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Tim Smalley of bit-tech fame recently managed to spend some quality time with Intel's upcoming X18-M 80GB SSD during the IDF show that is being held in San Francisco.
X18 is the mainstream SSD from Intel based on SATA interface operating at 3GB/s. Tim was presumably able to convince Intel to allow him to open up the drive and get an inside look at the chips and PCB. The controller chip was actually removed to prevent the drive from making its way into competitors' hands well ahead of the planned availability date.
There are a grand total of ten 8GB NAND flash chips (it was not mentioned if they are SLC or MLC) with five chips on each side of the PCB. There is also an additional Samsung K4S281632I-UC60 SDRAM chip which is probably used for buffering and Advanced Dynamic Write Leveling, according to the story.
For a close up look inside Intel's upcoming 80GB SSD, head on over to this link for the goods.
Following its collaboration with memory giant, Micron Technology, Intel is gearing up to unveil SSD solutions with blazing read/write speeds of 240 MB/s and 70 to 170 MB/s respectively, according to this report from TG Daily.
The above image, courtesy of Expreview, adds that Intel's 'Extreme' moniker will find a home with the X25-E, which as expected, boasts the highest performance figures.
The 'Mainstream' parts, go for low power consumption territory, with an impressive figure of 0.25W.
Two size options are in play too, ranging from 1.8" to 2.5" whilst capacity choices, will also be a bag of tricks. The X25-E, expected in Q4 2008, will offer 32 and 64 GB flavours, whilst a 160 GB X25-M 'Mainstream' part, will share centre stage at the same time.
Preceding this however, X25-M and X18-M 80GB options are expected in Q3, with a 160 GB X18-M coming in Q1 2009.
How far end-users may have to dig into their pockets is unknown, at the time of going to press but, SSD storage appears to be making some encouraging headway towards mainstream adoption.
OCZ have really revved up the solid state storage market with the introduction of their Core series drives a couple months back, which brought excellent performance at fantastic prices.
Since then, they've kept working on Core to make it even better; thus, today we see the introduction of a new breed dubbed the Core V2 Series.
Where the first units featured read speeds of around 120 to 140ish MB/sec and write speeds of 80 to 95MB/sec, the new V2 series pumps out 170MB/sec and 98MB/sec read and write speeds respectively. Furthermore, we see OCZ's largest capacity SSD drive enter this new series, a 250GB model.
Thinking ahead, OCZ have also wisely added a built-in mini-USB port to the V2 series drives, allowing for potential performance improvements through future firmware upgrades.
Sunnyvale, CA-August 14, 2008-Responding the demands of enthusiasts and high-performance mobile computing consumers, OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the newest addition to their industry-leading OCZ Core Series SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drives. The Core Series has established OCZ as a pioneer in the SSD market by offering consumers the benefits of solid drives technology at an affordable price. With the industry continuously shifting in this direction, OCZ strives to place its Core Series at the forefront.
Seagate has just wow'ed the masses by reaching a milestone we didn't expect to see for quite some time yet; the company has just announced a whopping 1.5TB desktop hard disk under its existing Barracuda 7200.11 Series.
They have accomplished this by cramming four 375GB platters into the usual 3.5" desktop form factor. Other specs are fairly standardized for todays drives; 7200RPM spindle speed, 300MB/sec SATA-II interface and NCQ support. Cache size was not not mentioned in the PR but it's expected the drive would carry the same 32MB cache as its smaller 1TB brother.
Not forgetting about the latest in storage for notebooks, Seagate has also launched two new 2.5" Momentus Series drives. The Momentus 5400.6 range uses a 5400RPM spindle speed, 8MB of cache and is available in capacities of 120 to 500GB. The faster Momentus 7200.4 Series spins at 7200RPM, has 16MB of cache and comes in sizes from 250 to 500GB.
The new 1.5TB monster is expected to ship at the beginning of August whilst the Momentus 5400.6 and 7200.4 hard drives are being promised sometime during Q4 of this year.
You can locate Seagate's press release for more information here.
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.-July 10, 2008-Seagate (NYSE:STX) today unveiled the industry's first 1.5-terabyte desktop and half-terabyte notebook hard drives to meet explosive worldwide demand for digital-content storage in home and business environments.
The debut of the Barracuda® 7200.11 1.5TB hard drive, the eleventh generation of Seagate's flagship drive for desktop PCs, marks the single largest capacity hard drive jump in the more than half-century history of hard drives - a half-terabyte increase from the previous highest capacity of 1TB, thanks to the capacity-boosting power of perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology.
The Barracuda 7200.11 hard drive combines proven PMR technology, components and expert manufacturing to provide 1.5TB of reliable storage for mainstream desktop computers, workstations, desktop RAID, gaming and high-end PCs, and USB/FireWire/eSATA external storage.
Whilst Blu-ray still hasn't fully embedded itself as the mainstream optical storage of choice, technology keeps on moving forward and efforts to push the barriers of limitation are always in place.
With that said, Pioneer has successfully found a way to put no less than 16 layers on what looks like a standard optical disc. What makes this even more impressive is that each layer is the same size as a standard Blu-ray's; 25GB.
Pioneer said the biggest challenge in accomplishing this was finding a way to stop crosstalk/interference between each layer as it becomes increasingly difficult to obtain a clear signal when more layers are packed onto the disc.
For multilayer optical discs, it has been difficult to obtain clear signals from each recording layer in a stable manner due to crosstalk from adjacent layers and transmission loss. Utilizing the optical disc production technology that it has developed in the DVD field, Pioneer solved these problems by, among other things, using a disc structure that can reduce crosstalk from adjacent layers, resulting in a 16-layer optical disc that can playback high-quality signals from every layer.
