Samsung SSD Summit 2016 - Samsung has once again redefined consumer solid state drives with its new 960 EVO and 960 PRO M.2 SSD duo, offering lightning fast transfer rates with high-capacities and optimum reliability.
Samsung's new 960 PRO is now the world's fastest consumer SSD, hitting peak sequential reads of 3,500 MB/s and write speeds of 2,100 MB/s as well as random read and write IOPS of up to 440,000 and 360,000 respectively. The 960 PRO also packs in an amazing 2TB of data thanks to Samsung's vertically-stacked VNAND memory technique. The 960 PRO SSD is also available in 512GB and 1TB capacities along with the 2TB model.
Armed with Samsung's new Intelligent TurboWrite tech, the 960 EVO SSD blazes with peak read speeds of 3,200 MB/s and 1,900 MB/s write speeds, and comes in more diverse capacities like 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB. The 960 EVO also features random read speeds of 380,000 IOPS and random write speeds of up to 360,000 IOPs, and comes with a three-year limited warranty and up to 400 TBW (whichever occurs first) for the 1TB model.
Samsung SSD Summit 2016 - They say a picture is worth a thousand words. From this picture floating around at Samsung's SSD Summit 2016 event in Seoul, South Korea, we can speculate a few things about the 960 Series M.2 NVMe SSDs that Samsung will be launching in less than 24 hours. First and most exciting is that the MLC-based 960 Pro will at some point hit the market at a massive 2TB capacity point. This is 4x the current highest selling capacity of the 950 Pro (512GB).
Based on the information that the photo reveals, we are speculating that the 960 Pro, at least at the 2TB capacity point, will use Samsung's fourth-generation 64-layer VNAND. Additionally, we noticed something else that points to fourth-generation 64-layer VNAND. According to the picture, the 960 Pro has a power draw of only 1 amp. This is a massive reduction in power draw in comparison to the 2.7 amps of power draw on the 950 Pro.
The 1TB 960 EVO, according to the picture, will have a power draw of 2.7 amps. Hence, we believe the 960 EVO will be based on Samsung's current third-generation 48-layer VNAND. We think that the 960 EVO will be first to market, followed sometime shortly by the 960 Pro. Both the 960 EVO and 960 Pro will be based on Samsung's Polaris controller, the same controller that we saw on the SM961 OEM drive that currently reigns supreme in terms of sequential performance of up to 3200/1800 MB/s (sequential read/ write).
We should be used to SanDisk continuing to push the storage barrier, but their announcement of the world's largest SD card is an impressive one; with the company unveiling their massive new 1TB SD card.
SanDisk's new 1TB SD card is quite the card, perfect for those moving into 4K video production, upcoming 6K and 8K formats, 360-degree and VR video, and more. Sam Nicholson, CEO of Stargate Studios and also a member of the American Society of Cinematographers said that SanDisk really has owned the storage market.
Nicholson said: "Just a few short years ago the idea of a 1TB capacity point in an SD card seemed so futuristic - it's amazing that we're now at the point where it's becoming a reality. With the growing demand for applications like VR, we can certainly use 1TB when we're out shooting continuous high-quality video. High-capacity cards allow us to capture more without interruption, streamlining our workflow, and eliminating the worry that we may miss a moment because we have to stop to swap out cards".
SanDisk hasn't released any pricing on the 1TB SD card, but I'm sure I can be confident in telling you to prepare your wallets. But, this is a beast of an SD card, with professionals now able to tote around multiple gigabytes of data thanks to 1TB SD cards.
Apple has all but confirmed its new iPhone for next week, with the September 7 press event locked in, and Apple ready to announce the new iPhone, and surely a slew of other products and announcements.
One of them is here early, with Apple has announced a change to its iCloud pricing, with a new 2TB option. With rumors that Apple will unveil a larger 256GB model iPhone 7, the supersized iCloud tier will surely be welcomed next week, and for Apple-heavy users.
The new iCloud pricing is as follows, with all prices in USD:
- 50GB - $0.99
- 200GB - $2.99
- 1TB - $9.99
- 2TB - $19.99
Flash Memory Summit 2016 - Phison has debuted its new consumer, embedded and enterprise flash controller and NAND solutions at the Flash Memory Summit 2016. This includes the new PS5008-E8/E8T PCIe Gen 3x2 NVMe controller, 3D NAND solutions for both PCIe and SATA, design-in solutions, and plenty more.
