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
Designed to provide removable storage across all your devices, PNY Technologies Inc. has shown off its DUO-Link M flash drive aimed at lighting equipped iOS devices. As announced in a recent press release, iTunes will not be needed for file transfers to take place, allowing for instant connection to any iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC.
Designed with media in mind, the DUO-Link M can also ensure your device is able to play movies directly off the stick, without having to transfer large files over to your on-board storage. This USB Type-A device is unfortunately only rated at USB 2.0 but the other features are impressive nonetheless.
Released in sizes ranging from 16GB to 128GB, it weighs in at only 9.8 grams and measures 50.9mm(L) x 26mm(W) x 11.45mm(H). For best use, PNY says that "You will need to download DUO-Link App from App store" in order to enjoy the 10MB/s read and 8MB/s write on the lighting interfaces or 13MB/s read and 10MB/s write on USB 2.0 compatible devices.
Offering transfer speeds if up to 200 MB/s, Transcend's new 35T3 8TB USB 3.0 external HDD sets out to solve all of your portable storage needs. Housing more data than many home NAS setups, this 3.5" external hard drive boasts the ability to transfer a 4.7GB DVD movie in 24 seconds flat.
Including "One Touch auto-backup" integration for instantaneous backup and synchronization of your personal data, also on offer is Transcend's data management software which also assists in backup processes and securing private information.
If 8TB isn't what you're after, the 35T3 can also be found in 3TB and 4TB models, with this whole range being coupled with a three-year limited manufacturer warranty.
There's no denying that SSDs increasing in size isn't a brilliant thing - have you seen the price of 240GB drives these days? In order to continue forward developments, Samsung has announced 2TB additions to its 850 EVO and 850 PRO product lines. Oh, what's that - we have reviews on those new SSDs right here.
Sitting pretty at a release price of $800, the 850 EVO is bested by the $1,000 850 PRO, with this alone explaining that the PC user isn't quite looking at SSD-only storage just yet. However, in a few years it may be the norm for workstations and general use home PCs to be running on flash-only memory due to performance, storage size and costing when compared to mechanical counterparts.
Samsung Senior Vice President of Branded Product Marketing, Un-Soo Kimm, said that this development was due to "demand for 500 gigabyte (GB) and higher capacity SSDs with the introduction of our V-NAND SSDs," so they went all out with the 2TB. Measuring in at the same dimensions of 7mm thick and 2.5 inches in size, these SSDs are aimed at consumers and are the first major brand to do so.