As for the read-out system, Pioneer achieved stability in the playback of recorded signals by employing a wide-range spherical aberration compensator and light-receiving element that can read out weak signals at a high signal-to-noise ratio in the optical pick-up mechanism. Since the optical specifications of the objective lens, such as NA (Numerical Aperture)*2, are the same as those for the existing BD discs, it is possible to maintain compatibility between the new 16-layer optical disc and the BD discs.
More details here.
Renowned aluminium chassis extraordinaire, Lian-Li, has announced its new, EX-H33 HDD rack mount kit.
Keeping within the boundaries of its usual forte, the Lian-Li EX-H33 features an all-aluminium chassis and boasts, ample capacity to cater for as wide a market segment as possible.
Requiring the use of three 5.25" drive bays, the solution deftly supports the installation of three, 3.5" HDDs, providing support for, what the company classes as, most modern SATA HDD configurations, in a Hot Swap Plug & Play scenario.
Ease of use appears to be high up on the list of priorities, with the EX-H33 allowing for a, seemingly effortless, installation procedure. Security conscious end-users will also welcome the lockable front panel door, whilst cooling duties are not compromised, courtesy of the 120 MM fan that aims to cut down on maintenance efforts, thanks to the washable nylon filter.
As the above image of the EX-H33 fitted into a Lian-Li PC-A77 chassis shows, the company goes to great lengths to strike a balance between form and function, stressing the attention to detail and effort taken to provide the end-user with a solution that delivers the best of both worlds.
While it's taken quite a while to start seeing any form of significant decrease in the cost of owning a solid-state HDD, more so just recently we've begun to see them slide down towards the real world. One of the first signs of this came in the form of Super Talent's new MasterDrive MX SSDs, which had the top model (a 120GB variant) sitting at $699.
OCZ has now stepped in with the Core Series 2.5" SSDs which boast even more aggressive pricing with a 128GB model sitting at just $479. Other drives in the lineup include a 32GB model at $169 and 64GB at $259. Read below for OCZ's promised performance figures :-
Core series SSD drives are available in capacities of 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB and deliver incredible 120-143 MB/s 80-93 MB/s read/write speeds and seek times of less than 0.35ms, making the Core series up to 10x as fast on a seek-time basis and up to 40% faster on a R/W basis that the best performing 2.5" HDDs on the market, all while consuming 50% less power. MSRPs at time of launch are USD $169, $259 and $479 for 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models respectively.
The SSD market never looked so good.
Sunnyvale, CA-July 1, 2008-OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the OCZ Core Series SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drives (SSDs). OCZ has gained momentum in this pioneering technology, which uses NAND flash instead of rotating platters as the storage medium, and is a high-performance, highly reliable and energy-efficient alternative to conventional hard disc drives.
The OCZ Core Series delivers the performance and reliability of the latest SSDs at a 50% less price per gigabyte than other high speed offerings currently on the market. For the first time, OCZ is putting SSD technology within reach of the average consumer, and delivering on the promise of SSDs as an alternative to traditional hard drives in consumer targeted mobile applications.
World reknowned flash storage specialist Silicon-Power has just launched a new 2.5" 128GB SATA-II solid-state drive which uses a differential-signal-amplified-system to help push transfer rates through the roof.
Silicon-Power state read rates of 120MB/sec and a writing speed of 70MB/sec on this particular SSD. You can find more details on it within the official PR here folks.
Taipei, Taiwan-Silicon-Power, the leading brand in Flash Memory Manufacturers, today launches its SATA II 128GB 2.5-inch Solid State Disk. The SATA II interface has 3.0Gbps bandwidth which is doubled compared with the previous SATA I interface. Also, with the new "differential-signal-amplified-system", the transfer rate can up to 300MB/s while executing the huge amount of data. Unlike the traditional hard drive, The Silicon-Power SSD has no physical contact with the storage device or moving parts, and it equipped with the most advance Wear Leveling technology to ensure the durability of usage. Furthermore, it carries shockproof and anti-vibration features, and provides user with high efficiency and gigantic capacity. The Silicon-Power SATA II 2.5" SSD can be widely used in various purposes with any critical working environments.
Toshiba made the news today when it released its 160GB MK1617GSG drive today.
What makes it special is its small form factor - it is said to be the world's largest and fastest 1.8-inch hard drive and designed specifically for small notebooks and Mobile Internet Devices.
Sure, Solid State Drives (SSDs) are the most popular at the moment but they are also expensive. At this present time, a 160GB SSD drive is just out of the question due to the high cost.
Toshiba's MK1617GSG gets 8MB of cache, 15 millisecond average seek time, two 80GB platters, SATA 1.5Gb/s and 5,400 RPM. If all of that doesn't mean anything to you, what it should translate into is a small hard drive that offers rather good performance.
You'll start seeing these new 160GB (and 80GB) drives popping up in OEM systems and notebooks from August but there were no details on if they will hit the retail channel store shelves.
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 Popping into the Thecus booth to get a look at their latest NAS solutions and we come away with a ton of pictures.
First up is a seven bay solution running an Intel Celeron 2GHz with twin Gigabit Ethernet.
Next they show us a media streaming NAS with a remote control, GUI and full 1080p HDMI output... sweet.
Lastly we have a PC concept from Thecus designed for offices and schools where you may only need a small machine. Specs include notably an AMD Geode processor running at 500MHz, Gigabit Ethernet, 1GB DDR and SATA HDD.