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Micron Technology has teased that it would offer up triple-level cell NAND flash made using the 16nm process, which could see consumers enjoying cheaper flash-based goods, including cheaper SSDs going into 2015.
Mark Adams, President of Micron, said during a conference call with investors and financial analysts: "Our 16nm NAND yields have been very positive and position us well from a cost perspective. We are currently planning to ship 16nm TLC [NAND flash] in calendar Q4 in order to better position our portfolio from a cost perspective in the retail and consumer segments".
The reason why this is important, is that with current NAND flash storage devices, such as SSDs and more, is that they based on MLC (multi-level cell) tech. Where TLC NAND on the other hand, has been used for memory cards, audio players, USB drives and more. MLC is much more durable than TLC, with typical MLC NAND cells lasting for 3000-10,000 erase/write cycles, where TLC-based NAND usually lasts for under 1000 of those same erase/write cycles. In order for TLC NAND to take off, durability and reliability need to be much higher than what we have now - something Micron is working on, hard.
Today Thecus announced the expansion of its SMB and Enterprise NAS line with the unveiling of two new NAS solutions that feature 10Gb Ethernet. The new N7710 and N8810U are identical to Thecus' N7710-G and N8810U-G models except for the 10GbE support featured on the new devices. Both of the new NAS devices boast VMware ESXi V5.5 iSCSI certification, and come bundled with Acronis True Image and McAfee Antivirus.
The new N7710 and N880U are powered by an Intel Pentium G850 Dual Core processor running at 2.9GHz, and 4GB of DDR3 ECC RAM that can be expanded up to 32GB. Both models offer RAID options up to RAID 50 while the N8810U features RAID 60 support as well. HDMI, VGA, Two USB 3.0, six USB 2.0 ports handle connectivity. Network connectivity is taken care of by two single gigabit Ethernet ports. The N7710 and N8810U will be available in May and will retail for $1,099 and $1,899 respectively.
Today, at the WORLD HOSTING DAYS in RUST, Germany, LSI Corporation launched the Nytro MegaRAID 8140-8e8i. The new card is double the flash capacity compared to previous shipping Nytro cards and has four times the number of ports. The new design is geared towards scale-out servers and high capacity storage environments.
The launch of this card coincides with the announcement from LSI that it has surpassed the 100,000 units of Nytro cards shipped worldwide. Demand for Nytro continues to be driven by the ever growing requirements for high-performing, massively scalable datacenters. According to Tom Swinford, senior vice president and general manager, Datacenter Solutions Group, at LSI, "The Nytro MegaRAID 8140 card provides cloud and hosting companies with a single, integrated solution to simply and cost-effectively scale caching and connectivity to support their customers' growing performance and storage requirements."
The latest 8140-8e8i integrates an expander onto the card that enables scale-out server environments with connectivity for up to 236 SAS and SATA devices. In addition to this expandability, the card also contains 1.6TB of onboard flash for intelligent data caching to maximize application. Also included is the Nytro Flexible Flash feature which allows users to partition the flash as primary storage for data volumes or partition the onboard flash as a boot drive.
In Late January, we got our hands-on the new LaCie Fuel 1TB storage device for review. We liked the Fuel a lot and gave it a 90% rating when all the tests were done. One of the things that might have bothered some about the Fuel was that 1TB of storage isn't that much space.
LaCie has announced a new version of that drive that has the same feature, but has twice the capacity. The storage capacity is now up to 2TB. The 1TB version is still available. LaCie talks about the device as if it's for the iPad only. It should work with just about any mobile device that has a version of the Seagate media app available. Devices that support that app include iOS devices, Android, and the Amazon Kindle.
The 2TB Fuel is able to stream content to up to five devices without needing an internet connection. When a Wi-Fi connection is available, the Fuel can be used as a hotspot. AirPlay is supported making it easy to shoot content to the big screen in the living room. Battery life for the device is 10-hours. The 2TB Fuel can be pre-ordered now for $249.99 in the US with shipping globally happening this month.
Today SanDisk announced the addition of four new Enterprise-grade SATA SSDs to its CloudSpeed Serial ATA line of solid state drives. The CloudSpeed Extreme, CloudSpeed Ultra, CloudSpeed Ascend and CloudSpeed Eco Solid State Drives have been designed to deliver the best business-critical performance possible in mixed-use enterprise applications often found in today's business world.
