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Gone are the days of a 120GB SSD serving all of your needs, Fixstars has just announced their development of a new record-breaking 2.5-inch SSD in the form of a 6TB 15nm MLC NAND drive named Fixstars SSD-6000M.
Boasting transfer speeds of up to 540 MB/s read and 520 MB/s write, this SSD features your normal inclusions of NCQ, TRIM and SMART and measures in at 9.5mm thick - which means some laptops may be left out.
Set for launch in July 2015 with a 3-year warranty, there is no current mention of price. If the 6TB model is too large or expensive for your tastes, they also have a 3TB model on offer - more information can be found on their official website.
Featuring standard-endurance technology (SET) MLC NAND flash constructed by IMFlash Technology, Intel has released its new DC S3510 SSDs to the OEM market.
Designed with data centers in mind, these 2.5-inch drives are build on a 16 nanometer node, allowing up to 880 TBW (high levels of endurance). The controller offers native 256-bit AES encryption and is available in sizes ranging from 80GB to 1.6TB.
Complete with a 5-year warranty and available through OEM channels, these drives are aimed at dedicated hosting providers. We have been supplied with a table thanks to TechPowerUp (below) which offers information on sequential and 4K random access performance levels.
Today Samsung has pushed its new range of SD and microSD memory cards to the public, in total what is on offer includes the PRO Plus, PRO, EVO Plus and EVO families, explained in their latest press release as necessary "to address the rapidly growing consumer need for advanced multimedia memory solutions."
The new PRO Plus model is capable of working with 4K UHD video applications and is created for use in DSLR cameras, smartphones and tablets alike. Boasting read speeds of up to 95MB/s and write speeds of 90MB/s, these models come backed with UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3) and Class 10 performance levels.
The PRO Plus series has seen a debut in 32GB and 64GB capacities, touching on their ability to record around 110 minutes of 4K UHD video or 490 minutes of full HD.
Mushkin has expanded its REACTOR series of solid-state drives, pushing storage capacities to include 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities. Gamers and PC enthusiasts will be able to purchase the new drives starting on Monday, May 11.
The Mushkin REACTOR SSDs have data transfer speeds of 560MB/s read and 460MB/s write, with random 4K performance up to 74K/76K read/write IOPS, according to Mushkin.
"To celebrate the expansion of our very popular REACTOR SSD starting May 1, 2015, gaming fans can enter our Ghost Recon Phantoms Sweepstakes for a chance to win a custom built Mushkin Extreme Gaming PC and much more," said Nicolas Villalobos, director of global market at Mushkin. The contest also includes products from EVGA, BitFenix, Razer, DXRacer, and SiliconMotion - click here to enter.
USB Type-C has been on its way for quite some time now with users wanting this amazing new technology to hurry up and hit the mainstream market.
We've seen a few portable products begin incorporating Type-C into their design with no word of accessories taking on this new technology.
In comes Patriot, they just announced a dual-sided Type-C and Type-A USB flash drive in 32GB and 64GB capacities. Set to be used with the new Apple MacBook, Google Chromebook Pixel or any USB Type-C ready device, this is one of the first commercial accessories available on the market.
Patriot has just announced its new Ignite M2 SSDs, based on the super-small M.2 next-generation form factor (NGFF) standard. The new Patriot Ignite M2 measures in at just 22m wide, and 80mm long.
As for its speeds, we have up to 560MB/sec sequential reads and 320MB/sec writes, with 4KB random read and write speeds of 90/70K IOPS. Patriot's VP of Engineering, Les Henry, explains: "We are happy to announce the Ignite M2 addition to our family of SSD products. With the Ignite M2, Patriot now offers a full range of SSDs, from 2.5" SATA 3, to mSATA and now M.2. The Ignite M2 drives are the perfect storage solution for those looking to build/upgrade their small form factor PCs".
Patriot's new Ignite M2 SSDs come in 240GB and 480GB sizes, with the Phison S10 controller and SATA 6Gbps standard. The 240GB model has an MSRP of $109.99 while the 480GB costs $209.99, with both models available through Fry's Electronics, Amazon, and Newegg.
Samsung is on the forefront of storage technology, leaping directly into the arms of 3D V-NAND flash, and the world of M.2 NVMe PCIe SSDs. The South Korean giant is looking to really heat up the storage space with the industry's first M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD that is blazing fast.
According to Jeeho Baek, the Senior Vice President of Memory Marketing at Samsung: "Our new NVMe SSD will allow for faster, ultra-slim notebook PCs with extended battery use, while accelerating the adoption of NVMe SSDs within the consumer marketplace. Samsung will continue to stay a critical step ahead of others in the industry in introducing a diversity of next-generation SSDs, that contribute to an enhanced user experience through rapid popularization of ultra-fast, highly energy-efficient, compact SSDs".
The new SSD will be capable of 2.2GB/sec and 1.6GB/sec sequential read/writes, respectively. It will arrive with 300,000 IOPS and a form factory of no thicker than 3.73mm, which is as thick as "two stacked nickels" reports WCCFTech. It will only weigh 7g, and use 2mV which is a big drop in power from normal storage products that use up to 50mV.
Corsair has announced additional solid-state drives to its Force Series LS SSD lineup, including 480GB and 960GB storage capacities. The drives are available now sporting $189.99 and $379.99 MSRP price tags.
File transfer speeds include up to 560MB/s read and 540MB/s write, and use SATA 3 6GB/s with backwards compatibility to support SATA 1.0 and 2.0.
The affordable Force Series LS SSD lineup previously included drives with 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB storage capacities - all drives fit into PCs and notebooks with 2.5" or 3.5" drive bays.
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.