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.
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.