The consumer-focused Phison PS5008-E8/E8T is the company's first PCIe Gen 3x2 NVMe controller, which offers 3x the speed that SATA offers, but at the same cost. The Phison E8 is capable of 1.6GB/sec reads and 1.3GB/sec writes, while it offers sequential read/write speeds of 240K and 220K IOPS, respectively.
Phison's new E8 controller features SmartECCTM, End to End Data Path Protection and Host Memory Buffer support which when packaged together, offers great data security and reliability. Phison's new E8 is in its engineering stage right now, with Phison saying it will be available by the end of 2016.
Flash Memory Summit 2016 - Our storage guru on the ground at FMS 2016, Jon Coulter, has snapped a photo of one of the world's fastest SSDs - from a company you might not have even heard of; Fadu.
Fadu's new drive is capable of a huge 5GB/sec in both sequential read and write, with 1100K random read IOPS and 500K random write IOPS. Fadu's upcoming EC800F is from their FREE series of SSDs, with FREE being an acronym for Fast, Random Access, Energy efficiency and Economics.
The new Fadu EX800F is their fastest NVMe-based SSD, which is made possible over the PCIe 3.0 x8 connection. We should expect more information on Fadu's products later in the year, but we will definitely be keeping a close on them, that's for sure.
Flash Memory Summit 2016 - Seagate has done it again unveiling its unbelievably fast Nytro XP2700, and by its name alone it might not sound impressive, but this new NVMe-based drive is capable of a huge 10GB/sec reads and 3.6GB/sec writes.
It will be arriving in 3.8TB and 7.7TB capacities, with 940K random read IOPS, 160K random write IOPS and a total power draw of around 26W. Underneath that small heat sink, we'll find 4 x Nytro XM1440 M.2-based SSDs, which requires a full PCIe 3.0 x16 slot to function.
Seagate has just announced a gigantic 60TB SSD, but don't worry - your wallet is safe, as the company is targeting business clients with its huge SSD.
The storage giant has expanded its data center portfolio with the new 60TB drive, which connects over the SAS SSD standard. It can hold 12,000 DVDs or over 400 million photos, which is really just quite insane if you sit there and think this is a single SSD.
Seagate teases that you only need 17 of these 60TB drives to reach 1PB, with the company promising to offer 100TB drives in the future. Seagate's new 60TB SAS SSDs will come to market next year, but we don't know what the drive will look like, for now.
Crucial debuted its MX300 SSD range last month with the 750GB model, but now the company has just announced three new models in its MX300 line up.
We now have the 275GB, 525GB and 1TB models - with the 275GB MX300 SSD costing just $69.99, while the 525GB model costs $129.99. The 750GB model costs $189.99, while the 1TB jumps up to $259.99. The 525GB, 750GB and 1TB drives all have read/write speeds of 530MB/sec and 510MB/sec, respectively, while random performance is 92K IOPS for reads, while there's 83K IOPS for writes.
The smaller 275GB model is slightly slower, with 500MB/sec write speeds and reduced random read speeds of 55K IOPS. All four of the drives arrive in the 2.5-inch form factor, while M.2-based variants will be here next month. All of the drives include a 3-year warranty, with rated endurance of 220TB.
Samsung has just launched its juggernaut 4TB 850 EVO solid state drive, the world's largest consumer-grade SSD on the market.
Built with Samsung's renowned V-NAND technology, the 4TB 850 EVO SSD melds the reliability and endurance of the 850 EVO series with high-end performance. Set in a slim and compact 2.5-inch form factor, the Samsung 850 EVO 4TB model sports all the trimmings and optimizations of the 850 EVO line with blistering-fast 540 MB/s read and 520 MB/s write speeds with TurboWrite.
Four terabytes is quite a staggering amount of data, especially for an SSD; for reference the 4TB 850 EVO can hold up to 1,000 two-hour 1080p movies with compression--that's more than two or three movie libraries on a single 2-inch SSD. The colossal SSD also features a 1.5 million hour MTBF rate, and uses the SATA 6Gb/s interface for speedy transfers.