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Intel and Micron have been working on flash storage together for a while now, with the two companies collaborating on a new type of 3D NAND that will be the best they've created yet.
The new method involves larger flash chips, stacking them on top of one another, which will provide better efficiency, lower costs, which will all trickle down to the consumer. Using the M.2 PCIe form factor, we can expect 3.5TB SSDs using the 2.5-inch standard, but 10TB drives are not far away, too.
Micron's VP of Memory Technology and Solutions, Brian Shirley, has teased that this 3D NAND technology will create fundamental shifts in the market, with the depth of the impact that flash has had to date just a tease of what is to come. Intel has chimed in, saying that it has plans to ship products using this technology in the second half of 2015.
Toshiba has announced that it has begun sampling its sure-to-be impressive 48-layer 128Gbit (16GB) 3D NAND part, which has the company involved in a NAND joint-venture with SanDisk called BiCS, or Bit Cost Scaling.
This is similar to Samsung's TCAT structure, but BiCS moves away from the "traditional floating gate design and utilizes a charge trap made out of insulating material to reduce electron leakage" reports AnandTech. Toshiba's 48-layer part is impressive, with the company starting the manufacturing of its 3D NAND in its Fab 5 found in its Yokkaichi Operations based in Japan.
We should see Fab 2, which is based in the same location, spin up and be running in the first half of 2016, which will increase the output of Toshiba's 3D NAND output. Samples begin shipping today, but consumer parts are at least a year away, where we should expect BiCS-based products from Toshiba to be made available in the first half of 2016.
Kingston has just recently teased its new HyperX Predator PCIe SSD, a new super-fast SSD that is capable of a huge 1.4GB/sec read and 1GB/sec write. Beating out the now very limited 600MB/sec available through SATA 6Gbps.
The company will be making its new HyperX Predator available in 240GB and 480GB sizes, and can be connected to your motherboard and its M.2 connector, or through its PCIe adapter. As you can see in the image above, the PCIe card is 4x the size of the actual stick of flash itself, which is mighty impressive.
The Kingston HyperX Predator PCIe SSD is capable of 130,000 random read IOPS, while pushing 118,000 random write IOPS. The company says that the super-fast SSD is capable of 805GB of writes per day, over its three-year warranty period. As for pricing, we are looking at around $230 for the 240GB version, while the 480GB version will set you back around $480.
Dairy Farm Group is probably one of the largest companies you have never heard of, with 100,000 employees and 5,800 stores under their disposal across Asia including Ikea and 7-11 stores.
This deal will see Telstra "manage the storage, physical security, maintenance and connectivity of Dairy Farm's new SAP suite" as explained by The Australian. SAP is responsible for all human resources, payroll and financial applications just to name a few.
Telstra took over cloud storage for Dairy Farm Group's beauty stores in November 2014, however, this move sees them take on a much larger portion of the companies services.
With this deal set to begin next month, Telstra are looking at further expansion in taking control of their network and retail media solutions.
MWC 2015 - SanDisk has come out of nowhere unveiling the new 200GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition, with a gigantic 200GB of storage on a tiny little microSD card.
The largest microSD card that SanDisk made up until now was 128GB, but this new 200GB card is capable of 90MB/sec. Even at 90MB/sec, it would take around 35 minutes to fill the card and its 200GB capacity. The new SanDisk 200GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition is only compatible with Android smartphones and tablets.
What does a 200GB microSD card cost? $400, which is four times the cost of a 128GB card on Amazon right now. SanDisk sweetens the deal offering you 10 years of warranty, which is a very nice touch.
HGST is preparing to launch its new 10TB helium-filled HDDs based on shingled magnetic recording (SMR) technology, which will see 1.43TB per platter inside of the massive HDD.
The 10TB HDD will arrive in the 3.5-inch form factor on the SATA 6Gbps bus, 128MB of cache, a five-year warranty, two million hour meantime between failure (MTBF) rating, and Instant Secure Erase features. Vice President of Product Marketing for HGST, Brendan Collins, said: "With ever-increasing pressures on corporate and cloud data centers to improve storage efficiencies and reduce costs, HGST is at the forefront delivering a revolutionary new solution that significantly improves data center TCO on virtually every level - capacity, power, cooling and storage density - all in the same 3.5-inch form factor".
