark L3 line of solid state drives

Today Team Group announced the launch of a new line of high-performance solid state drives. The all new Dark L3 SSDs are based on a 2.5-inch form factor and are designed to provide the extreme performance that today's PC enthusiast demands. The new Dark L3 drives are available in three capacities, including 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB.


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The new Dark L3 drives are said to feature read speeds of up to 550MB/s and 450MB/s write speeds based on the company's own testing using ATTO Disk Benchmark. Team says that the new Dark L3 SSDs measure in at 7mm thick, and can handle 35,000 random operations per second. Pricing for the drives starts at just $65 and increases to $200 for the 240GB drive.

Toshiba unveils the FlashAir II wireless SD card to North America

Today, Toshiba announced the launch of its next-generation wireless SD storage media. The new FlashAir II series of wireless SD cards are designed to allow users to share images, videos, files wireless. Available in capacities up to 32GB, the cards feature a class 10 rating to ensure that they are HD Video compatible.


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The cards feature a built-in Wi-Fi adapter that allows the card to function as its own access point which allows any Wi-Fi connected device to access the data stored on the SD card. Additionally, a built-in "Internet pass-through" feature allows the images to be uploaded to popular cloud and image sharing services in real-time as they are taken. The Card is also capable of being accessed by up to seven devices at once. The company's free FlashAir mobile app enables sharing with Android and iOS devices as well. MSRP is set to $79.99 for the 16GB model and $99.99 for the 32GB model.

Continue reading 'Toshiba unveils the FlashAir II wireless SD card to North America' (full post)

Western Digital expands its My Cloud Family with the all new EX4 NAS

Earlier this morning, Western Digital announced the expansion of its My Cloud line of personal storage solutions with the release of the all new My Cloud EX4 NAS. This new offering features a 4-bay design that can support up to four 4TB drives for a total storage capacity of 16TB.


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The new My Cloud EX4 NAS is available as an empty unit, or can be purchased with 8TB, 12TB and 16TB of Western Digital Red hard drives pre-installed. The device also features two USB 3.0 expansion ports that allow users to connect two additional external hard drives to expand their networked storage past 16TB. The unit is hot-swap ready and features Western Digital's Easy-Slide-Drive technology.


"The reception for our recently introduced My Cloud personal cloud platform was extremely positive," said Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager of WD's branded products and consumer electronics groups. "Our single drive My Cloud system is the perfect solution for users that want an easy and private way to store all of their data at home and then share, save and manage it from anywhere in the world, on any device. Expanding our My Cloud platform to a four-bay system delivers the advanced features, customization capability and capacity that many of our customers are looking for."


The EX4 provides users with RAID 0,1,5,10 and JBOD modes to ensure that customers needs and data redundancy are thoroughly covered. Windows customers can utilize the WD SmartWare Pro software to backup all of their PCs to the EX4, and Mac users are able to utilize all the features of Apple's Time Machine backup software with the My Cloud EX4. The device is available now and retails for $379.99 for a drive-less version, or $799.99, $949.99, and $1149.99 for the 8TB, 12TB, and 16TB models respectively.

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