Ever wonder how an SSD is made? No longer will this burning question keep you up at night as Crucial has just posted up to YouTube a behind-the-scenes video detailing the creation of a solid state drive, from inception to delivery.
In the video, they explain the process in a quick manner, so pay attention. They cover silicon design, wafer production, individual chip production, testing, assembly, more testing, packaging, and delivery. Watch the video and let us know something cool you learned from it that you didn't know before.
Foremay, an OEM SSD manufacturer, has released the world's first 2TB SSD drives with a standard 2.5" SATA interface. Both new models seem to only be available for OEM and industrial applications though at this stage.
Foremay is offering the SC199 (for mission-critical applications) and TC166 (for terminal computing) product families in either commercial or industrial grades to suit end-user's specific applications. Features include Advanced Power Management, Advanced Error Correction, Military Secure Erase, and hardware based encryption.
"By leveraging Foremay's patent pending technologies, we are proud to deliver the world's first 2 TB SSD in standard 2.5" SATA form factor," said Jack Winters , Foremay's CTO and co-founder. "We hope our high reliability 2 TB SSD drives can help create more design freedom and storage space for both mission-critical and enterprise applications."
CES 2013 - We're big fans of ioSafe around here. Anyone who has ever lost data before has to be a fan and everyone else will one day be a fan. ioSafe follows the KISS theory, Keep it Simple Stupid. Their products don't look flashy, aren't complicated but they do exactly what the company says they do.
It's difficult to even put ioSafe products in a single category. Are they external storage, data safes, or akin to S&M bondage machines for reviews like myself? They are a bit of all three but for you they are peace of mind when what seemingly would be the worst day of your life. Your data lost of still available after a flood or fire, your choice.
CES 2013 - We've still got CES 2013 products to show you, with today bringing us the video below on ADATA's DashDrive AE400. ADATA showed us how their AE400 worked, and it has quite a number of features included.
The AE400 is firstly, a power bank - capable of charging your smart devices through its included micro USB port or normal-sized USB port. The AE400 is also an Internet hot spot, which can give Internet access to up to 10 devices. The AE400 is also capable of wirelessly transferring files from the included SD card or USB ports to your tablet, or smartphone.
These features make ADATA's DashDrive AE400 an immensely powerful device, capable of transferring files to and from the AE400's SD card. Got pictures on your iPad and want to back them up? No problems - just wirelessly attach the device and transfer the files to your SD card. ADATA have done this quite easily, where they've provided an application to help you out.
CES 2013 - ADATA had one of the only working NGFF products on display at CES that we saw. NGFF stands for Next Generation Form Factor and it's the next evolution for SSDs. By moving the SSD away from the SATA bus and to PCI Express, current bandwidth limits are increased by nearly 4x. Before overhead, the PCIe bus will deliver nearly 2000MB/s for the boot SSD.
NGFF also goes under the more marketable name M.2. At this time there are several versions of NGFF, around 15 or so but we hope manufacturers can come together to standardize one or two. Once connector would be even better, this one looks like a winner to me.
To get NGFF up and running, ADATA teamed with LSI SandForce for the controller. A M.2 to SATA adapter was used, much like the mSATA to SATA adapter we use to test mSATA drives in a desktop. As we mentioned, ADATA was the one company with a unit working at we saw.
CES 2013 - Now that G-Technology, a division of HGST knows their fate after Western Digital picked up HGST, they can get to product innovation. At CES we sat down with G-Technology to discuss the needs of professional user's and how they use external storage in their professional lives.
Professional users of products like Photoshop, Premier and Vegas need high speed, sustained performance when creating their essential work videos and images. Not only does the storage component need to be fast but it also needs to be reliable. A hardware failure means Saturday Night Live becomes Tuesday Night Live. We bring SNL into this news post because post production runs on a G-Technology storage system.
2012 was an interesting year for MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom, but it looks like he's into the full swing of things this year. Dotcom has now shown off a new image of Mega in beta form, and boy does it look nice.
We don't see too much of it, with some menus up top in the form of File Manager, My account, Sign out, language selection and Menu. The image above shows off the My account section where we can see some options like Account details, Transfer settings and Session History. We can see Storage Space listed and gives 50GB, so this might be the default option.
You have a slider to control the number of parallel download and upload connections, as well as a fixed upload speed limit if you choose. There's two more options down the bottom for skipping identical files when uploading and finally, using SSL for file transfers.
CES 2013 - Asustor, a division of ASUS pieced together from former staff from QNAP and Synology, displayed their 2013 product lineup at CES. Within six months the team moved from their ideas to working products and a select few models are already listed at e-tail outlets.
The Asustor products look very good and have a lot of functionality. Initial products includes 8, 6, 4 and 2-bay models, all from the 6 Series. At CES we also saw the first rackmount products shipping later this year.