Collins continued: "Not only is our new Ultrastar helium hard drive helping customers solve data center challenges today, our mainstream helium platform will serve as the future building block for new products and technologies moving forward. This is a huge feat, and we are gratified by the support of our customers in the development of this platform".
The division of Western Digital is planning to launch the 10TB HDD next month, with rumors circling that they are also working on a new six-platter version that would feature 1.66TB per platter.
Not long ago, we shared with you this highly-priced 'directional audio Ethernet cable' - poised to set users back $10,000 from retailers and a sure-fire way to broadcast to the world that you have a lot of money, but not a lot of sense. Well it seems Sony has jumped on the audiophile bandwagon yet again, releasing their Micro SD card tailored "for Premium Sound."
This 64GB card will cost users $160 and is positioned at around five times the cost of a 'regular' 64GB option. According to Sony, this card will produce less electrical noise - therefore increasing your audio experience. A spokeswoman has even admitted that Sony has no idea if this thing will even move units, stating "we aren't that sure about the product's potential demand, but we thought some among people who are committed to great sound quality would want it."
If you've got some money to waste, this $160 Micro SD card will suit your $1,000 Sony Walkman ZX2 quite well.
UNH-IOL has announced during the third NVM Express Interoperability Plugfest that twelve products were added to the UNH-IOL (University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab) NVMe 1.1b Integrators List. One item on the list that is sure to interest the enthusiast crowd is the Intel 750 SSD. News of the Intel 750 cropped up in a leaked roadmap, with release of the code-named 'August Ridge' product scheduled for Q4 of 2014. Of course, this time has passed.
There were no details in the leaked roadmap, but now we know that the August Ridge SSDs will feature the NVMe 1.1b interface. It appears, from the leaked roadmap, that the Intel 750 will be available in both the M.2 and 2.5" form factor, and come in capacities of 180, 240, 360, 480, and 600GB. NVMe will provide a low-latency interconnect that will allow Intel to finally break the SATA performance barrier. Even though the proposed release date on the leaked roadmap has passed, the Intel 750 SSD is clearly still on the way to consumers. It appears Intel is close to being the first SSD manufacturer with a consumer NVMe SSD on the market.
Another interesting inclusion is the Intel DC P3700 series of products (evaluated here). These products are already on the market with NVMe 1.1a, and will be upgradeable to offer NVMe 1.1b functionality with a firmware update.
Other devices on the list included the enterprise-oriented OCZ Z-Drive 6000, which we have covered here and here. The enterprise Samsung SM171x SSD is also listed, and the Marvell 88NV1140 controller. HGST's new Ultrastar SN100 and SN150 SSDs also made the list, and are coming to market soon.
We are lucky enough here at TweakTown to be on the cutting edge of storage devices, and right now the bleeding edge is currently NVMe (Covered in our Defining NVMe article). As part of our standard testing, and also for daily operating system usage, we have been using NVMe SSDs for some time. The only problem has been spotty boot support. We have went through a merry-go-round of various motherboards to find models that will actually support booting an NVMe device, as none are officially certified as NVMe compatible...until now.
MSI has announced they are in fact the first consumer motherboard manufacturer to fully support NVMe. The compatible motherboards are confined to the 9 series chipset, but encompass the X99, Z97, and H97 models. Current users can head over to MSI to find a BIOS update for their motherboard that enables the functionality.
The new BIOS revisions support NVMe devices in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 in 64-bit flavors. They also fully support booting from NVMe devices. Consumer-oriented NVMe devices are still in the pipeline and yet to be released. However, bleeding-edge enterprise devices can be used in a desktop environment if one has the cash to spare, so check out a review by our RAID expert Jon Coulter in standard desktop usage in his Intel DC P3700 800GB NVMe vs. Intel 730 Series SATA SSD RAID Report.
Featuring a dual-core processor and a compact design, Synology's new DiskStation DS115 is designed for use in any come environment or small business. Giving you the ability to centralize your data storage without a full server in use, this NAS box features border-less file sharing, cloud synchronization, multimedia streaming, home surveillance and more.
With the ability to transfer files at speeds exceeding 111 MB/s read and 104 MB/s write, this product claims to give you a 36% increase in writing speeds when compared to its predecessor. Synology's built-in floating-port unit comes with a USB 3.0 port, giving you the ability to connect it to external hard drives or other similar devices.
Said to consume only 5.44W during hibernation and 10.21W when in full use, the DiskStation DS115 is a nice addition to any growing file storage needs.