During a conference call with investors and more, Steve Luczo, CEO of Seagate, told all those listening that "There is no one that is using SSDs for storage," further clarifying "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."
Ignorant or not, that is for you to decide - but a trend towards larger capacity and lower pricing SSDs has had many consumers look at a possible move to NAND-only technology. Take the Fixstars 6TB SSD for example, what price point would this need to sit at for you to personally consider it as your sole storage option?
There's no denying that SSDs as they stand aren't viable as storage devices for all consumers, with hard drives still dominating the consumer market. But looking at some statistics on Kitguru, the hard disk market was sitting pretty at 160-170 million units per quarter in 2010, whereas it has recently clocked in at a much lower 110-111 million units in the second quarter of 2015.
Intel and Micron have began production of 3D XPoint flash memory, a new class of inexpensive high-density, high-performance flash memory that heralds a new age of performance for high-end data management.
Intel's new 3D Xpoint class has been in development for over a decade and represents a breakthrough in next-generation storage solutions. 3D XPoint tech is 10 times more dense than standard memory, and Intel boasts that the new tech allows users to access data at "speeds previously impossible for non-volatile storage".
"For decades, the industry has searched for ways to reduce the lag time between the processor and data to allow much faster analysis," said Rob Crooke, exec Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. "This new class of non-volatile memory achieves this goal and brings game-changing performance to memory and storage solutions."
The new memory solution represents the union of DRAM's high speeds and the lower cost of NAND solutions. Performance wise, 3D XPoint is 1,000 times faster than NAND with a standard 10X performance increase over NAND in PCIe NVMe interfaces. 3D XPoint also sports an increased durability of 1000X traditional non-volatile flash memory.
Mushkin Enhanced MFG has announced the ATLAS VITAL M.2 2280 Series, designed for ultrabooks, notebooks, and small form-factor PCs. The new SSDs are designed for mobile gamers, general end-users and for employees in the office.
The ATLAS VITAL utilizes the Seagate SandForce SF-2000 series SSD processor featuring SATA 3.0, and offers 550MB/s read and 535MB/s write speeds. Storage capacities include the following: 120GB, 240GB, 250GB, 480GB, and 500GB. Mushkin didn't release pricing information.
"With our latest ATLAS VITAL M.2 series, budget-conscious users can now experience Mushkin-enhanced SSDs in their Ultrabooks, notebooks and small form-factor PCs such as the recently-released M.2-compatible Intel NUC," said Brian Flood, Director of Product Development at Mushkin.
SSDs continue to get much bigger in capacity, while smaller in physical size thanks to new standards like M.2 and PCIe, but SanDisk is now teasing that we'll have 6TB and 8TB SSDs as soon as next year.
SanDisk will be using Toshiba's 15nm process for their upcoming 6TB and 8TB SSDs, but they will be using MLC, instead of the newer 3D V-NAND. Sanjay Mehrotra, CEO and President of SanDisk has said: "We are developing our next-generation 15nm NAND flash-based 12Gb/s SAS SSD with higher capacity and performance. We expect to introduce that solution to market in 2016 with revenue contribution starting in late 2016".
Designed with gaming in mind, ADATA has announced its XPG Series SX930 SATA 6Gb/s SSDs to the market. These models come complete with a DDR3 DRAM cache buffer which claims to improve "the random read/write performance up to 2 times when compared to SSDs without a DRAM cache" as seen in a recently issued press release.
Why gaming? Because load times. Boasting a sequential read speed of 560 MB/s and write speed of 460MB/s, these drives offer you fast loading times into maps and levels alongside providing the basic features of NCQ, S.M.A.R.T and Windows TRIM.
Available in sizes including 120GB, 240GB and 480GB, the SX930 series is also packaged with ADATA's "pSLC Cache Technology," said to enhance transfer speeds.
Boasting transfer speeds of up to 480 MB/s read and 400 MB/s write, Super Talent's new SATA Slim SJ2 technology is designed with medical, point-of-sale, laptop and embedded applications in mind.
Built on a SATA-III interface, these drives also claim to withstand extreme temperature ranges and are quoted as "a great choice when physical space is a limiting factor for a host system" in a recently issued press release.
This NAND storage also brandishes low power qualities, making it useful for numerous industrial applications with sizes ranging up to 128GB. More information can be found out about this model here.
Designed with 4K UHD recording in mind, SanDisk has announced its high capacity iNAND 7232 storage has now been released to the market in sizes ranging from 32GB to 128GB.
Built to the latest e.MMC specification with command queuing features, these cards are also designed to work with ultra-fast Wi-Fi speeds such as 802.11ad with support for two-by-two 802.11ac. Sequential read speeds measure up to 280 MB/s with sequential write speeds managing to hit 150 MB/s.
Designed majorly for tablet and phone implementation, these new cards boast a 25 percent increase in sequential write speeds from previous editions and have also been suggested towards photographers shooting in RAW.
Update: The pricing has been increased to $169.
If you were in the market for a new SSD, Amazon has SanDisk's Ultra II 480GB SSD listed for just $135.99. The normal list price is $212.99, so you're saving a huge $77 on this 480GB SSD.
This means you're getting close to $0.25 per GB of SSD, which is an insane price. Amazon has 6 hours and 30 minutes left of the sale at the time of writing, so get in now!!
As I sit here with a SanDisk Ultra 16GB microSD card sitting in front of me, the news has been published by SanDisk that this company has now shipped over 2,000,000,000 microSD cards since they started selling 10 years prior.
Initially named TransFlash, SanDisk released its final microSD format specifications on July 13, 2005 and since then became the most popular memory card in its arsenal. With an estimated 11,103 billion megabytes in total storage sold, this is quoted at "the equivalent of more than 100MB of flash storage for every man, woman and child that ever lived on Earth."
Designed for use in small cameras and smartphones, these microSD cards started at a minimum size of 32MB and now range up to 200GB. Comparing figures to CompactFlash which sold 1 million units over its debut year, microSD saw similar figures in its first quarter on the shelves.
Aimed at consumers who are looking to move away from mechanical drives completely, OCZ's new low priced Trion 100 series shows off 19nm TLC NAND hardware manufactured by Toshiba and are driven by a Toshiba controller. With the controller featuring SLC-caching that enables some of the TLC NAND flash to operate as SLC, this is set to offer great sequential transfer performance.
More goodies include TRIM and NCQ support alongside a DEVSLEEP feature, enabling this drive to draw only 6 mW of power when in this mode. Ranging in sizes and speeds, expect these 120, 240, 480 and 960GB drives to set you back $56.99, $87.99, $184.99 and $369.99 respectively. With the read speed being set at a maximum of 550 MB/s for all models, the sequential write speeds increase as the capacities do, showing off 450, 520, 530 and 530 MB/s respectively.
Coming bundled with a 3-year warranty and encased in a 7mm thick 2.5-inch form-factor casting, these SATA 6Gb/s drives look like a worthy investment