The units look very good and after a demonstration we're convinced that on consumer features, Asustor is ahead of the competition. The 6-Series gives users the ability to turn the lights off or even dim them on the NAS. With HDMI connectivity now a standard feature in NAS products, more of these units are headed to the living room and away from the network switch.
We drop a Corsair Survivor 16GB pen drive from 10th floor hotel room at CES on video - does it survive?
CES 2013 - Our own Trace Hagan and Chad Sebring had the idea earlier today to drop a new Corsair Survivor 16GB pen drive from their hotel room in Las Vegas at CES 2013 to see if the drive would actually survive. What else do you do when CES is over? Have some fun!
As you can see in the video above, it was a big drop for the fairly weighty device, but it did indeed survive. Chris Ramseyer was on the ground clearing the area for safety. He straight away plugged in the drive to test it, and it popped up in Windows and showed the data which was saved on it before the drop.
Tomorrow Trace Hagan is going to attempt to take the test a little more extreme - stay tuned for another video if all goes to plan!
CES 2013 - QNAP hit the show floor in full stride with a little something for everyone.
The new TS-1270U-RP is the first in a new series from the company. The new systems use an Intel Celeron dual-core processor and support 10GbE Ethernet with up to 1800MB/s throughput (Dual Ports Teamed).
The new unit is on the bottom so we had to use the smaller 8-drive version to do our spin around, back side pics.
Here we see the back side of one of QNAP's current NAS servers. Most, if not all of QNAP's new equipment ships with a HDMI port for video output display. This is a feature rarely needed on rackmount systems, but the cost to include HDMI is so low they are tossing it in.
CES 2013 - The Samsung SSD Angels, made popular by their videos on YouTube, made an appearance at CES 2013. The Angels first appeared in Europe where they popped up at events to swap out notebook mechanical drives with Samsung SSDs. The swap is free to those willing to take the plunge.
The tour trailer, decked out in Samsung marketing has all of the goodies that make the transformation possible.
We popped in to see the Angels in action. On our visit they were updating the notebook of a passerby and he seemed very happy. If you are in the Las Vegas area grab your notebook and come to the Convention Center. The SSD Angels are located outside of the show floor, by the giant registration tent in the front parking lot.
CES 2013 - Western Digital have unveiled something quite interesting at CES this year, where they've shown off some new hybrid solid state technology known as SSHD. The new tech features the speed of a decent SSD, but the capacity that a mechanical HDD would feature.
WD says that the solid state storage will continue to be much more expensive than traditional drives for the foreseeable future. This makes WD change gears and work on hybrid drives in the meantime, until we get to a point where pricing drops to more "competitive" levels in regards to flash storage. The demo that took place at CES saw the drive loading a bunch of applications to measure just how long it takes to load.
The Tech Report reported that it took 81 seconds to complete the task using a standard drive, and just 51 seconds on a normal SSD. On WD's hybrid SSHD, it took only 55 seconds - less than 10% longer than a normal SSD, but much faster than a traditional mechanical-based HDD. WD says that the incoming writes from the host system aren't stored on the NAND, with the caching system being controlled by the firmware and host-based software drivers.
CES 2013 - Micron and Crucial are ready to unleash terabyte class SSDs using advanced 20nm MLC flash. The Tera Era begins with the new M500 SSD that ships in February and for a price much lower than we expected. Early estimates lead us to believe the new Crucial M500 960GB model will tip up at Newegg and other online e-tailers for just under 600 Dollars.
There are a number of specifications released in the official press release (see below) but we're just going to skim over a few here. The capacity sizes are 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and the big bad wolf model that we will all drool over, 960GB. The M500 brings over provisioning to the Crucial SSD product line, a technique that decreases user capacity in exchange for increases performance stability and product life.
The new drives will also sport hardware-based encryption, data protection against unexpected power loss as well as an adaptive thermal monitoring system. They'll arrive in 2.5-inch form factor as well as M.2 form factors for normal PCs and notebooks as well as next-generation ultra-thin devices.
CES 2013 - Mushkin have slapped storage fans in the face with their latest announcement, a 960GB model in their Chronos range of SSDs.
This drive sports two 480GB SSDs in RAID 0 mode. If the drives inside of the new 960GB are indeed the same components found in the other Chronos models, then we should expect two SF-2281-based SSDs featuring asynchronous NAND.
The new 960GB Chronos drive from Mushkin should arrive on the SATA 6Gbps standard and still arrives in the 2.5-inch form factor. The reason we're seeing two 480GB SSDs slapped together is because 128Gb NAND dies are still a while away before we see widespread availability. Once there's enough stock, we should see many more 1TB-or-so SSDs, hopefully.
CES 2013 - Chris and Paul just got done with their visit to the Kingston suite at CES where they got to see some really cool stuff going on.