"Organizations in every industry are turning to SSDs to meet the challenges faced by growing volumes of data," said John Scaramuzzo, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Storage Solutions at SanDisk. "However, finding a solution that meets the performance and cost needs of your individual environment can be difficult. The CloudSpeed SATA SSD product family was designed to meet the needs of applications across the read-write spectrum, meaning organizations and server designers no longer need to make tradeoffs between system performance and cost."
Until now, backing up a disc that's purchased for personal use is considered illegal in the UK. However, the UK government recently revealed that the upcoming revision of the copyright law will address the issue.
The decision was made after making series of public consultations and inspection of the copyright legislation. For few years, the initial proposal were in its planning stages for few years. Now, the revised should be implemented by summer. By July, people can now make a backup of their disks for personal use.
The government did emphasize that giving access of those backups to others will remain illegal. You can store personal copies in any storage devices, or even use online storage. But its illegal to allow even your friends to access it.
When it comes to external storage, there are a number of interfaces that a drive can use. They range from USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports to eSATA and Thunderbolt among others. WD has been making external storage solutions for a long time.
WD has made drives in the past that use Thunderbolt for connectivity. The company has unveiled the new my Passport Pro that is the first drive to be bus powered and offer dual drives in one enclosure. On Mac computers, the drive has user selectable RAID functions.
The My Passport Pro is offered in 2TB and 4TB capacities. WD says that the new drive is the only bus powered dual drive offering on the market. It offers speeds of up to 233MB/s and can be set in RAID 0 or RAID 1 configurations.
Toshiba has rolled out some new storage products that are aimed at different user groups. One of the products is an external hard drive that connects via USB 3.0 and offers two capacities called the Canvio Desk Desktop External Hard Drive. The other product is a hybrid internal storage drive aimed at notebook users.
The desktop USB 3.0 hard drive is offered in 4TB or 5TB capacities. The USB 3.0 interface will make moving data to and from the drive faster. Toshiba designed the drive so that it can be placed in vertical or horizontal orientations for more placement flexibility.
Backup software called NTI Backup Now EZ ships with the external storage solutions to keep your data safe and secure. The internal drive is a 2.5-inch Internal Solid State Hybrid Drive. That product is aimed at notebook users wanting to upgrade. It combines traditional HDD tech with NAND flash for better performance without giving up capacity.
Plextor, a developer of digital storage technology, announced the launch of the M6M mSATA SSD, a compact SSD for notebooks. For users looking to increase the performance of their laptops, Plextor claims the new M6M is capable of maximum random read/write speeds of 94K IOPS/80K IOPS and sequential read and write speeds of up to 520 MB/s and 440 MB/s.
According to Yaping Zheng, product manager at Plextor, "The M6M is all about real-world performance. We've optimized this compact SSD to deliver the best possible computing experience. We used the latest generation of components, then included a new version of True Speed for even smoother long-term operation, and focused on increasing the random speeds to give the fastest everyday operating performance".
Beyond performance improvements, the M6M includes several key features including better energy efficiency. When the notebook goes in sleep mode, the SSD reduces its power consumption to 2 mW to extend battery life, and can resume in 100 ms. Also, the M6M includes Plextor's exclusive True Protect technology which supports advanced data integrity checks and 256-bit AES full disk encryption.
The Plextor M6M SSD will be available in the second quarter of 2014 in 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB capacities.
Check back on April 10th, 2014 for the TweakTown review of the M6M!
Plextor, a developer of digital storage technology, announced the launch of the M6S, an efficient, high-performance SSD. According to Plextor, the new M6S is capable of delivering random read/write speed of 94K IOPS/80K IOPS and a 520/440 MB/s sequential read/write speed. Compared to the best-selling M5S, there is an additional power savings of 30% to 50%.
According to Yaping Zheng, product manager at Plextor, "The new M6S gives desktop and notebook users the ultimate system upgrade. Its combination of speed and efficiency makes it an ideal replacement for a hard drive. By installing an M6S rather than a traditional hard drive, Windows 7 boots in a quarter of the time, applications start quickly, and saving and loading become almost instant. Our tests even show that notebook users can gain an extra 30 minutes of battery time by using an M6S".
The M6S will come in a thinner 7 mm form factor, allowing it to fit into thin notebooks. Availability of the new drives begins in the second quarter of 2014 with 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB capacities.
You can see our review of the M6S on April, 10th 2014.