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Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Mechanical data storage may be getting somewhat overlooked these days in favor of the faster, more energy-efficient SSDs that are flooding the consumer and enterprise markets, but as one would expect, the major hard drive manufacturers have taken notice. Announced this week at Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California, HGST, Seagate, Toshiba, and Western Digital have all teamed up to form the Storage Products Association (SPA).
"HDDs are a crucial technology for storing the ever expanding data that humans and our machines are generating," said Tom Coughlin, president of storage industry analyst firm Coughlin Associates. "Hard disk drives combined with flash memory can provide users the speed they need while providing affordable mass storage. With continued development of advanced storage technology and storage architectures these amazing storage devices will provide a home for the world's accessible data and serve every type of content users for many years to come."
The Association says that the SPA will serve as a new voice for the storage industry, which will help promote the importance of the mechanical hard disk drive and technology that is now over 60 years old. The Association says that one of the most pressing needs at the moment is to inform customers about how hard drive technology and solid state technology can be combined to efficiently scale up mass storage for the consumer and enterprise markets.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - During a walk-through of the exhibit halls at the 2013 Flash Memory Summit, TweakTown's own Chris Ramseyer spotted Seagate's new M.2 NGFF-based SSD. While that is cool within itself, it appears that the new M.2 is based on LSI's SandForce Controller and not Seagate's in-house solution.
Not much else is known about the Seagate M.2 yet, but we will be doing some digging and report back with all the info as it becomes available. Stay tuned to TweakTown for all of the latest breaking news and product unveiling from the 2013 Flash Memory Summit.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Today, Samsung introduced the world's first solid state drive based on its industry-leading 3-D V-NAND technology. The announcement came during the keynote speech at the 2013 Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California. Samsung says that this new SSD is designed for use in enterprise servers and data centers.
The new V-NAND SSD comes in two versions--a 960GB model and a smaller 480GB model--with the 960GB boasting the highest performance levels. Samsung says that it offers an increase in sequential and random write speeds of more than 20 percent by utilizing 64 dies of MLC 3-D V-NAND flash.
Samsung says that the V-NAND SSDs offer 35,000 program erase cycles and is available in a 2.5-inch form factor. Samsung's proprietary 3-D V-NAND technology achieves manufacturing productivity improvements over twice that of 20nm-class planar NAND flash by using cylinder-shaped 3D Charge Trap Flash cell structures and vertical interconnect process technology to link the 24 layers comprising the 3D cell array.
Today, Apacer unveiled the newest generation of its SDM5 modular SATA SSDs. The new SATA Disk Module 5 adopts the SATA 3 6GB/s high-speed interface standard and features Toggle DDR2.0 NAND Flash. The module incorporates a specifically designed 2-channel bidirectional structure that allows the device to reach read/write speeds of up to 315MB/s and 145MB/s, respectively.
Jeff Lin, Embedded Application Product Division Senior Director of Apacer indicated, "In order to satisfy the user-specific needs for various mechanisms, we will introduce perpendicularly and parallel modularized solutions at the same time. Thus, the customer will have diverse choices in accordance with the motherboard design demands, without being limited to the joint direction of solid state drive, and develop more diversified top products at the lowest cost."
The Apacer SDM5 uses standard 7-pin signal and 15-pin SATA signal and power connectors and are featured in two different configurations with one having the connectors perpendicular to the board at 90 degrees, while the other is parallel at 180 degrees. Apacer says that the new SDM5 features a capacity of 128GB and complies with the MIL-810F certification, which is the toughest standard required by the US military regulations.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - Today, Mushkin announced that it would be unveiling two new highly anticipated products during the 2013 Flash Memory Summit. The company will show off its Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD and the new Ventura Ultra 240GB USB 3.0 flash drive.
"Participating in the Flash Summit is a great opportunity for us to show just what we are getting ready to release and how we continue to innovate. We are confident in the Scorpion Deluxe and Ventura Ultra, and there is no better way to express that than to display just how fast and powerful they are," said Nicolas Villalobos, Director of Global Marketing at Mushkin, Inc.
The Scorpion Deluxe PCIe SSD boasts an impressive 2165MB/s read speed and a 1990MB/s write speed, while hitting 100,000 4K read IOPS. The Ventura Ultra 240GB USB 3.0 is said to be the world's fastest flash drive with a 455MB/s read speed and a 445MB/s write speed. Both devices will be available at the end of this month and we will bring you more information on them as it becomes available.