The most exciting was a system that Kingston prepared for the show that was running no less than 24 Kingston E100 400GB SSD's. The PC was configured with an Intel Xeon E5-2650 CPU, 128GB of Kingston memory and three LSI MegaRAID 9265-8i RAID controllers. Just forget the price of such a computer for a moment...
All of that madness was able to achieve a massive 1.8 million IOPS. Need to copy some files? How about read speed performance of 7000MB/s (yes, seven thousand megabytes per second!) and write speed performance of 4400MB/s.
CES 2013 - Mushkin have just stepped up to the enterprise class SSD game with the launch of their new ProSpec range of SSDs. The ProSpec SSDs sport a random read/write performance of 80K/42K IOPS with a sustained data transfer rate of 560MB/sec.
The new ProSpec drives will arrive in capacities of between 100GB and 400GB. The new drives sport commercial MLC flash which pump up to 10x the write endurance levels while delivering no performance drop over the life of the drive, which makes it a great candidate for any enterprise environment. Mushkin's new ProSpec drives also provide enhanced power-loss data protection through hardware- and firmware-based features that prepare the drive in case of an unexpected drop or loss in power.
Full specs on the new Mushkin ProSpec SSDs:
- SandForce SF-2582 SSD processor
- Enterprise MLC flash (eMLC) equipped
- SATA 3.0 (6Gb/s) interface (backwards compatible with SATA 3Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s)
- 128-bit AES hardware encryption
- TRIM support (OS/driver support required)
- S.M.A.R.T. support
- Garbage Collection
- Wear leveling
- User-upgradeable firmware
- RoHS, FCC, CE
- 3-year limited warranty
CES 2013 - ASUS was showing off a new SSD PCI-e card that they are planning on bringing out in Q2 of this year. The details are slim and ASUS isn't talking. ASUS wouldn't give any details about the controller, NAND, or really anything else, including the interface. They did say that it was in development for around 10 months.
CES 2013 - We just hit the OCZ booth at CES here in Las Vegas where we got an exclusive look at the new Vector PCI-E prosumer / workstation SSD.
You all should know of the consumer SATA-III Vector SSD, but now OCZ has upped the ante and introduced a PCI-E version for workstations and those with lots of money. It uses a PCI-E Gen.2 x4 interface with two Indilinx Barefoot 3 controllers, which enables it to deliver up to 1000MB/s of read performance and a very solid 140,000 IOPS. It will also come with a five year warranty and comes in sizes of 256GB, 512GB and 1TB. We don't have details on pricing at this stage, but we'll just say, start saving.
Chris and Paul were able to run some early numbers on the Vector PCI-E as you can see in the photo below. Under ATTO we see read speeds of 1020MB/s and write speeds are not too far behind at around 960MB/s.
CES 2013 - Corsair is one of those companies that doesn't like to box themselves into a corner, and today has been a perfect example of this. The company have announced their Voyager Air product, which is the first all-in-one mobile wireless drive, home network attached storage, USB drive and wireless hub.
Voyager Air comes with up to 1TB of storage, a rechargeable battery, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and USB 3.0 connectivity. Voyager Air will allow so many segments of the market from office-type users, to home theater enthusiasts to experience a consolidated collection of their wares, be it music, movies or documents. Voyager Air is capable of working and being accessed from either Windows or Mac, and better yet - with the free Corsair app, streaming to Android and Apple products.
CES 2013 - Corsair have unveiled the Flash Voyager GT Turbo flash drive line of products, which are the world's fastest native USB 3.0 flash drives. Corsair will release the new zippy flash drives in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB sizes.
The new drivers will offer more affordable, yet super-quick drives with speeds that were only previously capable using a much more expensive USB 3.0 to SATA bridge-based drive. The new Flash Voyager GT Turbo USB 3.0 flash drives find themselves snug in a brushed metal housing with a easy-to-use capless design.
We're talking about up to 260MB/sec read speeds and up to 235MB/sec write on these new drives - some 1.7 times faster than other competing native USB 3.0 flash drives. Pricing on the new drives will be $49.99, $89.99 and $179.99 for the 32GB, 64GB and 128GB drives respectively.
CES 2013 - Kingston has debuted what they are calling the world's fastest and largest flash drive, the DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 USB Flash drive. It is currently shipping in a 512GB model, with a 1TB model just over the horizon later this quarter. Read and write speeds come in at 240MB/s and 160MB/s respectively.
"Our new DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 allows users to store their entire digital world on a portable USB 3.0 Flash drive," said Andrew Ewing, Flash memory business manager, Kingston. "The large capacity and fast USB 3.0 transfer speeds allow users to save time as they can access, edit and transfer applications or files such as HD movies directly from the drive without any performance lag."