Flash Memory Summit 2013 - SanDisk announced that it would be enhancing its solid state drive lineup for businesses with the addition of a new power-efficient SSD. The SanDisk X210 SSD is a SATA-based SSD that SanDisk says is an ideal solution for IT professionals looking to maximize performance or enhance the responsiveness of the company's PCs and notebooks.
"Since launching SanDisk's commercial SSD channel earlier this year, we havereceived a tremendous response from businesses that have seen significant advantages from incorporating SanDisk solid state technology into their data center and workplace PCs and notebooks," said Tarun Loomba, vice president of Storage Solutions marketing at SanDisk. "Leveraging SanDisk's most advanced flash memory technology and smart power-saving capabilities, the X210 SSD is an exceptionally fast and cost-effective storage solution for this growing market, and a great addition to our SanDisk SSD portfolio."
The company says that the X210 SSD is optimized for businesses that need fast, consistent access to data, such as search engines and cloud storage providers. The company says that when used in micro- and entry-level servers, this new SSD offers increased responsiveness and sustainable performance in intensive environments, which notably reduces I/O bottlenecks. SanDisk says that the new 2.5-inch X210 SSD is available large quantities through the SanDisk Commercial Business Channel.
Today, Viking Technology announced that SolidFire has selected its SATADIMM SSD to be used as both the cache SSD and boot volume SSD in the company's storage nodes. SolidFire says that this offers enhanced products by increasing both the number and capacity of SSDs in their systems.
For those who might not know, SATADIMM is an enterprise-class SSD built on a Dual In-line Memory Module (DIMM) that fits in an empty DDR3 DIMM slot. These new drives enable both SSD caching as well as boot capabilities without having to utilize a hard drive. SolidFire says that the integration of Viking's SATADIMM SSDs will boost overall system performance and also allow the company to minimize potential human errors such as accidentally removing a boot or cache drive when replacing other failed drives.
"The Viking SATADIMM gives us an additional SSD within the chassis allowing us to dedicate more drives towards storage capacity, while storing boot and metadata information securely inside the system," says Adam Carter, Director of Product Management at SolidFire. "Viking's SATADIMM technology is unique in the market and an important part of our hardware design."
We are proud to announce that from today onwards, we are partnering up with SwiftTest Inc., who are the leaders in infrastructure performance validation for the networked storage industry.
Our collaboration with SwiftTest will see us working together on test suites and benchmarks that will help the consumer enjoy a real-world perspective on the performance of storage devices. SwiftTest offers its SwiftTest Enterprise platform, an easy-to-use GUI-based platform that speeds up test development and allows users to boost their testing and QA processes.
The SwiftTest Enterprise comes pre-configured with a test platform, protocol test suites, and test content that is based on industry standard workloads. But, if you like to tweak, like we do, it comes with fully customizable workloads that can be quickly adjusted to meet the needs of any storage industry organization, or professional storage users.
Today, Plextor announced that it will be giving a sneak preview of their upcoming M6 SSD at the Flash Memory Summit and Exhibition that will be held next week on the days of August 13 through 15. Plextor says that the M6 will feature the next generation of the company\'s proprietary TrueSpeed technology that works alongside a Marvell 88SS9187 controller. This equates to enhanced performance and reliability.
The company says that the new drive also features the latest generation 19nm Toggle NAND flash manufactured by Toshiba. Topping things off, Plextor says that the M6 measures 5mm thick, making for an ultra-slim installation. Additionally, the company says it will display its complete lineup of storage solutions including the M5 Pro Extreme and M5S series alongside the M5M mSATA drives and the M.2 form-factor drive.
If you are attending the Flash Memory Summit and Expo, you will be able to find TweakTown at booth #900. We will be recording video interviews. E-mail Paul Acorn to schedule an interview. As always, stay tuned to TweakTown for full coverage of the event!
California-based start-up, Crossbar Inc., have just dived onto the storage radar with a totally new way of storage technology which they're calling "Resistive RAM" or RRAM.
Resistive RAM is a huge leap for storage, capable of storing 1TB of data on a 200 sq. mm chip, something that is smaller than a postage stamp. RRAM technology uses a three-layer structure, is also stackable and scalable, which means multiple terabytes of storage can be crammed into one 3D chip package with chips stacked on top of each other.
The start-up claims that these chips will feature 20x faster write performance, 20x lower power consumption and 10x more endurance when compared to "today's best-in-class NAND flash memory." I'm sure that our in-house storage editors Chris and Paul are rubbing their hands with glee right now.